Homemade brown sugar scrub


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Hey friends! How’s everyone doing?! I have a simple Valentine gift for you today. I was trying to think of something easy and inexpensive for Valentines and thought these would be perfect. Have you ever made homemade sugar scrubs? They are so yummy and easy to make. You have to try them. I made a brown sugar scrub for some of my girl friends and they all loved them.


The mineral oil makes your hands super soft! My hands get so dry in the winter, so this really helped. Ready for the recipe…





Homemade brown sugar scrub

Course: Gift
Cuisine: American
Keyword: brown sugar scrub
Servings: 8
Calories: 382 kcal
Author: Jamielyn

Homemade brown sugar scrub - Such an easy and thoughtful gift idea! 



  • 2 cups brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup mineral oil (or olive oil or coconut oil)
  • 1 tsp vanilla


  1. Combine the sugars in a medium sized bowl. Mix in the mineral oil and vanilla and stir until combined. Once you have your sugar scrub you can place it in baby food containers or mason jars. I have tons of baby food jars, so I used those. :)

Nutrition Facts
Homemade brown sugar scrub
Amount Per Serving
Calories 382 Calories from Fat 126
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 14g 22%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Sodium 15mg 1%
Potassium 73mg 2%
Total Carbohydrates 66g 22%
Sugars 65g
Calcium 4.6%
Iron 2.2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


Directions: Combine the sugars in a medium sized bowl. Mix in the mineral oil and vanilla and stir until combined. Once you have your sugar scrub you can place it in baby food containers or mason jars. I have tons of baby food jars, so I used those. :)

I thought it would be fun to make some sticker labels for the top… they were pretty boring! All I did was type out “sugar scrub” and add a heart graffic. Super simple. Then I printed it on this sticker paper (link below) and cut it out to fit the top of the lids. Then I rounded the edges and stuck it on.

Avery Sticker Project Paper, White, 8.5 x 11 Inches, Pack of 15 (03383)


For the jars, I just spray painted the lids and tied some ric rac on. Super easy!

That’s it! This brown sugar scrub is super easy to make and is a fun Valentines for your girl friends!

So have you guys made homemade sugar scrubs? 

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Jamielyn Nye

of I Heart Naptime

Creative director and founder of I Heart Naptime. Jamielyn aspires to reach women, get their creative juices flowing, and to genuinely inspire. When she’s not creating, Jamielyn loves to chase her three little monkeys and snuggle up on the couch with her man.

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45 comments on “Homemade brown sugar scrub”

  1. Love this idea! Linked to it from my Facebook page :)

  2. Thanks for sharing this…couldn’t you use olive oil instead of mineral oil? Gentler I think. I havn’t tried adding vanilla…..mmmmm.

  3. This would be a great little gift for my Visiting Teaching ladies!

  4. I have wanted to try this for gifts Jamielyn! I seriously want to try this for B-day gifts for my friends. Thanks for sharing!

  5. Great gift idea! Thanks for sharing! I will try this one!!

  6. I’ve never tried to make my own before. But this sounds easy! Thanks for sharing!

  7. Not yet, but this SURE makes me want to try!!!

  8. I never made one before but i could use some :D.

  9. I love sugar scrubs! They are awsome in the winter. I tend to go to fruity scents probably because I miss the summer so much. I love how they slough off all the dead skin and leave it feeling so smooth.

  10. This really would be better to use olive oil, almond, oil, anything other than mineral oil. Mineral oil does not really get absorbed into your skin like other oils do. I recently made a body butter with shea butter, coconut oil, and almond oil it it is LOVELY!! I think this recipe sounds perfect with coconut oil!

  11. Will this sugar scrub keep or should it be used right away? I want to make it for a friend but won’t be able to get it to her for about a month.

  12. I just made this and it is super easy. Thank you for this recipe.
    I made it with seaseme body oil and it smells super good. My question is can you use any type of body oil for this recipe?

  13. Is it supposed to be super greasy?

    • Hi Katie! No not really. It is a little bit because of the oil, but it should definitely be more sugary than oiley. You could pat it down with paper towels to take out the oil.

  14. Mineral oil is petroleum based. A plant-based oil is safer for our bodies (coconut, almond, olive).

  15. Hey love your post, I was just wondering what and where you get the small tablet like containers that you have put your scrub in?

  16. Do you have to use Dark Brown Sugar or will Light Brown Sugar be ok? I am going to use this recipe for a craft night. We have 25 people coming so I’m trying to keep the price down…the Dollar Tree has 16 oz box of Light Brown Sugar for $1.

  17. Adorable! Where did you get the little containers in the basket?


  19. What is the product you used to round the edges of your label?

  20. Hi, the tools used is a corner rounder punch. Hope this helps. I cant wait to make this! x

  21. I love this recipe…so simple and yet so practical and thoughtful!

  22. Hey just wondering how long do these last, are they external? I’m making it for a friend and was wondering what to write for instructions(guessing just use like a normal scrub) and when to use by? Thanks :)

  23. Jennifer Wilkinson Reply

    Love your website. I find myself always on it while looking for fun things on Pintrest.

  24. Do you have any suggestions for doing this at Christmas with those type of colors and maybe a scent?

  25. Adorable as well as useful!! What I want to know is where you got the wood looking container the little baby food tubs are in!!!! So cute! Did you make it or buy it? If made, any chance of a DIY? Thanks for sharing!

  26. Can you use any kind of extracts or does it have to be vanilla?

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