DIY Sugar Scrub

Winter is a sad time for your feet and hands. The drier air and the cold temperatures drain the moisture from your feet and hands, while the decreased temperatures and dampness can bring on pain and fatigue. Arthritis flares up in the winter, with the changes in humidity and barometric pressure, too.

Using this amazing sugar scrub, will invigorate your tired, achy feet or painful, dry hands, while improving circulation, and relieving pain. It’s not your average sugar scrub. This one is made with essential oils known for their pain relieving, anti-inflammatory, and relaxation inducing properties. You can thank me later.

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Quick and thoughtful gift

These are a quick to make and are a much appreciated Valentine’s gift, birthday gift, or “thinking of you” gift for your friend. I’ve included some jar labels at the end of this post so that you can easily pretty-up your crafting for the special friend in your life.

Why these particular essential oils?

The essential oils in this recipe were chosen for their pain relieving qualities, as well as their antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, and relaxation inducing qualities. Lavender is relaxing, antifungal, antiseptic, uplifting, and pain relieving.

Rosemary relieves muscle fatigue and pain, as well as having anti-inflammatory and antiseptic effects. Cajuput is a relative of the tea tree family and is warming, analgesic, and antiseptic. Peppermint is antiseptic, cooling, anti-inflammatory, invigorating, and uplifting. Eucalyptus relieves congestion and spasms, and is anti-inflammatory and analgesic. Now let’s put it together.


What you’ll need:

  • an 8 cup bowl,
  • 4 – 4 oz. glass jars with lids,
  • a stainless steel measuring spoon to measure ¼ tsp. and ½ tsp. of essential oils (eo)
  • a large stainless steel spoon for mixing and spooning into jars.
  • Pain-relieving Sugar Scrub for winter hands and feet
  • Yield: 4 – 4 oz. jars


2 cups organic, raw sugar (you can also use granulated sugar or brown sugar in equal proportions)
3/4 cup virgin coconut oil, melted
32 drops lavender eo
16 drops rosemary eo
16 drops peppermint eo
4 drops cajeput eo
3 drops eucalyptus eo

Mix the sugar and melted coconut oil in a bowl. Stir in the essential oils. Mix well and place in 4 – 125 ml (4 oz. jars). The oil leaves the sugar crystals intact.

Directions for use:

  • To use, wash your feet or hands.
  • Apply 1 tsp. of the sugar scrub in small circular motions to the feet or hands. Sugar scrubs soften the skin, while exfoliating dead skin, and increasing circulation.
  • Rub it into the skin over a sink or basin to keep the mess contained.
  • Massage well into skin.
  • Remove with plain warm water.
  • Blot dry, leaving the oil on the skin to continue softening. The essential oils will continue to work their magic after the sugar has been rinsed off.

Take appropriate precautions if you use this in the bathtub or shower.

Warning: If you use this in the bath tub or shower, on your feet, your feet may become slippery. Use a bath mat and extra caution when getting in or out of the tub or shower after use, if you choose to use it in the shower.  If your feet get slippery from the oil you might fall, so hold on to a secure bar when you get in or out of the tub or shower.

Packaging like a pro

For gift giving, package this in 4 – 4 oz. low profile wide mouth jars. Tie a ribbon around the neck of each jar and label with the recipe. This makes a wonderful gift for a new mom or mom-to-be. Grandmother would appreciate it, too.

Make a pretty label to make your gift shine

Here’s a few label art ideas. You have permission to print these and use them. These are 4 inches by 2 inches and use Avery Label #5163/#8163.

I hope you have fun making this project for yourself and for the special people in your life. I had fun writing out the instructions for you.

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Chris from Joybilee Farm lives on 140 acres in Southern BC, Canada. Chris Dalziel is a veteran homeschool Mom with 3 graduates, a published writer, with 30 years of homesteading under her nails.  Living in a log house, in the mountains and surrounded by pines, and pasture, Chris was a city mouse who migrated to the country, as a young mom.  Chris is also an award winning fiber-artist who raises her own medium from her organic garden, and from her own sheep, goats, llamas, and angora bunnies. Chris is passionate about ethical, holistic husbandry — her sheep have garlic breath.   Her passion is to revive the skills and knowledge of the “Lost Arts” of homesteading and present this plainly, so that others can master them and live joyfully and courageously in these perilous times. 

20 thoughts on “DIY Sugar Scrub”

  1. This is wonderful! I just bookmarked it to come back to it and make some myself. Love this and thanks for sharing your recipe!

  2. This looks wonderful. I am obsessed with keeping my hands and feet moisturized in the winter to ward off the cracking and bleeding that results from New England winters. 🙁 I am definitely going to try this. Thank you for sharing it! Stopping by from the SITS Girls Comment Love Tribe. Have a great day!

  3. Joanna @ActualOrganics

    So simple to make and yet easy and non-toxic. I make one simply with out the essential oils, smooth skin without costing a great deal!

  4. Just started making some of my own scrubs. This one sounds great for cold, winter weather! Will definitely be coming back here, Thanks for sharing! Stopping by from #SITSBlogging!

  5. Heather, thanks for using my post on your blog. It looks great. How DO you get so many comments on your posts. My audience hardly ever comments. Love your blog. ♥

  6. Looks lovely. Thanks for taking the time to explain your choices on essential oils. Would love it if you will share this recipe with my readers on Oil me up Wednesdays at My lamp is full.

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