About Erin Henry

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

      Hi Frances, I use vitamin E oil because it acts as a natural preservative and provides a little extra softness. Thanks for stopping by!

  1. Shirley Wood says

    My daughter made something similar for me and it was just fabulous. I loved using it, especially on my hands. Pinned. So glad you share with us at Merry Monday. See ya next week!

    • Erin says

      Hi Julie, good question. Because it’s mixed with the other ingredients, it is a nice consistency for using as a scrub. If you use within a month or two and keep it in an airtight container is should be good!

    • Erin says

      Good question. It get the most therapeutic benefit, I would use non-fractionated coconut oil. I just melt it in the microwave to get it soft enough to mix together.

    • Erin says

      The vanilla usually makes mine spell amazing, especially mixed with the sugar. I usually use coconut oil in mine. You could also try almond oil, which has a lovely smell.

  2. Laura says

    hi Erin and thanks so much for these great ideas! I am teaching a STEM class with a DIY focus and your scrubs will be perfect. Happy to share your blog address too!
    Quick question-Worried about the food coloring staining hands. Have you had any issues? Wondering if I should look for a safe colorant. Any advice would be so appreciated!

  3. Mary Schuh says

    Hi! I love your sugar scrub recipes. I made the pink lemonade and the vanilla lavender. Is there any way you would be willing to share you labels for the vanilla lavender like you did for the pink lemonade? Thanks!

    • Erin says

      Hi Debbie, the vitamin E oil is optional. It gives the scrub a little more softness and preserves it a little longer. If you don’t have any you’ll be okay, just use it up before it spoils πŸ™‚

    • Sarah says

      I would think most drug stores would carry Vitamin E in capsule form, then you stick a pin in it et voila, oil..

      I have loved using vitamin E oil for many years now, my kids somehow ended up with warts one year (oh the things kids pick up at school!) and our doc sent us to a dermatologist who literally took off a piece of my pointer finger with his (true story!) LASER that he said was perfectly safe to remove them.
      I was so grateful that I listened to my gut and went first – we never went back to that derm, my Pop is a huge advocate of E for his dry skin so we all rubbed vit E on and no more warts. I still look at my hands and wonder how many people are missing part of a finger! Something about E and a lot of sunshine that summer, I had two places and comparing the laser to the one I just used E on… well, that got me very much into “home remedies”!
      Sorry for the life story πŸ™‚ I just always want to pass on good news!

  4. Kaci says

    Just wondering if I can use regular coconut oil? I bought the liquid cooking coconut oil and wondering if that would be fine.

    • Erin says

      Hi Kaci, In a pinch, I’ve used liquid coconut oil. However, in general it’s best to use regular since it has all the beneficial qualities you want in a beauty product.

      • Erin says

        Hi Tammy, I purchase my coconut oil from several sources. Walmart has in inexpensive Organic one and recently, Costco started carrying an organic one as well. It’s large, but I cook and make crafts with it, so It’s not so bad πŸ™‚ Amazon also has some -here’s one: https://amzn.to/2Hk8XxP.

        Just make sure NOT to get a fractionated one…you’ll lose the therapeutic benefits πŸ™‚

    • Erin says

      Hi Francesca, there are free printable gift tags included in the post. You just need to click the link. Let me know if you have any problems.

  5. Liliya says

    I love DIYs like this! It is simple and very useful. I know TheBeautyInsiders website has a lot of posts like this and I love them <3

    • Erin says

      Hi Melissa, I use liquid coconut oil, so it’s not an issue. If you’re using solid coconut oil, you’d have to melt it a bit to be able to mix it all together. It will likely harden a bit after it’s mixed, though.

  6. Devra says

    Hi Erin, I tried this and it came out looking like cookie dough. I wonder if I mixed it too much. Has this ever happened to you?

    • Erin says

      Hi Devra, No, that’s never happened to me. I think you may be right, perhaps it was mixed too much. You are really just stirring to combine the ingredients and then leaving it alone. You used brown sugar?

  7. Ely says

    I made this with the exact measurements you posted, but mine came out all runny. Your’s looks nice and thick like sugar scrub is supposed to… I tried adding more brown sugar, but it didn’t make much difference. What am I missing?

    • Erin says

      That’s so strange, Ely. I used the exact measurements listed. I would say you’re on the right track. You can add more sugar until you reach the consistency you desire. If needed, once you add more sugar, add a teeny bit more vanilla.

    • Erin says

      You’ll love this scrub! The recipe makes about 1 1/2 cups. You can use it all in one container or make smaller ones. Whatever you prefer. Enjoy!

    • Erin says

      Mine too. My feet are dry and cracking, I am making a new flavor this week, so stay tuned! This will probably be my all-time favorite because it smells so good though.

  8. Nikki says

    Erin, I think I would definitely have to remind myself not to lick myself after I apply this. It looks delicious. But I’m sure my skin would feel delicious after I used it. I love knowing that what I’m putting in my mouth is chemical free, and I have been paying far more attention to what I put on my skin too. What a perfect gift idea, one that the recipient will use to pamper themselves and I love giving a gift that shows that I took time and put thought into. This is perfect with the holidays right around the corner.

    • Erin says

      Me too, Nikki. I’ve been paying way more attention lately to what I’m putting on my body and my kids. It just makes sense…too many chemicals in our environment. I just love how simple and lovely this pampering scrub is for a DIY.

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