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Homemade Coconut Oil Sugar Scrubs

By October 2, 2013DIY

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.


Homemade Coconut Oil Sugar Scrubs


  • 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.)


  • 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.


  • janette says:

    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! 🙂

    • Kelly says:

      I can edit the lavender lotion one. I’ll email it to you!

    • Lenora Hammond says:

      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

      • Kelly says:

        Yes, it’s liquid because of the temperature. Coconut oil is solid up to 76 degrees F and liquid when it’s warmer than that. I’m not sure how it will work as a sugar scrub when liquid. My advice would be to test a small amount to see what happens and if you like it (for example, 2 teaspoons coconut oil and 1 teaspoon sugar).

        Hope this helps. I’d love to hear what you end up doing. I hope it works out because I really love this scrub!

        • Jess says:

          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 says:

          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 says:

          Coconut Oil comes in a liquid.

      • 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 says:

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

    • Diane says:

      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!

    • Vicki says:

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

  • janette says:

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

  • Jessica Bailey says:

    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!

    • Kelly says:

      Of course! Thanks so much for the encouragement!

      • Sheena Warren says:

        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.

        • Kelly says:

          To make lavender coconut scrub, substitute lavender essential oil in place of the citrus essential oil in the recipe. To be honest, I’m not a skincare professional, so I don’t know which kinds of scrubs are best for acne and scars. I’m so sorry I can’t be of more help.

      • Sierra Jane says:

        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 says:

          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 says:

          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 🙂

  • Brittany says:

    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 says:

    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.

    • Kelly says:

      Yep, just emailed you! I only made the gift tag for the lavender sugar scrub. If I’m able to make a more general one, I’ll add it to this blog post!

  • Kelly says:

    Just added the free printable gift tag to the end of the blog post!

  • jennah says:

    hi i was wondering if the coconut oil you used was a solid? the only one i can find is solid? is that okay

    • Kelly says:

      Yes! It’s a solid when cool and a liquid when heated!

      • Stephanie says:

        I’m having a problem with the coconut oil hardening too much overnight, turning rock solid, making it difficult to get out of the jar. I used solid coconut oil that I melted, and followed recipe exactly. What is going wrong? Thanks, from Vancouver BC

  • Jaime Perkins says:

    This is wonderful! Thanks so much for posting and for also posting the label! 🙂

  • Hi Kelly,
    I LOVE this and I am going to try making and using this ASAP

  • Sharon says:

    could I please have the labels for the scrub giving gift to my nieces for Valentine’s Day

  • Emily D. says:

    When we went to Florida this summer a friend and i used some type of scrub in a public restroom and loved it. My hands have been so crackly and dry this winter and am going to make some of this today. Had a question though, should i refrigerate the mixture if i use zest? And how long should it last if i leave it out at room temp? Thanks!

    • Kelly says:

      You don’t need to refrigerate it. I think it will last about a month. (I always use mine up before that point!) You’ll have to let me know what you think!

  • Shanna Corriere says:

    This scrub is the best!!! Thank you for posting the ingredients.

  • Kellie Snow says:

    Hi Kelly,

    I’m in the process of making sugar scrubs to add to my candle business. I have read so many different recipes about making sugar scrubs. Would you recommend using the coconut oil for any sugar scrub recipe? Have you tried any other oils? Any suggestions you have for me, I would greatly appreciate.


    • Kelly says:

      What other kinds of oils are you considering? The coconut oil is great because it’s solid at room temperature. I’m not sure how a scrub would work with a liquid oil, like jojoba, grapeseed, or EVOO. Also, coconut oil is very moisturizing and has antibacterial properties to help the scrub last longer. I’m not a skincare expert, but I’m happy to answer any questions you have!

      • Kellie Snow says:

        I tried one for myself with EVOO & I don’t like it. When you mix everything with the coconut oil, does it come out like a body “butter”? I have also been looking into shea or mango butter to mix with the sugar to make a scrub. I like the idea of it not having all of that oil in it & then trying to scoop it out to use & all of the oil dripping everywhere.

        • Kelly says:

          I would definitely try coconut oil. Since it’s solid at room temperature, you might want to add a little bit of a liquid oil to make it easier to scoop (for example, jojoba, EVOO, almond oil, or grapeseed oil). I like the coconut oil + sugar combo just the way it is though. The more you experiment with different oils, the more you’ll understand how they combine. I like shea butter in lotion bars and sticks, but it might be too thick or greasy for a scrub. If you’re looking for a good body butter recipe, try this one of mine: Whipped Body Butter. Amazing!!

          • Kellie Snow says:

            Thanks! The coconut oil won’t over power the smell of a fragrance that I will add to it? I’m going to try it today & I will let you know how it turns out!

          • Kelly says:

            I think it will depend on the brand of coconut oil and the type and amount of fragrance. Definitely let me know what you think!

          • Kellie Snow says:

            I have tried for the last few days & I really like it! I have another question. If I’m going to make up batches of this to sell, is there something I should add to it (like Vitamin E) to help it last longer or will your recipe be ok the way it is? I don’t want to make a lot of it up and I have some that may not sell for awhile & then go bad.

          • Kelly says:

            I’m not sure because I’m using it constantly! I mixed some coconut oil with essential oil in glass jelly jars about 6 months ago, and it is still good, but I’ve been storing it in a cool place. I love pure Vitamin E oil so that would be a good addition too. Sorry I can’t be more help!

  • Sarah says:

    HI there! My daughter is obsessed with coconut scented sugar scrub. Do you have any recommendations for a scent to add to make it smell more “coconutty?” Thanks! (She’s 5, btw… lol…)

    • Kelly says:

      My first instinct is that you need a good coconut oil. I’ve tried different brands, and the organic virgin coconut oils definitely have a stronger coconut smell than the other ones. If you want it to be less rough, you can add less sugar too. I’ll let you know if I think of a natural way to add more coconut smell. I wonder if you could grind coconut flakes in the food processor and add those…

    • Carla says:

      I would try coconut extract?

  • Kitara says:

    Hi there,
    How often can you use this, and also will it help with acne?
    I get it around my hair line really bad in the winter.

    • Kelly says:

      I use it once or twice a day to wash my face. I’m not sure how it will affect acne. Some people say coconut oil clogs their pores while others swear by it, so it might depend in your skin. Good luck!

  • keisha says:

    I tried this & gave it to someone as a gift I added a little Shea butter in mine & she loved it she wants more I used peppermint oil for the smell it was awesome thanks Kelly!! I think I’m going to sell this at fairs in town!!

  • Cristina says:

    Hello…. Im on my way to get the last ingredient for this amazing scrub… I do have one question… does this have an expiration date?

    • Kelly says:

      The ones that I made with essential oil lasted longer than the ones with fruit zest. The scrubs that I make with essential oils or just simple coconut oil and sugar combos never seem to expire, but I use them up very quickly!

      • Cristina says:

        Thanks… I made it today while having a nice Chai Vanilla Late, I made it into a relaxing experience since step one! And I also found myself in love with your website/blog!!!

  • Toria says:

    I made a sugar scrub using coconut oil, Sugar in the Raw, grapefruit zest, and liquid vitamin E oil. It smells wonderful in the container but when I use it my hands smell like grease. Could this be because I didn’t used virgin coconut oil? I was under the impression that the vitamin E helped preserve the scrub. It only smelled nice one day, and now two days later it smells yucky. Any advise?

    • Kelly says:

      That is so strange! I’ve never had anything like that happen. If it smelled weird right from the start, then I think it could be the brand or quality of coconut oil. If it smelled fine and then started to smell bad over time, then I think it sounds like something went bad with the combination of ingredients. I’ve only made it the ways described in the post so I’m really not sure which substitution could be the culprit…it be the coconut oil, sugar, or some reaction between a couple of the ingredients.

      Please let me know if you figure it out. I hope you try again because I am so in love with my scrubs. I keep making them over and over again because I use them so quickly! 🙂

      • Toria says:

        Thanks for the quick response. After I had read some of the previous posts I went and smelled my coconut oil, it was the culprit! Having a good coconut oil makes all the difference. I made it again today with my better coconut oil and it is wonderful. I not only made a new grapefruit scrub but also a orange vanilla. Thanks again.

  • […] This scrub is great after a run to really cleanse and exfoliate. I use 1 teaspoon of coconut oil (It works fine also in the summer when the oil’s liquid) in a shot glass and mix in the sugar. Coconut oil is another miracle worker like honey for skin and hair! Just check out it’s other uses and this great coconut oil body sugar scrub. […]

  • Shayna says:

    Hi there!

    Just wondering if the lemon zest will go bad? How long will these scrubs with lemon zest last if packaged in a jar and not kept in a fridge?


    • Kelly says:

      I always make mine with essential oils now so I don’t remember exactly how long. I would say at least a month. Maybe two or three if stored in a cool, dry place!

  • […] Based on the coconut oil sugar scrub recipe found at New Leaf Wellness […]

  • Spacecadet says:

    I have sensitive skin and am very happy to have found the Shielo Complexion Scrub. I can actually use it on my face with no reactions. I love the way my skin feels from head to toe when I come out of the shower. It works for making my skin look smooth and my complexion even – i look gorgeous 🙂

  • Melissa says:

    Hi Kelly, Love this blog post! Can you please tell me where you got the cute little jar in the picture?

  • […] use the leftovers to make so many more all-natural body products!  (Like my coconut oil lotions, coconut oil sugar scrubs, and all-natural solid […]

  • naomi wayne says:

    I love this do u have anyothers

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  • Brittany says:

    Weird questions…but did you use grapefruit zest in the photos above? I’d like to make this as a baby shower favor and the color shown perfectly matches the theme of the shower! Thanks!

  • Mairead says:

    When you measured out the oil, was it in it’s liquefied form or when it was a solid? Also, what would happen if I added jojoba oil, vitamin E oil, and perhaps tea tree oil (all from Trader Joe’s) to the scrub? Would it not be as stable and not stay as long or…? I can’t wait to try this out!

  • Carol says:

    I want to try this because I heard the microbeads in commercial products are toxic. Won’t the coconut oil clog the drain after using for a long time?

    • Kelly says:

      I’m not sure. I think it will get flushed out with the water. People cook with coconut oil and other oils all the time and I don’t think they’re worried about their kitchen drain.

  • Wilma says:

    I would like to make some sugar scrub using mint out of my back yard. How would you suggest combining it into the mix?

    • Kelly says:

      I would chop it up as finely as you can and use it in place of citrus zest. Great idea! I’d love to try it myself.

  • […] is.  These homemade wool dryer balls rank up there with my homemade coconut oil lotions and sugar scrubs.  They’re a simple DIY that I absolutely love and want to share with all of my […]

  • Stefanie Nau says:

    Dear Kelly
    Where can I get your labels? I am going to make them all. I love your recipes.
    Best regards!

  • Emil says:

    If I use this scrub once a day in the shower, do I still need cleanser or moisturizer separately?

  • judy kohler says:

    thanks just found your site looking for foot scrubs have been using coconut oil only as a moisturizer love to hear more from you

  • Melissa says:

    Hi Kelly! Confused!! If my coconut oil is semisolid at room temp….how will I be able to mix that w the sugar? ????
    If I heat the oil, the sugar will melt and the oil will return to semisolid anyway!
    So in shower, is it used semisolid ? ???
    Is it mix able while semisolid????

    • Kelly says:

      Yes, you can mix it that way. If the coconut oil becomes a liquid in the shower, it’s ok. The melting point of sugar is much higher so it won’t dissolve.

  • Shannon says:

    I love making my own natural beauty products! How do you think brown sugar would work if I were to substitute out the granulated sugar?

  • Rosie says:

    Will coconut butter work? Thats all i have =[

  • Ashley says:

    Hi Kelly can you please send me the Lavendar sugar scrub label. I’m going to make them as Christmas gifts! Thanks!

  • Lee Ann says:

    Kelly, how many ounces of product does your scrub recipe yield?

  • Alisha says:

    Hello, I love your recipes!!!! I was wondering what you did to prepare the jars. And how do you seal them. I plan on using mason jars.

    • Kelly says:

      The only thing I do is wash the jars ahead of time. I’m not sure if you could water bath can them or not. You’d have to compare the temperature at which sugar caramelizes to the temperature of canning. If you store your scrub in a cool, dry place it will last a long time though. The ones with essential oils are probably good for a year!

  • Sindy Hartman says:

    Hi Kelly,

    I was wondering is there a way to make the scrubs that they don’t need to be refrigerated? I want to give as gifts but don’t want them to have to keep them in the refrigerator, would rather they can keep them in the bathroom and not have to worry about them spoiling?


    • Kelly says:

      I keep mine in the bathroom and they’re fine. If you use essential oils over citrus peels they’ll last even longer.

  • Sindy Hartman says:

    Hi Kelly,

    I was wondering where do you get your oils?


    • Kelly says:

      I always use Wyndmere Naturals oils, Sindy. Thanks!

      • Sindy Hartman says:

        Thanks for the quick response. Have been looking for a way to make extra money and my sister suggested this. So I have been researching and most need refrigeration and I don’t want to do that.

        My family is from Pittsburgh, and that area. My grandmother lived at the top of the hill on Monroeville Blvd overlooking the Monroeville Mall. Have family in Irwin, Pittsburgh and had some in Apollo out by Nazers Meats.

        Small world

        Thanks for the help, hope you don’t mind if I bug you more as I go LOL


  • Felina says:

    Hi Kelly and fellow readers!
    I have been a lifelong sufferer of psoriasis, having the disease develop in 1991 at the age of 6. Recently, due to all the previous treatments I have had, no longer do the prescriptions work. This last flare has been putting me through a living hell, especially on my legs. I recently discovered coconut oil, and so far I love how it loosens the top layers naturally to releive my pain, but I needed something more. This morning I stumbled upon this blog, and ran to the kitchen to create my own scrub, using pure oil, white and brown sugar, for I need a very coarse scrub for my skin. I LOVE it! The scrub removed the skin layers, and the oil left even my tortured skin feeling amazingly soft! I am so spreading the word about this, in the hopes that it will help other fellow sufferers!
    Thanks for making this blog!!!

  • Sharon J says:

    Can you use pure vanilla extract in place of the essential oils?

    • Kelly says:

      I’m not sure. I don’t think vanilla extract is considered a natural skincare product because it’s made with alcohol, but I’m not 100% sure. A little bit might not hurt.

  • Anna says:


    I am a newbie at starting to make homemade products and after looking through a lot of websites I can not wait to try yours. You have so many great reviews and you instructions are so simple to read and follow. I was wondering though I saw some people also use brown sugar in their scrubs. I was wondering if you have ever done this? and how it turned out for you? did you just double the rest of your natural ingredients. (Since there would be twice as much sugar).

    Anna 🙂

    • Kelly says:

      Thank you so much for your kind words, Anna. I’ve never tried brown sugar myself. If you do, I think you could use it in place of granulated white sugar in the recipe. Let me know if you give it a try. I’d love to know how it works.

      • Anna says:

        Hey Kelly,

        Just an Update, I played around with the brown sugar after trying it with white. and I have to say I am not a fan of it. the texture is fine but it the smell it is too over powering and takes away from the essential oil sent. If your a brown sugar kind of girl its great lol. But just so you know in case anyone else asks it work just the same just a really strong smell.

        Thanks again, I am really enjoying your recipes.

  • Frankie says:


    I adore these recepies. I have some coconut oil that I have been wanting to use as a scrub and this sounds great.
    I am going to add some tea tree oil to mine I think! Though I may change my mind yet 😉

    The actual question I am getting around to asking is, how long do these last before going bad?

    Thanks! x

    • Kelly says:

      If you use a quality coconut oil and essential oil, it will probably last a year. I love adding tea tree to my scrubs! Highly recommend.

  • Tami says:

    Hi. I plan to try your scrub. I have some coconut sugar. How do you think that would work?

    • Kelly says:

      I think it will work. I’ve never used coconut sugar myself, but if it has a granulated texture I think it will work. The only thing you might want to look into is the temperature at which it melts/caramelizes. Granulated sugar has a high carmelization temp, so it doesn’t matter if the coconut oil melts in the shower and then re-hardens. (The sugar remains the same texture.)

  • Jan says:

    I love the coconut oil scrub but am worried about the drains as the oil solidifies at room temperature. I am on septic tanks here. Any suggestions.

  • Jan says:

    sorry wrong email address will try againI love the coconut oil scrub but am worried about the drains as the oil solidifies at room temperature. I am on septic tanks here. Any suggestions.

    • Kelly says:

      Hmmm, I’m really not sure. I’m thinking it will get washed out with the water as a liquid, but I’m not an expert with plumbing by any means.

  • Cipriana Costello says:

    I just whipped up your sugar scrub real quick and I wanted to let you know I have somewhat of a solution to your citrus or not dilemma (for lack of a better word). I made the scrub without an citrus however, at the end I added a dash of the Sonoma Harvest Meyer Lemon Olove Oil my mother had bought at Home Goods and it works like a charm. Not only is olive oil good for your skin as well but you get that hint of citrus that I don’t believe would burn your eyes like a straight citrus oil. Just a though… It came out amazing! Thanks!

  • Hiba says:

    Hi! Thank you for this 🙂

    I’ve always heard of people using brown sugar, not normal sugar. My question is… Isn’t normal sugar too harsh on the skin? It’s a bit more hard than brown sugar. My mom just bought organic sugar, I was wondering if that’s the kind you use?

    Sorry if this question is repetitive!

    • Kelly says:

      I don’t find regular granulated sugar to be too abrasive, and I have very sensitive skin. I think it mixes well with the coconut oil. 🙂 I’d love to try brown sugar sometime though. If you try it, let me know how it goes!

  • Nance says:

    Hi Kelly –
    How do you feel about Turbinado sugar? It’s quite a bit more coarse, but was thinking it may work well on dry, flaky, winter skin (excluding the face).

    • Kelly says:

      Hmmm, I’ve never tried it before, but it sounds good. Let me know if you try it. I’d love to know how it turns out!

  • Jo says:

    Hi there! I just heard about a scrub with cocoa powder in it as well…claims to get rid of cellulite. Of course I’m skeptical. What do you think? I’m in love with coconut oil for many things. A teaspoon in my coffee in the am was suggested to me and it’s my fav.

    • Kelly says:

      I guess it couldn’t hurt to try! I wouldn’t use too much cocoa powder though, because it’s commonly used in homemade foundation and blushes because it will tint the skin (temporarily, of course!).

  • Anna says:

    Hey I use sunflower oil to make a scrub tonight as i ran out of Coconut oil. It worked well but it does not have the same moisturising effect. Can you buy coxonut oil in liquid form? Is there a type you would have in mind. I love the effect of cocnut oil but hate how solid it goes in my cold house! Lol thank you!

  • Chelsea says:

    Hi Kelly

    Was wondering how long of a schlep life would you give the sugar scrub? I want to make as gifts for friends and family possibly sell in craft fairs with my crystal jewelry! I love all natural products! Would love to make lotions to just don’t know how? Any advice. If we could email a bit that would be wonderful!

    • Kelly says:

      I think it will last 6-12 months if you use quality coconut oil and essential oils. Be sure to store it in a cool, dry place. You might like my homemade body butter too. It’s amazing.

      • Chelsea says:

        I can’t use coconut in anything nasty allergy to it….I was thinking jojoba oil as my base what do you think?

        • Kelly says:

          Well, it will be a very different texture than what I use, so I’m not sure. I would start with the sugar and then add the jojoba gradually until you get to a consistency that you like. You might not need as much as I use for my coconut oil version.

  • Chelsea says:

    Unrefined Shea butter would be better for a body butter do you think?

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  • Diane says:

    Hey There,
    I love your awesome site! Very nice…I’m just wondering, whats the expected shelf life, for sugar scrubs? I would love to give it a try for sure – 🙂

  • doris says:

    I am looking into doing the scrubs as a way to make a little money. Could you give me suggestions of fair prices please

    • Kelly says:

      To be honest, I’m not sure. I would definitely use organic extra virgin coconut oil to make sure the quality of your product is high (that will increase the price that you can sell it for and make people love it enough to buy it again). If you can’t buy at wholesale, I’d check Costco, Vitacost, and other places online for good prices.

  • Pazong says:

    I have bumps on the back of my arm. Could this scrub help reduce the bumps???

    • Kelly says:

      It could, but I’m not a dermatologist so I don’t know for sure.

    • Rachel says:

      Pazong: I found a site that says a sugar scrub will help with the little bumps on your arms. (Must use it every single day for at least a few weeks to see results.) They were using olive oil though, and I got turned off by the thought of using olive oil and the smell it would leave. In the comments, someone mentioned coconut oil, so I found the New Leaf Wellness site and found the perfect recipe to try. Hoping it works, because my arms are covered in bumps, and my thighs too. Good luck to you.

  • Simone says:

    Hi Kelly,
    If I add honey to this recipe will it miss it up or should it be fine?
    Simone Mulroy

  • Rachel says:

    Hi Kelly,
    How far does the recipe above last if you were to use it every day? (In the shower, not just for your face.) Just wondering if I should make a double batch??
    Thank you.

  • Danielle says:

    Hello please may I have the label for the coconut sugar scrub? Many thanks

  • Chloe leigh says:

    I’m just wandering if you can use real fruits and herbs in this scrub instead of citrus. Like strawberry, watermelon ect

  • Danielle says:

    Can you add a bit of kitchen/cooking vanilla to the sugar scrub?

    • Kelly says:

      I’m not sure. If you try it, I would use pure vanilla extract (make sure to read the ingredient label) and only add a little bit.

  • Annie says:


    I made a bunch of these for a bridal shower a couple weeks ago! The shower is next weekend and the scrubs have been sitting for about two weeks. Today when I took a look at them the coconut oil was settled and solid , making a white layer on top of the jar. When I mix it it looks normal, I am just afraid of it settling again when the girls take it home.

    Any suggestions to fix this problem?


    • Kelly says:

      Just tell them to mix it up. It’s not a problem at all. Sometimes that happens when I make scrubs, but they still work just fine.

  • amanda says:

    Your a god send…All new to coconut oil and it’s benefits.I was very sceptical to be fair.tried dozens of off the shelf produts.just to make my skin look better.and tonight thanks to your coconut scrub i have amazing soft glowing skin i can honestly say it hasn’t looked or felt this great in years.even made me look younger just using virgin coconut oil on its own everyday now for 2 weeks.and on reflection it’s very inexpensive compared to some well known brands I’ve purchased in the past which had little or no affect.so a huge thank you for all the information and I look forward to trying out your other recipes.

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  • Teri says:

    This is the most helpful, simple and straight forward tutorial on sugar scrubs I have read. I love it! I plan to make sugar scrub in mason jars for take home baby shower favors. Your blog is just what I needed to get me started. Thank you.

  • Keisha says:

    I tried this today and I am in love! My face feels so smooth! I am going to make a big batch and use it as a body scrub now.

  • Jo says:

    Hi, I was wondering if and when you would cleanse, tone and moisturize? For example cleanse before, toner after exfoliation then moisturizer.

  • Kirsten says:

    Hi! What is the approximate shelf life of your scrubs?

  • Tried this today with Nutivia Organic Coconut oil and brown sugar and not only is my face smooth as a baby’s bottom, it tastes great when you accidentally lick your lips 🙂 Thank you for the recipe!!!

  • anne says:

    I made this yesterday and it made my skin smooth and i love it!!! but how many times a day or a week should i use this? Because i want to use this daily but im not sure if it’s okay

  • j fishbaugh says:

    I made some peppermint scrub with raw sugar and cinnamon vanilla scrub with brown sugar using coconut oil. I warmed the coconut oil so it was liquefied. I then mixed everything well and then packed it into a glass mason jar. I checked on the scrubs and they were both rock hard. I couldn’t even use my fingers to get the stuff out of the jar. Is this normal? Do I need to do something different. Thanks J Fishbaugh

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  • Jessica says:

    Hi there, I just wanted to let you know that I made the scrub with orange & tangerine essential oil & it turned out brilliantly! I made a big pot for myself and some gift jars for this christmas & it’s really wonderful. I’m going to make another batch but without the essence so I can use it on my face too. Thank you for sharing this!

  • Nicola says:

    My scrub hardened so much that I can’t get it out of the jar. Any ideas why or how I can fix it?

    • Colleen says:

      so did mine…I used a different amount… 1/2 cup oil to 1 1/4 cup sugar. What can I do to soften them to use? I tried one of mine in the shower and it was really nice but had to use the back of my razor to break it up. I want to give these as gifts but this isn’t going to work.

      • Kelly says:

        I think you either need a different brand of coconut oil or need to store it at a warmer temp.

        • Hi Kelly,
          This may seem like a silly question but I only have one blender that I use to my my protein shakes in the am. Can I use this blender for the scrubs? I guess my concern is that the oils will somehow not completely wash out when I rinse/clean the blender and change the taste of my smoothies. Thanks.

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  • Cortni says:

    I didn’t know where to find the essential oils so I found some at Walmart. On the front of the bottle, it said “contains essential oil”. I got home and make two small jars just to try it out. Afterwards I look at the back of the bottle, and it said, “Contains fragrance oils. Avoid contact with eyes, skin, and clothing”. Do they all have this warning and is it still ok for the scrub, or should I be looking for a different type of oil, and where would I find it?

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  • Joyce says:

    Don’t you have to be careful when putting them in plastic containers since the EO will eat the plastic?

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  • Abby says:

    Hey I’m just about to try the coconut oil and sugar scrub, and I was wondering if after we rinse it off we can still put moisturiser on after or does the scrub moisturise it 🙂 thanks And your recipes are amazing never stop doing what you believe in your amazing at it ;))

  • julielle says:

    I love these recipes!! thank you for all you do!

  • Deb says:

    After making the coconut sugar scrub and putting it in a glass jar with a sealed lid, I noticed later that it had melted… I put it in the frig last night and now it is brick hard… Can it be returned to normal consistency?? I wanted to give it as a gift, but now don’t know what to do or tell the recipient how to use it… Help!

  • Kellie says:

    Kelly, I would like to try the coconut sugar scrub but I would like mine to have a coconut scent. The last 2 coconut oils that I have bought from Amazon do not smell like coconut. I bought pure unrefined, organic, extra virgin. Am I using the wrong kind of coconut oil?

  • Jimena says:

    Hi Kelly! So I’m planning on making this sugar scrub as a gift, but I wanted to know if there’s anything I could use instead of granulated sugar. I asked my mom if they sold granulated sugar where I lived, but she said she hasn’t seen any granulated sugar in any of the supermarkets. Please help.

  • Melissa zoccano says:

    Kelly, could you please email me the labels for the organic lemon scrub? Making for my daughters shower.. Thanks soo much

  • Karen says:

    Hi Kelly! I’ve made sugar scrubs similar to yours and the recipe always hardens like a rock. I’m just curious how this recipe can be squeezed from a tube … does it not harden that much? Is it easy to squeeze out? It would be ideal for me to use the tube as I’m not really thrilled with having a mason jar in the shower. What makes the coconut oil stay soft enough to use this way?


  • sydni says:

    is it better to put it in a jar or a bottle?

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  • Donna says:

    I am wanting to give these as take home gifts from a baby shower I am hosting. I’d like them to be pink. (It’s a girl) I was wondering…do you think it would be okay to use extracts for scent and a little food coloring to make it pink?

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  • Bridgette says:

    I tried this recipe out and ended up using a 1:1 sugar:coconut oil, with roughly the amount of lemon essential oil recommended. This was my first time making a sugar scrub, but not my first encounter. I feel like ill end up scrubbing my skin w/soap afterward. I washed my hands with it , and I loved the feeling, but dreaded how greasy my hands were after. Hahaha. Im woundering if I can find a courser sugar at the grocery.

  • Great recipe! Looing forward to reading more from your blog.

  • Lori says:

    Hi was wondering if you steralize your jars the same way you would in canning? How long is the shelf life ? Thanks great recipes!!!

  • kim says:

    Do you have round labels for substituting orange for lemon? Orange Sugar Scrub?

  • Lauren says:

    Hi! Just found your site, and it’s great! I may have missed this in the other comments, but do you keep this scrub in the fridge? I plan to make it with essential oils, and NOT the zest, so I’m hoping that means I can leave it out on my counter. Thoughts?
    Also, I have s stationery company called New Leaf Creative, so I love your name! ; )

  • Tara says:

    Hi I was wondering if this will break me out or if it possibly would help my face ok thanks!

  • Jerilyn says:

    Alright, I am new to all of this homemade stuff. So here is my question: I have seen the Crisco Organic Coconut Oil at the grocery store, is that ok to use?

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  • Jay says:

    I just made some of this coconut scrub to replace the expensive stuff I was buying. I used it as a body scrub and now I feel like kind of a coconut blob as it doesn’t all come off no matter how much soap and hot water you use. I’m curious if anyone had luck cutting the coconut with something else. I just noticed the expensive stuff I was using actually used coconut milk and other oils. It didn’t even have any coconut oil in it.

  • Renee says:

    My brown sugar scrub I made with Wellesley farms organic naturally refined coconut oil , after it sat all night in cool place it looks like the oil rose to the top ,is this normal and ok ? I’m made them to give as favors for a baby shover

  • Kay says:

    Plz do not use this on your face, neck or chest.

  • brandi says:

    can you use any scent of essential oil or only a fruity smell..?

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  • Ann says:

    I want to try making a sugar scrub for gifts. I need to know which coconut oil to use…liquid (which I didn’t see at Wal Mart) or solid. Seems like oil would be best. Also refined/unrefined/organic virgin?



  • Nevaeh Thompson says:

    It was such a wonderful article dear and from my side I want to say that i am using hand body scrub from long and its really effective. This nutrient-packed scrub exfoliates, firms and nourishes skin with a rich blend of organic Shea and Mango Butters and a proprietary anti-oxidant Superfruit complex of Raspberry, Ketone, Goji, Acai and Guava extracts.

  • Brandy says:

    We bought coconut oil, but not liquid..we melted it in the microwave and mix ingredients together. But we figured it would harden again over night which it did. The next day the scrub was hard as a rock. So where can we find liquid coconut oil to use? I hope there is a difference between liquid coconut oil and coconut COOKING oil, right?? Thanks.

  • kathy says:

    Is the coconut oil the same stuff that you buy to cook with? Do you buy it right in the cooking oil section? I was going to make some for presents and add peppermint oil. Does that clash with the coconut smell?

  • Teresa Gilbert says:

    Hello, if you put real coconut or real fruit in the sugar scrubs how long would it last. Thank you Teresa

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  • cecilic says:

    i looked for the printable labels at the end of the blog post and i could not find it. can you send me one to my email?

  • cecilia says:

    can i use mint leaves instead of the peppermint essential oil for scent??

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  • Kathy says:

    Can anyone suggest me a good and gentle body scrub direct from the market ? I am really looking for a good one.

  • Michelle Maldonado says:

    I have a quick question about the plastic go toob containers you use. Does the scrub have to be on the thinner side to come out of this opening? I like my scrub on the thicker/coarse side. I’m hesitant to use a glass jar in the shower as I am super clumsy but also don’t want to by these if it’s too hard to squeeze the scrub out. What’s your experience? I’ve already made this recipe twice and I love it…..just what I need and so so easy. Tx!

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  • Auzziernvdl says:

    I have found if you store your sugar scrub in a well sealed container that if you let it float around in the bath tub while the water is filling up, the coconut oil will melt perfect so you can mix it a scoop it out with your fingers.

  • James says:

    How long can you keep this and how do you store it?

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  • Hii, your article is great and very helpful to me. Coconut oil and sugar scrub is just superb. I have use it many a times and it works great. Thank you so much for posting such a great and nice article.

  • Sue says:

    Thank you for the recipe. Am loving all my coconut oil based potions. Bought loads in thinking it was good for you to fry with, but just found out it’s extremely high in calories and what they use to fatten chickens. Which is horrible on all levels. Muchn ncer to use on the body and it feels great.

    Should it be kept in he fridge in warm weather? We’re in the middle of a hot spell just now.

  • Kimberly says:

    This is the second time I’ve made a batch of this stuff, two years apart. Love it to death, I need to keep making it! Awesome gift.

  • FH Llego says:

    What’s my favorite use for coconut oil?
    I’m Filipino and back in the Philippines we extract coconut oil ourselves from very mature coconut. It’s the cheapest oil available – at least when I was still in the Philippines which was 14 yrs ago.
    The oil is used in many ways. Back when there were rural areas where electricity wasn’t available, coconut oil was used for oil lamps.
    It is also used it as cooking oil. At present I still use it in cooking when I want that certain nutty flavor the coconut gives.
    I also use it as hot oil treatment for my hair. I warm up the oil and rub it into my scalp. I leave it on for 30 minutes to an hour clipping my hair back; fifteen minutes if I wrap my head in warm, moist towel. Then I wash it off with my favorite shampoo, rinse with water with key lime juice (about a fourth of a cup to a gallon of water), then rinse again with just water. My hair is very soft, and very shiny after the treatment. My grandmother and mother did this once a month and I try to follow their regimen as much as possible.

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