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How to Make Easy Vanilla Sugar Scrub

Vanilla Bean Sugar Scrub
Vanilla Bean Sugar Scrub for Face or Hands

DIY Vanilla Sugar Scrub is Easy to Make!

This vanilla bean sugar scrub is super easy to make and is wonderful for gift giving or your own daily skincare! Use this simple sugar scrub to cleanse your pores, exfoliate dead skin, or use it as a hand scrub after a hard day’s work in the garden or washing dishes. It also makes a wonderful gift alone or paired with a tin of vanilla hand salve!

Vanilla Bean Sugar Scrub Free Label details
Print out the free labels below!

This recipe is made from natural ingredients and can be stored in reusable containers. When it runs out you can whip up another batch in minutes! Making your own skincare products, such as this scrub, is a great way to reduce waste and your environmental impact.

Try making a batch of Gardener’s Hand Salve or Peppermint Foot Balm to give as gifts too!

I started a fresh batch of vanilla extract and used some of the seeds for this easy Vanilla Bean Sugar Scrub!

Use the Seeds for Vanilla Bean Sugar Scrub

I love the scent of vanilla and this recipe for DIY sugar scrub was inspired when I started making my own vanilla extract. It’s super easy to do! Just slit a couple of whole vanilla beans lengthwise and pop them into a bottle of vodka! But before you put the vanilla beans into the vodka to flavor it, scrape the little seeds from the center to use in food or this sugar scrub. The bean pod will still create a wonderful bottle of extract and you’ll get to enjoy those fragrant little seeds right away.

Note: If you don’t have vanilla beans and have no other use for them, you can skip them and use vanilla essential oil in this sugar scrub.

Vanilla Bean Sugar Scrub for Face or Hands

Customize Your Vanilla Sugar Scrub

You can make your sugar scrub with plenty of other scents instead of the vanilla beans if you like. I like using essential oils to create my homemade sugar scrubs. Experiment with different ingredients such as salt in place of the sugar, or add some homegrown flower petals that are dried and crumbled for pretty specks of color.

Here’s the easy recipe…

Vanilla Bean Sugar Scrub

This luscious sugar scrub is great for exfoliating dead skin or scrubbing your hands after a hard day of work!
Author: Lisa Lombardo


  • 1 Vanilla bean seeds from one vanilla bean
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp vitamin E oil


  • Measure coconut oil into a medium mixing bowl.
  • Use electric beaters to cream coconut oil, removing all chunks.
  • Add sugar and combine.
  • Use a sharp knife to carefully cut a vanilla bean lengthwise, then scrape the seeds from the inside into your coconut oil mixture. (Put the rest of your vanilla bean in some vodka to make vanilla extract.)
  • Combine the ingredients thoroughly and spoon mixture into a storage container.
  • To use this vanilla sugar scrub, scoop a small amount with your fingers and rub onto hands, face, or anywhere you want to exfoliate skin or scrub clean. Use a circular motion to scrub face, or rub hands together. Rinse with cool water. If your skin feels too oily after use, wash skin with mild soap to remove residue.


You may substitute about 10 drops of vanilla essential oil for the vanilla bean seeds. If you want a stronger vanilla scent, you may use more vanilla bean seeds or use the seeds in addition to several drops of vanilla essential oil.
If you are allergic to any of the ingredients, don’t use them!
You may substitute olive oil for the coconut oil. It won’t be as thick but it will still make your skin feel wonderful!
Vanilla Bean Sugar Scrub for Face or Hands

Spa Treatment for Your Skin or to Give Your Friends!

Try this homemade vanilla bean sugar scrub for a luxurious spa treatment for your skin!

I use this sugar scrub to cleanse my face and neck at least once a day. It helps deep clean pores and reduces blackheads. After using this sugar scrub, I wash my face with a mild Castille soap to remove some of the oil. If you have really oily skin you may wish to use an oil-free sugar scrub.

This vanilla sugar scrub also works great for removing dead skin from your feet, elbows, or anywhere else that needs exfoliating. I like using it after working in my garden or in the barn. It cleans ground in dirt and stains from your skin and moisturizes at the same time!

You can make this small-batch recipe and have enough for your own use and an extra tin to give a friend. Anyone who likes all-natural skincare products and spa treatments will love this! It’s also a great gift for gardeners and anyone who gets their hands dirty.

Vanilla Bean Sugar Scrub printable labels for gift giving!
Print out a sheet of 9 free labels to decorate vanilla bean sugar scrub for gift giving!

Print Out Free Labels to Dress Up Your Sugar Scrub!

These labels are approximately 2 1/2 inches wide and fit the 4 oz tins I am using for gift giving this year. The individual labels are outlined with a circle to make it easier to cut them out. I used a piece of clear packing tape over the label to prevent water from ruining the label.

Here is a free sheet of labels to print out for your Vanilla Bean Sugar Scrub made with vanilla beans and no essential oil

And here is a sheet of labels to print out for a less expensive Vanilla Sugar Scrub made with vanilla essential oil instead of vanilla beans

Check out this healing dandelion hand salve from Oak Hill Homestead!

Another Reason to Make Vanilla Sugar Scrub

Need another great reason to make your own all-natural bath and body products? If your little ones accidentally ingest this it won’t hurt them! (I don’t recommend leaving them unattended with the sugar scrub made with the vanilla essential oil.) It could give them a sugar buzz, but that will wear off. Accidental poisoning is definitely a concern with many purchased skincare products.

Do you make your own bath and body products? Would you like to learn how to make more all-natural, sustainable skincare products? Leave a comment and let me know!

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