Lemon Sugar Scrub


Homemade lemon sugar scrub -such a great gift idea! Makes your hands so soft!

Happy Spring, fellow I Heart Nap Time lovers! Talitha here.  I’m thrilled to be back with you this month sharing another amazing and simple DIY gift idea! I know that mother’s day is still a little ways away but it never hurts to think about these things early. Am I right!? This wonderful Lemon Sugar Scrub is great not just for the mothers in your life, but also works great as a gift for your kiddo’s teacher or even as a little pampering gift to yourself.

Lemon Sugar Scrub


By the time spring rolls around, my hands and feet are always incredibly dry from the cold winter months. This sugar scrub will help combat that! Plus it only takes about 10 minutes to make! And I swear that it is just as luxurious, if not more so, than the expensive scrubs you find in the store.

Lemon Sugar Scrub

Lemon sugar scrub ingredients:

  • 2 1/2 cups granulated sugar; divided
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil (almond oil will also work)
  • 10-15 drops lemon natural oils

Lemon Sugar Scrub

Put sugar in a large bowl. Set aside. Measure out 1/4 cup of coconut oil and place it in a microwave safe bowl. Heat coconut oil in the microwave for about 30 seconds, or until the oil is melted. Pour oil over sugar and mix to combine. Add in lemon drops. If desired, add lemon zest for extra color and scent. Using a zester or small grater, zest the rind of 1 lemon. Stir to combine.

If sugar scrub is still too “wet”, add up to 1/4 cup more sugar until desired consistency is reached.

Lemon sugar scrub

Yield: 2 1/2 cups

Total Time: 5 minutes


  • 2 1/2 cups granulated sugar; divided
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil (almond oil will also work)
  • 10-15 drops lemon natural oils
  • lemon (optional)


Lemon Sugar Scrub

Then grab a little jar of some sort. I always have a few mason jars on hand. I whipped up a few labels and printed them off on label paper and cut them out. And since I’m so nice, I wanted to make them available to you too!

Free download

You can download the round one here and the rectangular one here.

Lemon Sugar Scrub

Pour your new, fancy lemon sugar scrub into the jar. Voila! All done! Super simple right!?

Lemon Sugar Scrub

And, of course, you have to be a good gift giver and test it out before you give it away, right?? Just take about 1 teaspoon in your hand and scrub away! When you are done scrubbing, rinse thoroughly. The lemon gives off a wonderfully clean scent, the coconut oil helps to moisturize your skin, and the sugar helps to exfoliate!

This is a great gift for all those special women in your life. Or even as a gift to yourself! So go ahead, treat yourself! Make up 2 batches!

Looking for more sugar scrubs? You’ll love these too:

This post was a contributor post from Talitha from Love, Pomegranate House! A Pinterest addict, bargain hunter, and a thrift store stalker. But most of all, a DIY junkie.

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  1. Vicki Bensinger posted on April 6, 2013 at 12:11 am (#

    This sounds so simple. I’ve never tried them with sugar in fact I thought they were only made with salt. I could use this myself. Great idea and love the labels. Thanks for sharing those.

  2. Sara posted on April 7, 2013 at 10:26 am (#

    Love this idea!! A definite must-try … Just have to pick up some almond or coconut oil next time I’m out!!

  3. gina posted on April 8, 2013 at 11:43 am (#

    I love making these as gifts – I always add lemon essential oil also as the lemon alone doesnt make it smell enough

    Thanks for the labels!

  4. Serra @ MommyDecorates.com posted on April 8, 2013 at 1:12 pm (#

    I love this scrub! I’ve seen quite a few recipes out there, but this one is the easiest I’ve seen so far! Thanks for sharing :)

  5. Keisha - Cupcake Wishes & Birthday Dreams posted on April 8, 2013 at 1:25 pm (#

    Sounds easy enough – gearing up for a spa party for my daughter and I would love to use this recipe!!!

  6. Brittany posted on April 14, 2013 at 11:45 am (#

    This looks fantastic and I think it will make a GREAT gift for my mom this Mother’s Day! One quick question: is there any special way to store this or is it okay just being stored in the bathroom?

    • billie posted on April 18, 2014 at 6:52 am (#

      I looked it up on google wnd you can store it anywhere

      • Morgan posted on August 9, 2014 at 11:04 am (#

        Hiya do you know how long this keeps?

      • Jamielyn posted on August 13, 2014 at 6:42 pm (#

        They should last for a couple months!

  7. Jill posted on April 14, 2013 at 1:01 pm (#

    This looks amazing, will definitely be making this, just need to get some cute jars to present it in.

  8. Elissa posted on April 15, 2013 at 8:56 am (#

    Do you need to keep it in the refrigerator? Sounds yummy! Can’t wait to try this recipe.

  9. Linda posted on April 22, 2013 at 7:16 am (#

    I made this over the weekend and it is excellent – your skin feels like you have been at a spa! I used the Almond Oil but next time will try the Coconut Oil to see if there is a difference. Great idea for hostess gift/teachers, etc.

  10. Michelle posted on April 23, 2013 at 9:28 pm (#

    just made this tonight and it’s great! my husband even tried tasting it and it was good lol

  11. Hannah posted on May 14, 2013 at 5:42 pm (#

    does nyone knwo how much it makes?

  12. Karen posted on May 18, 2013 at 9:12 am (#

    This sounds so wonderful. Does anyone know how to store it and how long it will keep for? Thx for any information :)

  13. Rona B posted on May 25, 2013 at 6:10 pm (#

    I’m definitely going to be making this lemon scrub this weekend. Can’t wait.

  14. Lori posted on July 31, 2013 at 11:19 pm (#

    These are definitely going on my Christmas to-make list (I know it’s early but I am planning early this year!). I think it would be fun to make with different citrus scents and give it as a gift set (lemon, orange, grapefruit). How long with this keep with the fresh juice in it? I am wondering if it would just be better to use essential oil instead of fresh juice and I can make it up awhile before hand.

  15. Bethany posted on August 31, 2013 at 9:30 am (#

    I can not seem to get the link for the labels to work. Are you able to email those to me?

  16. Anum posted on November 9, 2013 at 4:06 pm (#

    Can this be used as a facial scrub as well? Looks great, thanks!

  17. Nancy Frydrych posted on December 6, 2013 at 6:20 pm (#

    Does anyone know how long this stays good for? What I mean is, is there a shelf life before the lemon becomes rancid or anything or will it last a while? Just debating about making for Christmas gifts but don’t want to make them too far ahead.

  18. Kathy Linthacum posted on December 8, 2013 at 9:38 pm (#

    sorry – new to this internet reply instructions! Can’t wait to try this – would do it tonight but I do not have coconut oil in the house – I do have a fertile lemon tree outside so I AM ON MY WAY! THANKS FOR SHARING!

  19. Sheena posted on December 13, 2013 at 2:51 pm (#

    So Excited to make this for some Christmas gifts! I also had the question of how long it will last I found this ehow and it has helped understand a few things! http://www.ehow.com/how_2270968_store-homemade-sugar-body-scrub.html

  20. Shannan posted on December 19, 2013 at 7:44 pm (#

    Just made and it smells ooohhh soooo good it makes you want to eat as well can’t wait to use!!!!

    • Jamielyn posted on December 21, 2013 at 12:32 pm (#

      Haha! Glad you liked it Shannan! Thanks for stopping by and commenting! :)

  21. Bella Burkel posted on January 26, 2014 at 2:52 pm (#

    Hello!!! I am Bella. This lemon sugar scrub looks amazing… I am totally making this for my mom!

    • Jamielyn posted on January 28, 2014 at 1:08 pm (#

      It is really yummy! Have fun making it, it is the perfect gift!! :)

  22. Carrie posted on February 5, 2014 at 8:31 pm (#

    My mom and I are making this for my sisters shower as her favors. I am sure it will be a huge hit! Thanks for the instructions!

    • Jamielyn posted on February 8, 2014 at 1:23 pm (#

      This would be darling for a shower favor! Hope it turns out well Carrie! :)

  23. Shari posted on February 23, 2014 at 4:38 pm (#

    I just made a batch for a friend for her birthday. We have had such a harsh winter here in Michigan, she’s really going to enjoy this. I took your advise and sampled it on my own hands, its WONDERFUL! Thank you!

    • Jamielyn posted on February 24, 2014 at 5:57 pm (#

      I love this lemon sugar scrub…definitely perfect for harsh winters! Your friend is going to love it!

  24. dolores posted on March 3, 2014 at 5:40 am (#

    I do not believe the questions were answered in regards to expiration date and storage . Will it make a difference if you use essential oil vs. fresh lemon ?

    • Susan posted on March 4, 2014 at 10:50 pm (#

      I have not tried it, but I used essential oils as an additive to organic lotion along with either almond or apricot oils and there is no expiration date. I have read that fresh ingredients without a preservative have a shelf life of about 2 weeks if kept in the frig. I drink fresh lemonade every day and even with distilled water and diluted it will get bacteria if left out overnight. I day is good to stay unrefrigerated. Just my opinion. Use the lemon oil sparingly, start low and work up, it is a stingy in large quantities. Start with about 6 drops and work up.

    • Jamielyn posted on March 12, 2014 at 6:47 pm (#

      Hi Dolores! This scrub is best if used within 30 days. There shouldn’t be too much of a difference! The essential oil is probably healthier for your skin too! :)

  25. Stephanie posted on March 13, 2014 at 1:31 am (#

    Wow!! This looks so simple and amazing at the same time!!!!! Love the labels as well!! I can’t wait to try this out!! :)

    • Jamielyn posted on March 14, 2014 at 5:54 pm (#

      Lemon Sugar Scrub is amazing…I love giving it as gifts! :)

  26. Jasmine posted on March 27, 2014 at 12:02 am (#

    I’m in the middle of making this and I’m having to add a lot more than 1/4 cup of coconut oil to the sugar to get it to the right consistency. I noticed you’d listed the sugar as 2 1/2 cups, divided but then didn’t see how to divide it in the instructions. Was I supposed to add a little sugar at a time to the oil or…?

    • J's Mom posted on May 13, 2014 at 9:23 pm (#

      I would start w/2 cups sugar and keep the 1/2 cup on hand to add if consistency is not right

  27. Sarah posted on April 5, 2014 at 12:50 am (#

    Could I use lavender essential oil instead of lemon? Mother in law loves lavender.

    • Jamielyn posted on April 9, 2014 at 6:00 pm (#

      I haven’t tried lavender in a sugar scrub, but I’m sure it will work just great! Let us know if you try it! :)

  28. Kathln posted on April 28, 2014 at 12:22 am (#

    I am contacting you in behalf of my girlfriend – she writes at kathln.com and she just published a post that rounds up great homemade gifts for moms and featured this post. I’m editing it and adding images, and am asking for permission to take one image. Can we do that? Thanks.


    • Jamielyn posted on April 29, 2014 at 12:30 am (#

      Hi Roth! Yes you can definitely feature this post. Just make sure to include our blog name and a link back to this post! :)

      • Kathln posted on May 6, 2014 at 3:47 am (#

        Yes. The post is finished (quite a while ago actually, just was not able to get back at you). Thanks for letting us use an image!


  29. Madeline posted on July 6, 2014 at 5:07 pm (#

    Just wondering how much this recipe makes?

    • Jamielyn posted on July 23, 2014 at 10:29 pm (#

      Hi Madeline! Based on the ingredients, I assume it makes 2.5-3 cups! :)

  30. Elizabeth Spradlin posted on August 3, 2014 at 10:39 pm (#

    Where did you purchase jars? I plan to make for a shower and need to make 40 jars.

  31. Nallely posted on August 4, 2014 at 12:42 pm (#

    Can it be used for the face ?

    • Jamielyn posted on August 13, 2014 at 6:16 pm (#

      Yes, homemade sugar scrubs can be used on your face, hands, feet, etc! :)

  32. Cathy posted on August 28, 2014 at 12:59 am (#

    Hi! I’m interested to do this, what kind of sugar did you use? Is it the white sugar bought in the market? Thanks. :)

    • Jamielyn posted on September 11, 2014 at 12:59 am (#

      Yes it is normal white sugar! :)

      • Jill posted on October 25, 2014 at 3:27 am (#

        Hi, sorry to ask again but is it caster or granulated. They’re both white :)
        Thanks x

      • Jamielyn posted on November 14, 2014 at 12:09 am (#

        Granulated. :)

  33. Valerie posted on September 22, 2014 at 4:02 pm (#

    about how much does your recipe make? i think i’m going to make some for a baby shower so i need like 50 little jars worth! so i’m wondering how many times i’ll need to double it :) thanks!

  34. Ntombi Mxenge posted on October 24, 2014 at 11:46 pm (#

    Brilliant ideas 

  35. Myra posted on November 1, 2014 at 9:49 pm (#

    I wonder if it’s ok to use the bottled lemon juice if I don’t own a juicer.

  36. Natalie fulton posted on November 4, 2014 at 7:21 pm (#

    If using lemon oil, instead of fresh
    lemons  how much  oil should I use?

  37. natasha posted on November 6, 2014 at 9:50 pm (#

    Love your blog!

  38. Sara Theissen posted on November 12, 2014 at 10:58 am (#

    Hey! 2 questions

    1. What size mason jars did you use? How much does each batch make?

    2. What is the shelf life?

  39. Sammy posted on November 15, 2014 at 2:02 am (#

    How long does this keep for? Looks a great gift! 

    • Jamielyn posted on November 20, 2014 at 9:05 pm (#

      It should last about 2 months! :)

  40. Courtney posted on December 24, 2014 at 2:25 am (#

    I had the same issue with the olive oil so I added some lemon juice and vanilla extract and called it a lemon vanilla scrub so I didn’t have to throw out 4 cups of sugar! 

    • Courtney posted on December 24, 2014 at 3:47 am (#

      whoops wrong page !

  41. ikariku posted on December 24, 2014 at 10:40 pm (#

    Seriously , that was pretty cool to do …i had some oil (coco) almost the double and it was nt to liquid …pretty happy with the result …oh by the way im a guy ..and this is not my usual stuff . i did that for my sister in law «!! happy christmas folk !!

  42. amy posted on December 26, 2014 at 10:01 pm (#

    I just made this, it was so easy and smells great! Thanks for sharing this!

    • Jamielyn posted on January 6, 2015 at 2:20 pm (#

      I’m so glad it turned out well for you Amy! Thanks for coming back to let us know! :)

  43. Nancy posted on December 28, 2014 at 10:27 am (#

    Made this for our family Christmas gathering- gift exchange game. I crocheted a cloth for the top of the recycled jar used..So cost $0. All material was on hand. Use packing tape and printer paper for lables. The scent is not strong. But I like the food safe quality.

    • Jamielyn posted on January 6, 2015 at 2:30 pm (#

      Great ideas Nancy! I’m so glad this turned out so well for you! :)

  44. Elizabeth posted on January 18, 2015 at 6:44 am (#

    Money is tight so I made this for EVERYBODY this Christmas and found some cute jars at the Dollar Store. I don’t like the smell of coconut oil so I used 1/3 olive oil, 2/3 canola oil (just what was in my cupboard) and added some vitamin E oil also.   It was a big hit, especially with my colleagues in healthcare who are always washing their hands. It was simple enough my three short’uns could help for real (not just pretend) even if the floor was sticky for weeks, regardless of mopping, scrubbing…

    My sister is an art teacher and said it is great for cleaning hands after each class because the grit helps slough off paint, glue, etc without drying her hands out. In fact, she demanded the recipe and made a mondo batch ford beside the sink at school. 

    Thanks for the idea!


    • Jamielyn posted on January 20, 2015 at 1:38 pm (#

      I’m so glad this recipe turned out so well for you and that you could use it for so many gifts! Thanks for stopping by again to leave a comment Elizabeth! :)

  45. Kasaundra posted on January 25, 2015 at 10:31 pm (#

    How long does it last for and does it need to be put in the fridge?

    • Jamielyn posted on February 2, 2015 at 2:44 pm (#

      It should last for a few weeks. It doesn’t need to be put in the fridge but may last longer if it does. :)

  46. jeannetta Washington posted on February 14, 2015 at 1:10 pm (#

    Thank you for sharing. Girl I just turned 50 and I’m here to tell u I want to do sny try everything to make others smile. Just like you. Thanks again

  47. Darla posted on February 17, 2015 at 3:53 pm (#

    Juices, fruits, hydrsols,honey or other botanicals or food items should never be used in a scrub without a preservative.  And also should NEVER be kept in the shower or allow any water to enter the product.  This is how yeast,mold and other nasties grow.  Even though you can not see it it will begin to grow immediately!  This can cause staph and blood infections that could prove to be deadly. 

  48. Nic posted on March 23, 2015 at 12:07 pm (#


    This recipe looks amazing. I’m planning on making these for my boyfriend’s sisters bridal shower and I was wondering how to print more than one label off at a time.
    The labels are so cute!

  49. Debbie G. posted on March 29, 2015 at 9:22 pm (#

    I love all of these ideas!  Can’t decide which project to start first. Thanks for sharing them.

  50. Lisa posted on April 10, 2015 at 1:52 pm (#

    How can I print more than one label at a time? I only see one image… I need like 20…

  51. chris posted on April 15, 2015 at 4:45 pm (#

    Awesome!  Thanks for the downloads too!

  52. Reea posted on April 21, 2015 at 12:11 am (#

    I could not believe that making a scrub would be this easy! Just made it this afternoon and tried it out immediately afterwards. This is a bliss… total bliss! My husband loves it too! I used coconut oil and it is so moisturizing and soft! Thanks a TON for sharing this with all of us!

    • Jamielyn posted on May 2, 2015 at 11:55 pm (#

      I’m so glad it turned out so well for you Reea! Thanks for your comment! :)

  53. Bernaditta lilia C. Sobere posted on June 25, 2015 at 8:53 pm (#

    Thank you Jamielyn for sharing us your lemon sugar scrub

  54. Ruadh posted on June 26, 2015 at 2:46 pm (#

    This looks amazing! I really want to make it, but I don’t think I can get coconut or almond oil. Would sunflower oil work? Or is the consistency wrong?

    • Laura Capello posted on June 30, 2015 at 8:28 am (#

      Sunflower oil would work, too!

  55. Carol posted on July 5, 2015 at 1:49 pm (#

    I’ve just tried it and LOOOVED it. I’m never using store bought scrubs anymore!
    Thanks for sharing!

  56. Savannah Kohler posted on July 14, 2015 at 6:56 pm (#

    Expiration date??

    • Laura Capello posted on July 15, 2015 at 8:59 am (#

      None of the ingredients should really “go bad,” but if you’re concerned, I’d use it up within two to four weeks. :)

  57. ANN posted on July 17, 2015 at 8:16 am (#

    I love this scrub. Used lemon essential oil as was not too confident to use real lemon juice as bacteria can get into it rather quickly. My only difficulty was that I had to use a little more coconut oil to get the right consistency and that overpowered the fragrance of the lemon essential oil. So got some very strong smelling scrub in the end. Any suggestions? Also what other subsitute could I use instead of coconut or almond? Thankyou

  58. Melissa Stroope-Shearin posted on August 10, 2015 at 6:52 pm (#

    This scrub is amazing! This is my definite go to recipe. Thank you for sharing! I use this for myself as well as my whole family. My daughter uses it for her eczema and it works beautifully for her. No chemical side effects! I just don’t put in the essential oils. I leave everything as is. 

  59. Gladys Owens posted on September 8, 2015 at 12:39 pm (#

    I just finished making this scrub with essential oils, was invited to an essential oil class and asked to bring a small gift for the person who had brought the most guests.  will be just the right gift  .  So glad to find the instructions, will be making more for just because small gifts.  

  60. Amanda posted on October 5, 2015 at 12:56 pm (#

    I plan on making this as Christmas gifts for people! Quick question for you, though- what type of label do you use to print the lemon labels? What size/style? 

    Thank you!

    • Laura Capello posted on October 6, 2015 at 7:25 am (#

      We used a sheet of stickers, and then you print off the stickers and cut them out. Super cute and super easy! :)

  61. Marina posted on November 25, 2015 at 9:57 am (#

    Hi, we don’t measure in cups, basically in grams, can use “cup” as a part?? for example 1 part of sugar, 1/2 part of oil ??

    • Community posted on November 25, 2015 at 10:20 am (#

      This is the best calculator I’ve found to convert from cups to grams. :)

  62. Marina posted on November 25, 2015 at 12:46 pm (#

    I find it hard :) cause cup of sugar is different from cup of oil, big math :) if i could take 1 cup (what is 236gr) and measure with same cup sugar oil ant etc….

  63. Grace posted on November 29, 2015 at 6:32 pm (#

    Hello! i was hoping to make this for my mother for Christmas; and i was wondering how long it lasts. will it need to be refrigerated at all? thanks!

    • Community posted on November 30, 2015 at 7:33 am (#

      No refrigeration and should be good for a couple of months! :)

  64. Marie Buccellato posted on March 2, 2016 at 3:25 pm (#

    Made today as a gift. One recipe made 2 8 oz. jars. Really nice on my Winter hands. 

  65. fiona posted on March 22, 2016 at 10:12 am (#

    Thanks Talitha for sharing this lovely recipe using what we already have in our kitchen.  And also thanks for the free printable sticker designs.  I will make some of these soon for giving and for myself to use.  Love anything natural and homemade.

    do drop by and visit my blog

  66. Maryann posted on April 13, 2016 at 7:37 pm (#

    Where do you store this facial scrub?

    • I Heart Naptime posted on April 14, 2016 at 10:12 am (#

      I store it in a cabinet in my bathroom, or on the counter. :)

  67. Cheryl posted on April 25, 2016 at 3:26 pm (#

    Can you tell me how much one recipe makes? We’d like to do this with our Sunday School Kiddo’s for Mother’s Day, but need to know how much it will make to get enough ingredients!

    • I Heart Naptime posted on April 25, 2016 at 7:58 pm (#

      The amount listed fills a 2-cup jar nicely. :)

  68. nina posted on June 29, 2016 at 4:29 am (#

    can I use olive oil?

    • I Heart Naptime posted on June 29, 2016 at 7:07 am (#

      Olive oil would be good on dry hands and feet, but I wouldn’t recommend it for more delicate skin (like face and neck).

  69. Terry Farris posted on September 2, 2016 at 8:28 am (#

    Love the Lemon scrub.

    • I Heart Naptime posted on September 2, 2016 at 8:32 am (#

      Thanks, Terry! :)

  70. Vanessa posted on October 29, 2016 at 9:47 pm (#

    Thank you for sharing this! I live in Singapore where the humidity levels are high. Do you think this needs to be refrigerated or it can be placed in the bathroom. I guess I’m concerned that the mixture might be spoilt after some time.

    • I Heart Naptime posted on October 30, 2016 at 9:11 am (#

      If it’s humid there, I probably would put in the fridge just to make sure it’s OK for awhile. I find it only lasts a week or two, though (because it’s amazing and I use it so much!).