Nothing evokes holiday warm fuzzies like the smell of cinnamon, nutmeg and sweet brown sugar — usually baking in something sweet. To stretch that feeling a little longer, and not stretch my waist band, I like to indulge in this yummy homemade Brown Sugar Scrub.
Made with a brown sugar and coconut oil base, it lends itself to cozy smelling essential oils. Start with a 2:1 ratio of brown (light or dark brown) sugar to room temperature coconut oil. I like to whisk the coconut oil first and then gently fold the brown sugar into it.
Then, for this recipe, I added Nutmeg, Cinnamon Leaf, Vanilla and Cedarwood essential oils. In this recipe I’ve used Eden’s Garden brand, but Sarah and I also use YoungLiving and doTerra brands essential oils as well. If you don’t already have a brand of eo you prefer, we recommend doing some research before committing and deciding what’s best for you and your family.
The essential oils make the scrub smell like some decadent dessert (which I love in the winter months – I still prefer citrus and light botanicals in the warm months!) and the brown sugar gently exfoliates and coconut oil is so good for dry winter skin. For an extra boost, add some Vitamin E oil. Start with a few drops of each essential oil and one drop of cinnamon leaf (it’s a strong smell AND cinnamon is a “hot” oil meaning it can irritate skin if applied without being diluted. Some people find it uncomfortable on their skin – I prefer Cinnamon Leaf to Cinnamon bark or just “cinnamon”. Definitely keep it away from your face/eyes.) and work to a ratio you like.
In a pretty gold topped mason jar tied with some twine, this DIY brown sugar scrub makes an easy and super affordable – and always well received – gift. It would be perfect for a dinner or book club group gift, teachers, or even a holiday ‘favorite things’ party. A quick and easy label gives it an extra special touch. These were made using pearl labels that I ran through the Silhouette CURIO, first with the sketch pen to get the “hand” lettering and then with the cutting blade.
My kitchen smelled amazing for days after making this and my bedroom and bathroom smell so nice after using it in the shower! If you aren’t comfortable storing glass in the bathroom, make small batches to keep in a plastic container.
What are some of your favorite winter smells or essential oils? I’m always looking for different combos to try!