DIY Scrub: Sleepy Baby



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DIY Scrub: Sleepy Baby

I’m so excited to introduce my newest DIY Scrub – Sleepy Baby! Learn how to make the easiest and best sugar scrub recipe for glowing skin, moisturized skin! This gently scented sugar scrub recipe will leave you feeling relaxed, even if you aren’t ready for bed. This scrub recipe is easy to make at home with simple kitchen and beauty ingredients and is a safer way to exfoliate than many chemical concoctions. 

DIY Scrub Sleepy Baby

What is a Sugar Scrub?

A sugar scrub is a skincare product designed to gently and naturally cleanse and exfoliate the skin. The sugar granules slough away dead skin cells, revealing soft, smooth skin beneath. Sugar scrubs are a safe alternative to plastic microbeads, which used to be a common ingredient in body and face washes.  This pretty little scrub is made to help you relax and sleep like a baby (hehe!). I love to use it at night before I go to bed or when I just need a bit of relaxation. Can you ever relate to that feeling?

Sleepy Baby DIY Scrub

How to Use Sugar Scrub

Sugar scrubs are best used on the body, especially rough patches on elbows, knees, and feet. Use 1-2 times per week to remove dead skin cells and prevent rough, dry skin (this scrub is not for your face). Use in the shower, cleanse and rinse skin as normal. Gently massage sugar scrub into wet skin, then rinse and pat dry. Sugar scrubs are also an excellent way to exfoliate the lips — try our Fruit Loops Lip Scrub.

Sleepy Baby DIY Sugar Scrub

The recipe for Sleepy Baby is rather simple. You only need 3 ingredients: white sugar, baby oil, and nighttime baby wash. Who doesn’t love the smell of nighttime baby wash? To make this pretty scrub even prettier, I made it purple (love!), but that is completely optional. Without food coloring, it will be a pretty white scrub. I used about 6 drops of red and 4 drops of blue food coloring. But, that mixture all depends on you! Keep in mind that the consistency of the DIY scrub is up to you too! I tend to enjoy a fluffier scrub. But if you like a smoother scrub, simply add less sugar.

DIY Sugar Scrub

Everybody knows that lavender is the scent for relaxation. If you plan on making this DIY scrub as a gift, make sure you tie a pretty piece of lavender on the outside of the jar. Little touches like that go a long way. The rustic twine is the last beautiful touch. Pssst: I found mine at the dollar store!! Here’s to a DIY scrub that offers a little R & R!

DIY Scrub Sugar Baby
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A Beautiful Sugar Scrub Made with Relaxing Nighttime Body Wash
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You Will Need

  • 2.5 cups of white sugar
  • 1/4 cup baby oil
  • 1/4 cup of nighttime baby body wash
  • Optional: food coloring

Other Supplies Needed:

  • Mixing bowl
  • Spoon to mix
  • Small jar or plastic airtight container
  • Optional: Lavender flower and twine for gift-giving


  1. In the mixing bowl, combine the sugar, oil, and body wash
  2. Mixing until fully combined
    1. For a fluffier sugar scrub, add more sugar
    2. For a smoother sugar scrub, add more body wash and/oil
  3. Place scrub in a sealed jar or plastic container. Enjoy!

Kelly Dixon

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  1. How much does this recipe make? I’m making some as favors for a baby shower, and don’t know how much to purchase / how much of each ingredient to get!

  2. I found this on Pinterest and am SOOOO excited to try it out! The sugar you use… Is it just regular sugar like what you’d use in cookies or kool-aid? Or a different kind?

    1. I hope you love it as much as I do! Yes, I use plain old regular white sugar. But, feel free to experiment if you want to:) It’s a no-fail kind of scrub (and it’s pretty too!) XO

      1. You weren’t kidding! This is so simple I kept thinking I missed something! I had the same issue as Brandy so my next batch I’m goin to up the sugar. Thank you so much for sharing! This is such a money and time saver gift that I feel like I’m cheating! LOL

  3. I made this same scrub last week and love it. The only problem is I noticed yesterday that most of the food coloring seems to have pooled at the bottom of the jar now. Have you had this issue?

    1. Oh no! Try making the scrub “fluffier” by adding more sugar to it. That way, the liquid won’t collect at the bottom. Let me know! XO

  4. I can’t wait to try this , but is safe to use on toodlers and babies? Also how much does the ingredients you have listed make? Thank you!

    1. Oh no Samantha! This is actually not for babies at all:) It’s made with baby soft ingredients to help you relax. This recipe will make enough for 1-2 people with medium sized jars. Let me know if you have any questions!! Thanks for stopping by and THANK YOU for your kind words. XO

  5. Where do you get the jars from? I’m planning on making all your scrubs and giving them as gifts, but I really need something to put them in!

  6. Hi. would it make a difference if I have the purple bedtime bath instead of the bubble bath @


    1. Hi Leslie!

      That purple bedtime bath is actually the stuff I used too! It will make it a little bit purple, but I enhanced it with just a little food coloring (totally optional, of course!). You can’t go wrong with these ingredients:) Have fun!

  7. This might be silly, but does the food coloring stain or dye the body part you use it on? I’ve never made scrubs before. I want to do this sleepy baby one with almond oil instead of baby oil.

    1. That’s not a silly question at all Tiffany! I have not had a problem with the food coloring staining the tub or my skin and I’ve heard the same thing from others who have made it. As you know, a tiny bit of food coloring goes a long way, so to be safe, just use a little bit. I’d love to see your finished product so send me a picture if you can! I have a NEW scrub that I’m posting today that doesn’t have any food coloring:) It smells just like Christmas! Thanks for stopping by and being so kind. Happy Holidays!

  8. You gave me such wonderful gift ideas fory friends this christmas! I specially love how cute the packaging is 🙂 more please! xx

    1. Can I just say THANK YOU for your extremely kind comment? You have made my day! I am so happy that YOU now have easy and beautiful gift ideas for your friends:) I have a new scrub coming out this week. I hope you come back to see it! XO, Kelly

  9. does the food coloring get on your skin/dye your skin when you use the scrub? i am making this for gifts and don’t want that to happen!!!

    1. That is a great question Kacie! Since it is such a small amount of food coloring (and you can use even less if you want to) it will not stain your skin! XO and have so much fun making the gifts!

  10. I borrowed your sugar scrub recipes for a church women’s retreat and they were a hit!! Can’t wait to try this one for my daughters-in-law. Thanks for making me look so talented!!

    1. What a huge compliment Randi!! Thank you for taking the time to come back and leave such kind words:) I am so grateful!!
      I have 2 “new” scrubs on my To-Do list in the upcoming months. Stay posted!

  11. Love this idea! I just might have to make up a couple of these for Mother’s Day (plus one for myself, of course!) 🙂 Thanks for sharing!

  12. Love this. I never knew it was this easy to make sugar scrub. I love your elegant packaging.

  13. Very inspirational! I’ll have to make some chages though: a few drops of organic lavender essential oil and castile soap instead of the baby wash and olive oil instead of the baby oil. Other than that – what a great way to end the day!

  14. I am going to make this for a family member. I would have never thought about adding food coloring. That was a great tip. Oh, btw I know this has to feel great with the added baby oil. I love using baby oil after a shower.

  15. I always figured the body scrubs were fairly easy to make, but I didn’t know how. Thanks for the info! 🙂

  16. Love this!!! Definitely going to make it. I love the smell of baby bath time wash. I’ve used that on all of my kiddos when they were small. I could smell them all night after they’ve had a bath in it. Lol.

    1. Oh the memories that the smell of baby wash brings back! I’m right there with you! Thank you for taking the time to stop and leave such a kind comment:)

  17. Love it, I’ve never made my own scrub, but it looks easy and great for gifts as well. I love lavender

  18. I haven’t made sugar scrub in about a year & after seeing this it’s the perfect time! Come link up & share your recipe @ Lovely & love lavender!