Did you know sugar contains natural alpha-hydrolic acids that exfoliate & soften your skin? Three ingredients is all you need to make this Lemon Sugar Scrub!

This is a guest post from Gabby at Mom Makes Joy

Happy Monday! This is Gabby back again from Mom Makes Joy, and today I wanted to share with you a quick tutorial on how to whip up your own simple sugar scrub for way less than the cost of expensive store-bought skin moisturizing and exfoliating products. If you’ve never made a sugar scrub before, you’re really in for a treat! It makes a great gift, and quite frankly with Mother’s Day just around the corner you simply can’t go wrong giving this DIY lemon sugar scrub a try!


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For this tutorial I will be making a lemon sugar scrub, but it is incredibly easy to adapt this recipe and come up with some amazing scrub creations. Feel free to play around with the type of sugar you use, the essential oils you scent it with, and the different carrier oils and other additives you can mix in. All of these ingredients can be purchased at your local grocery store or online, and your finished product will easily cost less than a quarter of what you might pay in stores. Even better, it won’t be full of the chemicals & preservatives often found in manufactured skin care items!

So let’s get started, shall we?

Assemble the ingredients: sugar, lemon and coconut oil.

Here is what you need:

1 cup white sugar
1/4+ cups Coconut oil (substitutions listed below)
Lemon essential oil
8 oz. mason jar

Scoop out a cup of coconut oil for this easy sugar scrub.

Step 1: Measure out 1 cup of white sugar and place it in a mixing bowl.

Add the oil to the sugar in your mixing bowl to form the base of your sugar scrub.

Step 2: Measure out your coconut oil. The amount of oil you use is up to you, but you might consider starting with 1/4 cup and going from there. If you’re allergic to coconuts, you could substitute coconut oil for almond oil, jojoba oil, grape seed oil, etc. I chose coconut oil, however, since I love the slightly sweet scent it carries and because it is a solid at room temperature. As a result, I’ve found that it is marginally better at staying mixed in with the sugar. In addition to smelling fantastic, coconut oil is great for your skin (and even good for cooking!).

When you've measure the ingredients for your sugar scrub, stir them together to combine.

Step 3: Mix your coconut oil with your sugar until your mixture becomes almost light and fluffy looking, adding more or less coconut oil until you have your desired consistency. How moist you would like your scrub to be is completely up to you!

Add a few drops of essential oil, like this Lemon oil from doTERRA.

Step 4:  Add your essential oils to give your mixture a nice lemony scent! You could put in any essential oil you prefer, but be sure to check out this post to get the lowdown on which essential oils are safe for topical use. I put in about 15 drops of this essential oil, but you may opt for more or less. 

Pour your DIY lemon sugar scrub into a cute jar, so you can share it with friends as a gift.

Step 5: Place your sugar scrub in a clean 8 oz. mason jar (wide mouth or regular mouth size, as shown above), making sure that no water is left over in your jar from washing it. Then enjoy! To use your scrub, scoop out about a spoonful and rub it in your hands as though you were washing your hands with soap, allowing the oil to moisturize your skin while the sugar exfoliates. Rinse your hands with cool water once you have worked in the scrub and enjoy your silky smooth skin!

Blogger Gabby Whitaker of Essentially Eclectic was a guest author on this post. Gabby Whitaker of Mom Makes Joy is a DIY/Craft/Lifestyle Blogger from Phoenix, Arizona. After moving to Boston, Massachusetts in the Summer of 2012, she started blogging as a way to share her crafting creations, cooking escapades, and adventures in Boston with friends and family across the country. Some of Gabby’s favorite things include Chai lattes, Downton Abbey, cozy bookstores, Netflix marathons, and of course, blogging!

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