When I tried to think of fun scents for a sugar scrub, Cranberry immediately came to mind… probably because I was brainstorming soon after Thanksgiving, but I’ll take inspirtation wherever I can get it.
This sugar scrub recipe is easy to make and requires only a few ingredients. This is what you’ll need:
- 1 cup sugar
- 1/4 cup Coconut Oil
- Cranberry Premium Grade Fragrance Oil (I used 4-6 drops. You can use more or less based on personal preference.)
- Red food coloring (This is optional. I used 6-8 drops, but you could use more for a deeper color or none at all if you’d like.)
- Melt your coconut oil on the stove top or in the microwave.
- Combine all ingredients and stir. You’ll want the sugar to be wet but not soupy. If too much coconut oil is used, the mixture will solidify too much once the coconut oil returns to room temperature.
I used this is the shower this morning, and I love it’s sweet scent and how soft it leaves my skin.
I also made some printable Cranberry sugar scrub labels. Click HERE to get your copy.
For more sugar scrub recipes, be sure to check out these posts (all of which come with free printables. Woohoo!):
Gingerbread Sugar Scrub
Peppermint Candy Cane Sugar Scrub
Vanilla Pumpkin Sugar Scrub
I’m loving making these sugar scrubs, especially since they’re so easy to customize. What’s your favorite sugar scrub scent? Any ideas on what I should make next?
NO NO NO on the red dye in your sugar scrub. Why not use real cranberries??? Red dye is SOOOOOO bad! I’ll make it… but without your dye! Blackberry tea makes a pretty red color too! HINT! Please stay away from dyes in your ingredients.
Other than that… love you site! It’s amazing and plentiful of information!
Natural alternatives are a great idea. Choosing not to use the dye will only affect the look, not the smell so it’s totally optional. 🙂
What is wrong with food coloring? Just remember, if you use real fruit you will have to keep it in the fridge or it will rot quickly.
Hi Karen, It’s just personal preference. I used to use it all the time, but I’m now trying to avoid as many chemicals and dyes as possible. I hope that helps! 🙂 Emily
Do you use plain old granulated sugar in all of your sugar scrubs?
Yep! You could use brown sugar too if you’d like, but I do usually prefer white sugar if I’m planning to color them.
How far in advance do you make these? Will they keep for a long time?
They should keep for a good amount of time. It’s mainly sugar and coconut oil, both of which can be stored at room temperature for a while.
My boyfriend is deathly allergic to coconut. What do you recommend for an alternative?
Oh no! I’m sorry to hear that. I’ve heard of others using sesame, olive, and almond oils as alternatives, but I haven’t tried them myself.
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Saving to my Green recipes board, this looks awesome! We would love to have you at our To Grandma’s house we go link party, it just opened this morning 🙂 Thanks!
Thank you so much. I plan to make scrubs for Christmas gifts and the labels are awesome ????????
Yay!! I’m so happy to hear that! Thank you 🙂 What kind of sugar scrubs are you making?