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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 with Grapefruit

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
janette
8 years ago

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! 🙂

Alfa
7 years ago
Reply to  Kelly McNelis

Hi I’m trying out the coconut oil and sugar scrub. Just wanted to know how often should I use it on my face or can I use it everyday? And how long does it last I just put it in a plastic container that I had at home.

Hope
Hope
5 years ago
Reply to  Kelly McNelis

Hi, how long does the coconut oil sugar scrub with citrus zest last? What about the one with the essential oils?

Rita
Rita
1 year ago
Reply to  Kelly McNelis

Hi here you say use the coconut scrub twice a day on face. later in the conversation you say twice a week for face and body which is it?
thanks!

Irabell strong
Irabell strong
6 years ago
Reply to  Alfa

Can I use it as a body scrub?and how often

Jasmina
Jasmina
4 years ago
Reply to  Irabell strong

Yes you can use it as a body scrub but don’t use it more than twice a week. That counts for both face and body

Hilary
Hilary
5 years ago
Reply to  Kelly McNelis

Do you have to Facebook page?

Mablomo
Mablomo
2 years ago
Reply to  Hilary

Yes

Lety
Lety
5 years ago
Reply to  Kelly McNelis

Can I get a copy of that too? Thank you :)santana.leticia84@hmail.com

Lenora Hammond
Lenora Hammond
8 years ago
Reply to  janette

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

Jess
Jess
6 years ago
Reply to  Kelly McNelis

Can you maybe try using poppy seeds instead of sugar or are they too fine? Im going to make a poppy seed sample as im in australia and its normally 30+ degrees Celsius this time of the year. Ill let you know how i go 🙂

Connie
6 years ago
Reply to  Kelly McNelis

Hello I made scrubs last night for mothers day and today are hardening what can I do
I just found your post so recipe I used stated to melt coconut craem, I’m used brown sugar , pure raw sugar , coconut cream and essential oils

Loom forward to your reply cbenjamin801@yahoo.com

RokinRobin
RokinRobin
4 years ago
Reply to  Kelly McNelis

Coconut Oil comes in a liquid.

TAMMY IN TEXAS
4 years ago
Reply to  Lenora Hammond

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
Tara
8 years ago
Reply to  janette

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

Mahiusha
Mahiusha
5 years ago
Reply to  Kelly McNelis

Hi Kelly , I just wanted to ask you since we are adding the fruit peel will it last for long or will it rote

Jill Petrush Rogers
5 years ago
Reply to  Mahiusha

Mahiusha, you can store it in the refrigerator to extend the shelf life.

Diane
Diane
6 years ago
Reply to  janette

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
joanne
4 years ago
Reply to  Diane

Put it a squeeze bottle ! It lasts longer….

Vicki
6 years ago
Reply to  janette

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

Sharon Gibson
Sharon Gibson
4 years ago
Reply to  janette

I’d like labels to please.sharon.ano.gibson@gmail.com

janette
janette
8 years ago

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

Jessica Bailey
Jessica Bailey
8 years ago

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!

Sheena Warren
Sheena Warren
8 years ago
Reply to  Kelly McNelis

I would also like to have a copy of your lavender coconut scrub recipe and any other natural scrub recipes that target acne and the scars they leave behind. Please help me to find the right type of scrub.

paige
paige
6 years ago
Reply to  Kelly McNelis

Quick question- how long can you keep a scrub untill it goes bad?

Pat Campbell
Pat Campbell
4 years ago
Reply to  Kelly McNelis

Adding Frankincense and Lavender are great for helping with acne and scarring.

Sierra Jane
Sierra Jane
5 years ago
Reply to  Kelly McNelis

Hey Kelly, is this okay to use for my dog? She has mad fleas all over her and the poor baby has red spots and open small wounds with scabs and I’ve been meaning to shave her to help with the fleas but only wanna help her skin.

meme
meme
5 years ago
Reply to  Sierra Jane

why are you letting fleas torture your dog. fleas bite millions of times in one minute and there are so many of them, and every bite stings. can you imagine how that must feel. take you dog to the vet and get Combortis for fleas. the are only 15 dollars and they last the whole month, they really work.

Sonya
Sonya
5 years ago
Reply to  Sierra Jane

Wash your dog (and it’s bedding) in Eucalyptus wool mix – I use Earth Choice (Australian brand) to be kind to the environment. The eucalyptus oil seems to repel fleas – also worked with Ticks for us when we lived in Queensland. I haven’t used any commercial flea treatment on my dog for over 10 years. When she does come in contact with fleas and they get on her, they are always seen moving around and we wash her again and no more fleas 🙂

Amanda
Amanda
5 years ago
Reply to  Sonya

Buy Frontline, fleas will not get on your dog after using it.

Brittany
8 years ago

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
Michelle
8 years ago

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.

Miami
Miami
6 years ago
Reply to  Kelly McNelis

Hi i’m curious to know; Does coconut sugar scrub helps to get rid of dark spot on body? Does it lighten the skin? Even out the skin tone?

Brianna
Brianna
5 years ago
Reply to  Miami

If you find any at home remedies please inform me at brivarnadore@gmail.com
I’m a professional dancer an I have dark spots on my inner thighs. Its my biggest insecurity.I would appreciate it enormously if you found something and shared it with me… Thanks again!!!

Tursiopsgurl13
Tursiopsgurl13
3 years ago
Reply to  Kelly McNelis

Hi, can I mix the zest and oil, and what measurements should I use for that?