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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 June Jacobs 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.

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.  And yes, I did taste it, it tastes amazing too!  😉
Coconut Sugar Scrub

DIY Coconut Sugar Scrub Tips:

  • Sugar scrubs are best for exfoliating hands and feet.  I would never use this on my face.  But you can use it on arms and legs as well.
  • How to Use Sugar Scrubs:  Apply it to dry skin, gently rub, then rinse with warm water.
  • Coconut Oil:
    • 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.  Costco also has a really good one.
  • Sugar:  I just use regular granulated white sugar.
  • Gift Idea: If you want to give this as a gift to someone, I have a free printable for your jars.
  • 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.
  • How long will it last?  I don’t have a definite time frame, but I have had a jar last me a year with no issues at all.
  • How to store it? I keep mine in a mason jar on my counter.  Keep it tightly sealed so that it doesn’t dry out.

Coconut Sugar Scrub

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


  • 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.
  3. Put into a container with a lid.
  4. Rub your hands and/or feet with the scrub, rinse and dry.  They will feel SO soft!

Keywords: coconut sugar scrub, sugar scrub

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    August 9, 2011 at 1:54 AM

    Thanks for a great idea would make excellent gifts for the holidays.

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    August 9, 2011 at 3:32 AM

    mmmm, I could use some of that . . .

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    Lindsay @ Delighted Momma
    August 9, 2011 at 3:39 AM

    I am such a sucker for anything with coconut!! I love that you made your own own scrub. I bet it smells delicious!

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      May 13, 2021 at 11:10 AM

      It does

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    August 9, 2011 at 7:38 AM

    This looks amazing, I have made scrubs before but never thought to use coconut oil, fab idea!

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    Sam Findlay
    August 9, 2011 at 11:35 AM

    This sounds great! I’m going to have to try it! And yes perfect for gifts!

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    Brunette & Blessed
    August 9, 2011 at 11:59 AM

    love your mason jar and this looks really easy! may have to try this

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    Stephanie @ henry happened
    August 9, 2011 at 3:04 PM

    I love the smell of coconut! Always makes me think of the beach. Gotta pin this to make – would be a perfect gift! (and i love your photos!)

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    August 9, 2011 at 9:13 PM

    love it. going to steal this one!

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    August 10, 2011 at 4:38 AM

    I think that I may head over to my local hfs and pick up some coconut oil! tfs! Hugs, Ingrid

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    August 10, 2011 at 4:49 AM

    Lovely! What an awesome idea!

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    Audra @ The Kurtz Corner
    August 9, 2011 at 11:13 PM

    You did an amazing job! This would be a great gift!

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    love, mj
    August 10, 2011 at 7:28 PM

    this looks so easy! i NEED to make some! thanks!!

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    Nicolette @ Momnivore's Dilemma
    August 11, 2011 at 2:14 AM

    The smell of this alone would make me want to eat it.

    Not only is coconut oil good for the skin, but eating it does wonders for digestion and weight loss. {Check out the book Eat Fat, Lose Weight}

    Thanks for sharing, Jo-Anna!

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    August 11, 2011 at 2:17 AM

    So simple, and so necessary for the summer!

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    August 12, 2011 at 2:19 AM

    Cool! I love that you can taste this too!

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    August 12, 2011 at 2:57 PM

    Oh my heck … this sounds so good! I can’t wait to try this!

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    Madigan at madiganmade
    August 13, 2011 at 12:50 AM

    Um – I love coconut (in my belly)… but I may need to try this. I’ve always wanted to make a sugar scrub. Hope I don’t want to eat my toes after using it! 😉

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    August 13, 2011 at 1:19 AM

    I can almost smell this now! Ahhh… And what a fun gift it would make – teacher’s gift, hostess gift… thanks for sharing!

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    August 13, 2011 at 4:18 AM

    I’ve been searching for gifts for the holidays – this is on the top of my list. Unless I use it all first. Can’t wait to try it out!!

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    August 13, 2011 at 9:24 AM

    Can normal coconut oil be used or something special

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    Rosynell Serrano
    August 13, 2011 at 4:00 PM

    I think using brown sugar instead. Thanks for sharing!

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    June Scott
    August 13, 2011 at 6:47 PM

    I’ve been collecting sugar scrub recipes – thanks Jo-Anna!

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    Kristine @ JandMs Eye Candy
    August 16, 2011 at 7:44 AM

    YUM!!! This sounds delish!! I’ve been meaning to try a scrub but haven’t. Thanks for the inspiration!!

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    August 17, 2011 at 4:09 AM

    What an excellent gift this would make for the holidays that are fast approaching. 🙂

    Thanks so much for sharing this awesome solution!

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    {nifty thrifty things}
    August 20, 2011 at 6:37 PM

    This is such a great idea! I wish I could smell it!

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    September 21, 2011 at 6:25 PM

    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?


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    A Pretty Life in the Suburbs
    September 21, 2011 at 6:43 PM

    Hi Loring! That’s actually a really good question, and I wondered about that myself… So far no mold! I’ve had mine on the counter in my kitchen since the beginning of August and it’s still nice and moist and no mold!

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    November 8, 2011 at 3:57 PM

    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!! 🙂

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

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    November 26, 2011 at 4:30 PM

    I love coconut…this looks like a winner for sure!


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    Kerryanne English
    November 27, 2011 at 7:53 PM

    I too make my own sugar scrub but I’ve never used the coconut oil before – must try this.

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    Montalvo Country
    December 11, 2011 at 6:30 PM

    Guess what I’m making for ALL my holiday gifts! 😀 YAY! Thank you!!!!

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    December 12, 2011 at 4:18 AM

    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???

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    A Pretty Life in the Suburbs
    December 12, 2011 at 4:21 AM

    Hi! If the stuff you have is solid, it’s the right stuff! If it’s an oil, I’m sure it would work too… But the solid stuff is what I use! I hope you love the scrub!

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      vindhya subramanian
      December 3, 2020 at 4:03 PM

      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 ?

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        Jo-Anna Rooney
        December 4, 2020 at 10:56 AM

        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.

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    December 19, 2011 at 6:25 PM

    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!!

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    Edins House
    December 22, 2011 at 7:28 PM

    I am SO going to do this!!!
    I just know I’m going to be the most popular around with this gift; hahaha! 🙂

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    Carol R
    December 28, 2011 at 5:59 PM

    Does anyone in the UK know where I can buy the solid coconut oil? I would love to have a go at making this.

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    January 20, 2012 at 2:53 AM

    Can you tell me where you purchased the jar? I have been looking for inexpensive jars but shipping is a killer!

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    A Pretty Life in the Suburbs
    January 30, 2012 at 1:10 AM

    Hi Dee! I found the jar at the dollar store of all places! Dollar stores tend to carry a lot of jars similar to this and they are fabulous for packaging goodies in!

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    March 5, 2012 at 7:49 PM

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

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      A Pretty Life in the Suburbs
      May 1, 2012 at 2:43 AM

      Great idea! And yummy…

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      November 10, 2012 at 9:44 AM

      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!

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        April 15, 2019 at 7:45 AM

        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

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          Jo-Anna Rooney
          April 15, 2019 at 10:51 AM

          Isn’t is great?! I love how smooth my hands feel after using it!

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    Shatzi @ Love and Laundry
    April 30, 2012 at 3:42 AM

    I love sugar scrub! And I already have all of the ingredients. I might be making this in my very near future. 🙂

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    August 30, 2012 at 1:19 AM

    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!

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    September 6, 2012 at 3:15 PM

    I bought refined coconut oil. Will this work just as good? Thanks!

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    November 8, 2012 at 12:11 PM

    Is this a body scrub as well?

    Do you have to refrigerate it? How long does it last?

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    November 11, 2012 at 6:22 AM

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

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    November 28, 2012 at 7:50 PM

    all i could find was coconut BUTTER, it’s all natural though, it says “whole coconut pulp.” will that work too?

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    January 6, 2013 at 6:05 PM

    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 …..

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    March 1, 2013 at 7:01 PM

    Question: should this be used on wet or dry skin???????

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      March 9, 2013 at 7:03 PM

      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!

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    March 13, 2013 at 7:06 AM

    Had the ingredients on hand and because it was so easy I thought I’d whip it up. Amazing!!!

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    sarah d
    December 11, 2014 at 9:11 AM

    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.

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    November 30, 2019 at 9:52 AM

    May I ask why you shouldn’t use this on your face?

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      Jo-Anna Rooney
      December 1, 2019 at 11:33 AM

      Only because it can be quite rough. I have used it on my face, but I massage it in really gently.

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    September 28, 2020 at 12:21 AM

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

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      Jo-Anna Rooney
      September 28, 2020 at 10:52 AM

      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.

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