Orange Clove Sugar Scrub

LAST UPDATED: Jun 18, 2021 | PUBLISHED: Dec 15, 2014 | By:

You’ll revel in the invigorating aroma of citrus and spice as this Orange Clove Sugar Scrub smooths and softens your skin. Easy to make, this is perfect for you or to give as a gift.

A small glass jar full of homemade orange clove sugar scrub.

This post was originally published December 15, 2014 and updated June 17, 2021 with fresh content and details.

As we’re quickly approaching Christmas, I’ve been working diligently on homemade gifts for friends and teachers. Homemade gifts don’t have to be time-consuming. With just a little effort, you can make thoughtful gifts that come together quickly and are greatly appreciated.

I love gifting homemade sugar scrubs, bath milks & salts in canning jars. It’s a quick and easy gift that everyone enjoys. Teachers work so hard, and friends are so caring, and this is the perfect gift to let them indulge in a little self-care.

Three fresh oranges with leaves on a white surface.

Today I’m sharing my Orange Clove sugar scrub recipe – the perfect wintery scent! The earthy spice of the clove blends beautifully with the bright sweetness of the orange. It’s a therapeutic aroma that will lift spirits and smell like the festive season.

Other holiday scents that you will love are Vanilla Brown Sugar Scrub and Orange Mint Sugar Scrub. And don’t forget to use this printable gift tag, tied with a pretty ribbon around the jar for the finishing touch.

The ingredients for an orange clove sugar scrub laid out on a white surface.

Benefits of Sugar Scrubs

  • Skin exfoliation
  • Helps create even skin tone
  • Moisturizes
  • Brightens
  • Can help eliminate blemishes
  • Eliminates toxins

Ingredients for Orange Clove Sugar Scrub

  • Vitamin E Oil – grape seed oil also works
  • Sugar – granulated for best results, I like white sugar but you can also use brown.
  • Clove Oil
  • Sweet Orange Essential Oil – use an oil, not an extract
Orange Clove Sugar Scrub recipe ingredients laid out on a white surface.

How to Make Orange Clove Scrub

  1. Combine sugar and oil well, in a glass or metal bowl.
  2. Add essential oils to preference. Start with a couple of drops, and then add more if desired.
  3. Spoon into containers.
  4. Add a few extra drops to the top of each!


  • I usually end up adding about 12 drops of oils per 1 cup of sugar scrub.
  • Glass jars work really well for gift giving, usually the 1/2 cup to 1 cup size.
  • Include a little tag that explains how to use sugar scrub on your gift.

Love a homemade gift as much as I do? Don’t skip this Homemade Potpourri and my list of 40 Homemade Christmas Gift Ideas

A woman in a black dress stirring up an orange sugar scrub recipe in a stainless steel bowl.

Where to Use this Sugar Scrub

  • Hands
  • Elbows
  • Knees
  • Elbows
  • Feet
A woman in a black dress stirring up an orange sugar scrub recipe in a stainless steel bowl.

How to Store

You can use any type of container with a lid. It doesn’t need to be refrigerated. Because of the high sugar content, it will easily last up to a year!

Orange Clove Natural Sugar Scrub recipe in a small glass jar.

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Make your own easy sugar scrub in minutes! Get the recipe for this fragrant Orange Clove sugar scrub, perfect for winter!

Orange Clove Sugar Scrub

Active Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Difficulty: Easy
Estimated Cost: $12.00 or less

A delightful citrus and spice sugar scrub that is perfect for gift giving this holiday season.


  • Sugar
  • Vitamin E Oil (or grapeseed)
  • Clove Oil
  • Sweet Orange Essential Oil


  • Sealable Jar
  • Bowl
  • Measuring Cups
  • Spoon


  1. Combine sugar and oil well
  2. Add essential oils to preference
  3. Spoon into containers
  4. Add a few extra drops of essential oil to the top of each.

{photography: Kristen Clayville}

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