Fresh Citrus Sugar Scrub

A recipe for a refreshing citrus sugar scrub that mixes up in minutes and leaves you with smooth skin and an invigorated mind. Makes a great gift!

One of the easiest bath and body projects you will do!

A lot of people are scared of soap making because of the dangerous ingredients, and that’s totally understandable. Making soap isn’t right for everyone. But making a sugar scrub at home is so easy. Seriously, so easy. I used to spend big bucks in college for department store body scrubs that were exactly like this one, which costs pennies to make.

Homemade sugar scrubs are also very flexible and forgiving. There’s no need to weigh the ingredients, because the measurements don’t have to be exact. You can substitute almost any oil you like, as long as you keep the proportions of solid oil and liquid oil the same.

Watch how easy!

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What if I want a different fragrance?

That’s absolutely fine! You can use anything you like to scent this scrub: any skin safe essential oil, or a fragrance oil. Since there is no chemical reaction, just a mixing of ingredients, you don’t need to worry about the scent fading or not reacting well with the oils.

Can I use salt instead?

Yes! Just be aware its a little harsher on the skin than sugar. It’s also more expensive. But if that’s what you want to do, just substitute it, with no other changes needed to the recipe.

Tools and ingredients you will need:

Making the sugar scrub, step by step

Melt the coconut oil in the microwave or over a double boiler until melted. Add the avocado oil and stir to combine.

coconut oil melting in small pan

Add the cup of sugar and mix gently.

white sugar being mixed into coconut oil

Add the essential oil, remove from the heat, and keep mixing until everything is throughly combined.

essential oils being mixed in to scrub

Pour into a lidded, clean container. It will keep at room temperature for at least six months.

Here’s a printable version of the recipe!

homemade sugar scrub with lemon slices

Homemade Citrus Sugar Scrub

A very easy homemade body scrub using simple ingredients.  Makes a great gift!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Serving Size 1 pint


  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1/3 cup coconut oil
  • 2 tablespoons avocado oil see notes for substitutions
  • 1 teaspoon essential oil or fragrance oil approximately 20 drops


  • Melt the coconut oil over low heat on the stovetop, or in the microwave at 50% power for 45 seconds.  Mix in the avocado oil and stir well.
  • Add the sugar and stir to combine.  Add the fragrance or essential oil, if using.
  • Pour into a clean storage container. Stores at room temperature for up to 6 months.


Any skin safe oil that stays liquid at room temperature can be substituted for the avocado oil.  Good alternative are olive oil, castor, or almond.
If your house is very cool, the coconut oil may harden up.  It will melt again in the heat of the shower.

Any questions? Leave me a comment!

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  1. Do you have any thoughts on adding some zest to the scrub for a little colorful add in? Lemon oil with lemon zest, grapefruit, lime and orange zest with matching oils? Would it change the expiration?

    1. Hmm… i’v tried adding coffee and it definitely changed the expiration! so i think zest would be the same :(. but if you were going to use it right away, it should be fine!

  2. Good morning I really love your work.

    Can I please ask something ?how can I prevent the sugar from melting when I make a lemon and sugar scrub?I only want to use only those 2 ingredients which are brown sugar and lemon juice. How can I make it last .so I don’t have to make one evertime I want to scrub.

    Kind regards.