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.
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!
The brown sugar and vanilla are a lovely combination!
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 favorite, but Gingerbread is a close second! 🙂
Some people wonder about the difference between a sugar scrub and a salt scrub. We love sugar scrubs because they exfoliate gently.
What Type of Sugar
The common question is, "what type of sugar is best for sugar scrubs?"
We use white sugar for facial or lip scrubs because it’s a little finer, so less abrasive.
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)
½ cup oil (almond oil, olive oil, or non-fractionated coconut oil work best)
½ teaspoon vitamin E oil (acts as a natural preservative)
½ 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. Mason jars work well for this recipe.
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 to co-workers, family members, or neighbors around the holidays.
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 using 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)
- ½ cup oil (almond, olive oil, or coconut oil work best)
- ½ teaspoon vitamin E oil (natural preservative)
- ½ 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. We updated it with enhanced instructions and a How-to card on November 12, 2020.