Put this in the category of things I should have thought of long, long ago. Anyone who knows me knows that I love all those exfoliating-type bath thingies, but have a hard time justifying spending the exorbitant amounts the manufacturers usually charge.
Which was why I was thrilled at the idea of making my own sugar scrub. There are lots of different recipes online, but, the basic process couldn't be easier.
1 cup sugar (Brown sugar would be pretty, but I just used regular white sugar. Or try salt if you want salt scrub)
1/2 cup oil (I used light olive oil, but canola, vegetable, grapeseed oil or baby oil would work too)
food coloring (optional)
Mix the sugar with the oil. Try adding a bit less oil if you prefer a less smooth consistency. Add a few drops drops of scent -- I used vanilla extract and a little lemon juice. Then, if you'd like, mix in a drop or two of food coloring and spoon the mixture into a jar. I used an empty container that had once held pricey store-bought sugar scrub, but a repurposed peanut butter or nutella jar would be perfect.
I used my homemade sugar scrub in the shower this morning. It smelled amazing and left my skin feeling incredibly smooth and soft.
I think this sugar scrub would also make a terrific holiday gift. Though I haven't ordered from these particular sites, it looks like it would be very simple and inexpensive to buy practically any fragrance you might want and pretty much any shape and size plastic (less eco-friendly, but safer in the shower than glass) jars and lids (with or without pressure-sealed liners). Add a handwritten label and a pretty ribbon and, as they say, voilà!
Edited to add: In the comments, Antigone raises an important point about potential spoilage. I've been told that if you use scents (for example, artificial vanilla) that already contain preservatives (check the label), you shouldn't have a problem. But to be absolutely safe, just add an additional preservative to your scrub. The one I've seen recommended most often is Phenonip, a liquid, colorless preservative, available very cheaply both at craft stores and online.