Want to learn how to make your own sugar scrub, but you’re on a budget? Let me get you started with this super easy and cheap sugar scrub recipe! I found all the ingredients to make a cheap sugar scrub at the dollar store… of course! I used packets of spiced apple cider drink mix to make the ultimate yummy DIY sugar scrub inspired by my favorite season of the year.
But wait, how do YOU feel about FALL? What are your favorite fall traditions, and are they spiced cider flavored? Sure, everyone likes to drink warm, cozy drinks once the weather turns cool, but how many of us can say we SMELL like a yummy fall beverage? I’m raising my hand because I just made and tested out this delicious Spiced Apple Cider Sugar Scrub and I have to say, I smell DELICIOUS.
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This sugar scrub smells like a sweet, spicy, and tart spiced apple cider, and my skin feels so smooth!
Instead of imagining the smell, why don’t you whip up a batch of homemade sugar scrub for yourself? It takes just about 10 minutes to put together, and I found almost all the ingredients for this recipe at the dollar store! Just head to the grocery store for coconut oil. Oh, and everything in this recipe is edible, so you can eat it if you want… just sayin’!
Dollar Store Cost Estimate:
- Cane sugar, $1 (Buy on Amazon: Organic Cane Sugar (3 lbs) by Anthony’s, Gluten-Free & Non-GMO)
- Spiced Apple Cider Mix, $1 (Buy on Amazon: Bulk: Alpine Spiced Cider Apple Flavor Drink Mix )
- Cinnamon, on hand (Buy on Amazon: Saigon Cinnamon)
- Coconut Oil, on hand or $1.33 for this recipe (Most popular on Amazon: Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil)
- Swing-top container, $1 (Buy on Amazon: 24-Count Swing Top Spice Jars Value Pack)
Total cost: $3 and up
Cheap sugar scrub recipe notes:
Oil: Depending on your source for coconut oil, this scrub recipe can cost a few bucks to make, including buying the packaging. If you buy a large jar of coconut oil (like this bulk coconut oil from Amazon), you will pay about $.33 an ounce, which means this cheap sugar scrub recipe uses $1.33 worth of coconut oil. If you want to save money and you don’t already have coconut oil in your kitchen, just substitute any oil you already have on hand — I recommend coconut oil because it is solid at room temperature but melts in your hand when you use it.
Packaging: Save money on packaging by skipping the glass jar and simply package it in a reusable container you already have (like a lidded plastic tub, for example). Either way, it’s a a frugal way to make a high-quality homemade bath scrub.
How to Make DIY Spiced Apple Cider Sugar Scrub:
Spiced Apple Cider Sugar Scrub Recipe:
- 2 cups sugar
- 2 packets of powdered spiced apple cider mix
- 2 teaspoons cinnamon
- 1/2 cup melted coconut oil
- Bowl and spoon
- Microwavable pourable measuring cup (Buy on Amazon: Pyrex 2-Cup Glass Measuring Cup)
- A jar to package the scrub in
Why Use a Sugar Scrub?
You mean, besides wanting to smell like a delicious fall drink? Well, the sugar gently scrubs and polishes away dead and dry skin and reveals the healthy skin underneath. The soap gently cleanses your skin, and the coconut oil moisturizes and protects your skin.
Once you try it, you will be hooked!
1. Measure the Dry Ingredients:
To start out, measure 2 cups of sugar into your mixing bowl.
I used Pure Cane Sugar that I found at the dollar store, which is slightly coarser than regular white granulated sugar. You can use any sugar you want, including brown sugar, turbinado (raw) sugar, or extra fine granulated sugar. Each sugar has its own texture, but each will work well in this recipe.
Add 2 packets of spiced apple cider mix (or more, to your desired scent).
Add 2 teaspoons of cinnamon.
Mix all dry ingredients together with a spoon until they are well-mixed.
2. Melt Oil & Mix:
Melt 1/2 cup of coconut oil in the microwave (about 1 minute, depending on your machine), then add the melted oil to the dry mixture.
Note: You can substitute any oil in this recipe, but I prefer coconut oil because it is solid at room temperature. When you use it in the shower, it simply melts onto your skin.
Mix dry ingredients and oil until they are completely incorporated.
3. Package the Scrub
Once the sugar scrub is completely mixed up, package it in your choice of container.
I chose a swing-top glass jar that I found at the dollar store, but you can use any container that works for you, from a plastic resealable container to a fancy decorative jar.
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