DIY Brown Sugar & Spice Body Scrub

Homemade gifts have become very popular over the last few years for quite a few reasons – they are much more economical than store-bought equivalents, a lot of people are moving toward more organic and “from scratch” products (for food as well as cosmetics), and of course there’s just something warm and cozy about putting some good old-fashioned love into a homemade gift. I remember seeing Bridget post this body scrub a couple of years ago and it’s always remained in the back of my mind. This year I decided to finally give it a go, and it was such a great decision. Not only does it take mere minutes to make, but it smells amazing and leaves your skin incredibly soft. I tested it out as a hand scrub and couldn’t believe how they felt afterward. Like they had just been pampered with an hour-long manicure.

This scrub takes literally five minutes to mix together, and then all you have to do is spoon it into a jar and make it festive and gifty. I love the warm, fall and winter-inspired spice mixture of cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg. It’s not overpowering but just the right amount of oomph for a lovely, fresh and bright aroma.

Do you have any favorite homemade gifts that you make? Feel free to include the link to any posts you might have below!

If you’re interested in additional DIY ideas, see this post I did two Christmases ago: Homemade Food Gift Ideas


One year ago: Peanut Butter Fudge
Four years ago: Peppermint Bark

How to Make Brown Sugar & Spice Body Scrub

What You Need:

1 cup light brown sugar
1 cup pure cane sugar
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
2 teaspoons ground ginger
2 teaspoons ground nutmeg
¾ cup almond oil

What to Do:

1. In a medium-size bowl, whisk together the brown sugar, can sugar, cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg until thoroughly blended. Make sure you break up any clumps from the brown sugar.

2. Stir in the almond oil, making sure that all of the dry ingredients have been moistened.

3. Spoon the mixture into a 16-ounce jar with lid. Tie with a ribbon and, if desired, add a gift tag with instructions:

“Scoop a teaspoon or two of the scrub on your hands and gently massage in circular motions onto your skin. Leave on for 3 to 4 minutes before thoroughly rinsing. The scrub will tighten on your skin.”

(Adapted from Bake at 350)