For soothing stress relief with moisturizing benefits, try making this easy lavender sugar scrub. Your hands and body will thank you!
I’ve had a love affair with lavender ever since a neighbor gifted me a wonderful lavender-scented spray with essential oils. At the time, I was (very) pregnant with twin boys, so I needed all the relaxation tools I could get!
Fast forward to today, and I’m now facing a different kind of insomnia…from late-night screen time and full-time mommy-ing. If this sounds like you, give this simple recipe a whirl. It makes enough to keep some for yourself and share some with friends. (Or not share at all.)
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Benefits of Lavender
If you’ve seen my post on DIY Lavender and Rice Heating Pads, you know that my fixation with lavender stems from its many health benefits.
According to Medical News Today, lavender has medicinal benefits in treating anxiety, hair loss and fungal infections, to name a few.
In my experience, lavender has the unique ability to create a sense of calm and relaxation. Nothing helps me get to sleep better!
DIY Lavender Sugar Scrub: Supplies
- Granulated white sugar
- Coconut oil
- Lavender essential oil
- Dried lavender buds
- Mason jar or similar glass container
You have the option of using almond oil or olive oil as a substitute, though the color and scent of the sugar scrub may change based on the oil base you choose. You can also experiment with making a brown sugar scrub instead of using white sugar.
Lavender Scrub Recipe Notes
For this sugar scrub recipe, you can vary the ratio of sugar to coconut oil depending on your preference. I started with about 1½ cups of sugar to ½ cup of coconut oil, but you can increase the sugar for a thicker consistency or add more coconut oil as necessary.
This DIY body scrub is guaranteed to leave your dry skin feeling silky smooth. The sugar and dried lavender buds in this recipe ensure that the scrub both exfoliates and moisturizes as you rub it on your skin.
For more exfoliation, increase the ratio of sugar and lavender buds to coconut oil.
How to Use Your Scrub
This DIY sugar scrub recipe can be used on the face, hands, feet or body.
I particularly like to use this to remove dead skin or calluses on my feet or to soothe my hands after a long day of crafting or working the yard.
After applying your scrub, rinse in warm water to remove any excess sugar or lavender pieces.
If you plan on using this as a DIY body scrub, you might want to increase your batch size by doubling or tripling this recipe. While I used 8-ounce wide-mouth mason jars in my tutorial, any glass jar will work.
You may also find it helpful to use this scrub on your hands at night and wear cotton sleeping gloves to further moisturize while you sleep. This also prevents any oils from staining your sheets.
Be aware of any allergies to coconut or lavender before gifting this to someone. (I always like to include an ingredient list on products like this, just to play it safe.)
Coconut Oil Preparation
Since coconut oil typically comes in solid form, you’ll need to pre-heat the oil in a microwave (about 30 seconds, in 10-second intervals) and keep it at room temperature before mixing it with the remaining ingredients.
Other Recipe Variations
You have many options to add/substitute other ingredients in this recipe. Try experimenting with other essential oils to make lemon sugar scrub, eucalyptus scrub or a citrus scrub.
Aloe vera gel is another great addition to this recipe, especially if you’re trying to treat a nasty sunburn or skin irritation.
You can also feel free to add food coloring if you have a particular theme in mind.
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Don’t Forget Your Free Printable Labels!
Since DIY sugar scrubs make excellent gifts, I’ve decided to offer free printable labels and tags! Simply fill out the information below to receive your freebies straight to your inbox.
If you are a current newsletter subscriber, you can access these goodies in the members-only library using the password in your most recent e-mail.
Note: The labels for the lids fit these wide-mouth mason jars, and you have the option of ordering these Avery peel-and-stick labels for that purpose. Otherwise, you can print the labels for the lids on cardstock.
The oval tags can be used with any jar. Simply print, cut and punch a hole using a standard hole punch. Then, use a ribbon or string to attach it to your container.
Enjoy your scrub! Let me know how you plan to use yours!
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- 1.5 cups white sugar may substitute brown sugar
- 0.5 cup melted coconut oil may substitute olive oil or almond oil
- 10-15 drops lavender essential oil
- 1.5 tsp dried lavender buds
- Glass bowl
- Spoon (wooden or stainless steel)
- Mason jar or glass jar with lid
- Heat coconut oil in the microwave for 10-second intervals, up to 30 seconds or until it is completely melted.
- Pour sugar into a glass bowl and stir in coconut oil until it is well blended.
- Add 10-15 drops of lavender essential oil, and blend.
- Gently fold in 1-2 teaspoons of lavender buds until the mixture has the desired texture.
- Spoon the sugar scrub into glass jars, and seal tightly with a lid.
Directions for use:
This sugar scrub can be used on any part of the body, including the face, hands and feet. Apply a small amount and gently smooth onto skin in a circular motion. Rinse with warm water.
Always be aware of any food or skin allergies when gifting this DIY sugar scrub to others. You can substitute other ingredients as necessary to accommodate dietary/health restrictions.
Store this DIY sugar scrub in a cool, dry place. Sugar scrubs may last many months/years but may lose scent or freshness over time.