With scents of pumpkin spice and warm vanilla, these are the perfect body scrubs for fall. Learn how to make these two simple recipes using all-natural ingredients.
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Fall at the farmhouse
Living in New England means that we have the luxury of experiencing all four seasons. Lucky for us, fall is one of the most beautiful seasons we have! Aside from admiring the stunning foliage, we love going pumpkin picking and working in the yard as the weather starts to cool off. My husband is a stellar pumpkin carver, and our boys and I have a strange obsession with stacking firewood!
The sights, sounds and smells of fall easily make it our favorite season. In the house, we love to cozy up in our favorite sweaters in front of the wood stove and of course we love to bake goodies (like pumpkin muffins) that make the house smell amazing.
Fall at our farmhouse is a time to harvest our garden, and start preparations for winter. Aside from fall farm chores, fall is a great time to start slowing down from the craziness of summer. At the end of the day, I love to wind down and take a hot shower with some pumpkin spice or warm vanilla body scrub!
Why make your own body scrubs?
Over the summer, I shared my Lemon Sugar Body Scrub recipe with you all, and it quickly became my most popular recipe! I am excited to be back today sharing two incredible body scrub recipes that are perfect for fall!
Making your own body scrub at home can be a fun little project, or an inexpensive all-natural gift idea! Body scrubs only take a few minutes to make, and there’s no need to worry about what’s on the label. I love to create recipes like this using items that most people will have in their cabinets. By using what’s on hand, body scrub recipes are frugal and eco-friendly.
Our kids like helping in the kitchen, and they always get so excited when they can scoop sugar and mix up body scrub concoctions with me! Both of these scrubs were sniff-tested and kid approved by our two wild boys. (We don’t use body scrubs on their delicate toddler-skin, but they played a big role in sniff-testing and measuring these recipes for me). You may notice in one of the photos, that my oldest was picking up the body scrub jar. He told me he liked the smell so much that he wanted to take it with him.
How to use fall body scrubs
The cool, dry air of fall is welcomed after a hot summer, but it can do a number on our skin. When the air is dry around us, it’s harder for our skin to retain moisture. This is why it’s especially important to pay extra attention to our skin when the temperature drops.
Heat from our homes can also contribute to dry skin, especially if you’re a wood stove lover like me!
These beautifully scented fall body scrubs can be used just like a traditional body scrub. Be sure to start with moist skin, and gently rub onto the skin and rinse off. For my full instructions, click here.
The base for both of these recipes features brown sugar (for it’s gentle exfoliating) and coconut oil (for soothing rehydration).
Both of these recipes use light brown sugar as opposed to white granulated sugar. Part of the reason for this is the scent, but there’s more to it than that!
Brown sugar is softer and finer than white sugar, and is therefore less abrasive when used as a body scrub. This makes brown sugar the perfect addition to a body scrub during the cooler months, when skin could use a little extra nourishing. Brown sugar also gives hints of a warm scent, which is perfect for both of these recipes!
Recipe 1: Pumpkin Spice Body Scrub
Well, you knew this one was coming, right?! I love the scents that come along with fall, especially pumpkin spice. While making pumpkin muffins one morning, the delicious smell of the combination of spices inspired me to come up with a pumpkin spice scented sugar scrub.
How to make pumpkin spice body scrub
For a more in-depth description about why I use sugar and coconut oil as a base for sugar scrub recipes, check out my Lemon Sugar Body Scrub post.
- 1 Cup Light Brown Sugar
- 1/2 Cup Coconut Oil
- 1/2 – 1 tsp Cloves
- 1 tsp Cinnamon
- 1 tsp Nutmeg
- Free printable label
In a medium-sized bowl, mix ingredients together until well incorporated. Cloves have a very strong scent, so I recommend starting with 1/2 tsp and increasing the amount in the end to get to the desired fall scent.
Body scrub can be stored in any container, although I always use recycled glass jars.
Printable Recipe Card
- 1 C light brown sugar
- 1/2 C coconut oil
- 1/2-1 tsp cloves
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1 tsp nutmeg
In a medium sized bowl, mix ingredients together until well incorporated.
Cloves have a very strong scent, so I re commend starting with 1/2 tsp and increasing the amount at the end to get the desired scent.
Recipe 2: Warm Vanilla Body Scrub
This is a recipe that I’ve been making for years during the fall and winter months as vanilla is one of my all-time favorite scents. Your skin will feel soft and nourished while smelling like a hint of warm vanilla.
How to make warm vanilla body scrub
As with the other body scrub recipes, mix all of the ingredients together until well incorporated. To make this recipe ultra nourishing, add a few drops of Sunflower Oil or Sweet Almond Oil.
Printable Recipe Card
- 1 C light brown sugar
- 1/2 C coconut oil
- 1-1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- A few drops of sunflower oil or sweet almond oil (optional)
Mix all of the ingredients together until well incorporated.
To make this recipe ultra nourishing, add a few drops of sunflower oil or sweet almond oil.
Give the Gift of Fall
A little collection of body scrubs makes for such a thoughtful, homemade gift. If you would like to add a homemade body scrub label, you can download our labels for free by clicking here. These labels are designed to fit on the top of a Ball jar.
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Thank you for visiting the farmhouse today for our fall adventure! I hope that you enjoy creating these fall scented body scrubs as much as you enjoyed our Lemon Sugar Body Scrub.
You may also like these other homemade skincare creations from our farmhouse:
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