Vanilla Bean Sugar Scrub

by Rachel Gurk on February 5, 2014 · 17 comments

in Rachel's Life, Tips/Tutorials

With Valentine’s Day around the corner, you might be looking for some gift ideas. This vanilla bean sugar scrub would be perfect! A homemade gift, made with love. What could be better?

Vanilla Bean Sugar Scrub: Find out how to make it on RachelCooks.com

This post is sponsored by Beanilla. All opinions are my own.

I should start by saying that this is not food. Sure, it is edible — but I wouldn’t necessarily recommend eating it. But let me tell you, Ben really wanted to eat it. He kept taking the lid off, smelling it and asking if he could eat it. And it does smell really good! You all know I’m obsessed with vanilla beans and everything vanilla. In fact, just last week I made you all a clementine and vanilla bean yogurt cake. I’m tempted to make that one again. The flavor of the vanilla bean pairs so perfectly with citrus. I highly recommend it.

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Given how often I use vanilla and vanilla beans in my kitchen, it only makes sense to use them in the bathroom as well. Use this all-natural, homemade sugar scrub in place of your typical store-bought exfoliation product and you’ll be left smelling great and having silky smooth skin. This would make a great gift for Valentine’s Day as well — for your wife (do I have any male readers?), for your husband (men take showers too), and even for your girlfriends! Friends like to get presents. (Giving presents makes people like you too. Just saying.)

Vanilla Bean Sugar Scrub: Find out how to make it on RachelCooks.com

This sweet scrub starts with vanilla from Beanilla. Otherwise known as the ONLY place I buy vanilla beans and vanilla extract. Great customer service, great products, and great prices. Plus they’re in my hometown. This particular recipe uses 4 Madagascar vanilla beans as well as some vanilla extract. I keep both products stocked in my pantry at all times.

If you don’t have them stocked — order today so you can make this sugar scrub and have it ready to give as a gift on Valentine’s Day!

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Beanilla often runs a special where you can get 25 (TWENTY-FIVE) Madagascar vanilla beans for $25 (TWENTY-FIVE DOLLARS!) shipped! A buck a bean. You guys — I don’t know if you’ve done much shopping for vanilla beans, but this is a steal. And if you think you can’t find uses for 25 vanilla beans, think again. I have countless vanilla bean recipes here — and Beanilla has even more recipes on their site. Plus — you can make homemade vanilla extract if you can’t think of anything else to do with them. Surely you can think of a use for vanilla extract.

Vanilla Bean Sugar Scrub: Find out how to make it on RachelCooks.com

This scrub is super easy to make. All you do is mix brown sugar, white sugar, coconut oil, vanilla beans, and vanilla. Stir and scoop into cute little jars. (I got mine from Hobby Lobby.)

Vanilla Bean Sugar Scrub: Find out how to make it on RachelCooks.com

I threw a little tag on them (I think I got the tags from Office Depot) to label them and make them completely appropriate for Valentine’s Day gifting. I think these would even be fun Valentine’s Day gifts for a teacher. Do people get their kids’ teachers gifts for Valentine’s day? Or is that weird? I have no clue. My husband is an assistant principal so I should probably know things like this — but he’s at a high school and I KNOW it would be inappropriate for a high school student to bring his/her teacher sugar scrubs for baths. RIGHT? That would be weird.

But anyways — I’m getting waaaay sidetracked. The point is, you can find someone to gift this to. I’m probably sending one off with my mother-in-law and might give another to a friend. I’m keeping one. Of course.

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Bonus points if you gift them with a cute little wooden spoon.

Vanilla Bean Sugar Scrub

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Yield: about 3 and 1/2 cups

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Cut vanilla beans in half lengthwise and use the back of your knife to scrape out the beans. Add the scrapings from the vanilla beans to a large bowl. To that bowl, add both types of sugar, coconut oil, and vanilla extract. Mix well to combine. Store in airtight jars and use in the shower or bath to exfoliate and smell great!
http://www.rachelcooks.com/2014/02/05/vanilla-bean-sugar-scrub/

Disclosure: I am working in a paid partnership with Beanilla. All thoughts/opinions are 100% my own — as always. Beanilla is the only place I buy vanilla. It’s the best.

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1 T3Treats February 5, 2014 at 6:07 am

So Easy.. and i’m Pretty sure that ir must smell like heaven.. Besides once i read that vanilla is a very powerfull smell to atract the other person. So is Perfect for valentines day

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2 Liz @ Virtually Homemade February 5, 2014 at 9:51 am

I love sugar scrubs! How fun..

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3 Bev @ Bev Cooks February 5, 2014 at 10:19 am

SO pimp. I have a vanilla bean in my pantry so I’m awwwwwl ovuh dis!

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4 Sues February 5, 2014 at 10:59 am

Ooh I NEED to make this and LOVE those jars. So pretty!

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5 Dixya @ Food, Pleasure, and Health February 5, 2014 at 11:36 am

i bet this will be perfect for any day;..and yes I want to use this for muffin or something :P

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6 Carla | Carla's Confections February 5, 2014 at 11:43 am

Hopefully I can convince my hubby to make this for me ;) Yeah right! I cant wait to try and make it!

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7 denise February 5, 2014 at 3:31 pm

easy, fun, and useful!

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8 Julie February 5, 2014 at 4:41 pm

I made a brown sugar scrub this winter, and I TOTALLY need to add some vanilla! Smells so good!

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9 Jane Tally February 5, 2014 at 6:31 pm

Where do you get solid coconut oil? Sounds really easy and thoughtful. I use only Beanilla, also. High quality products at a reasonable price and very accommodating.

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10 Rachel Gurk February 5, 2014 at 9:33 pm

Coconut oil is solid at room temp. You can find it at most grocery stores these days or online! :)

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11 Terri A February 5, 2014 at 6:34 pm

I have everything for this (including the Beanilla beans!). Off to make it now.

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12 Rachel Gurk February 5, 2014 at 9:38 pm

Hope you love it!

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13 Linda February 5, 2014 at 10:17 pm

Wow…great price on vanilla beans, I’m going to order some. Then make this!!!

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14 Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. February 7, 2014 at 6:38 pm

This scrub looks heavenly!

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15 Alaina {Fabtastic Eats} February 7, 2014 at 10:06 pm

I can only imagine how heavenly this smells, Im with Ben, I’d want to eat it too! Those jars and spoons are the cutest!
This post made me giggle (Do people still say ‘giggle?’) The HS teacher/student gift giving…I have so many stories and jokes for that one! ;P

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16 Paula – bell’alimento February 8, 2014 at 8:00 pm

Love this DIY Valentine’s Day gift! I bet this smells amazing!

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