Lavender Sugar Scrub Recipe Easy Enough for Kids to Make & Give

We love easy crafts that use natural ingredients, especially those that kids can help make. Today, we’re thrilled to share this simple sugar scrub recipe that makes a great gift, or simply make it if you want your own sugar scrub that will leave you with super soft skin on your entire body for a long time.

Keep scrolling to find the recipe card to make a natural body scrub with your favorite essential oils and other homemade ingredients you probably already have. Plus kids will have so much fun with this project!

Sugar scrub made with fresh lavender blossoms and lavender essential oil in a jar with a latched lid with a bunch of lavender beside the jar. Text Kid-made Sugar Scrub / Kids Activities Blog.
Let’s make sugar scrub together today!

Easy Sugar Scrub Recipe Kids Can Make

Whether you need a quick holiday gift for teacher appreciation week, need great hostess gifts, or even Mother’s Day crafts for teenagers, this easy sugar scrub recipe is a great excuse to get in the kitchen with kids and have some fun.

This recipe can use a single essential oil or an array of natural oils which turns any regular sugar scrub into a luxurious sugar scrub. It will make you or the recipient feel like they’re having a spa day in their own house. We all need a little self-care every now and then, don’t we?

Besides, adding lavender to your recipe might be the perfect cure for sleepless nights, too!

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Homemade Lavender Sugar Scrub Recipe

Sugar scrub is really simple to make with kids and a lovely way to pamper yourself or a loved one with simple ingredients. You can add anything you want to this natural exfoliant too to create the best results for you: coffee grounds, vitamin e oil, jojoba oil, shea butter, rose petals, aloe vera, sweet almond oil…

What is Sugar Scrub?

There are a lot of different types of sugar scrub, but the main common ingredient is sugar (duh!) and it is used for exfoliation.

A sugar scrub consists of large sugar crystals. The idea is to massage these granules into your skin to remove debris and dead skin cells.

Healthline, Sugar Scrub

Essentially, what sugar scrubs do is encourage cell turnover and bring healthier skin to the surface. The best part about sugar scrubs is that it promotes blood circulation when applied in a circular motion and it’ll make you feel rejuvenated.

When you add essential oils to the mix, you get a sugar scrub that not only smells amazing but also has some other added benefits, such as promoting relaxation and helping with allergies, insomnia, among other things. And it’s made with completely natural products!

Supplies You Need To Make This Lavender Sugar Scrub

  • Jar with a top – we bought ours in bulk in the wedding favor section at Michaels because I thought they were so cute, but Mason jars and other decorative jars work well too.
  • Sugar
  • Oil (olive oil, almond oil, or another sort of simple not smelly oil).
  • Essential oils – this recipe uses lavender as it smells amazing, but you can use Roman chamomile, peppermint, tea tree, and geranium too, or just your favorite one.
  • Food coloring
DIY sugar scrub you can make with your kids and put in a little food coloring, lavender oil, and put in a jar with a bow. You can see the little boy stirring the sugar scrub in a white bowl with a spoon and smelling the lavender.
The homemade sugar scrub is a perfect gift for anyone who likes to relax or has a rough time sleeping thanks to lavender.

Directions for Making Kid-Made Sugar Scrub

Step 1 – Mixing Up The Ingredients

Mix up the ingredients in a medium bowl. Make sure that all ingredients are properly blended. We recommend adding just a few drops of food coloring since you don’t want your skin to get tinted!

  • 3 cups white sugar
  • 1 cup and 2 tbsp of olive oil
  • 10+ drops of lavender (or any other essential oil)
  • a few drops of food coloring based on the color you want your scrub

Step 2 – Packing The Sugar Scrub

Pack mixed sugar scrub into a jar. We used large tongue depressors to scoop the sugar scrub into the jars.

Step 3 – Decorating It

Decorate with some ribbon and personalize it with some stickers. We added a letter sticker for the first initial of who we were giving the gift to.

Make a card or little note to attach to it and give it as a gift to someone you know that needs a pick me up!

Our Experience Making DIY Sugar Scrub – Some Tips

  • I didn’t use too much food coloring because I only wanted it to be tinted a peach color and didn’t want to be rubbing food coloring all over myself!
  • This activity gave us lots of opportunities to talk about the five senses and to work on measuring skills. It’s a great opportunity for kids
  • Not only would this gift be great for teacher appreciation week, but you could also make it as an end of the year or beginning of the year teacher gift.
  • Plus, it is a perfect gift for anyone who needs to relax or has trouble sleeping thanks to the lavender.
  • Other relaxing blends are: copaiba, vetiver, cedarwood, peace and calming essential oil, stress away essential oil, orange.

Other Homemade Sugar Scrub Ideas

You can even make this sugar scrub as Christmas gifts. Use red food coloring or green food coloring or even a mixture of both.

If you are creating two different colors, then mix them in separate bowls because mixing them in one would create brown. <–another color lesson!

Then you’d add some vanilla essential oil, cinnamon bark, or peppermint!

Sugar Scrub ~ A Gift Kids Can Make

Kid Made Sugar Scrub

This sugar scrub recipe is great to make with the kids. Adding lavender might be a perfect cure for sleepless nights and makes a great gift.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Active Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Difficulty easy
Estimated Cost $15-$20

Materials

  • Jar with a top
  • Sugar
  • Oil (olive oil, almond oil, or another sort of simple not smelly oil).
  • Essential oils (I love using lavender!)
  • Food coloring

Instructions

  1. Mix up the ingredients in a bowl. We used 3 cups white sugar, 1 cup and 2 tbsp of olive oil, 10+ drops of lavender (or any other essential oil), and a few drops of food coloring based on the color you want your scrub.
  2. Pack mixed sugar scrub into a jar. We used large tongue depressors to scoop the sugar scrub into the jars.
  3. Decorate with some ribbon and personalize it with some stickers. We added a letter sticker for the first initial of who we were giving the gift to.
  4. Make a card or little note to attach to it and give it as a gift to someone you know that needs a pick me up!

Notes

I didn’t use too much food coloring because I only wanted it to be tinted a peach color and didn’t want to be rubbing food coloring all over myself!

Related: TipJunkie has a great post sharing 14 Easy Homemade Sugar Scrub Recipes that I highly recommend checking out.

Image shows a collage of different sugar scrubs that you can make with the entire family including kids. These scrubs are holiday-themed, perfect for Christmas gifts. Text says "15 holiday sugar scrub reicpes" From Kids Activities Blog.
We simply love making sugar scrubs for the holidays.

More Simple Sugar Scrub Recipes from Kids Activities Blog

  • We have 15 awesome DIY Christmas sugar scrubs you can make with your kids. They’re pretty and they smell great.
  • Looking for some less holiday themed sugar scrubs, but something that smells just scrumptious? Then you’ll love these simply sweet scrubs.
  • Sometimes our feet need a little extra love, especially during dry weather or the winter. This sugar cookie diy foot scrub is perfect!

How did your homemade sugar scrub with essential oils recipe turn out? Did your kids give the DIY sugar scrubs as gifts?

5 Comments

  1. This is a brilliant idea – easy too! Would make a fab gift for Mother’s Day! Thank you for sharing x

  2. I’m going to have our girl scout troop try this!
    Thanks!

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