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Cranberry Sugar Scrub for Self Care

A simple cranberry sugar scrub recipe using those pesky leftover frozen cranberries from the holiday season and a hint of lemon for extra morning zest!

cranberry sugar scrub with lemon

Why should you make a sugar scrub out of cranberries?

1. Cranberries tend to be overbought and underused.

Did you overbuy cranberries for the holidays and you are left with a bag in your freezer… months later? If you’re anything like me, the beautiful red color draws you in, so you buy too many bags and you only actually use one for cranberry sauce at Thanksgiving, and then what?

Cranberries are in season in the fall and winter months. You might be enticed when you see them for cheap in the store and then overbuy!

Most people don’t really incorporate cranberries into their menu planning. I wanted to find a use for those extra bags of cranberries chilling in my freezer.

Let’s put those leftover cranberries to good use! Why not use the winter’s bounty to help us out?

2. Cranberries are good for the skin.

Due to gentle and natural ingredients, this Cranberry Sugar Scrub is good for all skin types, even sensitive skin! Just be careful to not exfoliate too hard! As a sugar scrub, this recipe is great for exfoliating away dry skin.

Cranberries are high in antioxidants that help minimize signs of aging including fine lines, hyperpigmentation, and loss of elasticity. Sign me up!

Literally, everyone can use a little self-care around the holiday season. From the stress of holiday shopping, crowds, or making the decision to go home or not for the holidays, December is a stressful month! What better way to unwind than using a little cranberry self-care (sounds pretty festive to me).

On top of the stress, the weather is changing and we are eating worse, which is making our skin do some lovely things. I am currently blessed with both breakouts AND dry cracked hands.

Self-care can mean different things to different people. We are all wonderfully unique and like to unwind in different ways. Hopefully, this Cranberry scrub recipe will help you treat yo’self.

3. A sugar scrub is an easy form of self-care.

On top of using up what I had on hand, I wanted to create something that was EASY to do. Recently, I learned to make bath bombs, and let me tell you, I will have to take 100 baths to de-stress from that entire fiasco.

cranberry sugar scrub view from above

How to Make a Cranberry Sugar Scrub

This recipe is modified from an original post from Simply Stacie.

Cranberry Sugar Scrub Ingredients

  • 1 cup frozen cranberries, thawed
  • 1/8 cup melted coconut oil
  • 1TBSP lemon juice (optional: Add for an extra boost if you plan to use this scrub in the mornings)
  • 1 cup raw organic cane sugar

Cranberry Sugar Scrub Recipe

  1. Puree thawed cranberries in a blender or food processor.
  2. Put in large mixing bowl.
  3. Stir in coconut oil and sugar.
  4. Transfer into glass airtight container.

Ahh, this recipe is so easy! I needed that this week. You can use this to exfoliate in the shower or bath as much as you’d like.

Store in refrigerator. I suppose you could eat it too, but that might get a little weird. But hey, cranberries are a great source of Vitamin C!

Make this in small batches, as it should be refrigerated when not in use. Use within 7 days for best results.

cranberry sugar scrub in glass jar

Cranberry Sugar Scrub FAQs

How to use the Cranberry Sugar Scrub

  1. First, wet skin with warm water
  2. Scoop out the desired amount of scrub with your hand or a spoon
  3. Rub scrub in circular motions to remove dead skin
  4. Rinse away with water

Can I use fresh cranberries instead of frozen in my sugar scrub recipe?

Yes! Use whatever kind of cranberries you have. It does not matter.

What other ingredients could I use in this scrub?

  • 5 drops of your favorite essential oils (orange would be a great option to add to this zesty recipe)

Can I use organic brown sugar instead of cane sugar in my body scrub?

Substitute organic cane sugar with organic brown sugar for a more gentle scrub (white sugar tends to be more coarse)

Can I substitute a different oil in my Cranberry Sugar Scrub?

Substitute coconut oil with avocado oil, olive oil, sweet almond oil, or jojoba oil.

What else can I do with leftover Cranberries?

Are you looking for even more recipes to use with those leftover cranberries? Check out the video below for cranberry muffins and a cranberry cocktail!

cranberry sugar scrub, muffins, and cocktail

Cranberry Smash Up Self Care Video

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Cranberry Sugar Scrub

Cranberry Sugar Scrub


  • 1 cup frozen cranberries, thawed
  • 1/8 cup coconut oil, melted
  • 1TBSP lemon juice
  • 1 cup raw organic cane sugar


  1. Puree thawed cranberries in a blender.
  2. Put in large mixing bowl.
  3. Stir in coconut oil, lemon juice, and sugar.
  4. Transfer into glass container.

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