5 Minute DIY Sugar Scrub That’s Seriously Easy to Make

by Ashley

Easy DIY Sugar Scrub

Whether you’re looking for a cute and simple gift idea or just wanting to treat yourself to a spa night in, this DIY sugar scrub recipe is for you! It’s seriously easy to make and smells SO GOOD!

5 Minute DIY Sugar Scrub Recipe

You can make this sugar scrub in just 5 minutes and you probably already have all of the ingredients in your pantry! (Get the FREE printable labels at the bottom of the post!)

Here’s a step by step guide to the recipe I used:

How to make Vanilla Lavender Sugar Scrub

ingredients for DIY Sugar Scrub


(You can switch up the ingredients to create any scented combination you want; think Coconut Vanilla, Cucumber Mint, Strawberry Lemonade… the possibilities are endless!)

Step 1: Sugar

Depending on the quantity of sugar scrub you are wanting to make, you may have to alter the measurements – just remember you want to use 75% sugar and 25% oil.

For this recipe I made small batches using 1 cup of sugar and 1/4 cup of melted coconut oil.

adding the sugar into DIY Sugar Scrub

Step 2: Oil

Warm up the coconut oil in the microwave for 30 seconds (or until oil is in liquid form). Add to the sugar and mix well.

adding the coconut into DIY Sugar Scrub

Step 3: Vanilla

For this recipe I wanted the calming effects of lavender, but the sweet aroma of vanilla. I used 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract and stirred that into the sugar/oil mixture.

(Bonus: if you want to earn extra DIY points, you can use homemade vanilla extract. Click here to get my recipe!)

adding vanilla extract to DIY Sugar Scrub

*Optional step: food coloring*

To get a soft purple hue to match the lavender scent I was using, I added 6 drops of red food coloring and 4 drops of blue food coloring. Feel free to skip this step as it does not offer any benefit to the scrub besides making it pretty 🙂

Step 5: Lavender Essential Oil

Last but not least, add the lavender essential oil. Not only does lavender smell A-MA-ZING, it is known for its calming effects.

Perfect for this at-home-spa-treatment recipe!

adding lavender to DIY Sugar Scrub

Once you’re finished it should look something like this:

DIY Sugar Scrub after finishing mixing

To add the finishing touch, spoon your scrub into a little glass jar and voila!

finished DIY Sugar Scrub with a cute label

I added cute labels that I printed out on kraft paper and tied around the jar with twine.

I loved the sweet wording and the ‘Scoop, Scrub, Rinse’ phrase the Classy Clutter blog used on their labels and tweaked the wording/font to fit the style I was going for.

Diy Sugar Scrub label held on with twine

Love this label too? Click here to get the FREE printable, plus instant access to my Printables Library!

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Arin June 8, 2017 - 10:24 am

I’m definitely making this!! So pretty and anything lavender is perfection in my book

Ashley June 8, 2017 - 12:05 pm

I love how simple it is! I am totally going to keep a jar for myself 😉

Shannon June 8, 2017 - 5:26 pm

The favors turned out super cute!!! The shower is going to be great with all your amazing ideas 🙂

Joyfully Growing June 12, 2017 - 8:18 am

Awe thanks 🙂

Pamela June 8, 2017 - 10:52 pm

I loved this simple but amazing recipe !! Good idea ????

Ashley December 16, 2017 - 12:47 pm

I am so glad!!

Stephanie June 10, 2017 - 1:00 pm

all your DIYs are so great! pinned 🙂

Joyfully Growing December 16, 2017 - 12:48 pm

You are too kind! Thanks friend 🙂

Brittany December 16, 2017 - 10:01 am

Hello how many ounces does this yield? Looks amazing!!

Ashley December 16, 2017 - 12:46 pm

Hi! The ratio that I used filled 2 of the 4oz jars, so a total of about 7-8oz. You can easily adjust the measurements to fit your needs, just use the same ratio to get the right texture! And yes, the scrub is so good! I had a few left overs from the bridal shower, and have been happily using them up! Hellllllo silky soft skin! 🙂

DeeLynn June 20, 2018 - 5:46 pm

Love the idea and will be using at a bridal shower soon. Just one thing I need: Where did you find your cute jars? I can’t seem to find them. Thank you!

Ashley June 20, 2018 - 9:31 pm

Yay, these are perfect for bridal shower favors! I got the jars from Target – I just looked up some similar ones on their website and linked them towards the bottom of the post! Hope that helps!

DeeLynn June 20, 2018 - 10:24 pm

Thank you so much for your help, Ashley! The link was very helpful and love the jars! I can’t wait to make these. Thank you, again, for helping us to have a great bridal shower favor!

Ashley June 21, 2018 - 3:00 pm

Oh I’m so glad! Have the best shower! 🙂

Trish October 23, 2019 - 11:39 am

How long a shelf life once placed in a jar?

Ashley October 24, 2019 - 12:44 pm

The longest I’ve kept my sugar scrub was around 10 months and it was still in great condition. The color had faded a little but the functionality of the scrub was great! Hope that helps.

Coco February 2, 2020 - 11:34 am

I will definitely do this!!!!! I’m sure I’ll LOVE it!!!!!!

Ashley April 3, 2020 - 2:24 pm

Awesome, I’m sure you will too!

Toby Roth December 7, 2020 - 6:30 am

Want a face scrub also. Do you have one?

Ashley January 29, 2021 - 4:06 pm

This would work great for a face scrub as well!

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