Apple Cider Sugar Scrub

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A sweet and spicy scented apple sugar scrub that is easy to make and leaves skin silky smooth all winter long.

Up close photo of Apple Cider Sugar Scrub in a jar.

As the weather begins to cool I start looking forward to fall.  My favorite thing about fall is all the scents and flavors associated with it.  The apples, pumpkin, and cinnamon are some of my favorite things to cook with.

However, another thing that happens as the weather gets cooler is that my skin begins to dry out.   I use a ton of lotion on my hands and feet but that doesn’t help out the rest of my body and honestly?  My feet still dry out.

That’s where the Apple Cider Sugar Scrubs comes in.  Sugar scrub is great to use in the shower or to keep near the sink because it gently removes dead skin but it leaves the skin silky smooth. You can buy it at the drug store or a bath store but it’s so easy to make at home and much cheaper!

When thinking about making sugar scrub you need to think of a fragrance.   One thing I do is use food extracts like vanilla, lemon, or orange.  They are almost always in my house and I know they are safe to use on skin.  The problem there is that they aren’t the strongest scents but I do like that if a child “tasted” the sugar scrub accidentally that it is totally safe with these.

Pin Image: Three glass jars of Apple Cider Sugar scrub, Text, A cutting board with a bag of sugar, bag of brown sugar, container of coconut oil, and bottles of scented oils.

Another thing you can use is essential oils.  While this will give you a very strong scent I know that sometimes people have bad reactions to different essential oils.

In this recipe I used fragrance oils which are used to scent things.  There is less chance of a reaction with these then with traditional essential oils.  I bought this 6 pack of fall scented oils and made a few different fall sugar scrubs.  These scents smell amazing!   I wanted to put them on everything to scent my house, my car, and my work.

The next thing you need is sugar.  This recipe uses two different types of sugar but you can use straight granulated sugar and it works just as well.   The last thing you need is coconut oil.  Buy a jar and go from there.

I like to make several jars at a time because I use one for myself and I often give the others as gifts at the holidays.  People love getting these because they smell good and are great for the skin.


  • sugar
  • brown sugar
  • coconut oil
  • apple cider fragrance drops
  • red food coloring

In a large bowl combine the sugar, brown sugar, and coconut oil. 

Add in the apple cider fragrance and the food coloring if desired.  Mix well to combine.

Pour the sugar scrub into 4 half pint jars and screw on the lids.

Label the jars and add the instructions.

Do I have to use granulated sugar and brown sugar?

No!  You can definitely use one or the other.  Just use four cups of one type of sugar instead of two cups of each.

Can I use a different type of oil?

I wouldn’t.  Coconut oil is great to use because it is solid when it cools but starts to turn into a liquid when it gets warm.  It’s also great for the skin as it helps your skin’s protective barrier by trapping moisture inside and keeping the skin well hydrated which leaves it silky smooth.

Can I use a different scent?

You sure can!  You can use a few drops of essential oil though I would check and make sure it doesn’t bother your skin.   I use THESE fragrance oils.  I’ve also used food extracts like vanilla and lemon to scent these.

What should I store these in?

I tend to store them in glass canning jars because they keep the moisture out.  I keep them in the glass jars if I’m leaving them by the kitchen or bathroom sink. However, I put some in a small plastic container with a lid for the shower so that if it falls it doesn’t shatter in the shower.

Top view of the label on Apple Cider Sugar Scrub jar.

The recipe is super easy to make and takes about 10 minutes.  That’s it and it makes 4 different jars of sugar scrub.   After making them I like to put them in half pint jars, put a ribbon around the neck, and cover the top with a fabric scrap or scrapbook paper.   Then I print out a label on how to use the scrub and I have the perfect holiday gift to give.  I also have one to keep at home for myself.

More Sugar Scrub Recipes:

Three glass jars of Apple Cider Sugar scrub.

Apple Cider Sugar Scrub

Yield: 4 half pint jars
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Active Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Difficulty: easy

A sweet and spicy apple sugar scrub that is easy to make and leaves skin silky smooth all winter long.


  • 2 c. granulated sugar
  • 2 c. brown sugar
  • 1 c. coconut oil, melted
  • 10-20 drops apple cider fragrance
  • 5 drops red food coloring


  1. In a large bowl combine the granulated sugar, brown sugar, and coconut oil. Mix well until combined.
  2. Add in the apple cider fragrance and red food coloring. Mix well.
  3. Put the sugar scrub into 4 half pint jars and screw on the lids.
  4. If desired place a ribbon around the neck, place a piece of fabric or
    paper on top, and place a label on the front with instructions.
  5. The instructions should say, "Use 1 tablespoon of sugar scrub in the shower. Rub on dry areas and rinse for silky, smooth skin."


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Three glass jars of Apple Cider Sugar scrub.

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