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Lemon Sugar Scrub (a homemade recipe)

This Lemon Sugar Scrub is a simple and gentle scrub you can make with just 3 simple ingredients! Makes a great gift too.

Hello friends! There is so much fun and inspiration for you here today! I’ve teamed up with a group of talented gals to bring you some handmade gift ideas for Mother’s Day! There really is nothing like giving and receiving a handmade gift…they’re just so full of love! So I hope that all together we can give you some ideas to make the Mother in your life feel really special!

So to kick things off, the handmade gift I wanted to share with you is this Make-It-Yourself Lemon Sugar Scrub! It really does smell as good as it sounds.

Just 3 Simple Ingredients!

This DIY lemon sugar scrub has simple and clean ingredients, all you need is a fresh lemon, granulated sugar and coconut oil. Mix it all together and you have a wonderful sugar scrub which is perfect for scrubbing your hands or any other parts that need a good exfoliation (the sugar exfoliates and the coconut oil moisturizes). I really love to use it on my hands and legs especially in the dry winter months…smoooooooth skin anyone?  😉

This homemade sugar scrub has the most lovely sweet citrus scent. And can I just say that it also tastes delicious? Yes I tasted it and I don’t regret it one bit. I figure if I’m going to put it on my skin, I should be able to eat it right? In fact it tastes so good that I would actually consider spreading it on top of warm vanilla muffins. Oh yes I would.

Make-It-Yourself Lemon Sugar Scrub

Homemade gifts are the best!

Homemade scrubs make such a nice gift. Put it in a pretty jar, add a cute label and pretty ribbons, then give it as a gift to your Mom, sister, Grandma, friend or daughter…they’ll love it! You can find cute jars at the dollar store, or just use small mason jars.

How to Use This Lemon Sugar Scrub

Apply this lemon coconut sugar scrub to damp skin or dry skin, gently massage a small amount in circular motions, then rinse with warm water. Sometimes I like to use this gentle sugar scrub 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. Also, just a word of caution, because this has coconut oil, it will make your feet slippery, so please just be careful if you’re using it in the shower or tub.

Lemon Sugar Scrub Recipe Tips

  • LEMON: Use real lemon juice and zest from 1 fresh lemon.
  • ESSENTIAL OILS: I prefer to use fresh lemon, but you can add lemon essential oil instead (about 5 – 8 drops).
  • SUGAR: Just use regular white sugar. I have also made this with brown sugar and organic cane sugar.
  • COCONUT OIL: Use pure, unrefined coconut oil for body sugar scrubs (it’s solid).

FAQs about this lemon sugar scrub

  • 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!

  • No. Pure coconut oil is solid at room temperature, just mix it as is with the sugar. If the coconut oil is melted or warm the sugar dissolves and this isn’t what you want for a 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.

I often get asked what the shelf life for this scrub it, and while I don’t have a definite time frame, I have had a jar last me a year with no issues at all. Just keep it in a cool dry place. And if over time the scrub gets a little hard, add a tsp or more of coconut oil to the jar, let it sit for a couple of hours then stir it again. Add more if needed.


Lemon Sugar Scrub

a small glass jar filled with lemon sugar scrub

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This Lemon Sugar Scrub is a simple and gentle scrub you can make with just 3 simple ingredients! Makes a great gift too.

  • Author: Jo-Anna Rooney
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 1 1/2 cups 1x
  • Category: DIY


Units Scale
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • juice and zest from 1/2 of a fresh lemon
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil


  1. In a bowl mix together the sugar, lemon juice, lemon zest and coconut oil until thoroughly combined. I just use a fork to do this.
  2. Put into a glass jar with a lid.
  3. Now it’s ready to use!
  4. NOTE: If the sugar scrub is too runny, just add more sugar.

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Make-It-Yourself Lemon Sugar Scrub

More ideas for Homemade Mother’s Day Gifts:

If you’re looking for a great gift idea for Mother’s Day, here are some ideas to get you inspired:

Handmade Mother's Day Gift Ideas

Shauna of Satori Design for Living made a Pink Grapefruit Salt Soak
Christina of The DIY Mommy shows you how to make a Mini Fairy Garden in a Tin
Jenn of Clean & Scentsible made Vintage Wood Transfer Photo Coasters
Tara of Suburble put together a Weathered Gift Tray Tutorial
Kristi of Making it in the Mountains shows you how to make a DIY Blanket Ladder
Lucy of Craftberry Bush shows you how to make this Press Fern Resin Tray
Jo-Anna from A Pretty Life in the Suburbs has a recipe for a Lemon Coconut Sugar Scrub
Alex of Northstory made these fantastic Photo Tea Bags
Virginia of Fynes Designs has a free Apron Sewing Pattern
Krista of Happy Housie made a DIY Silhouette Image Tea Towels

I hope you try this Lemon Sugar Scrub…it’s divine.  Make a batch for you and a batch for Mom.

I hope you love this lemon scrub! Have an inspired day!

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  1. I had my preschoolers (2.5 to 4) make these for their mothers day gifts and they so enjoyed it!! So easy for them to measure and poor and they loved squeezing their own lemons too! Some taste tested it also and aproved haha i tried tit iut on my hands and wow so soft, and the smell… yum! Thank you for this recipe! If i could add a photo i would 🙂

  2. Do you suggest melting the coconut oil before mixing, or not necessary? I haven’t worked with coconut oil much before. Thanks!