Gingerbread Body Scrub

Dipping a freshly baked gingerbread man into my morning coffee is the first sign that it’s Christmas. My waistline then expands throughout the day with every mouthful of festive food (and, of course, more gingerbread biscuits). If you’re also watching your waistline, then let your skin – instead of your tummy – indulge in a gingerbread binge this season. This scrumptious body scrub smells good enough to eat (and you probably could), and it will leave your skin radiating with a festive glow for Christmas Day selfies. Not to mention, this scrub makes a perfect DIY Christmas gift.


Cost price: R35.62 per 450ml recipe (in 2019, based on the best retail prices I’ve found).
Lasted me about:
 4 weeks (using every week for a full body scrub).
Estimated shelf life: 3 months (stored in an airtight container away from moisture). Use a spoon or spatula to scoop the scrub out being careful not to get any water into your container, as this will shorten its shelf life.


Like other scrubs, washing it off is like washing sand off after a long day at the beach. However, the silky soft result is totally worth the extra rub-a-dub-dub.


  • The smell of ginger alleviates nausea – you know, when you’ve had one too many Christmas cocktails!
  • Ginger will help prevent signs of ageing, and will keep your skin blemish-free.
  • Good idea for a Christmas-themed gift.
  • Super soft and silky skin.


Besides being the ingredients in actual baked gingerbread, the ingredients in this body scrub recipe also have the following topical benefits:

  • Dried ginger powder:  Ginger is packed with antioxidants which invigorate the skin, improve elasticity, stimulate circulation and protect against signs of aging. Ginger’s antiseptic properties keeps the skin clean, smooth and free of blemishes, which makes it great for acne! (buy here)
  • Brown sugar:  An excellent exfoliant that removes the layer of dead cells on your skin’s surface, leaving your skin feeling soft and smooth. You can use any sugar. (buy here)
  • Sunflower oil: Light and gentle moisturiser for dry and sensitive skin, which has a very mild scent that won’t overpower the ginger in this recipe. (buy here)
  • Cinnamon powder: Natural antibiotic that will clear skin blemishes and boosts circulation. (buy here)

Do you have any ideas for DIY Christmas gifts? Please share in the comments below.


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