15 Holiday Sugar Scrub Recipes

I love homemade sugar scrubs. They are one of my favorite ways to use my essential oils, and they’re so easy to make! Plus, they make really great homemade gifts – they are the perfect gift during the holiday season.

Here are some great sugar scrub recipes especially for a last minute gift on the holidays. We love the scents of peppermint, pumpkin spice, and gingerbread!

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These are our favorite diy holiday sugar scrubs!

Homemade Body Scrubs DIY Gifts

DIY sugar scrubs are the best way to get rid of dead skin cells, soften dry skin, and promote the growth of healthy skin. What I love the most about making my own sugar scrubs instead of buying one at the grocery store is that I know exactly what the main ingredients are – that way I can avoid extra ingredients that are not beneficial.

The best part about making these DIY sugar scrub recipes is that you can customize them as much as you want for different purposes. For example, some of these use almond oil for dry sensitive skin, others use vanilla extract for a sweet aroma, others use raw sugar for making an exfoliating scrub – the options are endless.

Something I love adding to most (if not all) of my sugar scrubs are a few drops of essential oils, as they are a perfect way to make them smell better. There are so many different ones you can try. These are our favorite essential oils for making the best sugar scrub:

But feel free to try other combinations! 5-10 total drops of essential oil should be more than enough for any sugar scrub.

A homemade sugar scrub recipe 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: grapeseed oil, coconut oil, olive oil, vitamin e oil, jojoba oil, shea butter, rose petals, aloe vera, brown sugar, sweet almond oil…

15 Holiday Sugar Scrub Recipes

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This red and green peppermint sugar scrub is so festive! We love the amazing smell and the holiday colors. at Kids Activities Blog 

You can’t get any easier than this 2-ingredient scrub. via Totally The Bomb

Yum! Cinnamon and vanilla is one of my favorite scents, and this sugar scrub smells delicious. via The Idea Room

Do you love the smell of gingerbread? Me, too. This whipped gingerbread sugar scrub is amazing! via Sugar and Soul

Make this mint sugar scrub, add a red ribbon and it is ready to give as a gift! via Love Grows Wild

Another great peppermint scrub. It is so invigorating to the senses and would be great for gifting! via Simplistically Living

If you love everything pumpkin spice, then this sugar scrub recipe is perfect for you! via Uncommon Designs

Or add the sweet scent of vanilla and make this crazy good vanilla pumpkin spice sugar scrub! via Happiness is Homemade

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If you’re in need of a holiday gift, these are your best choice!

Chocolate peppermint is one of my favorite scents in the winter. Yum! via Really Are You Serious

Here is a sugar scrub for all the Disney fans! This Frozen inspired recipe is amazing. via Oh My Creative

Who doesn’t love the smell of a sugar cookie? Another awesome holiday scent and perfect for a DIY gift! via Not Quite Susie

This gingerbread sugar scrub is the perfect holiday scrub! We love it. via Raining Hot Coupons

Don’t forget about cranberry! We love this scent during the holidays. via Soap Queen

Who doesn’t love the amazing smell of strawberry? This sugar scrub is really pretty! via The Gunny Sack

Two pictures of sugar scrubs - image on the left shows a candy cane sugar scrub, image on the right shows a cinnamon sugar scrub.
Doesn’t a candy cane scrub just sound absolutely delicious?

This red and white sugar scrub looks just like a candy cane and smells delicious. via Happy Organized Life 

We all love peppermint in the winter. This sugar scrub is one of our favorites. via Mom 4 Real

Everyone loves the scent of pumpkin pie! So do we! via Our Wabi Sabi Life


  • This cranberry sugar scrub smells just like heaven!
  • Our lavender sugar scrub recipe is the perfect cure for sleepless nights.
  • We love how much fun this rainbow sugar scrub is to make.
  • 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 holiday scrub recipes with essential oils recipe turn out?