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What You Truly Need: DIY Vegan Body Sugar Scrubs

Recently I’ve been obessed with making my own body sugar scrubs. I love the process of creating them and the after feel- I use mine about twice a week to exfoliate my skin (its great to use after shaving). So, perfect for the holiday season, I’ve gathered some simple but fun scrubs with ingredients that you most likely have at home. The best part is if you are missing one or two ingredients you can easily substitute them or just leave them out. Enjoy!


Gingerbread Sugar Scrub

This scrub is perfect for Christmas! 

  • 1 cup of sugar

  • 1 cup of brown sugar

  • 1/2 cup of coconut oil

  • 1/4 cup of almond oil

  • 1/2 tsp of vanilla extract

  • 1/2 tsp of cinnamon

  • 1/2 tsp of all spice

  • 1/2 tsp of ginger

  • 1/2 tsp of nutmeg


Slowly combine all the ingredients together (expect oils) and start to mix them. Gradually add the coconut and almond oil to the mix till you reach your desired consistency. 

Source: https://www.mommymusings.com/gingerbread-sugar-scrub/ (The author even attached little gingerbread man labels if you want to turn this scrub into a present!)


Mint Sugar Scrub

Use this scrub to help you feel more fresh or when you first wake up in the morning! 

  • ½ cup of coconut oil

  • 1½ – 2 cups of sugar

  • 1 tbsp of peppermint extract

  • 1 drop of green food coloring


Microwave the coconut oil for 15-25 seconds. This will soften it down for the recipe. Next, add the sugar and peppermint extract to the coconut oil and mix it together. If you want color, add the green food coloring and stir while ensuring the ingredients are combined evenly. If the mixture is too wet, add sugar to get the consistency you desire. 

Source: https://lovegrowswild.com/2013/11/diy-mint-sugar-scrub-holiday-gift-ideas/


Coconut Oil and Brown Sugar Scrub

If the mint and gingerbread scrub was too crazy for you, this is for you if you just want to stick to the basics.

  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil


Add the coconut oil to the sugar and mix till you get your desired consistency. If you want, spruce it up by adding some essential oils! Some great ones are mint, grapefruit, and lavender.

Source: https://logicalharmony.net/how-to-make-your-own-vegan-body-scrub/


Turn it into a gift!

I’ve always loved turning these scrubs into presents for my friends! Some ways to turn these into gifts is to put them into mason jars. Buying mason jars in bulk can be a bit expensive at times, so look at your local thrift stores to help with that. Then you can add cute labels, ribbon, and pictures! You can easily glue on pictures by using hot glue or modge podge. You can also personalize these for your what friends like. These are always a fan favorite!


Happy scrubbing! 

Makayla Holbrook is a Campus Correspondent here at HC Hawai'i and majoring in Secondary Education with a focus on English. Outside of writing, you can find her watching cooking competition shows, getting lost in romance novels, playing with her dogs, and trying new coffee shops.
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