Thursday, May 29, 2014

Two ingredient scrubs

Well hello all! Are your kids almost done with school? We’re done tomorrow – whoot! I am SO grateful we didn’t have to go an extra week this summer with all the snow days we had this winter. Most of our school systems nearby added some time onto each day to avoid that.

Today I’m gathering some goodies for the teachers and bus driver as a thanks. I like to include something handmade if possible, along with what they really want (a gift card and a handwritten thank you). :)

I’ve seen so many great hand and foot scrub recipes over the years – some complicated and some incredibly easy. I’m going with the latter today.

These are all easy, quick scrubs that only take two ingredients each! I love the first one because it makes a great lip scrub as well. Cause you can eat it. :)

It just takes sugar and honey:

honey sugar scrub

I’m not going to give exact measurements here and I know that will stress some of you out – but I found you just mix till it’s the right consistency. You really can’t mess it up!

I just did a small batch for this one as a lip scrub:

honey sugar scrub

You’ll want to make sure it’s thick and pasty but not too dry. This is a great hand scrub as well! I know honey can get expensive though so I think this one is best for the lips.

My sister came over a couple weeks ago and whipped up this super easy scrub for Mother’s Day:

homemade coconut sugar scrub

Again, only two ingredients! I LOVE coconut oil and use it all the time when cooking, but it’s great for your skin as well. I added a few drops of lavender oil to it as well.

Coconut oil isn’t cheap either, so this next one is the cheapest version I’ve found and it works GREAT:

DIY hand foot scrub

Just mix sugar and dish soap. Done. Extra points if you have pink soap! :) I just used what I had so the slight color was a bonus. I used one cup of sugar and just poured and mixed the soap till it was the consistency I wanted. Test it out as you go to see if it’s just right.

SUPER simple and super cheap! I love this one because when you use it with water it foams up just a bit.

I found two glass containers in my stash and then used Target dollar spot goodies to label the scrub: two ingredient hand and foot scrub

I simply cannot walk away from the cute craft stuff in that aisle so it was nice to put the little stickers and stamps to use:

letter stamps

So there you go! Three easy scrubs with only two ingredients each!

I’ll combine these with gift cards and some other goodies for the teachers:

two ingredient hand and foot scrub

And at least this part of the gift was free! If you don’t have dish soap and sugar you’re looking at less than five bucks to make quite a few of these. This would have been perfect for my boy’s preschool days when we had six or seven teachers to buy for!

Do you do anything special for the teachers at the end of the year? Are you ready for summer?


  1. We are no where close to the end of school. Our last day is June 20.

    I do not do thank you gifts at the end of the year. I do Christmas gifts, and that is it. But with having a special needs child...we have just too many teachers to do both Christmas and end of year.

  2. I've gotta make these. I pinned it to Pinterest so I could find it.

  3. I love using homemade versions of sugar scrub! At Christmas, my daughter and I made peppermint sugar scrub using coconut oil, white sugar, peppermint essential oil and layers of candy canes that we crushed up to a semi-fine consistency in the food processor. We put the scrub in small jelly jars, used sparkly red scrapbook paper to decorate the lids, tied on red/white baker's twine and attached a peppermint label that I printed out on the computer. We estimated they cost us less than $5 each to make. They were absolutely adorable and a huge hit with everyone who received one.

    One note about peppermint essential oil...use sparingly when adding it to the scrub. It is potent and too much can be too tingly for some people, especially if it gets on/in *super sensitive* areas. ;) I love the fresh, clean feel the peppermint sugar scrub leaves after I have used it on my face.

  4. I have 3 daughters and a sister who are teachers and you are spot on! They do appreciate things like this and love the gift cards!!!

  5. How long are these good to use, please? So much less expensive than store bought and a lot less expensive. Thanks for sharing and I will try very soon.

    1. Debbie those with honey or coconut should last as long as the expiration date on the product -- the soap and sugar would be OK for quite some time I believe!

  6. I am always making homemade scrubs, they sure work well. Keep those good posts coming, I'm looking at all of them...Millie

  7. Great scrubs, thanks for sharing! I use a honey-based lip scrub frequently, too. It's amazing!

  8. Hey Sarah. I don't usually comment either, though I pull up your blog (multiple times) daily because I really enjoy your posts. Just wanted to let you know I tried the dish soap + sugar scrub last night. I felt like a new woman!!! Thanks for the easy tip. Have a great weekend.

    1. Yay! So glad, thanks for the comment Leslie. :)


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