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How to make sugar scrubs as shower favors or gifts

By July 10, 2014DIY

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.

Homemade organic lemon sugar scrubs

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?!

How to make organic sugar scrubs as gifts

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.

sugar scrub ergo

(Love her.)

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.

sugar scrub ingredients

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.   

sugar scrubs one box

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.)

Difficulty: Easy 


  • 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.

sugar scrub label tape

sugar scrub jars

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.)

sugar scrub ingredients with essential oils

4.  Stir until smooth and well-combined.  (Think: mashed potato consistency.)

sugar scrubs

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.

sugar scrub assembly

sugar scrubs 2

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.)

sugar scrub 1

7.  Add the lids and screw bands.

scrubs with printable labels

8.  Store in a cool, dry place until ready to display and gift.

finished sugar scrubs

Nitty-Gritty Directions (without pics)

  1. 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.)
  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.

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.  

Fun Fact: Sugar doesn’t “melt” until somewhere around 366 degrees F.  Actually, it decomposes at that temperature, meaning it turns into caramel and can’t be changed back into the granulated stuff.  Unless you’ll be boiling your scrubs, I don’t think you have to worry about them melting and re-hardening.


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.


shower 6

shower 3

shower 2

shower 4

How to make organic sugar scrubs as favors or gifts

Wishing many, many years of wedded bliss to Katie and Lindley!

Questions?  Please leave a comment below!



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  • Amy Gilliland says:

    Is there anyway that you could make me some labels that are purple instead?

    • Tammy Sakony says:

      Loved this idea and I’m making them for my future daughter-in-law’s shower. I used 9 cups of sugar to make the scrub a little rougher and bought round sticky back labels at Staples. The labels by Avery were $16.49 for a pack of 96. They have online design templates so you can create your own.

  • Joanne Kokoszka says:

    Love this idea for my bridal shower favors. Bride’s colors are pink and black and was wondering if you could make the labels in pink? Either way, I would like to have them emailed to me so I can print them on sticky paper to attach to the jars.
    Thanks for the great idea!!

  • Leslie says:

    Just to be sure you mix every ounce of oils etc into seven cups of sugar correct?

  • Terri says:

    These are a great idea!!
    Would it be possible to substitute the lemon essential oil for your lavender?
    Also, how did you make the labels in Microsoft Word? I was interested in making them in a purple hue.

  • Brittany says:

    How long do they keep for? My sister’s shower is in May and I’m due in April so I want to make things in advance if I can so I wasn’t sure how long the srub is good for or if it ever goes bad. Thank you

    • Kelly says:

      It should last at least 6 months in a cool, dry place if you use quality coconut oil and essential oils. I even have some from a year ago that are still good. 🙂

  • Stephanie says:

    Have you ever experimented with adding color to the scrub? Do you know if food coloring would work or would that stain your hands when using the scrub?

  • Kristin says:

    Hi Kelly,
    I made the scrub for a shower favor as well, I used lavender and tea tree oil, it worked beautifully. A tip I thought I’d share, my coconut oil was very solid and hard to get out, once I got it all out of the jar, I used a mixing beater to mix all of my ingredients together it broke it all up very nicely. Also, would you mind emailing the template for the labels to me, I’ve played around with it a bit, but I thought if you had it just right and wouldn’t mind sharing, it would make life easier! Thanks again, and I can’t wait to try some of your other coconut oil recipes 🙂

  • Nicole says:

    Hi kelly!

    I love this idea and they’d be perfect for my sisters shower! I’d be interested in your labels could you please send them to me?

  • Alicia Ford says:

    Hi Kelly!

    I love this idea and am making the lavender scented scrubs as a bridal shower favor! The bride’s colors are creams and silvers. Could you please email me labels for the scrub with a cream background and silver letters that reads: Organic Lavender Sugar Scrub? I would be most grateful!!

    Thank you!
    Alicia Ford

  • Jilian Metz says:

    I buy my coconut oil by the 5 gal bucket so I’m trying to figure out how much to use. I’m halving the recipe. So is 54oz by volume (7 ish cups) or by weight (54oz on my scale). Thanks!

  • Elizabeth says:

    These are fantastic. My daughter is getting married in Sept. and we want to make them for the shower.
    I’m not sure how much work this is but I’d love a purple and gold label that says organic lavender scrub. Maybe you should start charging for this!
    If it’s a lot of work, I completely understand.

    • Kelly says:

      Hi Elizabeth. The only labels I have are the yellow and white ones in the post. You’re right that making new ones is a lot of work! 🙂 That’s why I cannot make personalized ones at the time. I’m sorry about that.

  • Jodine says:

    Thanks SO much for this post! I am ready to go however would love the label in purple….please send the to me and thanks SO much!!!!!

    • Kelly says:

      Hi. I’m not sure how this got started, but I don’t have the labels in purple. I apologize for the confusion.

  • Melissa says:

    Thank you for the step-by-step instructions! I plan to make this for my shower. I’m thinking about attaching a little paper with directions for the scrub and I was wondering how you usually use it? Thanks!

  • Julie says:

    Could you please email me the label template for the Sugar Scrub? I am hosting a bridal shower for my niece Katie this weekend and am making these! What a great idea these are!
    Thank you!

  • Megan Dolan says:


    I love this idea for my niece’s bridal shower. I only have 16 guests coming. What would be my amounts? Do I still need 2 bottles of lemon and 2 containers of coconut oil? About how many ounces of each would I need and how much sugar? Also, is it possible to get the labels in pink by chance?

    Thank you so much!!!


  • Lucianne Smith says:

    This is such a great favor idea. My daughter is getting married in November and I’ll be making these little gems for the shower. Her colors are yellow and blue, also. Can you send me the template for the labels. Would very much appreciate it. Thanks for your help.

  • Kelly says:

    So excited to try these! I’m trying to match them to a bridal shower, is there any way you could make the labels a very pale yellow?

  • Shannon says:

    Hi! I am making these next Friday for my sisters sunshine baby shower favor. I was just wondering if there was a difference between the refined coconut oil versus the organic virgin? I am finding the refined is much cheaper? Thank you so much!

    • Kelly says:

      I haven’t researched the difference in a long time, but I would buy the best quality that you can afford. I think the quality of ingredients makes a huge difference in the product.

  • Stephanie says:

    I don’t see the labels for these. If it’s not too much trouble, would you mind doing some blush labels?

  • Phoebe says:

    I don’t see where you can buy your lemon essential oil either on your website or Amazon.

  • Fran says:

    You didn’t give the exact amount of sugar, coconut oil and lemon oil u used to make a batch??? You only have the totals of amount used to do 36 jars. I also tried the Martha Stewart lemon body scrub ann I am finding it smells more line coconut then oil? Are yours the same? Thanks

    • Kelly says:

      I listed exactly how much I used to make 36 jars. The smell of lemon is strong, but not too strong. I highly recommend using a good quality essential oil company, like Wyndmere Naturals.

  • Katrina says:

    Hi there – is there a template or a place to purchase the labels? Do you sell them on Etsy?

  • Rebecca Sanchez says:

    Hi Kelly,
    I am making my own labels (like yours, but in sticker form) I was just wondering what the font is that you use for the “Sugar Scrub” part? I’m looking for something clean cut like you used. Also I know you mentioned that you can’t make labels, however if you’d like to refer people to me I’d be happy to design, print, cut and mail labels to anyone who is interested (if you wouldn’t mind referring me). Thanks!

    • Kelly says:

      Awesome, that would be great for people to contact you, Rebecca. I just checked the photoshop file and the cursive font is “norican” and the uppercase is “GeosansLight”.

      • Rebecca Sanchez says:

        great! thank you!! we’re very excited to make these too, and also for people making these last minute, CVS sells organic coconut oil in their “vitamin” section, I believe the brand is Nature’s Way! 🙂

  • Jane Blackwood says:

    Can you tell me what brand of coconut oil you recommend?

  • ashley says:

    Hey! I am making this for a shower could you please email me the labels? Love the idea!

  • Phoebe says:

    Kelly can you email me the labels please? I have ordered the jars from Walmart and the oil from Wyndmere but the coconut oil from Nutiva is $72. I will try Trader Joe’s to see if it is cheaper.

    • Kelly says:

      You can download the printable right from this post, under the “materials” section. I think I’ve bought coconut oil at Trader Joe’s for as little as $5/jar (16oz). Sometimes my store is sold out though.

  • Sara says:

    Would you mind sending me the labels and sign? I’m hosting a shower for a Katie too!

    • Kelly says:

      Hi Sara! The free printable labels are available under “materials” above. I searched my laptop and I didn’t save the sign – sorry! I made it last summer. If you want to make your own, I just made it in Microsoft Word. I used the free fonts “norican” and “geo sans light.”

  • Ginny says:

    Lemon lavender would be awesome!

  • Diana says:

    Did you make the sign? Can you please share what size font you used and what font it is?

  • Angie says:

    Hello! I’m wondering about getting your template for the sugar scrub jars. Is this something I can find on your blog? Thank you!

  • Joyce says:

    Does anyone have a cute poem to write on tag…saying thank you for coming or somehow connecting the hand scrub to the bride?

  • Lynn says:

    Hi Kelly
    Is there anyway that you could make me some labels that are red?

  • Holly says:

    Hi Kelly! Can you tell me what fonts you used for these? I am making these for my sis-in-laws baby shower! I wanted to make a couple of signs using the same fonts. Thank you!

    • Kelly says:

      I just checked the photoshop file and the cursive font is “norican” and the uppercase is “GeosansLight”. Hope everyone loves them, Holly!

  • Amy says:

    Can you send me this in coral please? Thank you so much!

  • Teena says:

    Hi, I love this favor idea. I too am making 36 4oz jars for my niece’s shower. I purchased a 7 lb container of coconut oil. At the risk of sounding stupid, am I to use approximately 13.5 cups of coconut oil? In a standard kitchen measuring cup or is it a weight measurement? When I look at the 54oz jars I’m pretty sure there is not almost 8 cups. Or am I wrong? Please help! Again, sorry if I sound like a dummy! Lol!

    • Kelly says:

      I’m not exactly sure, because I didn’t measure the coconut oil in cups. I just split the two 54oz containers into the 36 jars. If 7lbs of coconut oil equals 112oz, then you should be fine because I used a total of 108oz.

  • JILL says:

    Hi Kelly, Can’t wait to make your sugar scrub as a favor for my daughter’s baby shower. She is having a girl, so I also purchased the BEET ROOT POWDER to give it a PALE PINK color. How much would you suggest I add? Going to call it organic PINK LEMONADE SUGAR SCRUB. Just found your website…love it!

  • Kellu says:

    Allergic to coconut…have you ever used say almond oil?

    • AndyMcNelis says:

      No, but I imagine it would be very oily if almond oil is a liquid at room temperature. You would probably have to mix it with a solid oil, like cocoa butter or shea butter.

  • Pam Schwenzer says:

    Hi I love your idea and will be making them for my daughters shower in May if I make them now in Feb will they last? Also I’d like to print your yellow labels but can’t find the link help please thanks

  • Jamie Mapes says:

    Received my jar as a favor at a bridal shower last June, 2015. It is now March, 2016 and this fabulous scrub smells as fresh as the day I opened it!! Love, love, this scrub. Sometimes i open the lid just to inhale the exquisite fragrance. So grateful to you for sharing the recipe, and to my dear friend for introducing it to me! I am going to make up some as favors to include in the pretty gift bag I give to each of the ladies that sit at my Mother’s Day tea table I hostess. I know they will love your sugar scrub! Thank You.

  • Lori says:


    I can’t wait to make these for my daughter’s bridal shower! And I think the lemon fragrance will be lovely! If you have a moment, could you please email the labels? Thank you for sharing!

    Now, I’m off to order all my supplies!

  • Heidi says:

    I made a batch of these the other night for a bridal shower that is coming up? We decided to use lavender for the scent. I am having a problem smelling the lavender over the coconut oil? Have you heard of any one else having this issue. I actually ended up putting more essential oils in than suggested and it still does not seem to have much of a scent. Help!

    • Kelly says:

      I think it’s either the coconut oil or essential oil that you used.

      • Heidi says:

        I did use a different coconut oil from amazon (warrington farms organic) because of the price, trying to save a dollar….lol The link in the information came up to “not found” so i also just found essential oil on amazon. I have never made it this way so would you recommend just adding more essential oils?

    • Jessica Ruehlman says:

      Hi there! Did you ever figure this out? I just made a batch last night using walmart brand organic Virginia coconut oil and it smells so much like coconut I ccan smell the essential oil at all. Ithe seems way to greasy too. I added way more sugar than called for as well because of tthi….. think I messed it all up shower is in 2 days…..

  • Amanda says:

    How far in advance did you make them?

  • Amy Paci says:

    Do you think it’s ok to use a stand mixer rather than mixing by hand?

  • Fran says:

    Having trouble with the labels lining up. Only get 2 good ones lined up. Is there I trick?

  • Lauren says:

    Hi! Where can I find the link to the shower scrub labels and what Avery stickers do I use ?

  • Mae Lynne says:

    Hello, do you have the labels in a mint green or a light blue color

  • katie says:

    Hi Kelly, not sure if you still receive these messages as this blog is quite old. But I cannot find the link for your labels anywhere. I am looking to make labels for orange scrub and lemon scrub. Please assist if possible! Thank you, Katie

  • What a great idea.
    Want to make this for my daughter’s baby shower. About 40 ladies.
    The baby is due Dec. 15th.
    What do you recomend for a Christmas shower?

  • Ashley says:

    Hi There, any way you could send me a printable label for Eucalyptus Sugar Scrub? Maybe in a light pink with grey writing? I have had this pinned for months, but just realized you can’t edit the labels 🙁

  • Yuri says:

    Hello! i love this idea, but im confused on the amount of ingredients. did you use the whole pack of sugar and the whole bottles of oil, etc? thank you!!

  • Sarah says:

    Have you ever tried canning your homemade beauty supplies? I am thinking of making some for Christmas gifts but am worried that the recipients won’t use them right away and they will spoil before they are opened. I can’t seem to find any diy beauty supply recipes that are canned, though…

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  • Teisha says:

    Hi Kelly! These are awesome. I am looking to make a scrub for my birthday as favors – Massages and Mimosas is the theme 🙂 I only have 8 girlfriends coming. Would you be able to tell me the portions for a much smaller batch? Wasn’t sure if it’s just as simple as dividing everything by 4.5 or something more specific. Anything you could share would be greatly appreciated!


  • Jennifer says:

    Where can I purchase the jars and small wooden spoons??? Love this recipe! 😉

  • Theraisa K says:

    Since you did a lot of shopping around to find the best quality items, do you have any suggestions on other cute jars to use that are NOT glass? I’m worried that if dropped it’ll break and someone will get hurt. I know mason and jam jars can take a beating because they’re pretty thick, but you just never know! Thanks.

  • Hannah says:

    I was planning on doing this for my best friends baby shower I’m so glad I found your blog to help me!! I would also love to know how I could use your template for labels. Could you email to me as well??

    • Hannah says:

      I also am wondering what essential oils would be good for a bright green like Kelly green and blue. I like the lemon for the yellow scrub. It’s a monkey theme trying to match scents with appropriate coloring. Thank you!!

  • Bridgette says:

    Hi Kelly!!! I am a huge fan of your crockpot cookbooks so I was pleasantly surprised to find this post while searching for party favors. I was wondering if you had any ideas about which scents might be better apt for a “fall rustic boho” theme, and would I have to alter the recipe other than switching the essential oils I want?

  • Vivian says:

    OMG Kelly!!
    Such an awesome idea. My sister’s wedding is this year (July) and for her shower I’m going to steal your idea. Her colors are royal blue, silver and white. Any ideas for scrubs? Also please send me your template for labels. Thank you

  • Inderpal says:

    Great post! I just finished making similar ones for my sisters bridal shower, they turned out awesome. The theme colours are mint and purple. So I made a half batch with eucalyptus, tinted green; and half batch made with lavender, tinted a light purple. I can’t wait to display these at the party. Thanks for the great idea!

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