Fall Fun Series: Pumpkin Spice Sugar Scrub


Sugar scrubs are typically the secret weapon behind any super soft, sweetly scented hands and feet, but the actual secret behind the secret weapon is that they’re ridiculously easy and inexpensive to make at home, using nothing more than completely edible ingredients mixed together and stuffed into a sealed container.  It really doesn’t get any easier than that, with the nice little bonus being total customization; the basic proportions of the sugar “recipe” stay the same, while allowing you lots of wiggle room to scent your sweet concoction exactly as you wish. Heck, you can even tinker with the proportions of the sugar/oil recipe should you prefer a grainier scrub to a more oily one.  This is one very forgiving DIY beauty product, so feel free to play around!

I typically make my sugar scrubs with white, fine grain sugar, but I thought brown sugar, with its extra hit of rich molasses, would make a nice – and definitely more traditional – base for the pumpkin pie spices.   So would you like to make some of your own?  Here’s how!

In a large mixing bowl, mix together 2 cups of brown sugar, 1/2 a cup of white sugar1 teaspoon of cinnamon (or to personal taste, should you prefer your scrub spi-cay), 1 teaspoon of pumpkin pie spice and 1/2 a teaspoon of nutmeg.  Add 1/3 a cup of coconut oil and mix well.  You want the finished product to look like damp sand.  And that’s seriously all there is to it!


Lidded plastic containers are the best method for storing your DIY sugar scrubs, because you can lug them into the shower or the bath with you without the fear of too much water damage, but should you be unable to stop yourself from crafting together a cute little Halloween-hued label and stuffing the whole works into a mostly decorative rubber-mouthed glass container, well, who am I to stop you (or myself)? 🙂


With all of the other participants in the Fall Fun Series similarly up to their (now well-buffed) elbows in craft projects, there’s lots of that fun DIY spirit kicking around the collective today.  Should you wish to check out the projects that are either delighting them or driving them absolutely mad (that’s sort of the nature of homemade craft goods, though, right?) you can find a list of their blogs below.

Amanda at Thrifty Polished
Ashley at The Bohemian Sassenach
Hayley at Polished At Heart
Jessica at The Meltdown Blog
Julie at The Redolent Mermaid
Lauren at LoloLovesScents
Liz at Furianne
Stephanie at Imperfectly Painted
Sunnee at Our Sunny Life

20 thoughts on “Fall Fun Series: Pumpkin Spice Sugar Scrub

    • Thanks so much! And thank YOU for the lovely little gift I picked up in the mail today – the pumpkin coffee cozy is adorable! My husband, of course, immediately took it and put it on our cat’s head, so there you go – keeps your hands cool and your cat’s head warm! Really, thanks again – that was so super sweet of you. 🙂

  1. I’m a big fan of The Bathing Garden scrubs so I know I will just adore this and probably want to eat it too. I’ve never made my own and now that I see how easy it is, I am going to whip up a batch. I think what I love the most about this craft is that the materials are pretty much already in your kitchen – how great is that!

    • Ooh, those Bathing Garden scrubs are MUCH sexier than mine. But mine smells great and does a super job with the scrubbing and smoothing, and isn’t that what we’re really looking for here? 🙂 Let me know how things turn out if you make some for yourself!

  2. Big thumbs up on the sugar scrub, you made it look so easy and deliciously cute:) My craft might be driving me mad, so I haven’t posted it yet. Gotta get some crafting time soon!

    • Thank you! I feel almost ashamed, because this little craft was seriously SO easy. I think I could make these things in my sleep by now!

      This challenge/series has been great for getting me to use up a lot of my crafting supplies that were sitting around without any real purpose. I hope your craft hasn’t driven you completely round the twist – I know that’s what they’re supposed to do, but who needs that anyways? 🙂

  3. Super cute idea!! Love the idea of making your own sugar scrub. I bet this one smells amazing! I like that when making your own you can tweak the recipe and make it your own because I’d want a less abrasive scrub. Thanks for sharing!

    • Thanks! Gosh, this one smells great – so rich. I was thinking, too, if you were feeling completely daring, you could add some finely/coarsely ground coffee beans – pumpkin spice latte scrub. 🙂

  4. I love this and the label you made is totally gift worthy. Thank you for posting a recipe. I have a ton of essential oils that I would love to use to make scrubs with but never got around to searching out a recipe. These would make great Christmas gifts too.

    • Oh my gosh, this one is totally blunder-proof – completely one of those to-your-taste kind of DIY beauty recipes. Just mix up the sugar and oil (when I use fragrance oils or essential oils, I always use white sugar) and then add the oil a few drops at a time until you hit the scent level you like. You can even mix up the oils – almond and coconut make a pretty nice mixture. And these would make EXCELLENT Christmas gifts – and an excuse to use a different holiday’s scrapbooking paper for labels!

  5. This is a fun bath and body DIY I haven’t tried! I’ve made soaps, body butters, and lip balm, but never sugar scrubs. Excuse me for my serious DIY faux pas.

    I love how you packaged it! I’m a sucker for presentation. Show me something cute and I want it. I don’t care what it is, give it to me.

    • Ha, I’m totally with you there – presentation is often woefully underappreciated! That’s why I have such a love/hate relationship with Lush – their stuff *sounds* cute, but often comes out looking like a bull or something sat on it en route. 🙂

      Soaps and body butters and lip balms are some seriously impressive home DIY, though – don’t knock it! Seriously, that’s next level stuff compared to sugar scrub (sugar + oil + fragrance = yummy. It’s just way too easy.)

    • Thanks very much! Had to put all that extra scrapbooking paper to some good use, you know? (And seriously SO easy; I’m always slightly baffled when people buy it commercially, unless of course there’s a particular scent you really want and can’t find an oil of.)

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