after a bit of research, i found most recipes call for the same basic ingredients: sugar and olive oil. there are a few variations, but that's pretty much the bulk of it. i found this recipe to get started and experimented with various essential oils, herbs and fruit.
the first couple body scrubs i made were tea tree and peppermint. they smell ah-mazing! then we experimented with lemon (hint: use lots of lemon peel and a light olive oil to avoid an olive oil scented scrub), rosemary and sage (i blended these in a cuisinart with olive oil and added them- separately- to the sugar with tea tree oil) and vanilla. the scrubs that used the fresh herbs had a beautiful green hue and the others turned a soft yellow when thoroughly mixed.
i found the jars at the dollar store (score), stamped and cut out the labels on textured card stock and wrapped the top of the jars with ribbon i had on hand. i am so happy with the outcome and can't wait to make more. i'll be using one as a tester but friends and family beware...homemade sugar scrub is coming your way!