Saturday, February 9, 2013

Lemon Coconut Sugar Scrub

It's almost Valentine's Day, and you know what that means! Hearts and flowers? Candy and gems? Nope. Figuring out a gift for my son's teachers that won't break me.

I know that a gift isn't required, but I wanted to do something for them at Christmas and never managed it. I'm totally going to make that right for Valentine's Day.

But how?

Well, Valentine's Day is getting a reputation for being about indulgence, right? (Otherwise, who would need a ginormo heart-shaped box of chocolates?) Let's capitalize on that.

Recently I walked into one of those expensive beauty stores that I have no business entering. The lovely, slightly scary, over-plucked sales lady offered to let me try a lemon coconut sugar scrub.

I did. It smelled wonderful. It worked like a dream. It was $50 for 4 oz. Bye.

After the sticker shock wore off, I figured that I can do better. I experimented and made a simple, inexpensive scrub that works like a dream, smells wonderful, and costs pennies.

A basic scrub has two parts grit to one part oil. The grit is usually sugar, but salt works well, too (especially if you want something detoxifying).

Here's what you need to make one batch:

Lemon Coconut Sugar Scrub
(makes a little over 8 ounces)

1 cup of sugar or salt (or a mix)
1/4 cup coconut oil
1/4 cup olive oil
Lemon essential oil (or lemon extract in a pinch)

Mix the essential oils, including the essential oil or extract. Add it to the sugar.

Blend the sugar and oil with a rubber spatula until all of the oil is evenly incorporated.

Pack into jars, and try to think up some pretty labels before Valentine's day.

How much did this cost? Well, the only thing I bought for this was a box of 4 oz jars. The box cost about 8 bucks for 12 jars. This makes each jar about $0.67. Four of them bring us to about $1.34.

Much better than $50.

Happy Valentine's Day!

The Self Sufficient HomeAcre



  1. This sounds amazing! I love making things like this for a few cents when the store bought version is way out there :)

    Thanks so much for sharing this on The HomeAcre Hop!!! I would love to have you share this on Wildcrafting Wednesdays and The Creative HomeAcre Hop!
    Have a great weekend!

  2. I made a lemon sugar scrub and gave them away for Christmas along with a few other little home made goodies. I LOVE coconut and I am so stoked to have "fallen" into your blog. Thanks for sharing, I will def. have to try this.

  3. Love it! Thanks so much for sharing on The HomeAcre Hop! Hope to see you next time at: