Prepare to Fall in Love With This EASY DIY Lemon Sugar Scrub

Jun 5, 2021 | Beauty, DIY, Gift Ideas

We're giddy over here because today we're sharing one of our favorite DIY projects of all time! This lemon sugar scrub comes together with just 3-ingredients, smells AMAZING, and makes a perfect gift. What's not to love?!

jar of homemade lemon sugar scrub, from Fun Cheap or Free

If you still haven't jumped on the coconut oil bandwagon, this post might make you a believer. Not only is it so good for your body, inside and out, but it helps bring together our DIY obsession: lemon sugar scrub.

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This quick, easy, and inexpensive DIY project serves so many purposes. Keep one near your kitchen sink to banish stinky hands, keep a stash to give as gifts to family and friends, or to use on any day ending in y. It's super moisturizing, and it smells SO lemony fresh. You're gonna love it! Ready to do this?!


You only need three ingredients to bring this luscious, lemony scrub together. Before we get started, make sure you have these items handy:

Planning to gift wrap your scrub? You might what to gather these supplies:

That's really all you need! We'll get to the instruction in a just a minute, but first, we've got a few ideas to share. Want to know how you can use your lemon sugar scrub?


lemon sugar scrub in mason jar, from Fun Cheap or Free

Other than keeping a jar on the kitchen window sill and enjoying the glorious scent, what can you do with your lemon sugar scrub? Lots! Here are a few of our favorite ideas:

  • Remove Blackheads – This scrub has amazing exfoliating power and it's gentle enough to use on your face! Rub a little on trouble spots, let it sit for around 10-minutes, then scrub away and rinse. If that sounds good, you'll love this post about skincare hacks!
  • Soften Hands – Between all the handwashing, hand sanitizer, and dishes, dry skin is inevitable. Especially in the winter! Give your hands a treat. Just apply the scrub all over, gently massage, then rinse.
  • Spray Tan Prep – If you're planning to get a spray tan anytime soon, try this little trick! Use the lemon sugar scrub to exfoliate and moisturize the day before you get sprayed. It will help you get a more even tan!
  • Spa Gift Basket – Give your mom, sister, or best friend an at-home spa kit. Add a jar or two of this scrub, some handmade soap, a candle, sheet mask, and few other goodies. They'll love it!
  • Deodorize – When you can't get that stubborn onion smell out of your hands, reach for the lemon sugar scrub! It absorbs the toughest odors and leaves those hands feeling soft and smooth.

We could keep going, but we bet your wheels are turning now! Ready to make a batch of this lemon sugar scrub we've been hyping? Let's do this!


It's time to get crafty! This DIY scrub is so easy and SO much fun to make. Line up your ingredients, and let's get started.

Easy Lemon Sugar Scrub

This deliciously lemony and amazingly moisturizing scrub is a dream to use and the perfect handmade gift!
Prep Time10 minutes
Servings: 4 jars


  • Mason jars


  • 1 cup coconut oil
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 40 drops lemon essential oil


  • Place 1 cup of coconut oil in a microwave-safe bowl and melt for about 45 seconds. Coconut oil will be solid below 76°F. If you live in a warmer climate, your coconut oil may already be liquid in the jar, so you don't need to heat it.
  • Measure 2 cups of sugar into a bowl and slowly add your melted coconut oil. Mix until your sugar and coconut oil are combined. Your mixture should be more sugary than oily.
  • Next, add about 40-50 drops of lemon essential oil.
  • Spoon the scrub into your mason jar, then seal.
  • For gifting, wrap your jar in a cellophane bag and attach a wooden spoon (for scooping) with twine. Add a tag to this perfectly giftable treat, and you're done!


We love using lemon oil because it is antibacterial and antifungal, so it's perfect for the kitchen. And it just smells so good! But if lemon is not your thing, you can supplement any other citrus oil or even lavender.

See?! We told you this was easy. And we can already smell that lemony goodness! Mmmmmm…

Is anyone else ready to make a batch of this scrub like right now? We've got DIY on our brains for this weekend!

We hope you love this recipe as much as we do! We're curious. What's your favorite essential oil? Drop a comment below and let us know!

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  1. Karen

    Soooo doing this! I just got on the essential oil bandwagon and bought some, but of course now I have NO idea what to do with them! Would love to see more posts on how you use yours!

    • FunCheapOrFree

      Consider it done! I’m new to the Essential Oils bandwagon myself, and I’m loving it! More posts coming on up 🙂

  2. RachelJL

    I’m pretty sensitive to fragrances, even pure essential oils, so I’m guessing that I could just make this with perhaps 1/2 or 1/3 the amount of essential oil? And yes, mine’s therapeutic grade, too. 😉 So many people go into a state of shock to find out that people can still have issues. I do own therapeutic grad lemon oil, and thankfully I don’t seem to have as many issues with the citrus oils (except bergamot) but I did find that when I tried to diffuse them, I still have problems. Any ideas?

  3. Chris

    Jordan, I would love to hear about any testing you’ve done to compare essential oil brands. I’ve never heard of Spark, but would be interested to know how they measure up. I’ve always used Now, Aura Cacia and Nature’s Alchemy. I did a side by side test of my Now oils with some doTerra samples, and unfortunately for the purse, doTerra won by a landslide in the smell, taste and skin tests.. How did you come to your conclusion? Where does Spark rank?

    • RachelJL

      I’ve compared DoTerra and Sparks peppermint and wild orange, and they seemed comparable to me. One of my family members insists there is no way that Sparks can do as much research as DoTerra and have as good of products, but someone I know who has worked for both is very happy with Sparks. It’s a bit of a charged issue for those with ties to both companies, but I’m happy with Sparks. I’ve heard that they use some of the same suppliers. DoTerra is a great company, I think, though, and I’ll continue to use their products as well.

  4. Jennifer

    Awesome! I’m totally making it! I love Sparks oils and I have so jumped on the coconut oil bandwagon! It’s very nice when I see a recipe that I have everything already to make it, even the jars 😀

    I just recently found your website so I’ll be sticking around to see where you go with it, thanks for posting!

    • FunCheapOrFree

      Welcome to the family! Thanks for reading, and let me know how you like the scrub 🙂

      • Jennifer

        I finally made the scrub, I really like it. I decided it needed some lavender as well as lemon, which turned out well. I’m thinking I should have used some wild orange or tangerine and made it more citrus like. Maybe next time.

  5. jackie

    love sugar scrubs. be careful with lemon and being out in the sun. It can cause a skin reaction. lavender is heavenly.

    • Fun Cheap or Free

      Thank you for sharing!


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