Easy DIY Sugar Scrub with Lemon & Olive Oil

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Sugar scrubs are easy to make and will give you the softest skin you’ve ever had, instantly! Whip up my lemon & olive oil sugar scrub in a couple minutes and enjoy a good exfoliation, added moisture and encourage lymphatic drainage with this simple, affordable and natural DIY sugar scrub! Hello, beautiful summer skin!

DIY Sugar Scrub with Lemon & Olive Oil

Homemade skin care can be as simple or as complicated as you want. Scrubs are definitely on the very easy spectrum. Don’t let the simpleness of this DIY full you though-a scrub will give you big bang for your buck leaving you with the softest, brightest skin ever!

I love using lemons when exfoliating. They brighten the skin, cleanse as well as exfoliate.

Olive oil moisturizes and softens.  Plus it’s antibacterial and a powerful anti inflammatory! I love using it for it’s fresh scent plus, it can be found in most of cabinets at any given time! I love it so much I even created a DIY Olive Oil Cleanser and Cream recipe!

The Importance of Exfoliating the Skin:

As an aesthetician, exfoliating is my number one tip for beautiful skin.

As we age, our skin loses it’s ability to slough off dead skin as efficiently as it once did. 

When you have dead skin build up, your skin tends to look dry, dull and dare I say, old. After just one exfoliating session, you’ll be amazed at how different your skin will look and feel.

Long-term exfoliating can actually increase collagen production!

According to the American Academy of Dermatology, exfoliation can leave your skin looking brighter and improve the effectiveness of topical skin care products by enhancing absorption.

Exfoliation is a must to get your money’s worth out fo your skin and body care! Think about it, dead skin blocks your pores and your skin care can’t penetrate. Remove the dead skin and your skin care can sink in deeply delivering nutrients where you need them.

Exfoliating before a shave can give you a closer, smoother shave as well! Check out my recipe for homemade shaving cream.

Regular exfoliation can also help prevent clogged pores and reduce breakouts. This can be super helpful if you experience back acne. Exfoliating your back can be tricky but a loofah with a long handle may help. 

Be sure not to over scrub or exfoliate too often! Too much exfoliation can damage the skin leaving it susceptible to over drying, over sensitivity and more blemishes.

DIY Sugar Scrub with Lemon

Benefits of a Homemade Body Scrub:

Body scrubs are meant to manually remove dead skin cells. They help remove stubborn dirt and excess oil, as well as stimulate circulation.

Glycolic acid occurs naturally in sugar and helps cleanse the skin and dissolve dead skin cells. It’s also a humectant and will not strip your skin of it’s own oils.

The Perfect Self Tan Remover Body Scrub!

This scrub is awesome for the whole body. It’s especially perfect for removing self tanner. The lemon will speed up the process.

You’re just going to love it!

DIY Sugar Scrub with Lemon and Olive Oil

DIY Sugar Scrub Recipe

1/4 cup sugar

1 TBSP. Olive Oil (find it HERE)

1 tsp. of fresh Lemon Juice or 10 drops of Lemon Essential Oil (find it HERE)

How to Use a Homemade Scrub:

  • Mix ingredients together and gently scrub your body. You can also scrub your face and neck but use great caution since the skin on the face is much more delicate.
  • I typically use this scrub after I’ve taken a warm bath. Your skin is softened after a hot bath or shower and will easily slough off. 
  • After scrubbing-rinse and go! With an oil based scrub, you don’t typically need another moisturizer afterwards. 
  • I recommend you use this scrub once a week. Twice at most. Be gentle especially if you’re using it on your face.

This recipe is a one time use product. However, if you want to nix the fresh lemon and use lemon essential oil, you could double or triple it and store it in an airtight container for several uses. 

If you’re looking for a cellulite solution, how about upping your DIY scrub game and trying out my Coffee Scrub recipe and then check out my DIY Anti Cellulite Body Oil! Both are simple yet effective DIYs!

DIY Body Scrub with Lemon and Olive Oil

Alternative Homemade Scrub Ingredients:

Homemade scrubs are so easy to make. Don’t get caught up in ingredients. I used plain white sugar in this recipe but you can use brown sugar. organic sugar or even coconut sugar. You can even use salt but I believe sugar is a better exfoliant.

As far as oils go, any oil will work. Jojoba, MCT, apricot seed oil, avocado oil etc. will all work great! I don’t enjoy working with coconut oil because it involves an extra step-since it’s solid, you’ll have to melt it first. If you don’t use all the the scrub in one setting, coconut oil will harden and make it hard to use for the next time. 

Enjoy this fun DIY sugar scrub!  Your skin will be glowing!

xx, Jenni


DIY Sugar Scrub with Lemon


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Jennifer Phillips worked as a licensed aesthetician for over 8 years before creating the green beauty blog, Jenni Raincloud and her natural skin care line, J. Raincloud Organics. Jennifer has been blogging full time for 7 years and loves to gain and share knowledge on living a natural lifestyle.

10 thoughts on “Easy DIY Sugar Scrub with Lemon & Olive Oil”

  1. 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.


    1. 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. 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!

    1. 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!

  3. 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.

  4. 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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