03 November 2021

Oatmeal Cookie Sugar Scrub Recipe

Learn how to make an oatmeal cookie sugar scrub recipe.  This is an easy brown sugar body scrub that has oatmeal and brown sugar to exfoliate and coconut oil to moisturize your skin.  I used  Candy Cane essential oil blend for a sweet and delicious scent.  

Oatmeal Cookie Sugar Scrub Recipe

If you're preparing your DIY Christmas and holiday gifts, try this brown sugar scrub with coconut oil.  It's an oatmeal scrub for body, but it's thicker so it looks and smells like cookie dough.

Most sugar scrubs are heavy on the oil, which makes your skin oily.  It's great for moisturizing dry skin, but this Christmas cookie sugar scrub has less oil.

I like it because I can use it and continue with my day without waiting for the oils to soak into my skin.

This oatmeal scrub DIY is one of the recipes in the November 2021 Simply Earth Essential Oil recipe box.  It's a monthly box subscription for essential oil users.

Each month, you get 4 full sized bottles of oils.  That alone makes the box worth it, but you also get supplies to make 6 easy DIY recipes.

The November box has:

You'll use these supplies to make 6 recipes, including this oatmeal scrub for body.   The theme for November is gift giving.  

It also has a bath salt recipe and a clay ornament recipe that are really cute to make.

Every six months, you'll get a bonus box with rollers, 5 ml bottles, coconut oil, almond oil, and beeswax.  You'll use these to make some of the recipes.

Use code EVERYTHINGPRETTYFREE when you sign up to get the box, the Bonus Box, and a $40 gift card for a future purchase!

You'll get a lot of recipe cards.  I organize my recipe cards with this Dollar Tree recipe box.

I also recommend creating an essential oil binder.  You can use my printable essential oil journal to keep track of your favorite recipes.

Is Oatmeal Good for Exfoliation?

Yes, oatmeal is a great exfoliator.  You can use an oats scrub for glowing skin.  I like using oatmeal to exfoliate because it's a gentle exfoliant.  

It works by sloughing off dead skin cells on the surface of your skin.  This helps your skin look brighter and helps it glow almost instantly.

Oatmeal also has antioxidants and minerals to nourish your skin.  Oatmeal can also be used as a natural anti-inflammatory, which is why it's so good for dry skin or eczema.

You can learn more about oatmeal bath benefits for adults.

Is White or Brown Sugar Better for Scrubs?

Both white sugar and brown sugar are great exfoliators, but they have different properties and uses.  A brown sugar body scrub is gentler than white sugar.

I also like the scent and the look of brown sugar in this Christmas cookie sugar scrub recipe.  You can learn more about sugar scrub vs salt scrub and using white sugar or brown sugar here.

Essential Oil Blends for Oatmeal Cookie Sugar Scrub Recipe

I used Simply Earth's Candy Cane blend.  It's my favorite candy cane blend because it's minty and sweet.  You can also try one of the following cookie blends:

You can also try one of these fun essential oil blends that smell like candy.

How Often Should You Use a Cookie Sugar Scrub?

You can use a brown sugar body scrub once or twice a week.  This Christmas cookie sugar scrub mildly abrasive since it doesn't have white sugar or salt, so twice a week would be fine for most skin types.

Do You Use Brown Sugar Body Scrub Before or After Soap?

You should use this oatmeal scrub DIY after using soap.  Use soap or body wash to cleanse your skin and get it ready to scrub.

How Do You Preserve a Brown Sugar Scrub With Coconut Oil?

I very rarely add a preservative to a body scrub, and I didn't add one to this oatmeal scrub for body.  It makes a small 8 ounce batch, so I don't use a preservative since it will be used quickly.

It's important not to get water into the oatmeal scrub DIY.  Since it doesn't have a preservative, water can cause bacteria or mold to grow.

How Long Does Homemade Oatmeal Scrub Last?

This oatmeal scrub for body should last about three months without a preservative.  It's important not to get water in it because that will shorten the shelf life.

Store your oats scrub for glowing skin in an airtight container.

Christmas Cookie Sugar Scrub Ingredients

To make a brown sugar scrub with coconut oil, you will need:


How Do You Make a Brown Sugar and Oats Scrub for Glowing Skin

Step #1

Combine the oats and brown sugar and stir well.

Step #2

Melt the coconut oil in the microwave.  This will take about 30 seconds.  Add the essential oils and stir well.

Step #3

Add the coconut oil and essential oils to the oats and sugar.  Stir well.  Spoon into a jar and store in an airtight container.

To use, take a spoonful of the Christmas cookie sugar scrub and gently rub in circles on your hands, legs, and arms.  Do not use on the face.  

You can add water to the scrub in your hand or a separate container if desired.  Do not add water to the container.

Rinse well and pat skin dry.

If you want to make this brown sugar scrub with coconut oil, subscribe to the Simply Earth recipe box and use code EVERYTHINGPRETTYFREE for your free $40 gift card!

Get 30 easy body scrub recipes in my printable ebook Body Scrubs.

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oatmeal scrub, coconut oil, brown sugar. body scrub
Yield: 8 ounces
Author: Cari @ Everything Pretty
Estimated cost: $5

Oatmeal Cookie Sugar Scrub Recipe

prep time: 5 Mperform time: 10 Mtotal time: 15 M
How to make an oatmeal cookie sugar scrub recipe with essential oils.


  • 1 cup oatmeal
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 5 drops essential oils


  • Bowl
  • Spoon


  1. Combine the oatmeal and brown sugar in a bowl.
  2. Melt the coconut oil in the microwave for 30 seconds.  
  3. Add the essential oils to the melted coconut oil and stir well.
  4. Add the coconut oil to the oatmeal and sugar mixture and stir.
  5. Spoon into an 8 ounce container.
  6. To use, scoop out a few tablespoons and scrub your skin in a circular motion.  Rinse well.


Keep out of reach of children.  You can remove a few tablespoons from the container and add water to scrub your skin, but do not add water to the container because this does not have a preservative.
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