3-Ingredient Lemon Sugar Scrub

DIY Lemon Sugar Scrub


I went to bed at 8:30pm last night because I wasn't feeling well (shown HERE) so thank goodness for my amazing Contributors to come through in a crunch! Adrienne from Chic California (our new DIY and Decor contributor) is teaching us how to make easy, delicious, and natural lemon sugar scrub! Take it away, Adrienne!

Thanks Jordan! Have you started using Coconut Oil Yet? If not you have to jump on the Coconut Oil bandwagon. It's so good for your body, inside and out. So when Jordan asked me to share a quick, easy and inexpensive DIY project I knew I had to share some DIY Lemon and Coconut Oil Sugar Scrub. I keep one near my kitchen sink to banish stinky hands from chopping onions or garlic and I keep a stash to give as gifts to my family and friends. It's super moisturizing and it smells so lemony fresh…and is SO easy to make!

Here's What You Need…

  • Coconut Oil: I used Trader Joe's Organic Coconut Oil but any brand is ok.
  • Sugar
  • Lemon Essential Oil (Jordan's note: I finally found AFFORDABLE essential oils! And yes they are therapeutic-grade. Glory alleluia!)
  • 4 oz. Mason Jars

If you plan to gift wrap your scrub you will also need:

  • Cellophane Bags from Michael's
  • Wooden Spoons: I ordered mine from Amazon.
  • Twine or Baker's Twine
  • Gift Tags

This recipe will fill 4 jars.

Here's How You Do It…

Place 1 cup of coconut oil in a microwave safe bowl and melt for about 45 seconds. Coconut Oil will be solid below 76 degrees. 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 up.

DIY Lemon Sugar Scrub

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.

DIY Lemon Sugar Scrub

Next add about 40-50 drops of Lemon Essential Oil. I 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.

DIY Lemon Sugar Scrub

Spoon your scrub into your mason jar and seal lid.

DIY Lemon Sugar Scrub

For gifts, I like to wrap mine in a cellophane bag and attach a wooden spoon to use as a scoop with twine.

DIY Lemon Sugar Scrub

Just add a tag for a perfectly giftable, deliciously lemony, and amazingly moisturizing scrub. You are going to fall in love with this scrub!


Anyone else DYING over this? Thanks for sharing, Adrienne! (and for coming through in a pinch. Love ya!)




  1. AvatarKaren says

    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!
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    • AvatarFunCheapOrFree says

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

  2. AvatarRachelJL says

    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. πŸ˜‰ 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. AvatarChris says

    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?

    • AvatarRachelJL says

      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.
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  4. AvatarJennifer says

    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 πŸ˜€

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

      • AvatarJennifer says

        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.

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