Homemade Sugar Scrub with Essential Oils

Sugar scrubs are an all-natural, luxurious way to exfoliate and cleanse the skin. Best part is they are cheap and easy to make, so let’s get started!

All Natural Citrus Coconut Sugar Scrub

Don’t you just love having little luxuries in the bathroom? Especially ones that smell amazing, are good for you, all-natural and don’t break the bank? Well this one covers all of that. Oh yeah, baby. You can use this to:

  • Exfoliate
  • Moisturize
  • Cleanse
  • Remove makeup and dirt

It can also be a great way to wash your hands and body, especially during the winter months when the skin gets very dry and cracked. You can incorporate ingredients that actually heal and protect your skin, too!

What’s Special About Coconut Oil?

Coconut oil in particular has it’s own healing qualities due to the lauric acid it contains, a medium chain saturated fatty acids (MCFA) that is converted in the body into a compound called monolaurin, an antiviral and antibacterial that destroys a wide variety of disease causing organisms. So, coconut oil does more than other carrier oils by killing germs while at the same time, drawing them out of the body.

Add Essential Oils for a Powerful Punch

Essential oils make everything amazing, really! But seriously, they do. I chose to use Citrus Fresh in this recipe because it has such an uplifting scent, and it also really helps to fight germs. I used to buy whatever essential oils I could get my hands on but quickly learned that they didn’t work and were not organic and adulterated. I fell in love with EO’s once I discovered Young Living and haven’t looked back since!

Acne Prone Skin: Use Citrus Fresh (blend of orange, tangerine, lemon, mandarin, grapefruit, and spearmint), lemon, orange, tangerine, geranium, or Melrose (blend of melaleuca, melaleuca alternifolia, rosemary, and clove), rosemary, or Melaleuca Alternifolia. However, all of the citrus oils are photosensitive and can cause your skin to burn if exposed to the sun within 24 hours.

Dry, Cracked Skin: Neroli, lavender, frankincense, Roman or German chamomiles, cedarwood, Myrrh, Sandalwood, or Melrose (blend of melaleuca, melaleuca alternifolia, rosemary, and clove)

Aging Skin and Wrinkles – Frankincense, myrrh, rose, lavender, Gentle Baby, or Sensation


All Natural Citrus Coconut Sugar Scrub with Citrus Fresh


  • 1/2 cup sugar (anything but brown sugar is fine, it absorbs the liquid and becomes as hard as a rock!)
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil (I like this one)
  • 1/4 cup other carrier oil (jojoba, sweet almond, grapeseed, olive)
  • 6-10 drops of your preferred essential oil (see list above picture, where to buy high quality essential oils)
  • OPTIONAL – to add some color (like for Valentine’s Day or Christmas), add some cherry juice or beet powder

Soften the coconut oil over the stove or in the oven. Mix all the ingredients in a bowl, stirring well. Spoon into a glass container (essential oils eat through plastic and destroy it, unless it’s PETE plastic).


These cute little jars make great gifts for teachers, mothers, school workers, holidays like Christmas and Valentine’s and more!

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About Sara McFall

Sara is the owner and founder of My Merry Messy Life, which started in 2011 as a way to chronicle her journey to a natural, chemical-free lifestyle and to share her passions of mothering, real food, homeschooling and crochet. She is a mama to three precious and energetic little boys and wife to a university professor who loves to sing, dance ballet and ballroom, and live simply and naturally.


  1. Elaine Hopkins says:

    I found that if you use brown sugar, it won’t harden if you increase the amount of carrier oil. It makes a nice exfoliant.

  2. Love love! Just made a batch. Used coconut oil and olive oil with peppermint essential oil. Thank you for the recipe!

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