My Favorite Vanilla Brown Sugar Body Scrub {for Mom}

My Favorite Vanilla Brown Sugar Body Scrub {for Mom}

I have another homemade scrub to share today as part of the ‘Projects for Mom’ series. If you have missed the previous three projects for easy and quick Mother’s Day treats you can find the links at the end of this post.

This is my favorite body scrub. {not just because it is yummy Brown Sugar and Vanilla either} It’s the perfect exfoliate for your heels, knees and elbows and great for your tan legs in the summer time too.

You want to begin by mixing 2 Cups of Brown Sugar and 1 Cup of Granulated Sugar together until there are no lumps. Add in 1 Cup of Sunflower Oil and 1 Tablespoon of Pure Vanilla Extract. {I like to use Sunflower Oil for this body scrub because it does not carry the strong scent that Olive Oil does}

Mix together well and scoop into a sealable glass container.

I purchased a few of these vinyl decals at Joanne Fabrics a few weeks ago at 70% off. {and my nearby store still has a ton left} I got this 4 1/2 X 4 1/2 decal for just 30 cents. The scoops were purchased from Walmart – you can find them in the kitchen utensil section and they run about $2.00 for a set of three. Super cute just to have around for party scoops!

I be sharing one more Project for Mom tomorrow then I’ll be back to some home decor. I have some exciting things I’m working on for The DIY Club that starts this Friday. {I can’t wait to share} Below are the other Projects for Mom that have been posted that last couple days {click on each picture for the tutorials} Enjoy!


  1. I love this stuff! I made some at Christmas for my mom and aunt, and had some extra left over for myself. I love using it on my elbows, knees, and heels!

  2. Totally TOTALLY awesome! Thanks for sharing!

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  3. I will definately be trying this one!!!(and giving it to myself:)

  4. Another great one!! πŸ™‚

  5. Amazing… Your amazing Stephanie!
    Thank you again!

  6. Can’t wait to give it a try!

  7. These scrubs you have posted are awesome, can’t wait to make them. Could I use almond oil? Have you ever?

  8. It sounds great and I think I would want to eat it. πŸ™‚

  9. Ohhhhh, sounds good, definitely want to give it a try:)

  10. Stephanie Lynn, this is a marvelous project for mother’s day and for me!!! I get my hands so dirty in the garden every day and really need a good scrub to work into my hands. What a wonderful idea. I also loved the lemon scrub too! Thank you for linking this project to the boardwalk Bragfest!

  11. That is awesome, and it looks so cute in that jar! Nice idea, I may have to try that one!

  12. Yum..I could eat it!!! I have to try these scrubs of yours.


  13. Okayu, I thik my hubby would eally like me to try this out! lol I use a scrub everyday. I’m making this one next!

  14. wow, lots of typos in that comment! So sorry!

  15. Loving this!!

    m ^..^

  16. What a great recipe! Thanks for sharing. πŸ™‚ Do you know how long it stays good for?

  17. I love this – thanks for sharing your recipe! I’m going to give this a try! ~Marcy

  18. Wow what a great idea! This would make the perfect mother’s day gift… or a gift for any occasion really! I would likely make mine with coconut oil, just because I love the smell… it reminds me of summer at the beach!
    Thanks for sharing!

  19. Mmm! Brown sugar and vanilla is my favorite scent! I’ll be making this one for me!! LOL – Karen

  20. This looks so beautiful. Thanks for letting us know where you bought the items. It’s appreciated!

  21. Fabulous idea! Thank you for the great idea.

  22. Sounds yummy er I mean cute. CAn’t wait to try it. TFS. DIane

  23. What a *sweet* idea. (Couldn’t help myself) πŸ™‚

  24. how cool!! tfs!

  25. I like to make my own scrub too – I can’t wait to try this one. Your pictures are FAB!

  26. You have shared something that I’m sure I am going to make! Thanks so much for this scrub recipe.
    πŸ™‚ Sue

  27. Stephanie Lynn,
    I am so going to do that. And I am going to make this for my friends! Awesome! I am going to share this on Fridays post with link love if you dont mind?
    Thanks for linking up to Thrifty Thursday!
    Leigh, Bloggeritaville

  28. Hehe. You stopped by before I had time to let you know I featured you πŸ˜‰ Love the Mother’s Day gift ideas. Always get so much inspiration from you! Happy Mother’s Day!

  29. Sounds almost good enough to eat! I am featuring this at!

  30. I am going to have to make some of this for myself, as a mother’s day treat!

  31. I LOVE these ideas! Definitely going to give them a try as soon as I get some pretty jars like these!

    Both this recipe and your lemon scrub recipe were featured here at my “Go Handmade for Mother’s Day” post here:

  32. I made this for my Mom and MIL for Mother’s Day! Thanks for the recipe!! I was so happy I had the stuff for it on hand…time had really gotten away from me this week and I wanted a nice gift for them. I linked back to your post on my blog… Thanks again for the WONDERFUL idea!

  33. HI!! I tried emailing you but it didn’t work – don’t worry – I am sure it is my un-techno savviness that messed up. Anyhow… LOVE your site and want to see more of it – do you have a facebook fan page?
    my email is [email protected]

  34. I really want to make this….but I cant find sunflower oil. I looked at wal mart and all I could find was safflower oil. Where did you find the sunflower oil?

    BTW…I LOVE your blog! So creative and crafty!

  35. I am SO going to try this! And the Lemon hand scrub, too. Thanks for sharing =)

  36. I just made this scrub and tried it for myself. It’s great!!! Now to find some jars to share the wealth. I will be making this again and again.


  38. Seriously can’t find the Sunflower Oil either. Please help – Have to try this Sugar Scrub : )
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  39. I clicked over from Serenity Now and am LOVING all these great ideas! I’ll definitely be trying this out.

    PS I love that Gap ribbon…I still have a ton of it that I saved from baby gifts I received. I bet our kids are the same age πŸ™‚

  40. I stumbled on this and what a treat! I am doing a baby shower soon and these would make sweet favors in half pint jars. Thanks for sharing. πŸ™‚

  41. I made this today for a friend of mine that just had a baby. Fortunately not all of it fit into my selected jar, so there is some left for me. I love that you can make it, they are always so expensive at the specialty stores! I will have to try the lemon one next!

  42. yay keep these coming!! I made the lemon scrub for my mom when she came to visit us! I felt so cool handing her a little present just because she came to visit! And I am going down there soon and would love to bring her something else! So I will be making this scrub too =) YAY thanks

  43. OMG! I love all your scrubs! FYI to share with you and your readers….you might be able to find the jars (with those lids that have the latch) at the dollar store…even a bigger score!! So thanks for sharing, I might be making these for a lil xmas gifts!!

  44. I made this as a Christmas gift for my sisters-in-law. I also made some for myself, but I used almond extract instead of vanilla.
    Both smell sooo good and taste good, too. Haha.
    If you’d like to see how they turned out go here:

    Merry Christmas!

  45. Do you know how much this recipe makes? I’m going to be making this for a women’s retreat gift for 60 women, so I want to have an idea of quantities to buy! Thanks.

  46. I have been experimenting with all 3 of the scrubs you have listed on your blog and so far I have to say that I have tried olive oil, and sunflower oil, and coconut oil (do not use coconut oil as it hardens when it sets) and now today I tried grape seed oil (all of which I found on the oil aisle at walmart) the grape seed oil is the least scented. I am so happy with it! Just my review, to each their own but thank you so much for sharing I am loving all this homemade goodness!

  47. Can you use safflower oil instead of sunflower oil? I sent DH to get some and he came home with safflower oil-do you think that would work? Or should I just return it and look for sunflower oil?
    I’m really excited to make this as christmas gifts this year since I just found out my whole department at work exchanges small gifts and this is what I’ll be giving out! Thanks!

  48. I really like the idea of using this for a Christmas gift.
    Not sure if this question has been answered yet or not but is it possible to use Safflower oil in substitution for the sunflower oil?

  49. Funny thing, I am also wondering if Safflower oil can be substituted! Went to store to get Sunflower oil and when didn’t exist on shelf I assumed I remembered incorrectly and was actually to be Safflower…please say it is fine so I don’t have to go back to WalMart to make a return!!! That place is black hole! :0D

  50. I made this tonight, going to give as a gift but saved some for myself. I love it!
    For those of you that can’t find it, I found Sunflower oil at Walmart.

    I also posted a link to this post on my site this morning. πŸ™‚

  51. I made this last night for a gift but tried it myself before packaging it. I used coconut oil and I could not be happier! The water beaded up on my skin but I didn’t feel greasy. After my shower, my skin felt so soft. I’ll make and use this for myself all the time! I got lucky, too, and found the most adorable fancy-looking sealed jars at the dollar store! Woot! Thank you so much and Merry Christmas!

  52. Safflower oil is great! Lots of good oleic acid and antioxidants.

  53. I love your blog. I found you on pinterest, now follow you on facebook & pinterest. I am trying this next…I made the Lemon Sugar Scrub and am now out of jars! Love it!! Can’t wait to use this on my feet!

  54. I’m thinking about doing like a spa gift for my bridesmaids and was thinking about making this. Does anyone know how long it is good for??

  55. Can’t wait to make this πŸ™‚ Do you think the mixture is too thick to go through a soap pump?

  56. thank you for this steph! i’ll try this coz i cant afford to buy expensive body scrubs… again soo much thanks!…

  57. I don’t see any scoop, can you post a picture of the scoop?

  58. Look on the left side of the jar. You can barely see it for the ribbon. It is a silver scoop.

  59. I need to make this for 40 teachers, how much does your recipe make? Or how much would I need to increase the recipe to make that much?

    Thanks – Bethany
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  60. I made this today for my mom’s Mother’s Day present. It was cheap and easy to make, and it works better than what I used to buy from Bath and Body. Thank you Stephanie for sharing this homemade hand scrub!

  61. This sounds fantastic! Is there a shelf life for the scrub?

  62. I added coconut extract for that summer scent πŸ™‚

  63. Just one question: is there a sort of expiration period for these scrubs?

  64. I use organic coconut oil, brown sugar and vanilla. Heavenly!

  65. I got some from a student for teacher appreceitation and I used it as an all over scrub. All I have to say is I’ve never felt better!

  66. I’m also wondering how much this recipe makes – thank you!

  67. Love this! I made this as favors for a baby shower last year. But I coconut oil and I reused baby food jars for the containers. Everyone loved it!

  68. This is such a fantastic gift idea!! I would love to make these for friends around the holidays. Thanks so much for the recipe! πŸ™‚

  69. I need to make this for 40 moms as a gift. We are using small baby food jars. How much does one recipe make? Thanks!

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  70. Looks wonderful. But I have a (probably stupid) question…does this need to be refrigerated or can it just be left in the shower/bath? Planning on doing this for Xmas presents…

  71. Would love to make the Vanilla and Brown Sugar scrub. Where would you find the Sunflower Oil?


  72. I just wanna know how much to use, and how to use it? Do you just put it in bath water? And how much the whole jar? Thanks

  73. I just wanna know how much to use, and how to use it? Do you just put it in bath water? And how much the whole jar? Thanks

  74. I just wanna know how much to use, and how to use it? Do you just put it in bath water? And how much the whole jar? Thanks

  75. I just wanna know how much to use, and how to use it? Do you just put it in bath water? And how much the whole jar? Thanks

  76. Can you use canola oil?

  77. This was a great recipe, thank you! The aroma isn’t too overpowering like the scrubs you buy at the store. Perfect for the spa party that I’m hosting this weekend. I plan to pass the jars out as party favors to my guests and will also be making the pumpkin scrub that I found on your site.

  78. I too would like to know if anyone tried canola oil for this. πŸ™‚
    Thanks for shareing your recipes for the scrubs. great gift idea.

  79. I made this for holiday gifts, it was awesome!

  80. I have used a product much like this that I purchased from a local vendor. It works wonderfully. I’m so glad now I can make it for
    Myself and for gifts. My only question is does it have a shelf life if not used right away. In other words how far ahead of time can I make
    And store it? Thanks

  81. I used coconut oil instead of olive oil. Its hard. Amy suggestions to make the mixture soft when its room temp?

  82. Hi there! I used the recipe and linked back to your site, here: /brown-sugar-body-scrub/
    Thanks, it is great!! πŸ™‚

  83. How much does this recipe yield? Thanks. I plan to make it in large quantities as Christmas gifts.

  84. This is so amazing!! I’m making this for my mom for Christmas. She’ll love it. Can you also mix in vanilla extract?

  85. nevermind it says so up there. πŸ™‚

  86. love love love this . leaves you so soft and moisturized …. was wondering if you could also use this as a facial scrub and add cinnamon and honey????

    • i added honey to mine instead of the oil and used it for a facial scrub and it has made my acne better with using this for about a week but you probably could add cinnamon to it i dont see how that could hurt the recipie

  87. Anyone who has tried this have suggestions on how far in advance I can make this if using for shower gifts? I’ve heard mixed things about this! Was going to put them in cute little jars, but don’t want it to get ruined while it sits!

    • This scrub can be made in advance. It does not need to be refrigerated. I would suggest storing it as you would the oil itself – in a cool place out of direct sunlight so the oil does not go bad. Just make sure the containers you are using to store it are sealed well and cleaned properly prior to use. As mentioned above, some of the oil may separate from the scrub as the mixture sits so I would suggest to let your know to stir it prior to using.

      • I found this on Pinterest and had to try it! I tweaked it a bit. I used Pompeian Canola/EVOO (B1G1 at the grocery store) and added another 1/2 cup — I had made a scrub before with a 2:1 sugar:oil ratio and liked the consistency, but really, it’s just a matter of preference. I had some vanilla sugar, so used that. I tried some and, oh, my!! LOVE!! I think I will use some leftover vanilla beans and infuse some oil for a future batch. Thanks so much for this! Oh, I had enough for two 8-oz and two 4-oz. canning jars for gifts…with probably another 4 ounces for me. I also remind recipients to be careful getting out of the tub/shower, as it *is oily.

  88. Ty Knighten :

    This scrub looks so easy to make and I love body scrubs. I will be making this over the weekend! Thanks

  89. i just made this but instead of the oil i used about 3/4 cups honey and about a 1/4 cup of vanilla and it turned out awesome and smelt great did wonders for my feet and face made them feel great and idk how but my feet were hurting and after scrubing my feet with it they felt better and my acne got better dident go away all the way but almost and that was using it for a week so hopefully with more time using it i can get rid of the acne



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