DIY Lemon Sugar Scrub

DIY Lemon Sugar Scrub

An exfoliant good enough to eat?! Yes. Literally, you could eat it. But don’t. It’s all sugar! These sugar scrubs are so easy to make, they only a take few minutes. And who can resist anything in a mason jar?

DIY Lemon Sugar Scrub

Keep one on your kitchen windowsill, on the bathroom vanity, one in the shower. Seriously, you’ll become addicted.

Every year I participate in a craft show in our CrossFit gym around the holidays. People are always asking if I’ll have my scrubs so of course I make them. I always sell out. At that time of year I make Peppermint Sugar Scrubs using peppermint essential oil. It’s perfect for the holidays. But the awesome thing is that you can customize these scrubs however you want, and for any time of the year. You can even use brown or cane sugar instead of white. These scrubs make cute gifts but you will want to make a few for yourself!

DIY Lemon Sugar Scrub

As a Crossfitter, my hands are always ripping and getting callousy, if that’s even a word. Along with shaving down the callouses, using the scrub to exfoliate and moisturize really does help!

To use, just rub a small amount onto skin after washing dishes or in the shower, gently exfoliate, rinse and pat dry. Store with the lid on. Due to the nature of the sugar, the scrub will eventually harden over time. It still works, it just might need to be broken a part a bit before using.

So today I decided to make some scrubs to sell at a table at a competition at our gym this coming weekend. Given that it’s Springtime I decided on lemon which is fresh, clean, and citrusy.

Here’s what to do!


  1. Sugar
  2. Coconut Oil
  3. 4 oz. Mason Jars
  4. Lemon extract (or whatever kind you will be making, such as peppermint, almond, mint, lavender, orange, etc.)
  5. Lemons
  6. Scrapbook paper
  7. Glue

Basically it’s a 2:1 ratio of white sugar to coconut oil. So if you want to make a large batch, heat 2 cups of coconut oil in microwave-safe bowl. Once it’s completely melted, let it stand long enough that it’s not too hot (or it will melt your sugar) or too cool (starts to solidify). Add 4 cups sugar. Stir to combine. If it seems too wet, add more sugar. If you follow the recipe it shouldn’t be too dry, but if it is, don’t panic! Heat up another 1/4-1/2 cup of coconut oil and add it to the mix. Add 1 -2 teaspoons of lemon extract and the juice of one half of a lemon. If using essential oils I believe it’s about 15-20 drops. More or less, depending on how big of a batch you are making. And totally up to preference.

DIY Lemon Sugar Scrub

Fill each mason jar to about the bottom of the neck and zest a small amount of fresh lemon on top. Add a squeeze of fresh lemon juice as well. Wipe off the rim of the jar since there will be sugar all over it, and all over the counter too, probably.

Trace the circle of the inside of the metal band onto scrapbook paper and cut out the circle. Glue the paper to the metal lid. Let dry and add a sticker label, stamp, or neatly write on top.

DIY Lemon Sugar Scrub

I like to tie twine around the neck of the jar and add a small paper tag with the sugar scrub’s ingredients and basic instructions. I also tie on a little wooden flat spoon, like we used to eat with those little Dixie ice cream cups back in the day. So cute!

Here are the ones I made, all ready to sell!

DIY sugar scrubs

The possibilities really are endless with these adorable little scrubs. What kind will you try? Make sure to let me know!

Thanks for stopping by!


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