DIY Gingerbread Sugar Scrub

The DIY Peppermint Sugar Scrub recipe I posted a few weeks ago has taken off on Pinterest (thank you!). I’m so glad that the recipe is getting some good use this holiday season— there’s going to be a lot of happy scrub recipients! By request, I have another yummy homemade scrub (with printable labels) that’s perfect for gift giving

This Gingerbread Sugar Scrub is all-natural, using ingredients you probably have on hand in your kitchen … it’s so good, you could eat it!

gingerbread sugar scrub

Gingerbread Sugar Scrub

Ingredients (makes 2 1/2 cups body scrub)

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil (or other carrier oil)
  • 1/4 cup almond oil
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp all spice
  • 1/2 tsp ginger
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • Mason-style jar with lid

I purchase all of my oils from Vitacost – This {referral} link will save you $10 off your first order:

gingerbread sugar scrub recipe


  1. In a medium sized bowl combine all ingredients except oils
  2. Gradually add coconut & almond oil until scrub reaches desired consistency (you may use more or less of stated amount)
  3. Scoop Gingerbread Scrub into mason jar
  4. Print Sticker Labels for the front of the jar and add with a bow to gift (I used a full sheet of sticker paper and punched out the circles with a scalloped edge paper punch)

To Use: Gently apply a scoopful of scrub to wet skin in a circular motion, concentrating on dry patches and rough areas. Rinse with warm water.

gingerbread sugar scrub homemade


    • Deirdre says

      Jojoba oil is great for your skin as well as extra virgin Olive oil, almond oil or avocado oil- some Olive oil might smell a little strong for this yummy dessert smelling sugar scrub but you could mix a few of these oils too!

  1. carrie says

    I made this and it smells delicious, but it seemed like it needed a lot more oil…was it supposed to say 1/2 cup of almond oil instead of 1/2 tsp?

  2. savannah says

    Okay I made this and it smells horrible! I dis exactly what you did, except almond oil(because I couldn’t find it) and options to make it smell better

    • Stefanie Fauquet says

      Hmmm that’s odd. I haven’t tried it with just coconut oil and the almond oil has a nice mild scent. What scent are you getting??

  3. Tina says

    I just made this for gifts for my co-workers. I smells just like gingerbread! Even tastes like it! :) I couldn’t resist! I love it!

  4. Tina says

    I just made this for gifts for my co-workers. I smells just like gingerbread! Even tastes like it! :) I couldn’t resist! I love it! Trying the Peppermint Scrub next!

  5. Rachel says

    I’m going to be making theses this weekend for Christmas gifts! One question I have is how big are the labels, as in what size templates/sheets would I need to buy?

  6. Christina says

    Looks awesome! Can’t wait to try it! Just curious… Once it’s made and put in jars… How long will it last?

  7. Shirley Ioanna says

    I love the thought of this, I am now into making my own scrubs and deodorant. Thanks for giving this
    wonderful scrub. Want to make gifts. which almond oil did you use? I am going to order from your
    sight. thanks again

  8. jess says

    Looks amazing.
    Just wondering how long it will last for? (Whether it needs to be used in a certain length of time)


    • Stefanie Fauquet says

      This “recipe” makes a couple cups of sugar scrub. I use the small mason jars. If you need more mix, you can always add additional sugar, oil and spices…..the recipe is very forgiving!!

  9. Jenny says

    If I leave out the Almond Oil, should I add more Coconut Oil? I am going to make these as teacher’s gifts this year. I think it is perfect.

  10. says

    I love this idea! I would love to include it in my gingerbread round up for the West Valley Moms Blog! Can i use one picture and link directly back to this post?

  11. Lindsay says

    I am making these for co-workers Christmas gifts. What size jars did you use and how much does each jar hold? I need to make 15 so I’m trying to figure out how much, sugar, etc. I will need.

  12. Brooke says

    HELP! I made these and the coconut oil hardened inside of the jar after I made it making some parts white. Is there any way to fix it? Or what did I do wrong? I followed the recipe perfectly! Should I put all of it in the microwave to melt the coconut oil again? Anybody else have this issue?


  13. Jessica says

    What could be used instead of Almond oil to have the same effect? Nut allergy in family. Also I have coconut oil but it is solid, I know I can warm it enough to make it liquid, but won’t it go back to a solid? How long does this keep for?

    • Heather says

      Coconut oil melts at room temperature. Once you scoop it out of the jar and start mixing it with the sugars it will melt, there is no need to melt it in the microwave before hand.
      To the poster above who has white spots, is it just chunks of coconut oil that weren’t incorporated well into the sugar mixture? You could take the scrub out of the jar and mix it again, I usually mix with my hands to break up any chunks of oil or sugar.

      Hope this helps! I love making scrubs, I’m going to try this one today.

      • Heather says

        I forgot to add, I plan on just leaving the Almond oil out because I have everything else. The scrubs I’ve made in the past have just been sugar, coconut oil and a few drops of essential oil for scent, they turn out great.

  14. Tracy says

    Oh this was so easy and fast to make!!! I made it for my kids’ teachers and friends. I live in Germany, so it was something really lovely and different. The gingerbread really smells like Origins Ginger – which is a great advantage! Thank you so much!!!

  15. Gladys says

    I did this for Christmas gifts this year and omg it is amazinggggg!! It smells just like a gingerbread cookie. I didn’t go by measurements just because I didn’t have the measure cups and I also didn’t have the almond oil and the all spice but there is seriously no way you can go wrong. Hope my family and friend love it as much as I do!!

  16. Angelica says

    Thank you for an easy and delicious recipe for DIY gifts! I made a lemon sugar scrub as gifts for Mother’s Day and people are still talking about it so I will try this for Christmas! :) I attached lemon chamomile tea bags to my lemon scrubs. I am attaching vanilla chai tea bags to this gingerbread scrub!

  17. Anita says

    I made this for little Christmas gifts and everyone loves it so much they were bugging me for more so i made another batch and attached the recipe to it so they can make it them selves next time!! haha best face scrub ive ever used!!!

  18. Jill says

    I am highly allergic to all tree nuts and tree nut oils. I want to make your gingerbread scrub and wonder if there is something I can substitute for the almond oil??


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *