Vanilla Pumpkin Sugar Scrub



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Hi! I’m Emily from My Love for Words, and I’m beyond excited to be a new contributor here at Smart School House. I have been a faithful reader of Kelly’s for a long time now so to have the chance to share my work with you is making me ridiculously giddy. This is basically how I imagine my sixteen-year-old self would’ve felt after being proposed to by Justin Timberlake and Leonardo DiCaprio at the same time. Brother-husbands! (Am I showing my age?) The good news for you is that I’m not here to gush about my teenage crushes from (not so?) long ago. I’m here to gush about my favorite fall crush- all things pumpkin with this Vanilla Pumpkin Sugar Scrub

Vanilla Pumpkin Sugar Scrub

You’ve probably seen the ecards floating around celebrating pumpkin season, and that is definitely how I feel about fall. I love filling the house will cool air, pumpkin scents, and cuddling up in blankets and sweaters. Fall is, by far, my favorite season.

Unfortunately for me, cooler weather usually also means dryer skin so last year I made my first sugar scrub recipe for Christmas. I couldn’t believe how much better my skin felt after using it, and when I ran out I decided it was a great time to try a new recipe.

DIY Vanilla Pumpkin Sugar Scrub

Vanilla Sugar Scrub

This recipe is actually made in two different batches. I wanted to layer the scrub to look like candy corn so the white layer is only scented with vanilla. The Vanilla Pumpkin batch will come out a sandy brown color so if you decide to make both batches and want a pure white layer, it’s a great idea to make the vanilla first so you can reuse the same pot without having to clean in between.

And because a cute package isn’t complete without a cute label, I made this printable. It’s available in two different sizes (approximately 1.5 and 3 inches), both of which can be downloaded here.

More DIY Sugar Scrub recipes by Smart School House: 

You Will Need

  • Vanilla Sugar Scrub
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Vanilla Pumpkin Sugar Scrub
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil
  • 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground clove
  • optional: red and yellow liquid food coloring


  1. Vanilla Sugar Scrub
  2. Heat the coconut oil on the stove until melted.
  3. Add vanilla extract and stir until fully combined.
  4. Add vanilla and coconut mixture to the sugar and stir.
  5. Vanilla Pumpkin Sugar Scrub
  6. Heat the coconut oil on the stove until melted.
  7. 2. Add spices and vanilla, and stir until fully combined.
  8. 3. Add liquid to sugar, and stir.
  9. At this point, the mixture will be a light brown color. It can be used now, if you’d like, or you can divide it into two bowls for coloring.
  10. To create the yellow layer
  11. 4 drops of yellow food coloring
  12. To create the red layer
  13. 4 drops of yellow and 3 drops of red for the red layer.
  14. This amount of food coloring in the scrub will not stain your skin:)

Kelly Dixon

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  1. Absolutely amazing and the packaging looks so cute! I love fall time DIY projects and pumpkin products.

  2. Did you just use regular white sugar? It looks chunkier in the picture, but I don’t know of a large-grain white one that will look pretty at the top…

    1. Hi Robin,

      Yep, I mixed it right away. The oil doesn’t need to get very hot (only around 76 degrees F) so the sugar doesn’t melt. I hope you love it! Emily

  3. Just curious as to why you have to heat it and are you doing it just to combine it all. You don’t give the temp and the more your mix coconut oil it will separate so is the heating really necessary? Thanks

    1. Hi Carmen,

      Yep, I just melted it to combine it all. I wanted the oil and spices evenly distributed through the sugar so I heated until it was melted because it seemed easiest. Coconut oil tends to melt around 76 degrees F so it doesn’t take much heat at all. You could try making the mix with unmelted coconut oil. It just might take a little more stirring. Thanks, Emily

  4. This is such a good idea. I am due with baby #2 in October and want to find something simple to take to the nurses and the dr at the hospital. I plan to make these in smaller containers and give to them.

  5. Ooh this doesn’t sound too hard to make. I might try it out someday. Pinning for later 🙂

  6. I’ve never made a sugar scrub but am excited to try this! Thanks for the great tutorial.