4 Easy Homemade Christmas Body Scrub Recipes for Gift Giving

See how to make easy homemade Christmas body scrub recipes. The natural holiday body scrubs are great DIY gifts ideas. Included are instructions for a peppermint mocha, orange spice, chai spice, and vanilla cookie exfoliating scrubs.

This time of year is also the perfect occasion to make a Gingerbread Sugar Scrub! I have simple and easy Pumpkin Spice Sugar Scrub in various flavors that only take 5 minutes to make!

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DIY Christmas Body Scrub Recipes for Gift Giving

How Do You Make a Christmas Body Scrub

Who’s ready to crank up the holiday tunes and get in the kitchen? Since about all I can reliably cook up is pumpkin pie, I’ll save my culinary creativity for homemade gift-giving. And beauty gifts are the best because the recipient gets the gift of soft, glowing skin.

The easiest way to have glowing skin during holidays is by using body scrubs. Because exfoliating will help you to achieve soft, smooth, and silky skin.

Exfoliating is good for you.

Did you know that you can make your own natural Christmas body scrubs for glowing skin?

Yes, that’s right!

There is something special about homemade beauty products. They are made with love and it feels as if they absorbed all the care and joy from your hands.

You can also customize your products to address the very skin issue that you have.

DIY body scrubs are inexpensive and yet they feel like a magic potion that transforms your skin to become glowing and smooth.

Making your own all-natural body scrubs you will save a lot of money (and your body) from chemicals.

You will notice that brown sugar body scrub is among the most popular ones in this kind of holiday season.

Brown sugar plays a role of an exfoliator, where it gently removes dead cells from your skin, leaving it silky and healthy.

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You Will Love These 4 Holiday Sugar Scrub Recipes, because:

  • they exfoliate and moisturize all at once
  • your skin will feel brand new
  • your skin will become incredibly soft and luxurious
  • they are super simple to make
  • it takes about 5 minutes to make them
  • they are much less expensive than store-bought sugar scrubs
  • they are a great holiday gift

Don’t forget to pin this holiday sugar scrub ideas!

Christmas body scrub recipes DIY

The best DIY holiday body scrubs

I’m so excited for you to try these Christmas sugar scrub recipes for the holidays (or anytime), for yourself, or as a gift. While these sugar scrub gifts are sure to impress, this homemade sugar scrub recipe is actually quite simple and made with ingredients you may already have in your (beauty) pantry.

For each of these scrubs, you can prepare them directly in the jar, or you can mix the ingredients separately in a bowl and then pack them in jars. If mixing in the jars, adjust the amounts to fit the size of your container. You’ll want to fill the jar about 3/4 of the way with the scrub element (salt, coffee, etc) and then add your oil until it covers the scrub.

As for the carrier oils, go with whatever light oil suits you, like almond, olive, safflower, etc. You can even use liquids like aloe or milk. Here’s our no-fail scrub guide to give you some ideas!

homemade body scrub recipes for gifts

4 DIY Holiday Sugar Scrubs Perfect for Gift-Giving

#1 Peppermint Mocha

Here’s a natural peppermint mocha sugar scrub recipe that I just know you’re going to love to celebrate the holidays! This recipe is affordable and easy to make, making it perfect to use as special holiday gifts for friends, family, teachers, and more! It uses coconut oil, sugar, vanilla extra, coffee, honey, cocoa, and peppermint essential oil.

The benefits of the coffee grounds in the scrub are the antioxidants and caffeine. This scrub is supposed to be really good for cellulite.



  1. In a medium bowl, mix together coffee grounds, cocoa powder, and sugar.
  2. Add oils and honey and mix well.
  3. Pour into a washed out jelly jar.
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#2 Orange Spice

The scent of orange screams Christmas. Utilize the bright, refreshing scent of the popular Christmas stocking filler with this creamy whipped sugar scrub!

This luxe spiced orange sugar scrub brings a citrus grove and spa directly to your bathroom. The vitamin-rich DIY orange sugar scrubs deeply sloughs and brightens the skin, while the invigorating scent uplifts your mind.

This Christmas body scrub is formulated with freshly grated orange zest, sweet orange essential oil, and cinnamon oil. Cardamom essential oil also pairs nicely with the orange fragrance.

Orange and Cinnamon’s Essential Oils are a beautiful combination – Orange is a happy oil that boosts mood and mentality, while Cinnamon Bark Essential Oil encourages healthy circulation and boosts the immune system. Paired together it’s a wonderful combination to use topically in the skin in the form of body scrub.



  1. Combine sea salt and the solid coconut oil in a medium bowl and beat together with a hand mixer (or a stand mixer). Beat together until smooth paste forms.
  2. Add your orange essential oil, cinnamon, and orange zest and mix well.
Chai spice body sugar scrub

#3 Chai Spice Body Sugar Scrub

Chai spice is natural when it comes to sugar scrubs. It’s a warm and yummy smelling scent and the spices are actually beneficial to your skin.

Cardamom – Anti-aging, natural skin toner, great for acne.

Cloves – Wonderful for acne, blemishes and scars.

Ginger – Increases blood flow, helps clear blemishes, evens skin tone, and has anti-aging benefits.

Nutmeg – Great for acne, eczema, and blemishes. Nutmeg also reduces redness and inflammation.

Cinnamon – Stimulates blood flow, is great for acne and eczema, and has anti-aging benefits.


  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp gingerbread
  • ½ tsp clove
  • ½ nutmeg
  • 1-2 cup coconut oil


In a medium-sized mixing bowl, combine all of the ingredients with a fork until well blended. Transfer the sugar scrub to an airtight container until ready to use. If you decided to use essential oils be sure to add only a few drops to the coconut oil, after melting, slightly cooling, and before adding to the sugars, cinnamon, and spices. Mix, and store the same way.

4 Christmas scrub recipes

#4 Vanilla Cookie

This body scrub smells amazing, and though all ingredients can be found in your pantry, and therefore edible, I wouldn’t advise eating it, as it is mostly just sugar and oil. This easy DIY recipe is quick to whip up and only uses 6 ingredients. Also, a very frugal body scrub as it is a lot cheaper than many store-bought body scrubs out there.


Mix all of the ingredients together in a small bowl. Once mixed place in a container or jar with an air-tight lid.

Materials for making holiday sugar scrubs

Good news, you don’t need any fancy equipment to make your own sugar scrubs at home. And the tools you do need are probably already in your cupboard.

glass mixing bowl: Plastic and metal can react with some ingredients (e.g. clay, essential oils), so a glass mixing bowl is your best option.

spoon or whisk: You need a spoon or whisk to mix your sugar scrub and transfer the product into a storage container.


No, since these Christmas sugar scrub recipes don’t contain any water you don’t need to add any kind of preservatives.

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How do you make holiday sugar scrub recipes?

How to make body scrubs for gifts? Let’s do it together!

It’s just 4 easy steps and 5 minutes of prep. Here is how to make your own Christmas scrubs:

1. The oil phase – chose your carrier oil, mix with essential oils, and vitamin E into a jar or a small mixing bowl. Stir to combine.

2. Prep the sugar base. In case you will use only botanicals like me, place the sugar and botanicals into a food processor and blend until combine and the botanicals are well dispersed.

Mix the Christmas scrub. Pour the oils over the sugar and combine.

Store the sugar scrub. Transfer the sugar scrub into airtight glass jars or storage containers and store sealed until ready to use.

This simple process is the same for all of the following four DIY scrubs for gifts.

How much does the recipe make?

This essential oil sugar scrub recipe yields approximately 1 cup / 270 g / 9.5 oz product. In case you need more holiday gifts, simply double or triple the recipe.

DIY body scrub for Christmas gifts

Homemade sugar scrub jars are beautiful DIY Christmas gifts.

The easiest way is to fill your Christmas sugar scrubs in flip-top jars. I love glass jars because they are an eco-friendly and sustainable packaging idea and they are the best choice for storing products containing essential oils. You can also decorate your jars with festive printable sugar scrub labels. You can download your free copy at the end of the post.

Decorate the top with a piece of fabric or colorful paper and tie a piece of ribbon or garden twine around the jar for added color.

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How to use DIY holiday body scrubs

The main purpose of a sugar scrub is to exfoliate and remove dead skin cells, revealing new skin. My homemade body scrub recipes are easy to spread on and will leave your skin cleansed, exfoliated, soft, and moisturized.

There are several ways to use the easy sugar scrub recipes. Here are some tips for how to use sugar scrub to exfoliate your skin:

Hands and Feet: You can use Christmas scrub recipes to exfoliate certain parts of your body like the bottom of your feet. Apply in the area you want to treat, massaging in circular motions.

Shower: Exfoliating in the shower is the best way to exfoliate your entire body. Wet your skin with warm water. Then massage small amounts of scrub on your skin. Rinse off with plenty of water.

Lip sugar scrub: These sugar scrub recipes are also excellent lip scrubs. Just pick a small amount with your fingers and massage it all over your lips. You can leave it on for two-three minutes, then wash it away.

Always use a spoon or spatula to remove body scrub from the jar. It’s very important not to get water into the product during use.

Don’t use the scrub on irritated or inflamed skin, or open wounds.

Follow up with lotion or body butter afterward.

How often should you use the Christmas sugar scrub recipe?

Use these homemade beauty scrubs 2-3 times per week. If you use more you can irritate your skin.

How to store the sugar scrub recipes?

At room temperature, a homemade sugar scrub will last at least one to two months in an airtight container, like a mason jar with a lid. If you don’t use it just store it in the fridge. Refrigerated, DIY sugar scrubs can last up to six months.

More DIY body recipes

If you like these DIY Christmas sugar scrub recipes, you might also like some of my other natural body exfoliator recipes:

DIY Lip Balm Recipe with Shea Butter

7 DIY Face Scrubs You Can Make With Ingredients In Your Kitchen

Anti-Cellulite DIY Coffee And Honey Scrub for Smooth Glowing Skin

Easy DIY Gingerbread Body Butter Recipe (Only 4 Ingredients)

How to Make Homemade Sugar Scrub for Glowing Skin

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4 Christmas Sugar Scrub Recipes

Christmas Sugar Scrub Recipes

See how to make easy homemade Christmas body scrub recipes. The natural holiday body scrubs are great DIY gifts ideas. Included are instructions for a peppermint mocha, orange spice, chai spice, and vanilla cookie exfoliating scrubs.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Active Time 5 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Difficulty easy


Peppermint Mocha Sugar Scrub

Orange Spice Sugar Scrub

Chai Spice Body Sugar Scrub

Vanilla Cookie Sugar Scrub



    1. Add the carrier oil, essential oils, and vitamin E into a jar or small mixing bowl and stir to mix.
    2. Put the sugar, mica powder/colorant, and other dry ingredients (e.g. spices, jojoba beads, cacao) into a large mixing bowl. Stir to combine. Tip: If using orange zest, place the sugar and zest into a food processor and blend until everything is well blended.
    3. Pour the oils from Step 1 over the sugar. Mix until combined and the sugar has soaked up the oil.
    4. Transfer the sugar scrub into airtight glass jars or storage containers and store sealed until ready to use.


Essential oil safety

To ensure these sugar scrubs are enjoyable for everyone, follow these safety tips:

Kids: The sugar scrubs are intended for adults. Kids don’t need to use body scrubs as their skin is thinner than adult skin. However, if you suppose the scrubs might be used by children, sub for the kid-safe EOs I listed.

Sensitive skin: Sensitive skin types should avoid spice essential oils (e.g. cinnamon, clove bud) as they can be irritating.

Pregnancy and breastfeeding: Essential oils should be avoided during pregnancy (especially the first trimester) and by those who are breastfeeding.

Medical conditions: Talk to a physician or medical caregiver about the safe use of essential oils in your situation.

Printable sugar scrub labels – Easy sugar scrub gifts

Looking for a fun way to personalize your homemade sugar scrub containers? Download my printable sugar scrub labels to add the perfect finishing touch to your homemade gift.

I packaged the scrub in small glass jars, these 4 oz quilted mason jars or these adorable weck jars are great options too.

I created printable sugar scrub labels that you can download at the end of the post. The labels are available in different colors and also include a black and white version.

The printables fit on letter size and A4 paper. I recommend using 22 lb printer paper or 32 lb premium printer paper.

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