Vanilla Brown Sugar Body Scrub {Recipe}

This simple vanilla brown sugar body scrub makes a wonderful Christmas gift, or just make some for yourself!
vanilla brown sugar body scrub

Last year my husband gave me a gift which included a little container of brown sugar body scrub. I love to use it in the shower before I use soap.

The sugar granules are exfoliating, and the coconut oil is moisturizing. I really loved it, but it was too expensive to buy more of it!

So I was thrilled to find that I could make it myself for a very inexpensive price. It’s so simple that even children can make it (if you can keep them from eating it!).

Vanilla Brown Sugar Body Scrub



  • Mix all the ingredients together in a bowl.  After everything is well-mixed, transfer the mixture to a glass jar or other container with a lid.

The recipe above filled this one small jar and about half of another one.


This recipe yields a very faint vanilla scent. You can also add essential oils (like lavender, lemon, or whatever you like) or spices (like cinnamon or pumpkin pie spice) to make different scents.
You can also use different oils in place of the coconut oil. These will stay good at room temperature for up to two months (and usually longer).
Now, wasn’t that simple?! This makes a very inexpensive and simple gift.  It would be very nice paired with some hand-knit washcloths in a thrifted basket.

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    1. I didn't melt the coconut oil, but if it's too firm to work with you can soften it. If it's cooler in your house and the coconut oil is super hard, it may need to be softened.

    1. I don't refrigerate mine. I just leave it on the bathroom counter and it has been fine. The vitamin E oil is supposed to be a preservative, so I wonder if the scrubs that go bad quickly didn't contain the Vitamin E?

    1. We buy coconut oil from Tropical Traditions, Vitamin E oil from Vitacost, and we also buy a lot of essential oils from Vitacost. We also occasionally order from Swanson and I-Herb, depending on who has the best price.

    1. The Vitamin E oil is added as a preservative for the scrub, so I would choose one with mostly Vitamin E and not a lot of other ingredients. I've used this one before, but it's not a very big bottle, so if you're wanting to make a lot of scrub, you might want to find a bigger one:

      You get a little more with this one:

      This one might work, even though it also has another oil along with it:

      Hope that's helpful!

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