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Make Your Own Coconut Oil Sugar Scrub

Do you know how easy it is to make your own sugar scrub? I didn’t! This coconut oil sugar scrub recipe can be made with as little as two ingredients.

To me, summer means three things: sun, heat, and barefeet. All three of which result in dry skin, especially here in the Desert Southwest of New Mexico.

Until recently I had been using a super-posh exfoliating scrub from Origins, which a friend gave me as a gift.  But when it ran out, I almost had heart failure when I saw how expensive it would be to buy for myself.

Make Your Own Coconut Oil Sugar Scrub

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Easiest Coconut Oil Sugar Scrub Recipe EVER

Lately I’ve been hearing so much about the benefits of coconut oil that I thought I’d try to make my own coconut oil sugar scrub instead. Turns out, the entire ingredient list is in the name: coconut oil and sugar. You can also add essential oil for a nice aromatherapy experience and extra health benefits.

After a few tries, I found that my favorite formula is:

Make your own Coconut Oil Sugar Scrub:

1. Measure out the sugar into a bowl. Plain white table sugar works great for this recipe, or you can use natural sugar for a more vigorous scrub. If you’re just making one batch for yourself, 4 heaping tablespoons will be enough for a miniature mason jar.

2. Add the coconut oil. (So if you’re making one little mason jar’s worth, you’d add a heaping tablespoon of oil.) If you’ve never used coconut oil before, you should know that it’s usually a solid at room temperature, so it doesn’t look like oil at all. Once it warms up just a bit, it turns into liquid.

This property is part of what makes coconut oil such a good ingredient for a body scrub. It liquefies on contact!

3. Mix both together. At first, it will seem like you have the wrong proportions as it takes a while for the oil to mix with the sugar. It will eventually turn into a grainy sludge that roughly holds its shape.


4. Add a couple of drops of essential oil or extract. (I used peppermint extract, since it was all I had on hand in my kitchen, and I love its bright smell.) Mix thoroughly.

That’s all it takes to make yourself an incredibly effective and healthy body scrub!

How to Use Homemade Sugar Scrub

This scrub is so easy to use, and is great for your skin. You just rub a dab onto your skin for a few seconds, rinse off with warm water, and gently pat dry.

The sugar exfoliates and then dissolves quickly in the water, and the coconut oil will stay behind to continue moisturizing, so there’s no need to add lotion.

Body scrubs are so great for exfoliation and moisturizing, but did you know you can also use this as a shave cream? I found this out the hard way when I ran out of shaving cream in the shower.

After you apply the scrub, rinse it gently off, and the coconut oil left behind will buffer your skin from the razor. It actually works better than any shave cream I’ve tried.

Bonus: this stuff is so healthy and natural, you could even eat it. I know – I gave it a little taste test, all in the name of research. Yummy.

Make your scrub into a sweet gift!

Now, if you’re as inspired as I was by this discovery, you might want to make up a whole batch and give them as gifts. You could add a bright citrus-y scent as a gift for your gardening friends in the spring, or pine and cinnamon scents for cute Christmas gifts.

All you need to do is package them in cute little mini-mason jars, and print a label for the top. I’ve included a free downloadable version of my label in my Free Printables Library, which you can print on any color paper to jazz it up a bit.

Free Printable Sugar Coconut Scrub Labels

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(The labels are sized for the standard Mason Jelly Jar lids, which also fit the mini-jars.)

Coconut Oil Sugar Scrub Free Printable Lid Label

Put a cute little ribbon around the edge and you’ve got an adorable and useful hand-made gift. (I hope my kids’ teachers aren’t reading this right now!)

I haven’t gotten into essential oils yet, although this project has inspired me to try a few. What are your favorite combinations? Maybe I’ll make up a new batch with those!

Update: We’ve been playing around with a few essential oils recently. My daughter loves this Smiles for Miles formula, and I like Lavender and Tea Tree Oil. Give them a try, or any other essential oils. The possibilities are endless!

Easy Coconut Oil Sugar Scrub

Easy Coconut Oil Sugar Scrub

Yield: 1 jar
Active Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Difficulty: Easy - no experience necessary
Estimated Cost: $5

This coconut oil sugar scrub is so easy, and you probably already have the ingredients right in your kitchen!


  1. Measure 4 tablespoons of white sugar into a small mixing bowl.
  2. Add 1 Tablespoon coconut oil and mix together.
  3. If desired, add 2 drops peppermint extract or any flavor essential oil you like.
  4. Mix well. Add another drop or two of oil if you'd like more fragrance.
  5. Transfer to a mason jar and add a cute label if desired!


The mixture will be clumpy and you'll think you need more oil, but that's how it's supposed to be. Keep mixing until the oil and sugar and uniformly mixed.

If you add too much oil the whole mixture will solidify when the room temperature is cool, which makes it hard to use.

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Friday 11th of December 2020

Hello! I’m so excited to make this! Question though, will it harden since coconut oil is normally hard?


Monday 14th of December 2020

Great question! It might harden a little, but there's so much sugar in it that it stays crumbly. So even if the coconut oil hardens, you can still easily scoop out the scrub with your finger or a spoon. As soon as it touches your skin, your normal body temperature will melt the coconut oil again.

Aswath juwairiya

Friday 28th of August 2020

How many days we can be used?


Tuesday 1st of September 2020

Most people should be able to use this every day. It's a gentle, natural formula. But as always, monitor how your skin feels when you use it.


Friday 29th of November 2019

So isn’t it a no no to put regular coconut oil down the drain- it clogs it up. Can you use the liquid coconut oil so don’t have this issue? Don’t want to damage the pipes :)


Saturday 30th of November 2019

Yes I'm sure you could use the liquid. Let us know how it works for you! I hadn't heard about putting coconut oil down the drain, but I think if you're using just a little at a time and rinsing well with hot water it shouldn't be a problem.


Monday 8th of April 2019

I tried to shave after using it and i didn't like it. The oil clogs the razor blades making it hard to clean.


Thursday 14th of February 2019

How long is the sugar scrub good for? I want to make some for a bridal shower favor but heard the color separates from the scrub. How long before the shower can I put these together?


Friday 15th of February 2019

Hi Elaine, I haven't ever used color in mine, so I can't comment on the color separation you mentioned. The actual scrub will last for a couple of months, at least. If you're adding color, maybe make up a big batch early on, then add color at the last minute before canning the scrub. Hope that helps!

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