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Apple sugar scrub (three ingredient, semi-DIY) makes an easy holiday gift

I've been making this sugar scrub recipe since I was in junior high school, back when we made things at home out of necessity and not just because it was trendy.

Geez, I feel like I'm aging myself.

Apple sugar scrub (three ingredient, semi-DIY) makes an easy holiday gift

This time of year rolls around and I quickly get nostalgic. I'm reminded of my days growing up in Washington, picking apples off of my neighbor's trees to mash into my sugar scrub recipe and dole out to my friends around Christmas.

Apple sugar scrub (three ingredient, semi-DIY) makes an easy holiday gift

Now, living in San Diego, apple-picking is a more concerted effort. We approach the orchards in Julian just after a rain. The fruit is clean and the air smells like cold stone.

Apple sugar scrub (three ingredient, semi-DIY) makes an easy holiday gift

Several varieties are grown where we visit, all without pesticides. They're sweetest straight off the tree.

Apple sugar scrub (three ingredient, semi-DIY) makes an easy holiday gift

Sugar Scrub Recipe

1 average-sized apple, minced
1 1/2 cups sugar
1/4 cup JOHNSON’S® baby moisture wash with honey apple

Mix all ingredients in a jelly jar and seal tightly, shaking to combine each time you use it.

Apple sugar scrub (three ingredient, semi-DIY) makes an easy holiday gift

A lot of sugar scrub recipes use coconut oil as their moistening agent, but that stuff is a sticky mess that I can never get off my bathroom floor. I love coconut oil for many, many things…just not for greasing up my bathtub. When I first made this recipe as a tween, I was still using JOHNSON’S® baby wash from childhood. Still am, in fact.

Apple sugar scrub (three ingredient, semi-DIY) makes an easy holiday gift

I discovered that it served as the perfect binder for my sugar scrub recipe. The gentle formula keeps the recipe moist without melting the sugar crystals. The ingredients do tend to separate, with the sugar falling to the bottom and the apple pieces floating to the top, but it's beautiful and mixes back together easily.

The honey apple-scented wash from JOHNSON’S® gives this sugar scrub recipe an extra-strong apple scent that takes me back to those days in the Washington orchards. Apple is particularly excellent for battling blemished skin, but it can be a tad bit drying so it's a good idea to moisturize. We've been using JOHNSON’S® baby lotion with honey apple because it's gentle enough for the whole family, and it has that sweet smell that reminds me of youthful fall days.

Apple sugar scrub (three ingredient, semi-DIY) makes an easy holiday gift

Pin this sugar scrub recipe for later and give it as a gift this season. It would be perfect for showing your appreciation to a special teacher!

What do you get nostalgic about this season?