I love homemade sugar scrubs! Making sugar scrub recipes and packaging them in cute ways is the perfect homemade gift this Christmas. Sugar scrub recipes are my favorite way to use essential oils. Make extra holiday scrub because you will want to have some for yourself as well! Kids can get in on the fun of making homemade sugar scrubs with these easy sugar scrub recipes.

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These are our favorite diy holiday sugar scrubs!

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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!

Related: DIY sugar scrub made with lavender

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.

15 Holiday Sugar Scrub Recipes We Love

1. Peppermint Sugar Scrub Recipe Smells Like Christmas

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Let’s make some peppermint sugar scrubs this Christmas!

This red and green peppermint sugar scrub recipe is so festive! We love the amazing smell and the holiday colors.

2. Make Sugar Scrubs with Just 2 Ingredients!

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This sugar scrub only uses 2 ingredients.

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

3. Cinnamon Vanilla Sugar Scrub Smells Like Cookies

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This cinnamon vanilla sugar scrub is perfect for the holidays!

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

4. Gingerbread Sugar Scrub Recipe

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If you love gingerbread, then you’re going to love this holiday sugar scrub recipe.

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

5. Mint Sugar Scrub Recipe Makes a Great Christmas Gift

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Mint just screams the holidays, which is why this sugar scrub is so great.

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

6. Peppermint Scrub Recipe with a Twist

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This Christmas peppermint sugar scrub has a fun twist to it.

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

7. Pumpkin Spice Sugar Scrub Recipe

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Pumpkin spice isn’t just for fall, it also makes the perfect holiday sugar scrub!

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

8. Vanilla Sugar Scrub Recipe

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!

9. Chocolate Peppermint Sugar Scrub Recipe

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

10. Sugar Scrub Recipe Inspired by the Frozen Movies

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If you love the movie Frozen, then you’ll love this sugar scrub!

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

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Nothing says Christmas more than sugar cookies! And this sugar cookie sugar scrub is amazing.

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

12. Gingerbread Sugar Scrub Recipe

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This gingerbread holiday sugar scrub smells so spicy and sweet.

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

13. Cranberry Sugar Scrub Recipe

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This cranberry sugar scrub is my favorite!

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

14. Strawberry Sugar Scrub Recipe

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

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Doesn’t a candy cane scrub just sound absolutely delicious?

15. Candy Cane Sugar Scrub Recipe

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

16. Winter Peppermint Sugar Scrub Recipe

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This winter mint sugar scrub is so refreshing.

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

17. Pumpkin Pie Sugar Scrub Recipe

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If you love pumpkin pie, then this sugar scrub is for you!

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

Why Use Sugar Scrub?

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.

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Best Essential Oils for Holiday Sugar Scrub Recipes

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.

Sugar Scrub Recipe Variations to Try

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.

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…


How did your holiday scrub recipes with essential oils recipe turn out? 

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