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Make-It-Yourself Lemon Sugar Scrub & More Mother’s Day Ideas!

Make-It-Yourself Lemon Sugar Scrub is a great gift idea that is so easy to make!  All you need are 3 simple ingredients to make this gentle sugar scrub.  And make sure to keep reading for many more great handmade Mother’s Day gift ideas!

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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.

This lemon sugar scrub has simple and clean ingredients…all you need is a fresh lemon, some 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…smoooooooth skin anyone?  😉


Make-It-Yourself Lemon Sugar Scrub

Make-It-Yourself Lemon Sugar Scrub is a great gift idea that is so easy to make!  All you need are 3 simple ingredients to make this gentle sugar scrub.

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


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


  1. In a bowl mix together the sugar, lemon juice, lemon zest and coconut oil until thoroughly combined.
  2. Put into a container for use.
  3. NOTE: If the sugar scrub is too runny, just add more sugar.

Keywords: coconut sugar scrub, sugar scrub

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And can I just say that this scrub 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

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

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Now it’s time to check out more Handmade Mother’s Day Gift ideas from these amazing gals! I’d love it if you would check them out too, and support their incredible talent. Enjoy!

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

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Have an inspired day!

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  • Reply
    May 1, 2015 at 7:57 AM

    I’ve always wanted to make my own scrub! And there’s nothing in the world I love more than LEMON! I can’t wait to whip up a batch for some deserving Mommies in my life, and of course keep a little for myself too!

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    May 1, 2015 at 12:54 PM

    Sugar scrubs are the best, especially when they’re made with ingredients you can actually pronounce (unlike some expensive store bought ones). I don’t doubt it smells divine, and there’s really nothing wrong with wanting to eat it. I would too!

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      Ashli esparza
      June 14, 2021 at 3:38 PM

      Sounds great, will definitely try. How long will it last though, and do I store it at room temp or does it need to be refrigerated?

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        Jo-Anna Rooney
        June 14, 2021 at 8:11 PM

        Hi Ashli! I just keep mine on the counter by the kitchen sink. It should last several months…I’ve had mine for 6+ months with no issues at all. Hope that helps!

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    Virginia Fynes
    May 3, 2015 at 11:48 AM

    mmmm, I think I would try eating it too! Great gift idea

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    Christina @The DIY Mommy
    May 5, 2015 at 12:49 PM

    Mmmmm! I can just imagine the smell of this. I need to try to make some for my mom – sounds really easy!

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      May 6, 2015 at 10:37 AM

      Thank you Christina! It’s so simple to make and so great – I use it almost everyday!

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    May 5, 2015 at 11:14 PM

    This looks divine, Jo! I’m definitely pinning this!

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    Travel Animal Doctor
    May 6, 2015 at 7:00 AM

    That looks like a heavenly recipe. I must try for my mom.

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    lorraine williamson
    May 6, 2015 at 2:58 PM

    this is lovely and so fun to make and try will be pinning thanks for sharing and have a great mother’s day

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    Kyla @HouseOfHipsters
    May 9, 2015 at 1:08 PM

    Oh I so want to make this one. I like that I don’t have to buy a thing either. I have everything right here in my kitchen! Thanks for linking up at Found & Foraged. See you tonight at 8PM!

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    Vickie @Vickie's Kitchen and Garden
    May 10, 2015 at 2:43 AM

    Such a elegant gift to make! Thanks for sharing at the #HomeMattersParty

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    May 11, 2015 at 7:28 PM

    Gosh LEMON! What a great idea for a face scrub. Must do this one for summer time!
    Thanks for linking up at #PureBlogLove PIN LINK party. Remember our party rules have changed. We’d love to have you link a PIN LINK at our next party so we can add you to our #PureBlogLove Craft board! We always comment right on the PINS and give them a love.! Looking forward to seeing your ideas at our next party!

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    May 14, 2015 at 7:54 PM

    This is an amazing recipe, and I bet that lemon gives a nice refreshing feel to the face scrub!

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      Karen S
      February 22, 2021 at 11:06 AM

      How long does it last? This sounds fantastic!

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        Jo-Anna Rooney
        February 23, 2021 at 10:18 AM

        Hi Karen! I’ve had mine last several months with no issue at all!

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    April 29, 2020 at 2:57 PM

    5 stars
    This is awesome!!!!!!!!!! My mom will Looooooooove this!!! Thanks!

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    June 28, 2020 at 3:43 PM

    About how long will this last?

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    Monique Gallegos
    July 1, 2020 at 2:56 PM

    5 stars
    So soft!

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    Natasha Madkins
    September 14, 2020 at 12:14 PM

    Should the coconut oil be a liquid or solid when mixing? Does it matter?

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      Jo-Anna Rooney
      September 14, 2020 at 12:30 PM

      Hi Natasha! It should be solid.

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        February 20, 2021 at 10:29 PM

        5 stars
        I melted the coconut oil and didn’t see the post about it needing to be solid :(. Does that matter?

        Also, does it need to be refrigerated?

        I used it tonight and love it!

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          Jo-Anna Rooney
          February 23, 2021 at 10:19 AM

          Hi Carol! It should be fine as the coconut oil will solidify at room temperature. And no need to refrigerate, I keep mine on the counter for easy access!

          • Carol
            February 23, 2021 at 10:43 PM

            Great news! Thanks so much Jo-Anna!

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    Natasha Madkins
    September 14, 2020 at 11:52 PM

    5 stars
    I just made it. Absolutely wonderful! The coconut oil is the surprise.

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    March 21, 2021 at 11:15 PM

    Mmmmm smell soo good! I may have ate some too 🍋😄

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    Kim Riley
    May 6, 2021 at 10:02 AM

    Oh my gosh! I had my third and fourth grade students make this for their moms. They were so excited to be able measure and mix this for their mom (or other significant female) and to give her something they know she will really like. I had them wash their hands in it first so they could see how soft it left the skin feeling!

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      Jo-Anna Rooney
      May 6, 2021 at 12:18 PM

      Oh my, I LOVE THIS SO MUCH! Thank you for giving me the honour of being a part of your classroom project, I got chills reading your comment!

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    May 7, 2021 at 6:26 AM

    Such a nice scrub! It leaves my skin feeling soooo soft!

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