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Since its founding in 2015 by suburban mother Erin Henry, Suburban Simplicity has provided an outlet for like-minded women to connect and share their methods for a serene and simple home life. It has become a trusted resource for advice on simple, modern homemaking, appearing on Oprah Magazine, Good Housekeeping, Buzzfeed, MSN and Yummly.

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    • Erin says

      This is a bit harder to do in the winter months, Tracie. You could add a little almond or olive oil to make sure the coconut oil doesn’t harden.

  1. STEPHANI says

    I made this and it’s a bit dry, to make it more creamy I would just add more coconut oil right? Can i mix with other oils?

    • Erin says

      Good question, Stephani. Yes, just add more oil to create the consistency you like. I think it would be okay to mix different kinds of oils for this recipe. Enjoy, Erin

  2. cindy harder says

    these scrubs are just delightful. I made the lavender mint scrub. It smells so nice and leaves your skin very soft and smooth.

    • Erin says

      I love hearing that you are enjoying the scrub, Cindy! Thanks for saying so! They’re so easy to make and smell amazing! The perfect way to pamper yourself.

  3. Darlene Watson says

    Good morning Erin;

    I love this and want to give it to my friends for gifts when they arrive. I have known them since 1974 and I am sure they would love this. I have been searching for the jar you are using here and can’t find it anywhere. I wonder if you could tell me where I might find them. I like the look of them so much more than the regular canning jars. Thanks, Erin,


  4. Sarah says

    The vanilla/brown sugar looks good enough to eat! I imagine it smells even more tempting.
    I have always wondered why no one mentions that with the goodness of no preservatives, we do need to use home-made scrubs faster, thank you so much for covering that. (I still wonder about sticking it in the ‘frig, but better safe than sorry, I imagine)
    I literally am eating a peppermint and was thinking about doing something with peppermint, so I’m *so* excited to see the peppermint bath salts! Headed there now!!
    Thank you so much for sharing these, my fave scrub was discontinued and I have missed the heck out of them, it will be fun to try this.

    • Erin says

      Hi Lisa, great question. You should be able to keep your sugar scrub for a month or two without hardening. Any more time that that and it may harden or spoil since it doesn’t have any preservatives. Hope this helps! Enjoy!

  5. Heather says

    I’ve made this a few times now and it’s wonderful ! My skin feels so silky and smooth . I’ve experimented with other essential oil fragrances and its turned out great????

  6. Melissa Husted says

    What a gorgeous blog! And I can’t wait to try the recipes. What with homeschooling eight kids, I am SORELY in need of some spa time! Thanks!

    • Erin says

      Good question! I get lucky sometimes and I find cute ones in the dollar bin at Michael’s. Otherwise, I pick them up where ever I see cheap ones!

    • Erin says

      I think so, Lisa. Vitamin E acts as a preserving agents, so it may not last as long. Also, it provides a little added softness to the recipe to make those feet extra soft!

  7. Jeannie says

    This turned out excellent. I melted my coconut oil and squeezed some vitamin E capsules then added some Body Shop Musk oil and it smells and works better than store bought scrubs. Great gift idea, thanks!

  8. Alyssa says

    I’m making this for my baby shower favors! I read in your comments that you use the liquid coconut oil. Would the solid one work for the recipe? Also, what size jars do you use and how many do you get out of one batch?

    Thank you 🙂

    • Erin says

      Hi Alyssa, I think liquid coconut oil would work best. If you want to use solid, I would warm it up so it softens and can be mixed easily. It’s personal preference on how you like the texture…more solid or more smooth. Also, you can use any size container, but I would keep the proportion the same and just double or triple the batch depending on how many you need. One batch makes about a 1 1/2 cups.

  9. Erica says

    This sounds amazing! Do you think I could make this in a big batch? I am making this for my boys’ teachers, and there are ten of them! Thank you. 🙂

    • Erin says

      It is amazing! I think you could totally make it in a large batch. Just make sure the proportions stay the same. I’ve made 3-4 at one time, but not 10! Good luck! They’ll love it!

  10. Sandra says

    My first thought when reading the title of this post was that this would be a great Mother’s Day gift. I’m sure my daughter will love and I will make one for myself also.

    • Erin says

      Yes! Definitely a great Mother’s Day gift. What mom wouldn’t want to be pampered with something yummy and sweet smelling? Have fun making a batch or two, Sandra!

  11. Mary-the boondocks blog says

    Erin after reading the description I can smell the lavender all the way over here! And I’m positive the scrubbing will help to refresh and soothe our tired feet and in my case fingers. Thanks for stopping by our new party at Sweet Inspiration.

    • Erin says

      Super excited about your party, Mary! Congrats! Yes, the smell of lavender is so relaxing and pampering. Love it. This is so easy to make, it’s worth the 10 minutes.

  12. Michelle Marttila - Happy Heart Made says

    Just hearing the word, lavender, relaxes me! You always have such beautiful photographs of your work! Love this scrub Erin…thank you for the recipe!!!

    • Erin says

      Thanks, Michelle! I try to get good photos…still a work in progress 🙂 I know, lavender is such a pampering smell! I think I want to make this with lemon for when I want a refreshing smell in the morning!

  13. Marilyn says

    My grandmother always kept an embroidered handkerchief with a lavender sachet in her linen cabinet. I think I need to make this nd take a nice warm bath! Thanks Erin. Thank you so much for linking at #ThursdayFavoriteThings! I look forward to seeing what you share very week. Please come back for #OverTheMoon on Sunday night. Don’t forget to comment your link #’s so I can be sure to visit. Pinned and shared.

    • Erin says

      Lavender is good for so many uses. I like the way it makes my closet smell too. I also like to spray it on my bed at night for a little extra relaxation 🙂

  14. Nikki Frank-Hamilton says

    Erin, this is awesome! The lavender would be a perfect scrub to wind you down at the end of the day, I love it’s relaxation properties. You could use a citrus oil for a sugar scrub in the mornings, to invigorate you for whatever comes next! I had no idea that it would be this simple to make my own, it sure will save us money, and we get to feel pampered!

    • Erin says

      Yep, this recipe would be good with citrus in the morning for sure. Maybe that’s my next DIY project 🙂 I just love how easy it is and how inexpensive too. Enjoy, Nikki!

  15. kristiina says

    This post comes at the perfect time for me. I’ve been using a store bought scrub, but have been thinking I want to try to do a DIY version since my current scrub was $25! Plus, I’d like to use something natural for my kids—they LOVE getting a scrub in the shower as a special treat 🙂

    I always have coconut oil on hand. I can’t wait to try this! Thanks, Kristiina

    • Erin says

      Wow, $25 is a lot. This could be made for a lot less. Plus, you’d feel good about using it on your kids! Coconut oil is great for so many things!

    • Sarah says

      Mine was $25 as well, a pretty good sized container, but it would often start to smell a bit rancid if I didn’t use it up quickly. I still miss it though, there is just something about smelling like chocolate that made me happy! But I love vanilla and have read so many good things about lavender. Saving money and knowing what I am putting on my body sounds really good! I always used scrub once or twice a week, depending on how dry & “patchy” my skin feels.

      Do be careful if you get in the shower after using a scrub, oils can make it very slippery.

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