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I’m so excited to share my favorite face wash!  It’s a homemade lavender sugar scrub that I use as an exfoliator and moisturizer too.  You’re going to love this stuff!

Lavender Sugar Scrub
What makes this homemade lavender sugar scrub so great?

  • It smells fantastic
  • It’s the perfect exfoliator for sensitive skin
  • You can use it to replace your face wash, make-up remover, AND moisturizer
  • You can make it in five minutes or less
  • It makes a fantastic homemade gift!

Plus, this homemade lavender sugar scrub is also so much cheaper than other high quality scrubs!  (More info on pricing below.)

Lavender Sugar Scrub from @kellymcnelis

The base for my lavender sugar scrub is a mix of coconut oil and granulated sugar.  The sugar is a cheap exfoliator that most people already have in their pantry.  The coconut oil is edible, so it’s perfectly safe to use on your skin.


Here are some of my other favorite beauty products to make with coconut oil: Lavender coconut oil lotion, whipped body butter (smells like chocolate!), and edible lip scrub.

I started making citrus sugar scrubs with coconut oil last year and absolutely fell in love.

Homemade Sugar Scrub

I love making sugar scrubs with lavender essential oil because it’s calming and smells great.  Lavender is a popular oil that practically everyone likes and is a good introduction to the world of essential oils.  (If you’re new to essential oils, they’re simply all-natural, highly concentrated extracts from the aromatic parts of plants.)

I turned 32 years old this year, so I also add some liquid Vitamin E to my lavender sugar scrubs to help lock in moisture and act as a natural antioxidant.

And, if that wasn’t enough, I designed a cute label for lavender sugar scrubs stored in mason jars: Free Lavender Sugar Scrub Printable

Lavender Sugar Scrub with free printable

When you make your own skincare products, I recommend using the best ingredients possible.  I like to use organic virgin coconut oil and organic essential oil from Wyndmere Naturals.

Since I always seem to be pregnant or breastfeeding, I make my lavender sugar scrub with a 1% dilution.  (That means my sugar scrub is 99% coconut oil and sugar and 1% essential oils.)  Here’s a great article about the safety of essential oils, if you’re interested.

Homemade Lavender Sugar Scrub with Coconut Oil

Yields: 4oz homemade lavender sugar scrub


  • 1/2 cup organic coconut oil
  • 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)
  • 1/4 teaspoon organic lavender essential oil (about 25 drops)
  • 2, 400 IU soft gels of 100% Vitamin E (optional)
  • Container (more info below)
  • Free printable label (optional)


  1. Combine all ingredients in a medium-sized bowl.  (Unlike my coconut oil lotions, I do not recommend heating the coconut oil because it will dissolve the sugar.)
  2. Spoon into storage container.
  3. If you’re using the free printable label, print it, cut it out, and secure it to the top of your jar with a rolled piece of tape.

To Use

  • On your face – Use at the sink or in the shower.  Massage in circular motions for 30 seconds.  (Avoid hairline so it doesn’t get greasy.)  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 Lavender Sugar Scrub

Storage Options


If you already have sugar and a container, you will spend a total of $32.94 buying organic coconut oil ($12.95 for 16oz) , organic lavender essential oil ($13) for 10ml), and Vitamin E oil ($6.99 for 100 soft gels).  You will only use a small portion of those ingredients to make one lavender sugar scrub. In fact, you’ll only use 4oz of the coconut oil ($3.24), 1/8 of the essential oil ($1.63), and two soft gels ($.14). That means 4oz of lavender sugar scrub will cost you $5.01!

For the convenience of ordering all of the materials from your home, I think this price is worth it and you can use the leftovers to make more as gifts. If you want to save money, you can shop around. Coconut oil is often sold at Target, Walmart, local health food stores, and grocery stores.

Do you use coconut oil for anything outside the kitchen?  Please share in a comment below!


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10 years ago

This will remove makeup too?? I have oily skin so would it make it even oilier? What about anti-aging? I’m almost 48 so that’s important to me. Sorry for so many questions!!


[…] as a natural antioxidant.  I always include Vitamin E Oil in my homemade beauty products, like my lavender sugar scrub and naturally-tinted lip […]

9 years ago

If you’re pouring the Vitamin E oil from a bottle, how much you add?

9 years ago

I have the GROSS kind of dry, flaking, cracking, ( Irish) white) skin on my legs OMG.. In the summer I can’t even use self tanner because it gets into the cracks and peels off unevenly. Well that leaves out shorts and bathing suits! I long to wear really shorts or a bathing suit but I am so embarrassed of my legs look, I cannot. I have tried a lot of scrubs and “Eucitrin” type products but none, so far, has done the trick for long I fotgot to mention the skin is pretty itchy. Now I’m sure I must… Read more »

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9 years ago

I love your labels. Can you make those available?


9 years ago

This sugar scrub smells AMAZING! I Just made a few batches for family Christmas gifts!! My question though: what is the shelf life for a batch in a mason jar?