DIY Lemon Sugar Scrub

DIY hand soapI’ve been searching for a gentle way to exfoliate.  Today I made a super simple DIY lemon sugar scrub.  My skin is so smooth and soft right now.  I am so impressed and so excited!  This is a super simple and probably pretty obvious recipe so you’ve got to try it and tell me what you think!

I love what lemon does for the skin.  It brightens as well as exfoliates.  It’s wonderful for acne.  Pair that with a sugar and you get a really thorough exfoliation!  Coconut oil moisturizes and softens.  Plus it’s antibacterial which keeps things clean!

My recipe calls for fresh squeezed lemon.  This will mean that you won’t be able to store this for long.  With scrubs, I like to make them when I’m ready to use them.  They just don’t keep well and are much better fresh.  Mine harden and become unusable even though I’ve tweaked the proportions. 

If you would like to keep yours for a while, nix the lemon juice and opt for lemon essential oil.  Also, I find that a thicker sugar works better in this scrub.  I used raw sugar, but you could use brown sugar instead.

This scrub is awesome for the whole body.  I was looking for an exfoliant for my face, but I ended up using this on my hands as well.  So super soft.  You’re just going to love it!

Lemon Sugar Facial Scrub

DIY Lemon Sugar Scrub

1/4 cup raw sugar (find it HERE)

2 TBSP. Coconut Oil (find it HERE)

1/2 Lemon or 20 drops of Lemon Essential Oil (find it HERE)

Mix ingredients together and gently scrub your hands. You can also scrub your face and neck.  Do not go overboard-less is more with face exfoliating.   Also, I melted my coconut oil for easier mixing but I think it would mix when it’s solid just fine.

lemon sugar scrub 2

Enjoy this fun DIY!  Your skin will be glowing!

xx, Jenni


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DIY Hand Scrub with Lemon


Jennifer Phillips
Jennifer Phillips

Jennifer Phillips worked as a licensed aesthetician for over 8 years before creating the natural skin care blog, Jenni Raincloud.

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  1. Hannah
    January 4, 2015 / 6:02 am

    wanna try this simple scrub but i just want to know if i store it how long it will last? Im going to use fresh lemon instead Lemon EO.


    • January 4, 2015 / 10:32 am

      I’m not sure it will be a problem at all to use lemon but I’ve found that making scrubs and storing them often result in the scrub turning hard and weird. I tend to only make what I can use that day or at least within the week. This will have to be an experiment on your part! Let me know how it goes!

  2. Lisa
    March 5, 2016 / 7:44 pm

    Hi Jenni-
    Would fresh lime juice also work instead of lemon? Have one on hand and wanted to try this tonight. Thanks!

  3. Jenna Lee
    October 1, 2016 / 3:31 pm

    I Tried this And LOVED it, thank you!
    My one question is:
    I know keeping your the PH balanced on your face is important. Could the lemon upset the PH? Is there something I could add to offset the acid from the lemon?
    Thank you so much for your help!

    • Jenni
      October 3, 2016 / 11:23 am

      Jenna-Hi! Yes it’s important but the lemon in this recipe is meant to help the sugar remove dead skin. Lemon has a low pH and this is why it can be used as an exfoliator. When pH is important is when you are using something daily. This recipe is fine since I don’t recommend you use it but maybe once a week. Hope that makes sense!

      • Jenna Lee
        October 4, 2016 / 2:57 pm

        Yes, it does! Thank you so much for the reply!

  4. Sue
    May 22, 2018 / 9:31 am

    I use your recipe for the OCM cleanser. I put 2 tablespoons in a small bowl and addded 1 T plain white sugar to it , mix it up and use it as a facial and lip scrub. I omitted the lemon oil and I’m happy with the results.

  5. Sue
    July 27, 2018 / 11:24 am

    I made this scrub with brownsugarand added additional white sugar so that it’s like the consistency of moist sand. I use Lemon eo not juice. I like it as a body scrub.

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