EASY DIY Exfoliating Sugar Scrub!

Lemon, Melaleuca, Lavender Coconut Sugar Scrub DIYExfoliating is one of the best things you can do for your skin.  As we age our skin does not slough off dead skin cells as efficiently as it once did.  Being an Aesthetician I am no stranger to glycolic peels, microdermabrasion and laser treatments.  In fact, I’ve had my fair share of professional exfoliation on my own skin.  The results were great as long as I didn’t over do it, but the amount of chemicals I let seep deep into my pores was crazy!

 Originally I made a scrub using raw organic sugar but I found that the granules were just too large.  So now my recipe calls for regular sugar and good ole coconut oil!  I add essential oils for added benefits.  So, are you ready to exfoliate?!

Tea Tree Lavender Lemon Sugar Scrub

1 cup sugar

1/2 cup coconut oil (find it HERE)

20 drops lemon essential oil (find it HERE)

10 drops lavender essential oil (find it HERE)

10 drops melaleuca (tea tree) essential oil (find it HERE)

Mix ingredients in a bowl and transfer to a jar

It’s that easy!

Now that you’ve made your scrub be cautious-over exfoliating may seem like a good idea in the moment but you will be sorry-be gentle and only exfoliate 2-3 times a week.  If your skin feels irritated stop immediately.  It is best to exfoliate in the shower or right after.  Hot water and steam loosen skin so gently exfoliating will go a long way!

FYI-this scrub can be used anywhere on the body!  The coconut oil is so healing and leaves a layer of nourishing oil behind so it’s great for all skin!

Enjoy the glow!

xx, Jenni


DIY Sugar Scrub



  1. Jennifer K
    February 25, 2014 / 8:13 am

    Do you liquefy your coconut oil? What’s in the jar doesn’t look solid.

  2. Jessica
    April 11, 2014 / 10:56 pm

    Do you use equal amounts Tea tree, Lavender, and Lemon?

  3. Isabelle
    June 1, 2014 / 9:10 am

    Hello .. I just found your website … what a find!!! I just made the Vit C serum with the truly Vit C by Health Force. I applied it and it is a little sticky on my face even after an hour … should I rinse and is it supposed to be that sticky? Also do you recommend a roller for the skin that has the micro needles to help the serum penetrate?
    thank you!!!

    • June 2, 2014 / 2:24 pm

      Isabelle-Thanks so much! The glycerin is what is making it so sticky. I use Mountain Rose Herb’s glycerin and have not found it to be too sticky, some brands have a different consistency though. You could make a new batch and use water or a carrier oil like rosehip, olive oil, apricot seed etc. Really any liquid will do the trick! I have never used the micro needles but I don’t like the idea of it for this serum because Vitamin C can be harsh if you don’t get the proportions right for your particular skin. To me, it seems like too much at once.

  4. Lindsay
    January 16, 2015 / 1:20 pm

    Is there something that can be used instead of Coconut Oil as my daughter is allergic to coconut?

  5. Ann
    January 25, 2015 / 7:33 am

    Hi Jenni, I am addicted to your blog, i am about to start with this scrub, does it have a good shelf life, also living in uk i cant seem to find neo defend which you use in some of your products, could you suggest an alternative. Thanks

    • January 28, 2015 / 11:05 am

      Hi Ann! Thanks! The scrub won’t typically go bad, the only thing is it might harden. I like to keep mine in the shower so the steam will help to keep it more pliable. I would google “organic skin care preservatives”. Unfortunately I don’t know much about other preservatives and I’m not sure of a UK based company that specialized in beauty/skin care ingredients for diyers. Sorry to not be much help!!

      • Ann
        January 29, 2015 / 4:36 pm

        Hi Jenni Thanks for reply im going to make it tomorrow

  6. LORNE
    April 25, 2015 / 9:52 pm


    You use coconut oil alot ie in the oil cleanser etc, apparentley its non comedogenic and not recomended for your skin?

  7. Erin
    May 14, 2016 / 7:08 pm

    I love your website so much and I find your site to be one of the few that are actually credible and that contains reliable information as well as recipes that work!!! Like many others, I have tried several diy recipes which resulted in a total disaster….your recipes result in beautifullness!! Anyways, I know
    your background includes education as an
    aesthetician and I wanted to get your opinion regarding using baking soda as a facial exfoliant. I keep coming across this topic on different sites and some people are for and against it, calming that bs is too alkaline to use topically on the skin. I would read like to know your educated opinion because you went to school for beauty, where as I educated myself in forensic science! Thank you so much for all your time! ♡Erin♡

    • Jenni
      May 23, 2016 / 7:49 am

      Erin-thank you so much!! I really dislike baking soda on the skin. It is just way too harsh. Lots of bloggers rave about it but I would never use it. Hope this helps!

  8. Sue
    July 4, 2018 / 8:11 am

    In the past I found I prefer brown sugar for body scrubs and I add a bit of honey along with the coconut oil and other oils and it has a lovely scent on its own. Now fo Eo’s…I think lemon would create a lemon sugar cookie scent and that sounds yummy!

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