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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.

Make-It-Yourself Lemon Sugar Scrub

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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  1. 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!

  2. 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!

    1. 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?

      1. 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!

  3. 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!

  4. 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!

      1. 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!

  5. 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!

  6. Hi!
    Looking to make this amazing gift for Mother’s Day with my Kindergarten class. I love how it will be hands on science, math, and art to create it as well as a sensory experience to use it with mom! Just wondering if it’s best to use fresh lemons or if you could get away with using lemon juice out of a bottle, as I need to make enough to fill 31 small mason jars (120ml each).
    Thanks 🙂

    1. Oh that is so exciting!! You absolutely can use lemon juice out of a bottle…the only thing that might not give you the results you may want, is that the fresh lemon zest really does add a beautiful smell to the scrub.

  7. 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 🙂

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