Wellness, Self-Care

DIY Winter Citrus Sugar Scrub

One of my favorite things about the holiday season is thoughtful gifting. I love coming up with gift ideas for those closest to me. Handmade gifts are sometimes thought of as passé, but with a little creativity, they don’t have to be!

You can make your own luxurious gifts at home! Try sewing an apron, embroidering napkins, or making a DIY sugar scrub! I think it’s important to make things that you think the recipient will actually use! An apron is always a great handmade gift, as are homemade candles, bath & body products, and of course, Christmas treats!

This DIY sugar scrub is a quick and easy gift to put together for those that you’d like to gift something thoughtful to, but don’t necessarily have the budget to splurge on something store-bought! Sugar scrubs are very easy and inexpensive to make! In fact, they take only minutes to put together!

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This inexpensive, easy, and all-natural sugar scrub is the perfect gift for anyone on your list that could use a little self-care.

What kind of sugar is best for DIY sugar scrubs?

You might be happy to hear that any sugar will work for a sugar scrub! Use brown sugar, granulated sugar, or even raw sugar for a deeper exfoliation!

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What essential oils are best for DIY sugar scrubs?

While essential oils aren’t absolutely necessary to make homemade sugar scrubs, they’re a wonderful addition! Try lavender for a relaxing scrub, or citrus for an invigorating scrub. For this particular sugar scrub I combined sweet orange, spruce, and clove, which makes for a lovely seasonal scent!

What oil is best for DIY sugar scrubs?

You can use any type of kitchen oil you have handy when making homemade sugar scrubs! While vegetable oil would technically work, I wouldn’t advise it. Stick with oils such as olive, grape seed, coconut (liquid), or almond. One of my favorite sugar scrubs is a lavender olive oil scrub - it is divine!

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Homemade Winter Citrus Sugar Scrub



Chloe Mackintosh


December 21, 2018


September 15, 2020


1 servings


  • 3 cups sugar (I used granulated)
  • ¾ cup oil (I used grape seed)
  • 10 drops sweet orange essential oil
  • 5 drops spruce essential oil
  • 2 drops clove essential oil


  1. Combine all ingredients in a large bowl. Stir well until thoroughly combined. Divide evenly into small glass jars.

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