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Coconut Sugar Scrub

This Coconut Sugar Scrub is made with 2 simple ingredients, and will leave your hands feeling softer than ever!

I don’t know about you, but I love a good sugar scrub! My hands are so dry from all the things I do during the day, and sugar scrubs have always helped them feel and be soft. In the past I have bought scrubs, and the last jar I had was pure luxury. It was a brand name Lemon Sugar Scrub that was a gift and I loved it! But for $60 a container, I just couldn’t re-buy it! So I thought, why can’t I make my own? I can. I did. This Coconut Sugar Scrub is so lovely and moisturizing.

Coconut Sugar Scrub

Simple Clean Ingredients

This Coconut Sugar Scrub is pure heaven! No chemicals, no fragrances, nothing that isn’t natural. Just sugar and pure coconut oil. It smells incredible, with a lovely coconut scent. And yes, I did taste it, it tastes amazing too! 😉

How to Use Sugar Scrubs

Apply the coconut sugar scrub to damp skin or dry skin, gently massage, then rinse with warm water. Sometimes I like to use it as a body scrub in the shower. Sugar scrubs are best for exfoliating hands, feet, elbows, knees, arms and legs. I would never use this on my face because it’s just too rough for sensitive skin. Just a word of caution, because it’s an oil, it will make your feet slippery, so please just be careful.

Coconut Sugar Scrub

DIY Coconut Sugar Scrub Recipe Tips:

What type of coconut oil to use for scrubs:

Use pure, unrefined coconut oil for body sugar scrubs (it’s solid).

  • Pure coconut oil is solid at room temperature.
  • Unrefined coconut oil smells out-of-this world amazing!
  • Where to find coconut oil? I found the coconut oil in the organic foods aisle at the grocery store.

What type of sugar to use for sugar scrubs: 

I just use regular granulated sugar (cane sugar). You can also use brown sugar.

How to store Coconut Sugar Scrub?

I store mine in a glass mason jar, and keep it on my counter (there’s no need to refrigerate it). Just keep it tightly sealed so that it doesn’t dry out.

How long does coconut sugar scrub last?

I don’t have a definite time frame, but I have had a jar last me a year with no issues at all. If over time the scrub gets a little hard, add a tsp or so of coconut oil to the jar, let it sit for a couple of hours then stir it again. Add more if needed.

Makes a great gift!

If you want to give this as a gift, I have this free printable for the lids of your jars!


Some readers have added a few drops of essential oils to their scrubs (eg. orange or lavender or even a little vanilla extract).


Coconut Sugar Scrub

This Coconut Sugar Scrub is made with 2 simple ingredients, and will leave your hands feeling softer than ever!

  • Author: Jo-Anna Rooney
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Category: Beauty


Units Scale
  • 1/2 cup sugar (plain granulated white sugar, the kind you have in your pantry)
  • 1/4 cup pure unrefined Coconut Oil (I use organic, unrefined pure coconut oil)


  1. To make this sugar scrub, use a 2:1 ratio of Sugar to Coconut Oil (I used 1/2 cup sugar and 1/4 cup coconut oil)
  2. In a bowl mix the two together completely (I like to use a fork to do this part).
  3. Put into a glass container with a lid.
  4. You can use it immediately. Rub your hands and/or feet with the scrub, rinse and dry.  They will feel SO soft!

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  1. What an excellent gift this would make for the holidays that are fast approaching. πŸ™‚

    Thanks so much for sharing this awesome solution!

  2. I may be naive, but is there ever an issue with the sugar molding? I would think that any form of ‘wet’ sugar might encourage growth… no?


  3. Oh my! This sounded so wonderful that I put my laptop aside, went straight to my kitchen, got out my coconut oil (YUMMIE) & sugar & made a lovely little batch!! (It took all of 2-3 minutes) … I’m back with soft, delicious smelling hands!! And, yah, I tasted it too … DeLiCiOuS!! πŸ™‚

    Thanks for sharing … this one is a keeper for sure!

  4. Ok I bought coconut oil to try to make this after seeing it on pinterest – I just noticed the tip on the coconut oil being solid at room temperature. So I didn’t buy the wrong stuff? Will it work or be too thick???

    1. I made many mason jars of these left it outside on my counter and now it’s really dry . I think I need to redo this with olive oil instead 😐😐. Any other tips please ?

      1. Hi Vindhya! I’ve never had that happen, but I suspect it may have been caused by the coconut oil…some are more solid than others. You could try to add more to your jars to soften them up, and use one that is soft like butter. Hope that helps.

  5. Saw this post and had to try it!! I LOVE it!! My kids LOVE it!! I made some for Christmas gifts too!! Thank you for sharing such an easy and wonderful idea!!

  6. If you find sugar too harsh (or want to use it on your face) then I’ve found ground almonds makes a good substitute

    1. Do you only use this on your hands and feet? Or can you use this all over your body with the exception of your face? Thanks!

      1. 5 stars
        I use this scrub on my arms and lower legs in addition to hands and feet. I also use it on my face. Only caution is if you use it in the shower be careful it can be slippery

  7. I just made this scrub and it smells amazing! I did a quick trial-scrub on my hands – they are so soft and I keep sniffing them. Thanks for sharing your recipe. I’m glad I found you on Pinterest!

  8. I made this scrub yesterday – it was great then. Today it is rock solid. How can I prevent the coconut oil from solidifying?

  9. Omg i tried it my hands and feet are amazin great for the hubby with rough really rough hands n i tried it as a facial it was amazing …..

    1. Hi Joyce!
      You can use this scrub on either wet or dry skin. I like to use it on dry skin myself, as I find it exfoliates much better!

  10. Ok so i have found the solid form of coconut oil refined and unrefined at every grocery store next to the extra virgin , veg. And canola oils. Its reasonably priced i think. I also use it for cooking and scrubs.

  11. What is the shelf life please: do you know if adding vitamin e prolongs the shelf life. So excited to make this. Thank you

    1. Hi Michelle! I have found that these scrubs will last quite a long time…I’ve had mine on my counter for months (like 6 – 8 months) with no problems. I’m not sure about the addition of Vitamin E…sorry, I can’t really offer any advice about that addition.

  12. I love this, I came across the recipe and whipped up a batch with the exact proportions. My hands feel amazing after a test run! I also added about 10 drops of orange essential oil for the fun of it.