DIY Vanilla Brown Sugar and Coconut Body Scrub

DIY Vanilla Brown Sugar and Coconut Body ScrubI love body scrubs, especially in the winter, when skin is dry and scaly.  The thing is, it’s so dang expensive to buy it, and ridiculously inexpensive to make it.  So, when I stumbled onto this recipe on a Healthy Jalapeno, I knew I wanted to give it a try {I tweaked her recipe just a bit to suit my own preferences}.  It’s ridiculously easy, and your skin will thank you.

coconut oilYou’ll Need:

1 1/4 cups brown sugar
6 Tbsp. coconut oil
10 drops vanilla essential oil
{ 3 } 4 oz. jars

DIY Vanilla Brown Sugar and Coconut Body ScrubDirections

Melt your coconut oil in the microwave until soft {unless your lucky enough to live in a climate that it stays a liquid in the winter}.  In a small bowl, combine brown sugar and coconut oil.  Mix well to remove any lumps in the sugar.  Add your vanilla essential oils {add it drop by drop, I found 10 was the perfect amount for my sniffer}.  Mix well after each drop.  When the mixture is completely combined, transfer to jars with lids.

Give as gifts or keep them completely to yourself–I won’t tell, either way. 😉


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    • Gwenn says

      It lasts for a LONG time…assuming your dog doesn’t get the jar open and eat the coconut oil/sugar mixture! It will last MONTHS. I made mine with white sugar, organic lavender and lemon juice/zest and it lasted 9 months until the dog got it and finished it off. I live in Wisconsin so it might be different in a warmer climate but I’ve never read anywhere of it not having a really long shelf life. I love it as a face scrub and I also make it with kosher salt and peppermint for a foot/elbow scrub.

  1. Megan says

    I just finished making several batches of lotion for myself and some friends. It’s something I can not live without anymore. I’m so going to try this scrub next! It sounds amazing.

  2. Rochelle says

    For a quick and cheap sugar scrub measure 1/8 to 1/4 cup (depending on his much of yourself you want to scrub) of plain sugar into a bowl and pour Olive oil over the top until it is a loose paste. For extra softening effect use after a warm bath. Scrub gently while still damp and then shower off. Be sure to put an old towel or something down on shower floor so you will not slip.

  3. says

    Somehow, rubbing food on my body seems just so wrong, like rubbing possibly harmful chemicals is right…lol. Is the coconut oil in the grocery part of Walmart what I can use? Is it okay to use just vanilla? I don’t buy essential oils. The edges of my heels are currently so hard, peeling, and sharp. Will this help?

    • Elizabeth says

      I’m curious to know if regular vanilla would work as well. We have four bottles of the stuff we brought back from Mexico and never used because we don’t bake (nor do our friends). I have everything else right here and am rarin’ to try this out!

  4. Jess says

    This looks awesome! Can’t wait to try it :)

    Just a quick note though, coconut oil should never go in the microwave as it destroys the fats and healthy properties (including antibacterial and antifungal). To melt it and keep the fats intact, it should move done in a double boiler or bain marie.

  5. Linda Moore says

    Mavis! You are so cool! I wish we were neighbors! You have such great ideas and you sound like such a fun person!

  6. Ani says

    I started making sugar & coconut scrubs this past winter. Different scents I’ve made include spiced pumpkin latte, lavender & rose, morning joy (citrusy), and lavender/peppermint/rosemary. I use them with each every shower & bath.

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