Lemon Sugar Scrub Recipe

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This homemade lemon sugar scrub recipe is all-natural. It consists of three simple ingredients, including fresh lemon juice.

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lemon sugar scrub DIY

Homemade Lemon Sugar Scrub

Can we all agree that sugar scrubs are awesome!? I’ve been completely obsessed with making my own since discovering how easy they are to put together, not to mention how much cheaper a homemade DIY sugar scrub is compared to what you find at the drugstore or fancy bath and body boutiques.

Two of my most popular sugar scrub recipes are lavender sugar scrub and mint body scrub. These are great scents for the summer but not necessarily ones you’d use year-round (though you totally could!).

This DIY lemon sugar scrub recipe is simple and is made with clean ingredients. You only need a fresh lemon, granulated sugar, and coconut oil. Mix it all, and you have a wonderful sugar scrub, perfect for scrubbing your hands or any other parts that need good exfoliation (the sugar exfoliates and the coconut oil moisturises). I really love to use it on my hands and legs, especially in the dry winter months… Smooth skin, anyone? 

This homemade sugar scrub has the most lovely, sweet citrus scent. And it also tastes delicious. Yes, I tasted it and I don’t regret it one bit.

To make natural body scrubs, check out these Homemade Summer Scrub Ideas or Christmas Scrubs for gift-giving.

lemon sugar scrub recipe

How to Use This Lemon Sugar Scrub

This DIY lemon sugar scrub recipe can be used on the face, hands, feet, or body.

I particularly like to use this to remove dead skin or calluses on my feet or to soothe my hands after a long day. 

After applying your scrub, rinse in warm water to remove any excess sugar or lemon zest pieces.

Lemon Sugar Scrub Recipe Tips

LEMON: Use real lemon juice and zest from 1 fresh lemon.

ESSENTIAL OILS: I prefer to use fresh lemon, but you can add lemon essential oil instead (about 5 – 8 drops).

SUGAR: Just use regular white sugar. I have also made this with brown sugar and organic cane sugar.

COCONUT OIL: Use pure, unrefined coconut oil for body sugar scrubs (it’s solid).

lemon sugar scrub recipe

Lemon Sugar Scrub Recipe

Yield: 1
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Active Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

This homemade lemon sugar scrub recipe is all-natural. It consists of three simple ingredients, including fresh lemon juice.


  • 200 g white sugar
  • 70 g coconut oil
  • zest from 1/2 lemon
  • 15 drops of lemon essential oil or juice of half lemon


  • Glass bowl
  • Spoon (wooden or stainless steel)
  • Mason jar or glass jar with lid


  1. Heat coconut oil in the microwave for 10-second intervals, up to 30 seconds or until it is completely melted.
  2. Pour sugar into a glass bowl. Mix with 10-15 drops of lemon essential oil (or lemon juice) and lemon zest. Blend in a food processor.  
  3. Combine coconut oil and sugar. Mix well. 
  4. Spoon the sugar scrub into glass jars and seal tightly with a lid.


Directions for use:

This sugar scrub can be used on any body, including the face, hands, and feet. Apply a small amount and gently massage your skin in a circular motion. Rinse with warm water and apply your favourite moisturiser.

Additional notes:

Always be aware of any food or skin allergies when gifting this DIY lemon body scrub to others. You can substitute other ingredients as necessary to accommodate dietary/health restrictions. Store the DIY lavender body scrub in a cool, dry place for up to six months.

Coconut Oil Preparation

Since coconut oil typically comes in solid form, you’ll need to pre-heat the oil in a microwave (about 30 seconds, in 10-second intervals) and keep it at room temperature before mixing it with the remaining ingredients.

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