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The holiday season can be a super stressful time! With so many demands on your time and energy, you need to make sure to take time for yourself with one of these simple, relaxing DIY Holiday Sugar Scrubs. DIY body scrubs make thoughtful and popular gifts for Christmas and other holidays, birthdays, and special occasions this season and throughout the year!
Sugar scrubs are a great choice for sensitive skin, since sugar granules are round and gentler on skin. Sugar contains glycolic acid, which is in the alpha hydroxy acid family, which means that sugar helps to remove dead skin cells, allowing skin to regenerate more quickly for a more youthful appearance. Also, sugar is a natural humectant, which means it pulls moisture from the air and into your skin. Since sugar scrubs are gentle on your skin, you can use them up to a couple times per week.
Continue reading for my Ultimate List of DIY Holiday Sugar Scrubs to treat yourself and give as gifts this Christmas season!
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DIY Holiday Sugar Scrubs Perfect for Gift-Giving
Cranberries are a staple of the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays, which makes this salt scrub the perfect DIY gift idea! This is also a great way to use leftover cranberries once the holiday season is over. However, you should feel free to make this scrub any time because cranberries are great for skin in their own right, since they’re full of antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals that nourish and condition skin.
From Simply Stacie
WINTER CHAI SCRUB
Few hot drinks are as comforting as a cup of sweet chai tea on a cold day. This recipe turns your favorite winter tea into a super fragrant, relaxing sugar scrub sure to revitalize any dreary winter day.
From Real Food Outlaws
Calling all Harry Potter fans! Give your favorite Harry Potter junkie this super cool butterbeer scrub inspired by the popular wizarding beverage. Creamy Shea butter, butterscotch extract, and vanilla extract will stimulate the senses and condition skin. For more Harry Potter fun, check out 40+ Harry Potter Party Ideas to Help You Throw the Best HP Party Ever.
This DIY recipe is the popular Christmas cookie in scrub form perfect for getting you and your friends in the Christmas spirit!
From Mommy Musings
WHIPPED GINGERBREAD SCRUB
Love the smell of gingerbread, but want a scrub that’s a little more creamy and smooth? Check out this scrub! Whipping the coconut oil and sugars totally changes the texture of the scrub while maintaining all the exfoliating benefits.
From Sugar + Soul Co
CHRISTMAS ORANGE WHIPPED SCRUB [WITH FREE PRINTABLE LABELS]
The scent of orange screams Christmas! Utilize the bright, refreshing scent of the popular Christmas stocking filler with this creamy whipped sugar scrub!
From The Idea Room
PUMPKIN PIE SCRUB
It wouldn’t be the holidays without delicious pumpkin pie! Nourishing pumpkin and the amazing smell of pumpkin pie spice will remind you of fun holiday dinners with family and friends.
From Mason Jar Crafts
SUGAR SCRUB SAND ART
This gorgeous sugar scrub will amaze anyone receiving this gift! The colors come from mixing the sugar scrub with natural foaming body washes for a 3-in-1 cleansing, exfoliating, and moisturizing concoction.
From Sugar + Cloth
CANDY CANE SCRUB [WITH FREE PRINTABLE LABEL]
This scrub is so pretty and full of Christmas cheer! Anyone would be super happy to receive this scrub as a thoughtful, caring gift. This recipe calls for red food coloring, so be sure to use a natural brand or make your own, since conventional dyes contain harmful ingredients.
From The Idea Room
WHIPPED PEPPERMINT SCRUB
For a creamier scrub, try this whipped peppermint scrub. Both peppermint scrubs are great for your skin and will invigorate your senses! Just like the previous scrub, this recipe uses red food coloring. I recommend using all natural food coloring to prevent any unwanted harmful effects from applying to your skin.
From The Idea Room
SUGAR COOKIE FOOT SCRUB
My family typically only bakes cookies at Christmastime, so this scrub is the quintessential holiday smell for us!
From So Let’s Hang Out
Pomegranate seeds possess anti-aging properties, and the oil from these seeds reduce wrinkles. Plus, this scrub is the prettiest light pink color and smells fantastic!
From This Mama Loves
Add religious significance to your gift giving this season with this frankincense scrub. Add DIY Myrrh Bath Salts for a gift set with extra special meaning.
From The Idea Room
CHOCOLATE COCONUT SCRUB
No special day would be complete without chocolate! Another recipe we only enjoy at Christmas is my mom’s chocolate fudge, and this scrub totally looks like fudge or brownie batter! Chocolate is also great for your skin, since it has loads of antioxidants reducing wrinkles and sun spots and improving hydration and thickness – all great for youthful-looking skin!
From How Sweet It Is
WINTER WHITE SCRUB
I love the idea of this scrub – so wintery, right? But I’m not crazy that it calls for Vaseline, which is harmful to your health and the environment. I suggest using this recipe and omitting the Vaseline. You can just follow the rest of the recipe, as is, and maybe add a little more baby oil, or if you want a stronger moisturizer, replace the Vaseline with Shea Butter, beeswax (I like to buy my beeswax at my local health food store because I believe it is important to use local bee products, or you can get it online here), or Cocoa Butter.
From The Girl Creative
VINTAGE SUGAR SCRUB [WITH FREE PRINTABLE LABEL]
This printable label makes this sugar scrub a great DIY Christmas gift and is the perfect choice for people on your list who might not like lots of scented products. This scrub still smells really nice, it’s just a lighter, simpler scent.
From A Dance for 5
FROZEN INSPIRED SCRUB [WITH FREE SNOWFLAKE PRINTABLE]
This Disney’s Frozen inspired scrub recipe is the perfect gift for your child’s teachers, or for that adult in your life who still watches Disney movies and never quite grew up (like me!). This recipe calls for blue food coloring, so be sure to use a natural brand or make your own, since conventional dyes contain harmful ingredients.
From OHMY! Creative
GINGER + COCONUT OIL SCRUB
Ginger is great for sensitive skin. Its anti-inflammatory properties reduce redness, helps treat skin disorders, and makes skin firmer, tighter, and more youthful.
From Food for My Family
This pretty green scrub looks and smells so minty fresh. This scrub is great to use in the morning to wake you up. The recipe for this scrub uses green food coloring to get that minty hue. Artificial dyes contain ingredients that are bad for you, so be sure to use a natural brand or make your own instead of using typical store bought dyes.
From Love Grows Wild
HONEY SCRUB [WITH FREE HOLIDAY PRINTABLE LABEL]
This basic honey scrub allows you to add essential oils (or not) as you please. Honey is a great moisturizer and antioxidant, which means it prevents skin damage. It also works with a carrier oil, in this case olive oil, to help heal dry, flaky skin.
I hope you like the recipes featured in this list of DIY Holiday Sugar Scrubs. Use these recipes to pamper yourself and give as great gifts this holiday season and all year long!
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