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DIY Sugar Scrub Recipes and Pretty Jars for enjoying or gifting.

Sugar Scrubs are easy to make and a great natural alternative to many commercial products that exfoliate and moisturize your skin. But what makes these recipes fun is creating your own packaging. So skip the Gladware containers and make your creations as special on the outside as they are on the inside. Maybe Matilda Blog has a simple how to crafting decorated jars for your sugar scrubs. And what’s better is if you make too much, these jars make gifting a snap!
These diy decorative jars simple require some readily available 7oz. jars from JoAnn’s for about $1 each – though recycling any existing glass jars you’ve emptied and washed would be an eco-friendly option – several coordinating scrapbooking papers that rock your world, Modge Podge, a brush and scissors. You can find the complete tutorial for this project along with a basic sugar scrub recipe at Maybe Matilda, so check it out. Rachel gave her creations as baby shower gifts. But what you do with yours is all up to you!
Want to get a little more creative with your sugar scrub recipe? Here’s a collection of recipes from Soap Deli News to inspire you.
So, why sugar scrubs? Salt and sugar scrubs are great for exfoliating the skin. However, sugar, unlike salt, produces glycolic acid. Glycolic acid, like the alpha hydroxy acid found in many expensive beauty products, offers positive cosmetic results and is reported to improve dry, thickened, sun-damaged and problem-prone skin. It also reduces inflammation, promotes earlier removal of dry skin scales, and optimizes moisture retention. You can buy quality, organic carrier oils and essential oils for your diy sugar scrubs from Mountain Rose Herbs.
What are your favorite ingredients for a sugar scrub? Do you have a preference for scent or oils used?


  • Alexis

    May 17, 2011 at 9:50 pm

    I love making sugar scrubs! And a great suggestion, I’ve also been in to decorating all my bathroom supplies. It just makes everything look so pretty.

  • Crunchy Diva

    May 17, 2011 at 10:07 pm

    sugar scrubs are GREAT! i don’t get all fancy & just grab brown sugar right from the bag & rub it in as needed (except my face) & rinse off. my boyfriend uses it too he finds it helps with his eczema. i’ve also used it after my baking soda shampoo in my hair & it gets any extra skin off my scalp.

  • Lulu Grey

    May 18, 2011 at 1:17 am

    That chocolate scrub sounds amazing.

  • hopeandjoyhome

    May 18, 2011 at 1:27 am

    OMGosh these sound FAB! I’d probably try to eat it at some point though..esp. that chocolate!

  • Sher

    May 18, 2011 at 2:37 am

    What an awesome post! Defintiely a keeper! Looks like a great gift idea.

  • Kanelstrand

    May 18, 2011 at 8:19 pm

    I didn’t have any idea that you can make a scrub yourself, so thank you for teaching a new thing today! I took a look at some of your “recipes” and surprisingly, they don’t seem too complicated to make, which means that I will very soon be trying out one of them! I only wonder where I can find polysorbate.

  • Rebecca (Soap Deli News Blog)

    May 19, 2011 at 1:04 am

    Polysorbate cand be purchased from From Nature with Love

  • Kanelstrand

    May 19, 2011 at 8:13 am

    Thank you!

  • fineheart

    May 28, 2011 at 7:10 pm

    I am a sugar scrub addict! I bought and used so many that I decided to start making my own. I LOVE this post. Thank you. 🙂

  • Lowri

    May 31, 2011 at 7:30 am

    This looks wonderful – makes me want to jump in the bath!
    Thanks for sharing the recipes too


  • Ashley

    June 5, 2011 at 2:58 am

    awesome!!!! i LOVE sugar scrub, this sounds wonderful

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