Gingerbread Sugar Scrub is an easy DIY Christmas sugar scrub recipe that smells festive and exfoliates your skin naturally. It is the perfect homemade gift idea.
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Gingerbread Sugar Scrub
There’s something so pampering about a Sugar Scrub Recipe. It feels like you’re at the spa from the comfort of your own home! This Gingerbread Brown Sugar Scrub is a seasonal blend that reminds us of our holiday baking traditions!
It’s easy to make your own luxurious sugar scrub in just over 5 minutes with a few simple natural ingredients you might already have in your kitchen.
We never buy store-bought sugar scrubs; we make our own. This Vanilla Brown Sugar Scrub one is our favorites, but Gingerbread is a close second! 🙂
Some people wonder the difference between a sugar scrub and a salt scrub. We love sugar scrubs because they exfoliate gently.
What Type of Sugar
A common question is, “what type of sugar is best for sugar scrubs?”
Because it’s a little finer, so less abrasive, we use white sugar for facial or lip scrubs.
Brown sugar, which is a bit more coarse, is best for body scrubs.
Raw sugar, which is the coarsest sugar, is nice to use for hand and foot scrubs.
How to Make a Gingerbread Scrub
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1 cup brown sugar (organic if possible)
1/2 cup oil (almond oil, olive oil, or non-fractionated coconut oil work best)
1/2 teaspoon vitamin E oil (acts as a natural preservative)
1/2 teaspoon real vanilla extract
½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
½ teaspoon ground allspice
½ teaspoon ground ginger
½ teaspoon ground nutmeg
The spices in this scrub smell wonderful!!
If you would like, you can also use regular sugar (granulated white) in this recipe.
- Place all your ingredients in a bowl and mix. You can add more or less oil to your liking.
- Store in an airtight container. Since this recipe doesn’t contain any preservatives, it’s best to use it within a month or two.
Sugar Scrubs are the best way to exfoliate dry and dull skin, and this one smells especially nice!
This recipe makes an 8-ounce jar. You can double or triple the batch to make more for gifts.
How to Use DIY Sugar Scrubs
- Scoop a small amount of the Gingerbread Sugar Scrub in your hands with a spoon.
- Scrub all over your hands or feet – or wherever you’d like a little extra softness.
- Allow your scrub to sit on your skin for 3-4 minutes. Enjoy this time to rest and relax.
- Rinse well and then pat dry with a soft towel.
If you’re short on time, massage the brown sugar scrub all over your body and rinse during your normal shower routine.
SAFETY NOTE: Be careful while using your sugar scrubs on your feet while in the shower. The oils contained in scrubs can make your feet slippery.
How to Wrap a Sugar Scrub as a Gift
The best way to make your sugar scrub a Christmas gift or party favor is by tying a pretty ribbon or twine around the jar and attaching a tag. Mason jars work really well.
This Gingerbread Sugar Scrub is especially nice to give around the holidays to co-workers, family members, or neighbors.
How Often Should You Use a Sugar Scrub?
If your skin is healthy and firm, you can use a sugar scrub a couple of times a week. However, if you have sensitive or thin skin, limit a good buffing to once a week. If you have any concerns, you can test an area of your skin before you use it on the rest of your body.
NOTE: Because they don’t contain any chemical preservatives, our sugar scrubs usually keep a month or two in an airtight container.
Wow, this Gingerbread Body Scrub is such a great sugar scrub idea! Easy, economical, and makes the best pampering present. We usually find cute jars and wrap them up with a pretty bow. Target and Michael’s often stock the perfect size jars in their dollar bins.
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- 1 cup brown sugar (organic if possible)
- 1/2 cup oil (almond, olive oil, or coconut oil work best)
- 1/2 teaspoon vitamin E oil (natural preservative)
- 1/2 teaspoon real vanilla extract
- ½ teaspoon cinnamon
- ½ teaspoon allspice
- ½ teaspoon ginger
- ½ teaspoon nutmeg
- mixing spoon
- glass jar
- Gather your ingredients.
- Place all ingredients in a bowl and mix. You can add more or less oil to your liking.
- Store in an airtight container. Since this recipe doesn’t contain any chemical preservatives, it’s best to use it within a month or two.
How to Use:
Scoop a small amount of the Gingerbread Brown Sugar Scrub in your hands with a spoon.
Scrub all over your hands or feet – or wherever you’d like a little extra softness.
Allow the scrub to sit on your skin for 3-4 minutes. Enjoy this time to rest and relax.
Rinse well and then pat dry with a soft towel.
This post was previous published on December 13, 2018. It was updated with enhanced instructions and a How-to card on November 12, 2020.