Warm Vanilla Sugar Scrub Recipe
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Learn how to make an easy warm vanilla sugar scrub recipe.  This recipe is perfect for DIY beginners, and it makes a great gift.  You'll save a lot of money by learning how to make your own brown sugar body scrub recipe.


Fall is coming, so I'm changing the scents for my bath products.  In the summer, I like fruity scents, but in the fall, I switch to baking scents.  


Pumpkin spice is always popular, but this warm vanilla sugar body scrub recipe just screams hoodies and falling leaves. 


Notice that I never said boots or tennis shoes.  I will wear a hoodie or jeans, but I am not giving up my flip flops until the snow starts flying!






Warm vanilla sugar was made popular by a certain national chain of bath and body products.  However, vanilla is a classic scent that's been popular for many, many years.


This warm vanilla sugar scrub recipe is a clean beauty recipe.  There are no preservatives, and it's so easy to make at home.


Even if you've never made any DIY bath and body products yourself, you can make this easy scrub.  It's a brown sugar body scrub recipe, so it's gentle to use all over your body (except for your face).  


Warm Vanilla Sugar Scrub Recipe


Can You Put Vanilla Extract in a Sugar Scrub?


Yes, you can absolutely use real vanilla extract in a sugar scrub recipe.  It has a wonderful natural scent.  Note that it will discolor your scrub, but I love the shade of this warm vanilla sugar body scrub recipe.  


I recommend using real vanilla extract.  You can buy real vanilla extract or make your own vanilla extract.  You can also make Instant Pot vanilla extract in a few hours versus waiting for 6 weeks for the beans to infuse.  


The vanilla extract and brown sugar combine for a heavenly scent in this brown sugar body scrub recipe.





What is the Best Oil to Use in a Sugar Scrub?


There are several carrier oils that you can use to make a brown sugar body scrub recipe.  The best carrier oil to use depends on your needs.


If you have dry skin, you'll want to use a heavier oil in brown sugar scrubs.  Olive oil would work in a pinch, but I prefer avocado oil, castor oil, or sweet almond oil for dry skin.


If you want a light oil that won't leave your skin feeling oily, then use a dry oil.  Dry oils like fractionated coconut oil, apricot kernel oil, and grapeseed oil soak into your skin quickly.   


You can learn more about different carrier oils and their benefits here.


How Do You Make an Exfoliating Sugar Scrub?


Brown sugar scrubs are a great first time project.  They use common ingredients, and they don't need any special equipment.


Basically, you'll need sugar and an oil.  I also added vanilla extract to make a warm vanilla sugar scrub recipe and honey to moisturize the skin.


Simply combine the oil and sugar, stir well, and it's ready to use.  I told you it was easy!


What Kind of Sugar is Best for Sugar Scrubs?


You can use either white sugar or brown sugar.  White sugar is a good exfoliant, but it is harsher than brown sugar.  


I used both white sugar and brown sugar for this warm vanilla sugar body scrub recipe.  You can use all white or all brown, but the brown does have a nice scent when used in brown sugar scrubs.


Learn more about benefits of salt scrub vs sugar scrub and learn about brown sugar vs white sugar for a scrub.


For white sugar, you can use table sugar or turbinado sugar.  Turbinado sugar has a larger particle, and I prefer it for sugar scrubs.





How Long Does a DIY Sugar Scrub Last?


Your warm vanilla sugar scrub recipe will last about 6 months.  There's no water in this recipe, so there's no preservative.


Be careful not to introduce water into your brown sugar scrubs because that can cause bacteria or mold to grow.  Use clean and dry hands or a clean spoon to scoop out the scrub.


Are Sugar Scrubs Bad for Your Skin?


When used properly, sugar scrubs are great for your skin.  Use this warm vanilla sugar body scrub recipe about once a week.  Using it too often can irritate your skin.  


If your skin is sensitive, use all brown sugar since it's gentler.


Do You Use Sugar Scrubs on Wet or Dry Skin?


For best results, use your warm vanilla sugar scrub recipe on dry skin.  Rub it in circles gently to exfoliate.  Then rinse with warm water.


Should You Use a Sugar Scrub Before or After Shaving?


Use a sugar scrub before shaving for a closer shave.  Then follow with a good moisturizer after shaving.


How Often Should You Use a Sugar Scrub?


Use a sugar scrub or brown sugar scrubs once a week.  You can use it twice a week if your skin is really dry or flaky.  Using it too often can damage your skin.





Warm Vanilla Sugar Scrub Recipe Ingredients


  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup carrier oil 
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Warm Vanilla Sugar Scrub Recipe Directions


Simply mix all of the ingredients together and mix well.  The brown sugar and the vanilla come together for a wonderful warm vanilla sugar scent that is quite heavenly when used after a long day/


I use this warm vanilla sugar body scrub  on my arms and legs in the fall and winter because my skin gets so dry.  The sugar gets rid of the dead skin cells, the oil moisturizes, and the honey acts as an emollient drawing moisture to the skin for several hours after you use it.


Use about 1/4 of a cup to gently scrub your skin.  Use this brown sugar body scrub recipe anywhere on your body, but do not use it on your face. 


I like to use these clear glass containers or these plastic containers for my warm vanilla sugar scrub recipe.  Add a cute label, and they are ready for gifting.


For more body scrub recipes, check out these posts:



If you like sugar scrubs, you'll love my book Body Scrubs!

sugar scrub, warm vanilla sugar
Yield: 1 scrub
Author: Cari @ Everything Pretty
Estimated cost: $5

Warm Vanilla Sugar Scrub Recipe

prep time: 5 Mperform time: 10 Mtotal time: 15 M
How to make a warm vanilla sugar scrub.

materials:

  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup carrier oil
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

tools:

  • Bowl
  • Spoon

steps:

  1. Simply mix all of the ingredients together and mix well.
  2. Exfoliate your body once a week. Use on dry skin and rinse well. Do not use on the face.
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Cari Dunn
Cari Dunn

Cari lives on a small farm with her husband, three kids, two dogs, two cats, and a goat. She loves coffee, Gilmore Girls, her chihuahua, and her kids, but not in that order.