DIY Sparkling Flower-Scented Coconut Oil Sugar Scrubs (with free printable labels) are perfect for Valentine’s or Mother’s Day gifts or any home spa day!
This seemed the perfect time to share an easy, fun DIY gift idea that’s great for Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day, to welcome spring or to get rid of winter’s dryness: Sparkling Flower-Scented Coconut Oil Sugar Scrubs. The original inspiration for these coconut oil sugar scrubs were a mix between feeling my skin looks 163 years old thanks to desiccatingly dry winter weather, and thinking of a fun homemade Valentine’s gift in the spirit of gems and flowers.
Homemade sugar scrubs are very simple to make. I prefer to make them with coconut oil for a few reasons. Coconut Oil is solid when at room temperature and even if it liquefies in a warm bathroom, moving it to a cooler room or the fridge for a bit firms it back up. The more solid texture lends itself to productive scrubbing!
Coconut Oil does not turn rancid and can remain indefinitely at room temperature. It also has anti-microbial qualities so I don’t worry about it breeding any unwelcome germs. Coconut Oil is also wonderful for the skin.
Scrubbing with sugar is a great natural exfoliant and paired with the Coconut Oil leaves the skin silky smooth. The sugar granules are invigorating as well so not only is the after affect smooth, well moisturized skin but the scrubbing acts to stimulate circulation leaving one more perked up.
Those who know me well know I am a bit of a magpie. I simply cannot resist shiny, sparkly things! I have been in love with India Tree Sparkling Sugars since I first laid eyes on them. They are a large granule decorative baking sugar that glisten and shimmer like nobody’s business.
I could never make enough baked goods to use them nearly as often as I’d like. So as my muse iterated through a homemade spa gift idea it seemed natural to include these gems to make the scrub all the more special and visually stunning. Every girl loves some baubles and roses for Valentine’s Day, why not combine them into an unexpected package? These free printable GIFT TAGS and INSTRUCTION TAGS will make your Sparkling Flower-Scented Coconut Oil Sugar Scrubs gift complete!
How to Make Your Own Sparkling Flower-Scented Coconut Oil Sugar Scrubs
The scrubs I made feature different color Sparkling Sugars along with smaller granule Sanding Sugar (again for baking, with granules the size of traditional granulated sugar) or traditional white granulated sugar. I took a cue from the color of the sugar to pair flower essences: Lilac, Violet, Rose, Orange Blossom, Honeysuckle and Gardenia. Each a special unexpected gift, or in a collection in small jars they’d be so fun.
Some Tips for Making the Sparkling Flower-Scented Coconut Oil Sugar Scrubs:
Ensure the coconut oil is solid and at room temperature. If it warms the proportions of the recipe won’t yield the correct balance of graininess from the sugar and smoothness from the oil.
Warm oil can begin to dissolve the sugar as well which also will change the texture of the scrub. When using essential oils I always suggest purchasing good quality oils. If not, especially with floral scents, they can smell a bit soapy or inauthentic. Essential Oils may be purchased at stores like Whole Foods, apothecaries or even online.
The potency of smell differs between brands, as does the strength of the coconut smell of different brands of coconut oil. There is a starting suggestion for how much scent to add to the scrub, make sure follow your own senses to reach an end result pleasing to your nose.
There are multiple brands of colored sugars which you could try in your scrubs. I’m most familiar with India Tree having used their vegetable-based food coloring and baking sugars. The brilliance of the Sparkling Sugars is exquisite and are shown is the photos here. If they are not available in your area, or buying online is more convenient, Amazon.com carries them and offers a discount when buying 3 bottles of a specific color. Candidly I was able to buy all the ingredients for the scrubs from Amazon.com.
Sparkling Flower-Scented Coconut Oil Sugar Scrubs Recipe
Sparkling Flower-Scented Coconut Oil Sugar Scrubs
- ½ cup Coconut Oil
- ¼ cup plus 3 tablespoons Sparkling Sugar (larger granule decorative sugar), colored or white
- 2 tablespoons Sanding Sugar (small granule decorative sugar) or Granulated Sugar
- Flower-scented Essential Oils; start with 20 drops and adjust to your scent preference as needed
- Supplies: Jars with lids , gift tags, instruction tags
- In a mixing bowl, combine the coconut oil and sugars. Stir together using a sturdy mixing spoon or wooden spoon. If there are larger pieces of solid coconut oil use the back of a wooden spoon to break them apart.
- Add the flower essential oil and mix fully.
- Spoon the sugar scrub into a container, add a final sprinkling of Sparkling Sugar and seal. Note: if the process of blending the coconut oil and sugar has significantly softened the coconut oil, the container may be placed in the refrigerator to allow the mixture to become more solid. Store sealed at room temperature.
Rose: a combination of Hot Pink and Cherry Pink (the variegated sugar) Sparkling Sugar with White Granulated Sugar
Lilac: Electric Blue Sparkling Sugar with Lavender Pastel Sanding Sugar
Violet: Ultra Violet Sparkling Sugar with Lavender Pastel Sanding Sugar
Honeysuckle: Star Gold Sparkling Sugar with Green Pastel Sanding Sugar
Gardenia: Bright White Sparkling Sugar with White Granulated Sugar
Orange Blossom: a combination of Star Gold and Bright White Sparkling Sugar with Green Pastel Sanding Sugar
for the blue sugar scrub, which sanding sugar color did you use? I have found a dark blue, and a lighter, brighter blue. Also, does the dyed sugar leave a blue stain on the skin? I am making this for a bridal shower and I do not want our guests to get home and have blue hands!
thanks so much
Toni Dash says
The India Tree Sparkling Sugar I used in the photos is Electric Blue (that links to it on Amazon.com and a pack of 3). It’s such a beautiful, vibrant color! I have not ever had the experience of it dying the skin. I suppose if you left it on a very long time it could transfer to the skin lightly but I have not experienced that. It can look light blue while in use but washes away when the scrub is removed.
Yolanda Torres says
Are these scrubs made with unrefined coconut oil or refined.
Toni Dash says
Hi Yolanda. You can make it with either. This is the type I used:Viva Labs The Finest Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil, 16 Ounce. Does that help?
Joanie @ Zagleft says
These are so pretty and make such nice gifts. I love the colors!
Colleen Cayes says
Gosh, I want to make them all! When it comes time to bare more skin as winter transitions to warmer weather, these will be lovely treats to give ourselves.
pam (Sidewalk Shoes) says
These are so cute and colorful!!
Marlynn @UrbanBlissLife says
I’ve made sugar scrubs before but none as beautiful as these! LOVE this and am pinning to make for Mother’s Day gifts!
heather @french press says
truly, these are the most beautiful sugar scrubs I have ever seen! and I’m sure the smell is heavenly.