The Best Gingerbread Sugar Scrub Recipe

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This gingerbread sugar scrub is the perfect holiday gift- just make sure to make a quick batch for yourself for an indulgent bath time.

Seriously…this is so good! It smells good enough that you might be tempted to feel the urge to eat it right out of the jar. I mean, you totally could…but it might send you into a sugar coma! Use this to re-energize your tired, dry winter skin!

The best part about this scrub? There’s no need for any crazy essential oils; everything you need is already in your pantry, making it the perfect last-minute gift!

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This is seriously the best sugar scrub I’ve ever used, and it makes for an awesome last-minute gift for your girlfriends, sisters, or mom!

This DIY gingerbread body scrub not only smells amazing but leaves your skin feeling smooth and soft during the winter months. You can add this DIY gingerbread sugar scrub to your Christmas gift basket.

With dropping temperatures, our skin dries up quicker than in summer. Personally, my skin tends to dry by summer. Therefore, a good nourishing body scrub is a must for me. There are many reasons for dry skin. Our skin reflects the state of our health and weather conditions.

Why It’s Time to Make Your Own Holiday Sugar Scrub Recipe?

I never buy store-bought sugar scrubs, I make my own. This coffee sugar scrub one is my favorite, but Gingerbread is a close second!

I love sugar scrubs because they exfoliate gently.

The brown sugar and vanilla are a lovely combination.

It’s easy to make your own luxurious sugar scrub in only 5 minutes with a few simple natural ingredients you might already have in your kitchen.

I first started making my own body scrubs (and more beauty DIYs) to avoid harmful substances.

I had converted to natural products to reduce my toxin levels, optimize liver function, and reduce excess chemicals that mimic hormones and so I blamed it on the changes in skincare.

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Commercial cosmetics (all those luxury and store-bought fancy skincare products) are usually laden with harmful chemicals and preservatives.

Many of them contain hormone disrupters, like Parabens, paraffin, and ETDA to name a few.

I have used only natural, organic, and chemical-free cosmetics for many years. My skin reacts immediately to any kind of disturbance. I’m extremely sensitive to toxins, gluten, and dairy too.

Another reason was to omit all those plastics and packaging.

The third reason was to cut some costs.

So, if you’ve wanted to make your own holiday sugar scrub recipe for some time, keep reading.

You’ll love this gingerbread sugar scrub recipe because it:

  • exfoliates and moisturizes all at once
  • is super simple to make
  • takes about 5 minutes to make it
  • is much less expensive than store-bought sugar scrubs
  • is a great holiday gift
  • is easy to make (nonfancy tools – just melt, stir and pour)
  • smells great
  • has flexible ingredients (so you can pretty much use what you have on hand)

I probably make a DIY exfoliating scrub every week, and my bathroom is full of all sorts of natural body scrubs. And I love blending my own easy DIY sugar scrub recipes to get the skincare and exfoliation that I want. This is DIY gingerbread sugar scrub recipe is my new favorite.

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What Sugar is Best for Scrubs?

You can choose from three main types of sugar when making homemade sugar scrubs. Personally, I tend to stick with pure cane sugar, with brown sugar coming in second. Pure cane sugar is just right for my skin type, but I encourage you to try the different types to see what works best for your skin type.

Brown Sugar is a natural exfoliate that helps to moisturize and even skin tone. As the main ingredient, our brown sugars make for the perfect addition to your homemade body scrubs.

Pure cane sugar is good for all skin types and contains essential nutrients to feed the skin. It can be used 2 – 3 times per week.

Turbinado sugar (raw) is an excellent addition to body scrubs. The crystals, coarser than those of refined sugar, help exfoliate dead skin cells without the damage that can result from heavy salts or pulverized nut shells or fruit pits, which can have sharp edges.

How to Make a Gingerbread Sugar Scrub

The whole process of making your own gingerbread body scrub is fairly simple and straightforward. Combine together sugar (like brown sugar) and coconut oil. Add to the mix some spices like ginger, cinnamon, and nutmeg! You’re done! You may add essential oils if desired.

What you will love about this gingerbread body scrub is that the recipe is easily customizable. This homemade Christmas body scrub uses ingredients that are already shelf-stable.

As such, you can store yours for about six months.

If you are just starting your journey towards a healthier lifestyle and want to ditch the chemicals, making your sugar scrub is a great first step.

This Gingerbread Sugar Scrub blends spices and moisture-rich coconut oil with sweet exfoliating brown and pure cane sugars into an at-home skincare product that your body will love as much as your nose and wallet!

This Gingerbread Sugar Scrub smells so delicious that you’ll want to eat it! Double or triple the recipe for an easy homemade gift idea.

It’s great for those dry winter legs and tired feet; everyone will be jealous of how awesome you smell and how great your skin looks!

What You’ll Need For This Sugar Scrub Recipe:

  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • ½ cup cane sugar
  • ½ cup coconut oil
  • ½ tsp vitamin E oil
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • ½ tsp allspice
  • ½ tsp nutmeg
  • ½ tsp gingerbread
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract (optional)

Cute jar if you’re planning on packaging this recipe up and giving it as gifts, cute jars are an absolute must! These cute little Weck jars are my favorite, but These Kate Aspen Jars are great too!

Place all your ingredients in a bowl and mix. You can add more or less oil to your liking.

Store in an airtight container. Since this recipe doesn’t contain any preservatives, it’s best to use it within a month or two.

How to choose Essential oils for gingerbread sugar scrub

Now for this gingerbread scrub, you’ll want to use about 1 tablespoon of ginger powder + nutmeg + cinnamon + allspice. That will give you a pleasant but not overwhelming gingerbread fragrance.

But for this easy gingerbread sugar scrub recipe, you can also use essential oils. While they aren’t necessary, adding them can turn your body scrub from simply moisturizing to something that really addresses what is going on with your skin.

Here are the essential oils for DIY gingerbread sugar scrub:

  • 2 drops cinnamon leaf
  • 1 drop nutmeg
  • 1 drop ginger
  • 1 drop cardamom
  • 1 drop of sweet orange


5 to 8 drops of gingerbread fragrance oil

This sugar scrub smells fantastic, even without essential oils. If you are pregnant, react sensitive to essential oils, or want to use the scrub for small children, make the sugar scrub without essential oils.

More DIY Holiday Beauty Recipes

Gingerbread Body Butter

Gingerbread Bath Bombs

Gingerbread Sugar Scrub Cubes

4 Christmas Body Scrub Ideas

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Gingerbread Sugar Scrub

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This gingerbread sugar scrub is the perfect holiday gift- just make sure to make a quick batch for yourself for an indulgent bath time.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes


  • 1/2 cup Brown Sugar
  • 1/2 cup Cane Sugar
  • 1/2 cup Coconut Oil
  • 1/2 tsp Vitamin E Oil
  • 1/2 tsp Cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp Allspice
  • 1/2 tsp Nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp ginger powder
  • 1/2 tsp Vanilla extract (optional)


  1. Place all your ingredients in a bowl and mix. You can add more or less oil to your liking.
  2. Store in an airtight container. Since this recipe doesn’t contain any preservatives, it’s best to use it within a month or two.

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How To Use Sugar Scrubs

The main purpose of a sugar scrub is to exfoliate and remove dead skin cells, revealing new skin. My homemade body scrub recipes are easy to spread on and will leave your skin cleansed, exfoliated, soft, and moisturized.

There are several ways to use the easy sugar scrub recipes. Here are some tips for how to use sugar scrub to exfoliate your skin:

Scoop a small amount of the Gingerbread Sugar Scrub in your hands with a spoon. Scrub all over your hands or feet – or wherever you’d like a little extra softness. Allow your scrub to sit on your skin for 3-4 minutes. Enjoy this time to rest and relax. Rinse well, and then pat dry with a soft towel.

Be careful while using your sugar scrubs on your feet while in the shower. The oils contained in scrubs can make your feet slippery.

Shower: Exfoliating in the shower is the best way to exfoliate your entire body. Wet your skin with warm water. Then massage small amounts of scrub on your skin. Rinse off with plenty of water.

How often should you use a sugar scrub?

Use DIY sugar scrub recipes 2-3 times per week. If you use more, you can irritate your skin. However, if you have sensitive or thin skin, limit a good buffing to once a week.

How to store the sugar scrub recipes?

At room temperature, a homemade sugar scrub will last at least one to two months in an airtight container, like a mason jar with a lid. If you don’t use it, just store it in the fridge. Refrigerated, DIY sugar scrubs can last up to six months.

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