DIY Sweet Favors

photocred: Kimberly Photography


The sugar scrub favors created for the baby shower for a dear friend were adorable and super easy to make! Inspired by this pin on Pinterest and with this recipe (from One Good Thing by Jillee), the other lovely ladies who co-hosted with me got together and whipped up these favors in less than two hours!

The simple recipe only called for two ingredients, sugar and Dawn’s hand renewal soap. There were over 50 favors made so we purchased the items in bulk at a wholesale store to help with costs. The Ikea ‘Korken’ jars were big enough to have the baby’s vinyl monogram applied and small enough to fit by the tub, sink or in the shower.

Missy, one of the co-hosts, was able to make the vinyl monograms for free at her husband’s work! With her experience Missy applied the monograms herself prior to us filling them with the sugar scrub, so allow for that time to be included! Her husband’s work doesn’t sell the monograms so look on Etsy as there are many vendors who sell personalized vinyl signs including monograms!

So with a bottle of wine we sat around a table and mixed the sugar and soap in large bowls to the consistency we liked and then scooped the sugar scrub into the jars. Yep…it was that easy!

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  1. melissa commented:
    January 6, 2013 Reply

    could this work for a boy baby shower??

    • Amy Romano commented:
      January 6, 2013 Reply

      Sure it could Melissa! I personally would keep the sign the same as I really loved the shower saying! The sign for the favors read: Thank you for attending. From Alisha’s(momma-to-be) shower to yours, please take home a sweet sugar scrub!

      I would tie in whatever color(s) or theme for the boy shower to the favor. We had the baby’s monogram used throughout the party, so we used it on the favors. Using whales or boats and you could use the image on the favor sign or on a piece of paper with a punch hole that’s tied onto each favor.

      So yes you could use this favor for a girl, boy or a neutral baby shower! Hope this helps!

  2. Joannie commented:
    March 12, 2013 Reply

    Hi! i love this idea! i have already the ingredients. i have plain white soap and lots of sugar. would blue food coloring work to make it blue for aa baby boy shower? 🙂

    • Amy Romano commented:
      March 15, 2013 Reply

      Hey Joannie,
      You know I didn’t have to worry about coloring this since the soap already had a light pink tint. I might try a very small batch (like 1/3 cup) and test out how food coloring would work. If you put too much I would be worried how it would work on the skin?? I’m thinking as long as you only use a small dollop to make it a pale blue it would work!!! Or you could keep it white and attach a blue note? Have fun making them!

  3. Tiffanie commented:
    May 6, 2013 Reply

    How big are they jars you used?

    • Amy Romano commented:
      May 7, 2013 Reply

      Hello Tiffanie! These Ikea jars were 17 oz. and just an FYI these jars are no longer sold online, you have to check with your local store!

  4. May 26, 2013 Reply

    Love this idea but where did you get the cute jars and what was the cost? Thanks a million, Denise

  5. May 26, 2013 Reply

    Love this idea but where did you get the jars and what was the cost? Thanks a million! Denise

    • Amy Romano commented:
      May 28, 2013 Reply

      Hi Denise! I purchased the jars from Ikea and they were call the “Korken” jar and cost $2.99. I have a link to the product in the post above. I know the jar is no longer sold online, so check with your local Ikea store to see if they have it in stock!

  6. Debbie Krueger commented:
    October 2, 2013 Reply

    My sister, nieces and I made these for a Saturday baby shower for the other niece…talk about easy and SOOOOO smoothing. We also did a variation just for ourselves with sea salt…also wonderful but it definitely loses a bit of the scent. Thanks for the great idea!

  7. Charlene commented:
    November 4, 2013 Reply

    How much sugar did you use to the soap like what were the measurements

    • Amy Romano commented:
      November 18, 2013 Reply

      Hey Charlene- Since we were making so many favors we made it in bulk with no measurements! I poured some sugar in a bowl and would add small parts of the soap until I reached a consistency I liked. If you are making this for one I would pour sugar in the container you are going to use to measure that way. Then pour that sugar in a bowl and mix in the soap until your desired texture…then scoop your scrub back into the container! Hope this helps….don’t let the “no measurements needed” throw you off…this was the easiest shower gift I have ever made!

  8. Claudia commented:
    January 14, 2014 Reply

    Such a cute idea! I’m planning a baby shower for my sister-in-law and this would be perfect. Just wondering – does it have to be the Dawn Hand Renewal soap or would any other work? Just curious because my sister-in-law is having a boy and was thinking of maybe trying a white soap? And I know this will probably sound dumb considering we use this on our hands all the time – but is it safe to use it as an all over body scrub? Lol

    • Amy Romano commented:
      January 29, 2014 Reply

      Hey Claudia!Like any soap or scrub, I would not use it on any “open” areas if you catch my drift 🙂 or near any open sores or scabs. If you are like me and have really sensitive skin I would suggest using something like Dove’s body wash…and BTW Target’s UP brand has a much cheaper body wash that is exactly like Dove’s!

  9. Jacque commented:
    January 29, 2014 Reply

    I love this idea. Jw, this should work just as well with brown sugar and an actual body wash right? I know I won’t be able to do the color with brown sugar. But I had some brown sugar body scrub before and I loved the smell.

    • Amy Romano commented:
      January 29, 2014 Reply

      Jacque you are totally right! I think if you found a great almond body wash and mix it with brown sugar you would have a great combo!!!

  10. Rebeca commented:
    February 21, 2014 Reply


    I love the monogram and jars you used. Can you tell me where you had the monograms made, size, etc?

    Thank you!

    • Amy Romano commented:
      February 23, 2014 Reply

      Hey Rebeca- I lucked out with the monograms…one of the other co-hosts works for a company that makes vinyl decals so she made them for FREE!! If you do a quick search online you can come up with tons of companies that can make them for you. The best deals are on Etsy! I would measure out how big the space on the container where the monogram would go and then see if the retailer can make them that size. There is a store on Etsy called Decal Monograms that I know makes & sells very small vinyl monograms. Hope this helps!

  11. cherie commented:
    March 1, 2014 Reply

    we can do

  12. kynda commented:
    October 16, 2014 Reply

    What was ur mixer for the sugar scrub

  13. Jennifer commented:
    November 14, 2014 Reply

    Hi! Love this idea and want to make itk for. My bridal shower. How did you get the mongrsm on the jar?

  14. Sophie commented:
    December 20, 2014 Reply

    does it have to be that soap or can it be any hand soap??

  15. Kathy Pierce commented:
    April 10, 2015 Reply

    I thank you for posting this.They are so cute. I made them for my daughters babyshower.
    I believe our friends and family will really like this scrub. I did tweek it just a bit.

  16. Maureen commented:
    April 22, 2015 Reply

    Can you please tell me the dimensions of the monogram? I’ve not purchased the jars yet…need to order the monograms now.

    Thank you!

  17. alyssa commented:
    December 28, 2016 Reply

    hey i love these! I’m going to make them for my sister in laws shower– i have to make about 80! i was wondering how many you had to make and how much of everything you bought? like for every 20 jars how many bags of sugar and bottles of soap did you buy? Thanks so much!!

  18. Angela Hogwood commented:
    April 23, 2017 Reply

    We did this recipe and it seperated after 3 hours. What did we do wrong?

  19. Dawn commented:
    July 5, 2017 Reply

    Love these favors. I was just curious if you used any scent in these scrubs.

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