How to make gingerbread sugar scrub

We are officially snowed in today, and with Thanksgiving just days away we’re already full of Christmas spirit!  The girls and I are big fans of anything gingerbread so we decided to give our favorite sugar scrub recipe a gingerbread twist.  ‘Tis the season for dry winter skin!  Living in the mountains is especially hard on our skin, so this delicious sugar scrub is the perfect solution to keep our skin silky smooth.

I’ll show you how quick and easy it is to make this scrub. You probably have most or all of the ingredients already on hand in your kitchen.

How to make gingerbread sugar scrub

Just a warning this gingerbread sugar scrub smells so good you might want to eat it!

How to make gingerbread sugar scrub

To preserve the texture of the scrub, it’s important to keep the coconut oil at room temperature and not to melt it.  This keeps the mix light and fluffy.  I decided to skip the essential oils this time and just use regular spices from our kitchen.

Use a spoon to soften the coconut oil a bit, add the spices, and mash it up to make a paste.  Then simply add the sugar and mix well.  Once the scrub is mixed together use your hands to blend and break up any coconut oil or sugar lumps.  It’s that simple!

How to make gingerbread sugar scrub

This sugar scrub makes an adorable Christmas gift too!  Why not share the gingerbread love?  Tie a pretty bow or gingerbread ornament to the jar and you’ve got a perfect holiday gift that’s quick to make and budget friendly.  Be sure and check the dollar stores for cute holiday jars.

We generally use our scrubs within 2-3 weeks but I have kept some for up to a month and the quality has been fine as long as water has been kept out of the jar.  This recipe makes about 2 1/2 cups, we were able to fill 2 small jars.

Gingerbread Sugar Scrub


  • 2 cups brown sugar, packed
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil
  • 2 tsp ginger
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp cloves
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg


  • In a medium size bowl add coconut oil and mix with a spoon until it softens up.  
  • Add spices to the coconut oil, mash and stir well to blend.  
  • Add brown sugar and mix again, using a spoon and your fingers to blend.
  • Store in a clean storage container and use within 2-3 weeks.

How to make gingerbread sugar scrub

I like to leave a jar of scrub by the sink and use it a few times a day.  It’s a lifesaver for our dry winter hands and gives us our gingerbread fix!  It has all the yummy goodness of gingerbread but it’s calorie free!

We’re just getting started with our gingerbread spiced fun so expect more on the blog soon.  As for now we’re off to play in our snow.  Have a Happy Thanksgiving!



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    1. The scrub recipe makes about 2 1/2 cups and that would be 20 ounces. So I would just divide into each jar depending on size. Using 4 oz jars you could fill up 5 jars.