All photos by Teresa Sabga

You haven’t finished your Christmas shopping yet, and you’re stuck trying to come up with unique last-minute gift ideas. Beat the lines and stroll into your kitchen where you’ll find everything you need to make homemade sugar scrubs. There’s no need to shell out extra money for chemical-laden, store-bought beauty products. At this time of the year, cold weather wreaks havoc on everyone’s skin, leaving it rough and flaky. Sugar scrubs exfoliate, removing the dead cells and moisturizing all at once. The gift of DIY body scrubs for winter will truly make anyone’s holiday (and skin) shine. 

It’s surprisingly easy to make these food-based exfoliators at home. You can customize the ingredients to suit anyone’s personal skin care needs. The standard recipe for homemade body scrubs is 1 cup of exfoliate (granulated, light brown, or dark brown sugar), 1 cup liquid (coconut, olive, or almond oil), and 4 to 6 drops or a few pinches of added scents (spices, herbs, extracts, or essential oils). DIY scrubs really only call for three ingredients—or four if you decide to get a little fancier. There are absolutely no chemicals, preservatives, artificial fragrances, or alcohol included. They’re just naturally wonderful. 

Each homemade sugar scrub below is inspired by the signature scents the holidays. Choose from a gingerbread scrub, a peppermint sugar scrub, and a mocha scrub, that’s a chocolatey take on the Internet’s beloved coffee sugar scrub. The ingredients are all measured to fit perfectly in Ball’s Elite Wide Mouth Pint, so grab a few glass jars and pamper yourself and your friends. It really only takes five minutes to package and give a spa-like treatment to someone special. 

Peppermint Sugar Scrub

Gingerbread Sugar Scrub

Mocha Sugar Scrub

How to Make It

Step 1

In a medium bowl, mix the sugar and crushed candy canes together. Once thoroughly combined, pack the sugar mixture into the jar.

Step 2

In a medium bowl, mix both brown sugars and all the spices together. Once thoroughly combined, pack the sugar mixture into the jar.

Step 3

In a medium bowl, mix the sugar, cocoa powder, and coffee grounds together. Once thoroughly combined, pack the sugar mixture into the jar. 

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