This homemade sugar scrub is so easy to make! And it’s just sooooooo luxurious! I had no idea that sugar scrub was so easy to make! But seriously, it takes less than 5 minutes. And when it’s done, it smells heavenly! It’s such an awesome homemade gift idea – or if you make it for yourself, it’s a fun way to spoil yourself!
Sugar scrubs are a great way to exfoliate and moisturize your whole body in the shower. I’ve been using my little batch of homemade sugar scrub on my hands at bedtime, and I’ve been shocked by how silky smooth it makes my skin feel! And it leaves my hands with a gentle lavender smell that’s really soothing as I drift off to sleep.
For a few years, I had a subscription to House and Home magazine. I thought I’d enjoy all the decorating ideas in it, but it turns out that my favourite section was actually the food section that they include at the end. Have you ever tried one of the meals in that small food section? They look so amazing, but they aren’t exactly simple. There was one issue a few years ago that had a gorgeous salmon dinner in it and I decided to make it for my 30th birthday party. (This is related, I promise…)
Except as it turns out, I didn’t have any motivation on my 30th birthday – and the dinner was a TON of work. So I bought all the food, invited everyone over, and made them all help me cook the meal. lol We all chopped and cooked and barbecued together, and even though it was probably annoying for my guests, I remember it being a lot of fun! I made everything on the menu from the magazine, right down to the wine choice, and it was delicious! (You know… besides being a ton of work…)
One of the menu items was lavender lemonade, and it was soooooo good! So fresh, and so summery, and really different! My mom had to make a special trip to the farmer’s market just to find a fresh bunch of lavender to bring to my party. I wish I still had the recipe for it. (Although knowing me, it’s probably still tucked away in the night table drawer that I haven’t cleaned out in 7 years…)
This lavender lemon sugar scrub reminds me of that hot summer evening and the amazingly fun birthday party I had almost exactly five years ago when I served that delicious lavender lemonade. (And let’s just say that turning 30 somehow seemed easier to me than turning 35… Somehow, turning 35 gave me some inner angst and bothered me way more… I’m now officially in my mid-thirties… eek!).
Before I had that lavender lemonade made from fresh lemons and a fresh bunch of lavender, I probably never would have thought to pair the two flavours together. But they compliment one another perfectly! I also whipped up a batch of plain lavender sugar scrub and plain lemon sugar scrub since I had the ingredients out anyway. My kitchen smelled just like a spa!
Homemade Sugar Scrub | Lemon and Lavender Lemon Sugar Scrub
The full printable recipe is at the bottom of this post, but here’s what you’ll need:
- Coconut Oil
- Lemon and Lavender Essential Oils
- Food Colouring (Optional)
I used my Young Living Essential Oils and they smelled soooooooo good! You can leave out the food colouring if you want to make your sugar scrub even more natural. But somehow for me, the colour added to the spa like quality of the sugar scrub. That’s the great thing about making this at home. It’s totally up to you what you decide to put into it!
I melted the coconut oil in the microwave for about 25 seconds until it was completely liquid:
And then I poured it into the sugar and mixed it all up. If it seems a little too wet, add a small amount of sugar to the bowl, until you get a consistency that you like.
Next add in a few drops of food colouring and mix it until the colour is consistent. It’s only 5 drops of food colouring for an entire 1.5 cups of sugar scrub, so it didn’t leave any colour on my hands or in my bathtub. You can add more if you want a stronger colour, or you can choose to leave it out.
Then add in the drops of essential oil and mix well.
Once it’s all mixed together, use a small spoon to scoop it into a glass jar.
I found these adorable glass jars at the dollar store. They have a flat spot on one side so you can keep them on their side if you want. And the lids were stainless steel with a clear plastic top.
I’m not an expert, but I’ve read that you can use sugar scrubs on your hands and body up to three times a week. You can use them on your face as well but I’ve been too nervous to get it into my eyes, so I’ve avoided it on my face.
If you do use it on your face, tie back your hair, wet your face, and gently massage the sugar scrub into your skin in a circular motion. Then use lukewarm water to rinse off the scrub. You can use the same technique on your hands and body.
I printed out a very simple label and used my Recollections 1-13/16″ label punch and my Martha Stewart 1/8″ hole punch and tied it around the top of the jar with plain twine. So simple, but definitely adorable if you’re giving them as a present!
If you don’t have essential oils, you can try to make this with cooking extracts, but keep in mind that extracts often have alcohol in them, so they might end up with a slight alcohol smell, especially if they sit for a few days. If you’re giving sugar scrub as a present, you’ll probably want to test it out with your particular brand of extract to make sure it works properly. You can learn more about getting started with essential oils here.
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This sugar scrub is FANTASTIC for people like me with sensitive skin. It’s pretty much just sugar and coconut oil. There are no hidden ingredients and you can use as much or as little colour and scent as you like!
If you store your sugar scrub in an air tight container, it should last for about 2 to 3 weeks. If it starts to smell different from the day you made it, it’s time to make a new batch. I’ve heard it will last even longer in the refrigerator, but I haven’t actually tried that yet.
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 4 Tablespoons organic coconut oil
- 10 to 15 drops essential oils (lemon and/or lavender)
- 5 drops liquid food colouring (purple and/or yellow)
- Scoop 4 Tablespoons of coconut oil into a microwave safe bowl and microwave it on high until it's completely melted (about 25 seconds).
- Pour the melted coconut oil into the sugar and mix well to combine. If it's too wet, add small amounts of sugar and mix until you get a consistency you like.
- Add the food colouring and mix well until the colour is consistent.
- Add the drops of essential oils and mix until well combined. (For the lavender lemon, I used 10 drops lemon and 10 drops lavender).
- Scoop it into a small glass mason jar and cover with a tight fitting lid.
This homemade sugar scrub is so easy to make and it smells heavenly! It only takes 5 minutes to make and uses simple ingredients. Turn your bathroom into a spa and use it 2 to 3 times a week on your hands, face or body to gently exfoliate. It leaves your skin feeling silky smooth with just a faint lavender smell. So luxurious!