Beauty/ DIY/ Health & Beauty/ Kitchen Tips

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 from the man 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 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
Coconut Sugar Scrub
Coconut Sugar Scrub

How To to Make Coconut Sugar Scrub:

clock clock icon cutlery cutlery icon flag flag icon folder folder icon instagram instagram icon pinterest pinterest icon print print icon squares squares icon

Coconut Sugar Scrub


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


  • Granulated sugar (just plain white sugar, the kind you have in your pantry)
  • Pure Unrefined Coconut Oil (I used Nutiva – it is organic, unrefined, pure)


  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 for use.
  4. Rub your hands and/or feet with the scrub, rinse and dry.  They will feel SO soft!

Keywords: coconut sugar scrub, sugar scrub

DIY Sugar Scrub Tips!

  • Sugar scrubs are best for exfoliating hands and feet.  I would never use this on my face.
  • Pure coconut oil is solid at room temperature.
  • Unrefined coconut oil smells out-of-this world amazing!
  • I found the coconut oil in the organic foods aisle at the grocery store.
  • If you want to give this as a gift to someone, I have a free printable for your jars.
– – – 
Be fabulous!

You Might Also Like


  • Reply
    August 9, 2011 at 1:54 AM

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

  • Reply
    August 9, 2011 at 3:32 AM

    mmmm, I could use some of that . . .

  • Reply
    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!

  • Reply
    August 9, 2011 at 7:38 AM

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

  • Reply
    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!

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

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

  • Reply
    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!)

  • Reply
    Joi Malkin
    August 9, 2011 at 8:47 PM

    Awesome! I recently did a post on how to make your own Sugar Scrubs. Check it out at:

    Love your post!

  • Reply
    August 9, 2011 at 9:13 PM

    love it. going to steal this one!

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

    You did an amazing job! This would be a great gift! I’d love for you to link up at my Tuesday Tutorials Link Party! 🙂

  • Reply
    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

  • Reply
    August 10, 2011 at 4:49 AM

    Lovely! What an awesome idea!

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

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

  • Reply
    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!

  • Reply
    [email protected]
    August 11, 2011 at 2:17 AM

    So simple, and so necessary for the summer!

  • Reply
    August 12, 2011 at 2:19 AM

    Cool! I love that you can taste this too!

  • Reply
    [email protected]
    August 12, 2011 at 2:57 PM

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

  • Reply
    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! 😉

  • Reply
    [email protected]
    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!

  • Reply
    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!!

  • Reply
    August 13, 2011 at 9:24 AM

    Can normal coconut oil be used or something special

  • Reply
    Rosynell Serrano
    August 13, 2011 at 4:00 PM

    I think using brown sugar instead. Thanks for sharing!

  • Reply
    June Scott
    August 13, 2011 at 6:47 PM

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

  • Reply
    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!!

    LOVE this idea!! And your daughter is absolutely beautiful!! SO cute!!

    We host a linky party called “Help a Momma Out” every Tuesday! This would be an awesome link up!! I would love for you to share it! Thanks so much for considering 🙂


  • Reply
    August 17, 2011 at 1:39 AM

    Thank so much for linking up to A mommy Club Wednesday Link up! This is a truly creative post- And I am def making this! Loved it so much I will be featuring it on this weeks Link up!

    We’d love if you shared more posts with us- and if you’d grab the button for under your post so more people can join the fun!(You can find the code here:

    PS- I’m your newest follower:)

  • Reply
    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!

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

    This is such a great idea! I wish I could smell it!
    Thank you so much for linking it up to {nifty thrifty sunday} last week! You’ll be featured tomorrow! 😉

  • Reply
    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?


  • Reply
    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!

  • Reply
    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!

  • Reply
    November 26, 2011 at 4:30 PM

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


  • Reply
    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.

    I’d love it if you could share this over on my Simply Christmas Inspiration Party at

  • Reply
    Montalvo Country
    December 11, 2011 at 6:30 PM

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

    Visit my blog:

  • Reply
    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???

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

    @Anonymous 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!

  • Reply
    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!!

  • Reply
    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! 🙂

  • Reply
    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.

  • Reply
    Titus 2 Work in Progress
    January 1, 2012 at 1:15 AM

    New follower! Found you on the linky party. Gotta try this coconut scrub. Pinning it 🙂

  • Reply
    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!

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

    @DeeHi 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!

  • Reply
    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

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

      Great idea! And yummy…

    • Reply
      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!

      • Reply
        April 15, 2019 at 7:45 AM

        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

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

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

  • Reply
    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. 🙂

  • Reply
    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!

  • Reply
    September 6, 2012 at 3:15 PM

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

  • Reply
    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?

  • Reply
    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?

  • Reply
    Very Merry Cupcake Kits
    November 13, 2012 at 9:24 AM

    […] year I put together Coconut Sugar Scrub, Home Made Hot Chocolate, and Vanilla Bean Sugar.  And this year I’m doing something […]

  • Reply
    Tablecloths, Advent Calendars, Leaf Art & Wrapping Paper | Bonbon Break
    November 21, 2012 at 10:48 PM

    […] Coconut Sugar Scrub ~:: A Pretty Life in the Suburbs ::~ […]

  • Reply
    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?

  • Reply
    Delightful Coconut Sugar Scrub
    December 17, 2012 at 7:47 PM

    […] Delightful Coconut Sugar Scrub […]

  • Reply
    Top 10 Posts of 2012 & Where Are They Now?
    December 31, 2012 at 10:20 AM

    […] #4:  Coconut Sugar Scrub […]

  • Reply
    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 …..

  • Reply
    Homemade Coconut Sugar Scrub
    January 29, 2013 at 11:27 AM

    […] the ingredients to combine. Transfer to a clean jar. Pretty Life in The Suburbs- thank you for the idea! Share this:EmailFacebookStumbleUpon Posted in: Healthy Family, Healthy […]

  • Reply
    Feel Fabulous February! Part 1
    February 1, 2013 at 7:30 AM

    […] Make a simple & fabulous coconut sugar scrub! I try to use this everyday for soft hands…love love love it! You are just 2 ingredients away from the tropics with this little treat!  You can find my tutorial here! […]

  • Reply
    March 1, 2013 at 7:01 PM

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

    • Reply
      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!

  • Reply
    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!!!

  • Reply
    Sweet & Simple Mother’s Day Garden Gift Basket
    April 27, 2013 at 8:05 PM

    […] Coconut Sugar Scrub This homemade sugar scrub is great for garden-weary hands.  Just 2 ingredients!  Coconut oil and sugar.  You can find the recipe for this amazing scrub in my Coconut Sugar Scrub post. […]

  • Reply
    Handmade Holidays & Pretty Packages
    June 24, 2013 at 9:12 PM

    […] some yummy and inexpensive homemade gifts? Over at The Kit I show you how to put together homemade Coconut Sugar Scrub, Hot Cocoa and Vanilla Bean Sugar! Come by, say hi, and get some fabulous Christmas ideas! But […]

  • Reply
    Introducing the Be Awesome Link Party | Satori Design for Living
    June 25, 2014 at 5:00 AM

    […] Coconut Sugar Scrub by A Pretty Life in the Suburbs […]

  • Reply
    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.

  • Reply
    Pamper Yourself! | Transitions in my Life
    May 21, 2015 at 12:06 PM

    […] are in great shape for summer.  I was amazed how easy it is to make your own scrubs at home with only coconut oil and sugar.  Sometimes I use brown sugar or add honey or even coffee plus add in fragrances like cucumber or […]

  • Reply
    Sugar Scrubs | Transitions in my Life
    July 1, 2015 at 7:36 PM

    […] recipes for sugar scrubs and pinned them but some used tons of ingredients.  Once I found one from A Pretty Life that had only 2 ingredients, sugar and coconut oil, I knew that was the one to […]

  • Reply
    It’s the most wonderful time of the year! | Not Capulet
    September 19, 2015 at 7:34 PM

    […] Coconut, by A Pretty Life in the Suburbs, because I am an eternal coconut advocate […]

  • Reply
    November 30, 2019 at 9:52 AM

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

    • Reply
      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.

  • Reply
    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

    • Reply
      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.

    Leave a Reply