Holiday Gift Idea: Sugar and Salt Scrubs




Lately, I’ve been trying to cut down my usage of products from companies who do animal testing. So, I’ve come to the conclusion that the best way to steer clear of those products is to just make my own. Pinterest has tons of great ideas for DIY household goods, and if you are curious as to what companies test their products on animals check out this listing from PETA.

Any last minute holiday shoppers out there? Are you struggling to think of a couple last minute gift ideas? Well here’s something simple and inexpensive to give for your mother-in-law or a hostess gift, which is made of things that you probably have laying around the house.




I put this gift together for five people this year, and so far everyone who has received it has loved it. Each set contains a salt scrub and sugar scrub, and then I wrapped each one up with a washcloth. I got those little jars at Target. They came in a pack of four for about $5, and I got a giant pack of washcloths at Marshalls also for about $5. Each one of these recipes below makes enough product to fill 3-4 jars.


Rose Vanilla Sea Salt Scrub

  • 1 cup sea salt
  • 1/2 cup almond oil (you can use pretty much any oil. I also tried olive oil, and that worked out nicely)
  • 1/4 Agave nectar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp rose essential oil

Coconut Vanilla Sugar Scrub

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp coconut extract (optional)


For both of these recipes, just mix all of the ingredients together in a small bowl. I found that I had to play around with the amount of extracts and/or essential oils that I used depending on how strong I wanted the product to be, so the ingredient amounts may vary.

Then when you’re all finished, try it out! Just take about a teaspoon of salt/sugar scrub, and wash your hands using warm water. Your skin will feel brand new!



  1. Excellent sentiment and recipe. Better to makeshift/DIY especially when it’s so hard to also try to avoid companies owned by companies/corps that have plenty of non-vegan brands and do things like lobby for animal testing.

  2. recipes*

    I can just imagine the smell of the rose one 🙂

  3. Reblogged this on "OUR WORLD".

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