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


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


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. :)


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

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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  1. Amanda posted on January 31, 2012 at 2:10 am (#

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

  2. Heather Novak posted on January 31, 2012 at 5:18 am (#

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

    • Ann Marie @ Twice Lovely posted on January 31, 2012 at 7:48 am (#

      I’ve made it with coconut oil too, and it’s fantastic! Add a little lavender essential oil.

  3. Raejean posted on January 31, 2012 at 6:06 am (#

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

  4. karen Weight posted on January 31, 2012 at 8:37 am (#

    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!

    • Jamielyn posted on January 31, 2012 at 8:55 am (#

      Yes olive oil and baby oil would work great too!

  5. Jan @SouthernJunkin' posted on January 31, 2012 at 8:48 am (#

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

  6. Melinda T posted on January 31, 2012 at 3:10 pm (#

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

  7. Alexis posted on February 1, 2012 at 8:14 am (#

    I made these at Christmas http://jacolynmurphy.blogspot.com/2011/12/oh-sugar-secrets-of-scrub.html

    SO fun and easy :)

    • Jamielyn posted on February 1, 2012 at 1:56 pm (#

      Oh my goodness! Those are SO cute!! Love the different layers, so fun!! Thanks for sharing, just pinned them!

  8. sweetsugarbelle posted on February 1, 2012 at 8:51 am (#

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

    • Jamielyn posted on February 1, 2012 at 1:51 pm (#

      You totally should! It’s so easy! You could make some yummy cookies to go with it and have the BEST Valentines! ;)

  9. Joy posted on February 2, 2012 at 3:47 pm (#

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

  10. Beckie posted on February 3, 2012 at 9:29 pm (#

    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.

  11. Beth posted on March 20, 2012 at 5:54 am (#

    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!

  12. Katie posted on June 15, 2012 at 5:33 pm (#

    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.

    • Jamielyn posted on June 16, 2012 at 10:01 pm (#

      Hi Katie. It keeps for a few months, you’ll just need to stir it up if it starts separating before then. Have a great weekend!

  13. suzie bartlett posted on August 26, 2012 at 1:00 pm (#

    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?

  14. Katie posted on August 29, 2012 at 4:50 pm (#

    Is it supposed to be super greasy?

    • Jamielyn posted on September 3, 2012 at 10:31 pm (#

      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.

  15. Cindi posted on November 20, 2012 at 8:00 pm (#

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

  16. Alysia posted on December 24, 2012 at 12:47 am (#

    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?

    • Jamielyn posted on December 26, 2012 at 12:08 pm (#

      Hi Alysia! I used recycled baby food jars… but I have seen the small containers at Walmart too.

      • Em posted on April 20, 2013 at 10:16 pm (#

        How many does this make of what size container? I.e. is it 6 of the 4 oz containers?

      • Jamielyn posted on April 21, 2013 at 8:47 pm (#

        Hi Em, It made about 8 4oz containers. Hope that helps! Have a nice Sunday!

  17. Alison posted on August 15, 2013 at 2:44 pm (#

    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.

    • Jamielyn posted on August 16, 2013 at 3:02 pm (#

      Hi Alison! Yes, you can definitely use light brown sugar. Hope your craft night goes well! :)

  18. Trina posted on November 10, 2013 at 2:17 pm (#

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

    • Jamielyn posted on November 14, 2013 at 11:43 am (#

      They are actually plastic gerber baby food jars! I had been saving them and washing them and this was the perfect use! :)

  19. DEBRA JOHNSON posted on November 18, 2013 at 11:27 pm (#


    • Jamielyn posted on November 20, 2013 at 12:13 pm (#

      Thanks for stopping by Debra, hope you enjoy the brown sugar scrub! :)

  20. Marisol posted on October 4, 2014 at 11:56 am (#

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

    • Jamielyn posted on October 5, 2014 at 12:52 am (#

      Hi Marisol! I’m not sure what the tool is called but you can find it at any scrapbook store. :)

  21. NIna posted on October 13, 2014 at 4:46 pm (#

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

  22. Rhonda posted on October 16, 2014 at 10:44 am (#

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

    • Jamielyn posted on October 27, 2014 at 8:07 pm (#

      Sugar scrubs are one of my favorite gifts to give people! :)

  23. Victoria Coyne posted on October 17, 2014 at 7:22 pm (#

    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 :)

    • Jamielyn posted on November 18, 2014 at 8:04 pm (#

      This scrub should last at least 2 months! Yes, it is used like a normal body scrub. :)

  24. Jennifer Wilkinson posted on October 21, 2014 at 9:13 pm (#

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

    • Jamielyn posted on October 22, 2014 at 12:28 am (#

      Thanks Jennifer! So glad you stopped by! :)

  25. Angela posted on November 12, 2014 at 9:50 am (#

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

    • Jamielyn posted on November 20, 2014 at 9:12 pm (#

      You could put it in a small mason jar and attach a cute Christmas printable too it! :)

  26. Craftingmama posted on July 17, 2015 at 5:32 pm (#

    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!