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Vanilla Sugar Body Scrub

2011 December 28

For years I worked as the manager of a day spa here in California, and while it was quite the stressful job, there were many obvious benefits that came with it! Now a days I dream of the luxuries of body scrubs, facials and waxing. Oh, how the grass is always greener! That being said, all the benefits (and silky smooth skin) in the world won’t compare to working at a job I love. And I LOVE being a designer. I feel so fortunate to run my own business with the chance to be creative every day. But since life needs balance, and silky smooth skin; I mix up a batch of this Vanilla Olive Oil Sugar Scrub from time to time. It’s the perfect way to pamper myself in the comfort of my own home. And with New Years Eve this weekend, I fully plan to use this scrub from head to toe. After all, baring ones winter legs in a little cocktail dress is never a fun experience! Let the exfoliation begin.

{photos by Freutcake}

Vanilla Olive Oil Sugar Scrub

1/2 cup granulated (white) sugar
2 cups Turbinado sugar (sugar in the raw)
1 Tablespoon honey
1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
1 Tablespoon Vanilla extract (or your favorite essential oil)

Directions: Combine the two sugars in a bowl and mix to incorporate. Add olive oil and stir. Mix in honey and vanilla. Store in an airtight jar and enjoy!

* This is a coarse scrub, if you would like a more gentle scrub you can substitute brown sugar for the turbinado sugar.
* Always exfoliate before shaving to prevent irritation and achieve a better shave.
* You may add more olive oil to your jar after packing if you desire a different consistency.
* Oil will settle in the jar so stir before using.
* I do not recommend using this scrub on your face. It is intended for use on the body only.

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Leah Bergman

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Designer, blogger, cocktail shaker. Classic with a bit of sparkle. Founder & Editor of Freutcake.

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  1. December 28, 2011

    I LOVE being a kitchen beautician. I’m totally going to make this. I usually make a sea salt scrub but this sounds much lovelier.

    • freutcake permalink*
      December 28, 2011

      Love the term “kitchen beautician”! 🙂

  2. Lane Culpepper permalink
    December 28, 2011

    I love making home made scrubs but I’ve never used honey! I’m going to try this 🙂

    • freutcake permalink*
      December 28, 2011

      Yes! Honey is supposed to be a natural antioxidant and have anti-microbial properties. Aside from that…it smells great! 🙂

  3. December 29, 2011

    love your photos!!
    xx, k

  4. charlotte permalink
    December 30, 2011

    What are the differences between using salt and sugar? And Q for a pro: why doesn’t sugar (or salt) dissolve in the oil eventually?

  5. December 30, 2011

    Mmm, I can just imagine how nice this is. I’ve fallen in love with making these this year, I even made a bunch of sugar scrubs to give away this year. I love the vanilla olive oil combo, especially with a fragrant olive oil – I bet it’s so nice!

  6. January 2, 2012

    Hi Leah!

    I’m new to your blog and found this recipe via pinterest. I tried it and it’s amazing!!
    I posted it on my blog today to share it with all my friends. Happy New Year!

  7. January 4, 2012

    This scrub looks scrumptious! I love mixing up a bunch of ingredients and using it on my body and I’ll definitely follow your recipe 🙂

  8. January 7, 2012

    What a great way to pamper yourself! It probably makes a great gift too.

    • freutcake permalink*
      January 7, 2012

      Yes this would make an excellent gift!

  9. January 8, 2012

    Great recipe to rejuvenate winter skin. Refreshing, thank you!

  10. LittleL permalink
    January 8, 2012

    Um.. I know this is dumb but when you say mix is that just with a spoon or do you use an actual mixer?

    • freutcake permalink*
      January 8, 2012

      Hi! Just with a spoon is fine. 🙂

      • LittleL permalink
        January 8, 2012

        Thank you so much: ) I am so excited to have found this page and your whole site 🙂

        • freutcake permalink*
          January 8, 2012

          I’m happy you are here! Thanks for reading! 🙂

  11. January 9, 2012

    I just made it and it’s wonderful and beautiful. I don’t think I’ll ever buy another scrub again. 🙂

    • freutcake permalink*
      January 9, 2012

      Good to hear someone loves it as much as I do! 🙂 Thanks for the sweet comment.

  12. January 9, 2012

    Love the scrub, and the photos are awesome!

  13. January 9, 2012

    Nice homemade scrub. It looks so delicious. It’s hard to know whether to eat it or to bake with it. 🙂

    • freutcake permalink*
      January 9, 2012

      It smells delicious as well! 🙂

  14. Annette permalink
    January 9, 2012

    One small question, how long could this be stored for?

    • freutcake permalink*
      January 9, 2012

      Good question! Because none of the ingredients need to be refrigerated it can store for a while. Of course oil will go rancid with time but I always seem to use up my batch of scrub before that happens! I keep mine in an air tight container in the shower and it usually lasts me two weeks before I use it all up. As for long term storing I have not tested that.

      • Annette permalink
        January 10, 2012

        Thanks so much! That is a big help ^-^

  15. January 11, 2012

    I have been buying Vanilla Sugar products for years. This is going to feed my addiction! I love that it’s a recipe with ordinary products – not hard-to-find ingredients. Tweeted & FBed! Thanks, Leah.

  16. Rachel permalink
    January 13, 2012

    Should I use a regular body wash/ soap after this to rinse off?

    • freutcake permalink*
      January 13, 2012

      Hi Rachel- That is up to you if you would like to use body wash afterwards.

  17. Emily permalink
    January 13, 2012

    Hi. I was just wondering if you can use a loofah or sponge with this scrub and if you know a good face sugar face scrub? My skin gets so dry in the winter. Thanks 🙂

  18. January 13, 2012

    Holy cow. This is great! I used to have a book that had hundreds of pages of skin and hair care recipes. I have to make this happen this week!

    Thanks for the post, lady!

  19. Kelsey permalink
    January 13, 2012

    I just made this- and tried it on my hands, feels great. A little oily at first, but I washed my hands with regular soap after and they are so soft now. I don’t really like the smell, because all I can smell is olive oil…But I love the effects!

  20. January 14, 2012

    Might be dumb but what happens if used on face?

    • freutcake permalink*
      January 14, 2012

      It’s too abrasive for your face and would likely irritate your skin.

  21. January 15, 2012

    What a lovely scrub! This may be a silly question but what size jar did you use and where did you find that adorable square jar? 🙂

    • freutcake permalink*
      January 15, 2012

      Hi Allie,
      I think I got this jar a few years back at Walmart! This is a similar jar that I found on their website. I like it because it has a tightly sealed lid.

  22. Rachel permalink
    January 16, 2012

    I’m going to make this but the jar I want to use doesn’t have a lid! Do you think it’s ok to leave it without a lid?

    • freutcake permalink*
      January 16, 2012

      I would not leave it out without a lid. You can always store it in a tupperware container with a lid.

  23. January 18, 2012

    Is there something I can use in place of the honey?

    • freutcake permalink*
      January 18, 2012

      You can just leave it out completely if you would like.

  24. January 19, 2012

    I love the idea of homemade beauty products. There’s nothing better than being able to control what you put on your body. Thanks for the recipe!

  25. Amy permalink
    February 4, 2012

    Could you sub the olive oil with sunflower oil? Just wondering! Love the idea of sugar scrub! Why spend our valuable money on it, when we can make our own!!!

    • freutcake permalink*
      February 4, 2012

      I haven’t tried sunflower oil. I use olive oil because of it’s benefits to the skin including vitamins A and E.

  26. February 6, 2012

    Just made this and can’t wait to use it! I’ll also be writing about it on my blog today as well so check it out! 🙂

  27. February 10, 2012

    Just posted about it if you want to see! And dont’ worry, I gave you credit for the recipe! 🙂 Thanks again, its so cold in France right now, this has been making my day everyday!

  28. February 24, 2012

    i love this! i’m definitely going to try it. 🙂

  29. Sierra permalink
    March 21, 2012

    Just made this scrub with coconut and sandalwood essential oils and I LOVE it! Thanks for the tutorial 🙂

    • freutcake permalink*
      March 22, 2012

      oooh! Coconut & sandalwood sound divine! I must try that.

  30. Kristi permalink
    May 6, 2012

    would baby food jars work? If so how many do you think one batch will fill?

  31. May 14, 2012

    Thank you soooo much for this! I actually made a batch of these as gifts this year and everybody loved it! The smell is divine!

    Warm hugs!

  32. Marianna Klarin permalink
    May 30, 2012

    How many small mason jars does this batch make I need to make 30-40 jars.

  33. Pati permalink
    June 21, 2012

    Just made this and I LOOOOOOOOOOOVE IT !!! I will NEVER buy another sugar scrub again !

  34. Jana permalink
    July 5, 2012

    I just made a batch of this using sunflower oil instead of olive oil… it’s feels amazing and smells fantastic.

    Sunflower oil has roughly the same benefits of olive oil but without the strong smell. 😀 So more vanilla scent for me.

  35. Michelle permalink
    September 7, 2012

    I love to make my own scrubs and also to give to all the girls in my life! I love this combination! I have found all kinds of little glass jars at Target, Pier 1, and World Market. But, where did you find that wooden spoon?!!

    • freutcake permalink*
      September 11, 2012

      Michelle- It came with a salt cellar that I was given as a gift. I just love that little spoon and wish I had more of them as well!

  36. Amanda Fettig permalink
    October 8, 2012

    This sounds amazing! Just found my homemade Christmas gift for this year. 🙂 Would coconut oil work well in substitute for the olive oil? I just have a ton in the cupboard and thought I’d use it up! I know the coconut oil tends to get solid at colder temps…would it harden up with all the other ingredients in it? Thanks!! 🙂

  37. Jennifer permalink
    October 19, 2012

    Can you substitute epsom salts for the salt/sugar?
    Can’t wait to try this.

    • freutcake permalink*
      October 19, 2012

      Yes you can substitute epsom salts. I have never tried it myself but I have seem epsom salts used in other homemade body scrub recipes. 🙂

  38. eli permalink
    November 3, 2012

    hello, im just wondering how many times a week can i use this? im trying this epilating thing and they say that i can get alot of ingrown hair so since ive heard that body scrubs can reduce the probability of ingrown hairs i wanna try this amazing recipe, cus it sounds sooo dellicious.

  39. Jasmine permalink
    November 21, 2012

    First, I can’t wait to make this scrub! Secondly, what size container did you use? And finally, is your container plastic or glass?

    • freutcake permalink*
      November 26, 2012

      Hi Jasmine, I used an 8oz glass container but I not all of the scrub fit in it!

      • cindy permalink
        December 18, 2014

        does it have to be extra virgin oil or can you use light virgin oil ?

  40. Jessica Ballesteros permalink
    December 20, 2012

    Love this! Thank you for sharing and just in time for Christmas. Guess I know what I’ll be making all weekend…;)

  41. Natalie permalink
    December 29, 2012

    Thank you so much for posting this! I have flare up eczema and all other products are too harsh for me to use, but this is divine! I saw it on Pinterest yesterday an made and tried it today! I’m in love it’s gentle on my eczema and leaves my skin super smooth an moisturized! Kudos to you, you’re my hero!!! 😉

  42. Caitlin permalink
    December 30, 2012

    This recipe is fantastic! I made jars of the sugar scrub as Christmas gifts for the women in my life and luckily I saved some for myself…. it has made my skin unbelievably soft! It is great for winter time.

  43. Kimberly Nall permalink
    January 24, 2013

    Thinking of making this as a baby shower gift (sugar and spice and everything nice?), but am thinking of incorporating cinnamon. I’ll have to play with the scents. One question though- how much does this yield? I’m checking out jars here- and want to see which one to get.

  44. Natasha permalink
    March 26, 2013

    Could you substitute agave nectar for honey?

    • freutcake permalink*
      March 26, 2013

      Honey is a natural moisturiser to antiseptic however I do not know if agave nectar has the same benefits. If you do not have or wish to use honey it’s fine to just omit it. 🙂

  45. Kimberly Nall permalink
    March 27, 2013

    I ended up altering this recipe a bit for my baby shower “Sugar & Spice and Everything Nice” favors. I found the olive oil to be a bit too pungent, so I did half olive oil, and half coconut oil. It was amazing!!! Not only does coconut oil have great skin benefits, but I love the smell. Also, to answer my own question (in case others are wondering), this recipe as listed yielded 2 12oz. jars. I made 24 jars!

  46. Katherine permalink
    April 3, 2013

    I wasn’t a “Girly girl” until just now when I tried your scrub. I used raspberry extract instead. Definitely wont be using anything else.

    • freutcake permalink*
      April 4, 2013

      Ha! Leave it to a great beauty product to make any lady into a girlie girl. 😉

  47. Melissa permalink
    April 4, 2013

    Love this scrub, I just got out of the shower, and my skin feels amazing!

    • freutcake permalink*
      April 4, 2013

      Yay! So glad you enjoyed it.

  48. Lynne permalink
    April 20, 2013

    I made this scrub with jojoba oil and rose essential oil as I have very sensitive skin. It was absolutely wonderful and I smelled great for at least an hour afterwards! Thanks for the recipe ! Do you have any body lotion recipes?

  49. April 21, 2013

    I have a stupid question – where did you get that lovely wood spoon? 🙂

  50. April 26, 2013

    this looks absolutely divine! I have bookmarked the page and plan to make several batches! thank you so much for posting! 🙂

  51. Alexandra permalink
    May 13, 2013

    Could i substitute Almond or Coconut oil?

    • freutcake permalink*
      May 14, 2013

      Absolutely! Both oils will work well.

  52. krystal permalink
    May 14, 2013

    I made this with coconut oil. Amazing!!!

  53. Sassy permalink
    June 4, 2013

    I love this plan on making it this week. But my question is how long is its self life? The last recipe I looked at was only a week but I like this version better than the other.

  54. Confused permalink
    August 5, 2013

    Do I have to make this with sugar from the raw or can i make this with

    • August 8, 2013

      You can make this scrub with regular granulated sugar if you would like!

  55. Lai Yee permalink
    October 1, 2013

    Can I ask, do you use the scrub on dry or wet body?

  56. Cynthia permalink
    December 11, 2013

    I love it! This scrub left my skin feeling silky smooth. I’ll definitely make a bigger batch and jar it to give away as a holiday gift. Thank you for sharing this wonderful recipe.

  57. Gretchen Whittet permalink
    December 13, 2013

    Do you think I could add lemon juice to this? Would it effect it in a negative way?

  58. Laura permalink
    December 23, 2013

    Just started following your blog after seeing this on Pinterest…and I made it tonight-I feel fantastic! Any chance you have any recipes to keep dry, frizzy hair shiny and friz free?

  59. Sher permalink
    February 11, 2014

    How long can you use this Can it stay for a few weeks or months? Or do you have to use it right away? Thanks!

  60. Kristen permalink
    May 3, 2014

    Where did you find those spoons?

  61. August 12, 2014

    Your pictures are amazing!

  62. Jen permalink
    September 27, 2014

    Does this leave the bottom of your tub slippery like other scrubs? If so, is there an ingredient that could be used to not make it so dangerously slippery, lol?

    • September 28, 2014

      Yes, the oil in this scrub can make the tub a bit slippery! I usually just follow with body wash and it’s fine however.

  63. Ness permalink
    October 12, 2014

    How long does it last for?

  64. Shawna permalink
    November 12, 2014

    How much does this make? I am looking to make gifts for several friends this year and I would love to do this but want to make sure I have enough of everything at home so I don’t have to stop and run to the store.

  65. Caitlin permalink
    December 15, 2014

    Where do you get your spoons..they are so cute?

  66. March 20, 2015

    thank you very much for your scrubs:) 1Q: i would like to make some to give as gifts. in general, do they have any ixpiry date? thank you very much.

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