Homemade Gift Idea: Sugar Scrub

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Now that winter is with us, we’re always on the hunt for natural ways to revitalize our skin and keep it baby soft. And because the holidays are here, we’re always looking to give gifts that pamper too. So, we knew a homemade sugar scrub was the answer!

Body scrubs are great for exfoliating dry skin and leaving it with a youthful glow. But store-bought versions are often more expensive and have questionable ingredients and irritating synthetic fragrances—things we want to skip in our beauty products. Thankfully, sugar scrubs are incredibly easy to make with natural ingredients you typically have in your pantry.

Whip up a nourishing scrub for yourself or your friends—or even host a DIY spa party—with our simple recipe.

Homemade Sugar Scrub


  • 2 parts organic raw cane sugar (fine sugar, brown sugar, or sea salt also work depending on the level of coarseness you like)
  • 1 part Honest Body Oil (organic olive oil or coconut oil make great substitutes)


1. Mix two parts organic sugar with one part organic oil.

2. Stir the sugar and oil together until you get a paste-like consistency. Adjust to your liking by adding either more sugar or more oil—you can test the scrub on the back of your hand to see how silky or coarse it feels. Here, you can add a few drops of essential oil to give the scrub a lovely, spa-like smell. Using Honest Body Oil will give the scrub a delightful, fresh citrus scent—and it will soothe and moisturize your skin.

3. That’s it. In less than 10 minutes, your scrub is made. Now, you can package it in a charming mason jar (which can be reused or recycled) and personalize it with everything from raffia ribbons to chalkboard painted lids.

Voila! You have an effective and chemical-free sugar scrub to give your friends for the holidays.

What homemade gifts do you like to give? Comment below, Instagram or Tweet a photo using #HonestDIY or post on our Facebook page!

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      Love the look and feel of your blog–and the name, too! Thanks for sharing.

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    Can essential oil be added to give this a different scents?

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    Just made this and it looks amaze! Feels good on my hands too. Thanks!

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      We’re so happy you enjoyed the DIY, Claire! Let us know if there are other natural beauty recipes you’d like to learn more about.

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    Bethany Bell

    how much honest oil would it take to make a mason jar full? I would love to make this as gifts, but if it takes a whole bottle per gift that could get quite expensive!

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      Since it’s 2:1 with the sugar to oil, I think it depends on how large of a container you use. You could certainly do smaller jelly-type jars and spread it out.

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    Lil diys

    Another way is to get an orange and squeeze then and get honey and suger and mix it all up until bumpy surface

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    If you’re making this, please think twice before you put it in a glass jar. When this scrub is used in the shower, oily hands may cause the glass jar to slip and fall, and broken glass in a shower or bath is never a good idea. You could put the scrub in a plastic zip bag within a glass jar so baggie can be removed to use in the shower. Or, get some Ball brand plastic canning jars which can be prettied up for gifting, and won’t break if dropped.

    Please think about it – after all, there’s a reason shampoo and conditioners come in plastic bottles. In fact, I’m kind of surprised that the Honest blog is suggesting glass containers for something to be used in the shower.

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