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Homemade Coconut Oil Sugar Scrubs

By October 2, 2013 DIY

To say I’m obsessed with these homemade coconut oil sugar scrubs is an understatement.  My skin has never felt so soft before…or smelled so delicious!

Homemade Coconut Oil Sugar Scrub

Reasons you should lather up with Trader Joe’s organic virgin coconut oil ASAP:

  • Your skin will look, feel, and smell better than ever before.
  • One simple coconut oil sugar scrub can be your face wash, exfoliator, eye make-up remover, and moisturizer all-in-one!
  • You’ll save money over store-bought products.
  • When you make your own skincare products, you will know exactly what’s in them.
  • You can help save the environment by storing your coconut oil products in containers that can be used over and over again.

You’re also gonna go bananas over this super-simple “recipe” for homemade coconut oil sugar scrubs.

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Homemade Coconut Oil Sugar Scrubs

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar (You can use up to 1/2 cup if you want your scrub to have a more coarse, sand-like texture.)
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil (I use Trader Joe’s organic virgin coconut oil.)
  • Optional>> 1 tablespoon citrus fruit zest (The zest from one piece of fruit.) (I’ve tried grapefruit, lemon, and orange.) OR
  • Optional>> About 1/2 teaspoon of citrus essential oil (about 50 drops) (I’ve tried certified organic grapefruit, lemon, and orange essential oils.)

Directions

  • Combine all ingredients.  (Unlike my homemade coconut oil lotions, I do not recommend heating the coconut oil prior to mixing, because hot oil will dissolve the sugar.)

Homemade Coconut Oil Sugar Scrub with Grapefruit

To Use

  • On your face – Omit the citrus and use the basic scrub at the sink or in the shower.  Massage in circular motions for 30 seconds.  Rinse and pat dry.  The oil will absorb immediately.
  • On your hands – Massage into your hands and fingernails for 30 seconds.  Rinse and pat dry.
  • On your legs and feet – Massage into your legs and feet while in the bath or sitting on the side of the bathtub.  Rinse and pat dry.  (Never use on your feet in the shower because the coconut oil is slippery and you risk falling.)

Homemade Coconut Oil Sugar Scrub from @kellymcnelis

Pros/Cons of Adding Citrus

  • Pro: Adding any kind of citrus will make your scrub smell great.
  • Pro: Citrus can boost your mood and make you feel energized and refreshed.
  • Con: Citrus can burn your eyes, so it can’t be used on your face.  (Perfect for your hands, legs, and feet though!)
  • Con: Citrus can increase your skin’s sensitivity to the to sun, so you’ll want to wear sunscreen after using citrus scrubs.  (Coconut oil acts as a natural sunscreen, but I’m not sure if it’s strong enough to cancel out the effects of the citrus.)

Citrus Fruit Zest vs Citrus Essential Oils

  • If you’re new to the world of essential oils, citrus essential oils are all-natural oils extracted right from the fruit peels themselves.
  • Citrus essential oils will give your sugar scrub a longer shelf life than a sugar scrub made with zest.
  • Citrus fruit zest will add a pretty color to your scrub.  (Essential oils are colorless.)  Plus you can eat the fruit after zesting.  YUM.

Homemade Coconut Oil Sugar Scrub Recipe

Storing Your Coconut Oil Sugar Scrubs

How cool are these GoToobs?!

Homemade Coconut Oil Sugar Scrubs - GoToobs
Homemade Coconut Oil Sugar Scrubs in GoToob Travel Containers

They’re BPA-free, easy to fill and clean (dishwasher-safe), and no-drip.  In person, they feel more like rubber than plastic.  My 3-pack is filled with homemade coconut oil sugar scrubs for my shower, bathroom sink, and kitchen sink.  Love!

Have I convinced you to try making coconut oil sugar scrubs?  What’s your favorite use for coconut oil?


PS If you want to give these coconut oil sugar scrubs as gifts, here’s a free printable gift tag.

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janette

Hi Kelly! You wouldn’t happen to have the labels for the sugar scrub that match the coconut lotion and chapstick ones, would you? I made peppermint chapstick, lavender coconut oil lotion, and lavender sugar scrub today and was hoping to have matching labels for them. Thanks a bunch for the recipes! They were super easy and my house (and my hands!) smells great! 🙂

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Lenora Hammond

Hi Kelly! I am wanting to try out your coconut oil scrub……and so I just bought coconut oil….but it is liquid. Is that ok? Should I be putting it in the fridge? Or is it liquid because it is summer here? lol Thanks, Lenora Hammond – Cape Town, South Africa

TAMMY IN TEXAS
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i too bought a virgin coconut oil liquid. came out smelling great but did not firm up ???? should it be put in the refer? it wont firm up? HELP NEEDED IN TEXAS.

Tara
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Tara

Hi! I am making your coconut oil sugar scrub, can I ask for your label too please?
thank you

Diane
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Diane

love your recipe but mine came out too liquid-y- I added more sugar and now it’s quite coarse. I used Spectrum Organic Cococut oil- it’s in liquid form since it’s still warm here- is that the problem? do I need to use it after it gets harder? Advice? thank you!

joanne
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joanne

Put it a squeeze bottle ! It lasts longer….

Vicki
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So no heat at all to the scrub??? Thanks

Sharon Gibson
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Sharon Gibson
janette
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janette

Aw, thanks so much! I can’t wait to give them out :-).

Jessica Bailey
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Jessica Bailey

I was wondering if I can have a copy of lavender coconut scrub also? I made them in addition to the lotion to give out as gifts! Thank you so much for these fantastic recipes!

Brittany
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Do you think I could have a copy of the labels as well? I’m doing the same thing with the sugar scrub and coconut oil lotion for Christmas presents! Thank you so much for posting these amazing ideas!

Michelle
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Michelle

I am giving the coconut lotion and scrub as gifts as well, could I get a copy of the label for the scrub. Thank you!! I’m sure they will love it as much as I do.