Easy, Inexpensive Homemade Sugar Scrubs
So here’s another idea I found this last Christmas season when I was trying to find some quality gift ideas that I could make with minimal cost. I had lost my job in September, and although my husband and I had each worked here and there, we were struggling to get by. I found myself searching the web to find neat ideas that were inexpensive, but wouldn’t come across as cheap. This was one of my favorites! Whether you make a small batch to keep and use at home, or want to make some for others it can fit your needs!
You might not even need to buy anything to make this because most of these items you probably already have in your home. I used some that I had at home, and bought some. The dollar store is GREAT if you need to buy your items but are working on a budget.
- Some sort of oil, shampoo, or body wash. Any ONE of these items will work (you’ll see different variations below).
- A container to put it in.
- More oil, shampoo, or body wash (to make multiple kinds)
- Essential oils for scent
- Other spices that will affect the aroma of the sugar, like cinnamon.
- For the sugar: Brown sugar, salt (sea or epsom are commonly used), or used coffee grounds.
- Body scrubs instead of shampoo or wash (usually you need more if you’re mixing it in)
- Oils: almond, coconut, baby and olive oil are all very common in scrubs. If you have a different kind you’d like to use, try it out! I’ve even seen some products with butter in them!
- Instead of a plastic tub like I used, you can use any sort of jar or container. Just keep in mind it’s going to be in the shower where things get wet and can be dropped easily. This is why I opted away from glass even though many people like the way it looks in the finished product. I like the tubs because they’re short (sturdier) and durable.
As I said before, most of these ingredients can be picked up at the dollar store. I even got the plastic tubs from the dollar store, only $2 for 9 of them!
There are two ways to mix your sugar scrub: layered or not.
Not Layered Sugar Scrubs
1. These are the easiest to make. You simply fill your tub most of the way with sugar.
2. Pour some body wash or shampoo on the top. If you use a scrub, you’ll likely need to add more because it won’t mix in so easily.
3. Stir it in. Once you’re done, check the consistency. You may want to add more sugar or shampoo to get it to your desired consistency. I like to mix it up for myself and try different variances. The consistency will change a little once it’s sat a while. You may want to check back after a few hours, or a day, to see if it’s still how you like it.
4. Once you’ve got it at the desired consistency, slap the lid on and label it! You can buy labels to write on, print them either on paper or sticker paper, or just write on the container. I chose the cheapest option this time.
Layered Sugar Scrub
These take a little more time to put together, but come out so much more beautiful! The ones I made are all layered with a scrub that I bought from the store, but if you only want to use sugar and oil you can still make a pretty layer. Check out the layers from this sugar scrub at The Idea Room.
- If you’re using an oil in your sugar, mix them together in a bowl. I mixed oil with my sugar that I layered mostly because the scrubs I was using to layer were pretty thick. I thought the sugar would need a bit more moisture. If I was using only sugar for my layers, I would’ve added a bit more oil.
2. If you are using only sugar for your layers, separate half the sugar into a different bowl. You want at least one of the halves to be colored with food coloring. This is how you’ll see the different layers.
3. Add enough sugar in the bottom of the storage container to make your first layer.
4. Add some of your second (colored) sugar layer, or your other scrub. Keep alternating layers until you reach the top. I used a butter knife to spread my scrub on the sides so that the layers looked better.
If you don’t use a knife to spread it around, your layers might not look so smooth.
5. Put the lid on, label it, and voila! You’re done!
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