My sister-in-law Katie is getting married this summer and I volunteered to make sugar scrubs as favors for her bridal shower. Oh, I think they turned out so cute! Here’s a bunch of pics and step-by-step directions in case you want to make some of your own.
I created a basic label to put on the top of each mason jar and printed a sign to frame and display with the favors. I’m including the label as a free printable below and you can make a sign with your guest of honor’s name in Microsoft Word. Don’t you just love how it all turned out?!
I love cute, thoughtful, and practical favors. No junky trinkets, please.
I use homemade citrus sugar scrubs on my hands and feet all the time, and I hope the shower guests have fun experimenting with these scrubs at home. These sugar scrubs are exfoliating, moisturizing, and smell fantastic!
If I made these sugar scrubs, you can too. They only took two hours from start to finish, and most of that time was spent washing and labeling the jars. I had a few little helpers, but I think making these with a friend would be a lot of fun.
Here are the ingredients that I used and why…
Coconut oil is moisturizing, healing, and has super powers. (Kidding, but it is fantastic.) It’s solid at room temperature and melts at temperatures above 76 degrees F. I love coconut oil so much that I use it in all of my homemade skincare and beauty products. (Like my homemade coconut oil lotions and chapsticks, and magic coconut oil sticks.)
Sugar acts as the exfoliant in these sugar scrubs. It’s sweet, cheap, and safe enough to eat. Enough said.
Lemon essential oil adds the perfect scent to these sugar scrubs. If you’re new to essential oils, they’re all-natural extracts from the aromatic parts of plants. I used lemon essential oil in my scrubs because it smells amazing and I thought it would be a crowd-pleaser. Plus, we were planning a lemon theme for the shower because the wedding colors are navy and yellow!
I packaged all of my sugar scrubs in glass jelly jars. To be honest, they were the cheapest and cutest containers that I could find.
I wanted to use high-quality, but affordable materials to make my scrubs. Here’s a detailed cost breakdown…
- Organic virgin coconut oil from Amazon.com = $42.17 total for two 54 oz containers
- Granulated white sugar from Walmart = $1.98 for a 4 lb bag (A 4lb bag contains about 9 cups of sugar and I used 7 cups in this project.)
- Organic lemon essential oil from my online store = $14 total for 10ml bottles (now available on Amazon)
- Glass jars from Walmart = $25.41 total for 36 4oz jars ($8.47 for each box of 12)
You can buy your materials wherever you want, but these are the best products that I found for the best price. (And I spent a lot of time shopping around!)
I spent a grand total of $83.56 to make 36 sugar scrubs. That works out to a cost of $2.32 per scrub. I think that’s a great price for a very nice shower favor or homemade gift.
If you want to make your own sugar scrubs as shower favors or gifts, here’s everything you need to know…
Homemade Sugar Scrub Tutorial
Yields: 36, 4 oz jars of lemon sugar scrub (I had a little bit of extra sugar scrub leftover. I think you could make three more scrubs if you had more jars on-hand.)
Ready in: Two hours (If you want to save time and don’t mind spending extra money, print labels on sticker paper instead of cutting/taping regular printer paper labels to each jar.)
- Two 54oz containers of SOLID organic virgin coconut oil (If your coconut oil is liquid, store it in a cold place until it turns into a solid because it won’t mix evenly with the sugar if it’s melted.)
- Seven cups of granulated white sugar
- Two 10ml bottles of organic lemon essential oil
- 36, 4oz glass jelly jars
- Labels for the jars (Make your own or download and print my design: FREE Organic Lemon Sugar Scrub Printable Label)
- From Kitchen: Large mixing bowl, large mixing spoon, paper towel or towel to clean up messes, small spoon to fill jars, scissors and tape (if using printable labels)
1. Wash your jars, lids, and screw bands in hot, soapy water. Air-dry them or dry with a towel. (For more info about the anatomy of mason jars, check out my canning for beginners blog post.)
2. Cut out your printable labels and tape to jar lids with a rolled piece of tape.
3. Combine the coconut oil, sugar, and essential oil in a large mixing bowl. (Unless you have an insanely huge bowl, you will need to do half at a time and repeat the process when done.)
4. Stir until smooth and well-combined. (Think: mashed potato consistency.)
5. Fill your jars about half-way and pat down with the back of a spoon to evenly distribute in the jars and remove air bubbles.
6. Fill the jars the rest of the way and pat again with spoon to smooth the top. (You’ll want each jar to be filled to the bottom of the screw lines.)
7. Add the lids and screw bands.
8. Store in a cool, dry place until ready to display and gift.
Nitty-Gritty Directions (without pics)
- Wash your jars, lids, and screw bands in hot, soapy water. Air-dry or dry with a towel. (For more info about the anatomy of mason jars, check out my canning for beginners blog post.)
- Cut out your printable labels and tape to jar lids with a rolled piece of tape.
- Combine the coconut oil, sugar, and essential oil in a large mixing bowl. (Unless you have an insanely huge bowl, you will need to do half at a time and repeat the process when done.)
- Stir until smooth and well-combined. (Think: mashed potato consistency.)
- Fill your jars about half-way and pat down with the back of a spoon to evenly distribute in the jars and remove air bubbles.
- Fill the jars the rest of the way and pat again with spoon to smooth the top. (You’ll want each jar to be filled to the bottom of the screw lines.)
- Add the lids and screw bands.
- Store in a cool, dry place until ready to display and gift.
Note: If the coconut oil in your scrubs ends up melting, it’s no big deal. Tell guests to shake or swirl the ingredients or mix together by hand. I store homemade scrubs in my shower at home and mix and remix them all the time.
My husband’s aunt threw the bridal shower and once I got there I was so glad that I spent so glad that I spent so much time on the favors. The details blew me away. Here are some of the finishing touches.
Wishing many, many years of wedded bliss to Katie and Lindley!
Questions? Please leave a comment below!