Vanilla Pumpkin Spice Sugar Scrub

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This Vanilla Pumpkin Spice Sugar Scrub smells amazing and leaves your skin silky smooth! Whip up a batch in just five minutes!

DIY Vanilla Pumpkin Spice Sugar Scrub

It’s time for another edition of Craft Lightning, and I’ve teamed up with a super talented group of ladies to share some awesome creative ideas that can be made in 15 minutes or less! This all-natural DIY vanilla pumpkin spice sugar scrub can actually be made in about FIVE minutes (which means it also makes a fantastic last-minute gift idea!).

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I have to admit, I had planned on sharing a totally different 15-minute Halloween craft idea with you today, but it ended as a big fat failure. Not to worry though, I already have plans to salvage and resurrect it, but instead of having a Halloween craft to share with you today, this is really more of an autumn themed idea. Fall, pumpkins, Halloween…it all runs together in our house anyway!

Pumpkin Spice Vanilla Sugar ScrubA couple of weeks ago I made a divine 10-minute pumpkin spice shea butter soap, and I can’t get enough of the smell. I find myself walking by the bathroom or kitchen sink to wash my hands an extra time (or ten!) each day just to smell that lovely aroma. I am totally one of those people who love pumpkin spice everything (#pumpkinspiceeverything, yo!). Since our pumpkin spice soap supply is quickly dwindling, I decided to whip up a batch of vanilla pumpkin spice sugar scrub for my shower, and I think the smell might be even better than the soap!

Vanilla Pumpkin Spice Sugar ScrubFor an 8-oz container of sugar scrub, simply mix together 1 cup of granulated sugar, 1/4 cup of coconut oil, 2 tsp. of pumpkin pie spice, and 2 tsp. of vanilla extract. That’s it! Super easy peasy to make, and the smell is out-of-this-world incredible!

For more of our fall and Halloween crafts (including last year’s 10-Minute Halloween Headband Craft Lightning post!), be sure to check out the Halloween project gallery!

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48 Comments

  1. Hi, I have a question-Can you use cooking/baking extracts instead of essential oils? Also, could you use a few drops of home fragrance oils instead of the essential oils?

    1. Absolutely! I suggest adding peppermint essential oil one drop at a time until the fragrance is as strong as you desire. ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Thought this sounded awesome so went shopping for some pumpkin spice. Couldn’t believe how expensive it was. Was going to just buy allspice, and a friend said I bet you can use tea leaves, just like your other recipe. So pumpkin spice tea instead. We’ll see.

  3. I got to try this and I love it ๐Ÿ™‚ I am also going to be trying your soap and that peppermint soap sounds yummy!! so looking forward to trying that one..

  4. I just made this with my boyfriend, and he wouldn’t stop eating it. Lol. I kept hitting his hand with the spoon. Great recipe! Thanks.

  5. hi there!…i started exploring products as natural as possible suitable for my daughter who’s going thru chemo treatment for the 2nd time & i’ve been checking out alot of diffrerent recipes & i’ve noticed that they are all basically the same & almost impossible to get wrong!…whew!…even i can’t mess it up ๐Ÿ™‚
    i like to experiment & with each batch i tweak the recipe just a bit..also going by suggestions from my daughters preferences. i’ve managed to created something almost heavenly & have put it in a jar!…i saw this recipe when i was first beginning mixing butters & scrubs. i thought that i’d bookmarked it but ooops!…i didn’t & have been looking for it again for a minute now…glad i found it.
    i’ve been wondering tho, can i substitute glycerine for the liquid oil in recipes?

    1. Hi Lisa! It’s great to hear that you’re creating your own recipes for your daughter. Best of luck to her in her treatment! I have not tried using liquid glycerine instead of the oil, but I would think that it’s definitely worth trying out. I really don’t see why it wouldn’t work! ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. I made this and all I can smell is coconut. I tripled the amount of vanilla and spice and still smell mostly coconut. Any thoughts?

    1. Hi Heather,
      In my scrub, I can detect a coconut undertone, but the overwhelming fragrance is that of the vanilla and pumpkin spice. Perhaps it’s a difference in different brands of coconut oil used? You can substitute the coconut oil with another kind of oil as well – grapeseed is often used in bath & beauty products because it has a mild fragrance.

  7. This is wonderful! So cool and perfect for Christmas gift sets. I tinkered with other “flavors” and came up with 5 variations so far. I found some tiny Mason jars (4 oz) at Walmart that work perfect.

    Thanks for making the tutorial!

    1. I find that the coconut oil tends to melt as I stir together the ingredients, but if you’re in cooler temperatures, you may need to melt it first. ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Hi Rachel! All of the ingredients have a long shelf life, so this scrub could last up to a year; however, I would recommend using it within the first 3 months for optimal quality. ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Hi Kristina! Not a silly question at all! If my coconut oil has become solid, then I do generally melt it before mixing it (though it tends to melt in the mixing process anyway even if you don’t melt it). I should have clarified that part! It hasn’t been cold enough around here for it to turn back into a solid lately, but we’re definitely in the warmer part of the country. ๐Ÿ™‚

      1. I’m not sure why my previous question/post was deleted, but I was asking about the coconut oil. I just made a batch of this stuff the other day and the coconut oil has solidified inside the jar and now the sugar crystals are just stuck together and not the consistency I hoped for. Has anyone else had this problem? Would adding a bit of a different oil help?

      2. Sorry that I missed your question, Ayesha! I don’t delete comments unless they are obviously fake or spam, but I do occasionally miss a comment during the approval process. I apologize! Coconut oil will become solid in colder weather, but there are lots of different oils that you can substitute – grapeseed and almond oil are two of my favorites. Since you already made your scrub, you can absolutely add a tbsp or two of an additional oil to help soften things up again, or store the jar in a warm place where the coconut oil will remain in liquid form and give you the consistency you’re hoping for. ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. this is a fantastic product i love the idea and how simple it is. but can i change the coconut oil for a different type of oil as i find when i make something with coconut it overpowers the other things? if i can change it what could i change it to?

    1. You can absolutely make substitutions, Abbie! I would recommend grapeseed oil, almond oil, or even olive oil (though olive oil has a stronger scent as well). In a pinch you could even try baby oil! ๐Ÿ™‚

      1. Refined coconut oil doesn’t have the strong coconut scent or flavor to it that unrefined does. That’s been my experience anyway.

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