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Do you suffer from dry winter skin?

A few of my family members have been raving about this wonderful homemade sugar scrub and I agree that it’s wonderful! I tried it after a sea salt manicure left me with itchy hives from the salon’s product. It works just as well as those expensive fancy scrubs and it’s made with natural ingredients!

Homemade Sugar Scrub

Supplies Needed:

Homemade sugar scrub with just coconut oil and sugar


  • Combine equal parts coconut oil and sugar.
  • Mix in essential oils

coconut oil sugar scrub

Coconut oil is extremely hydrating and feels dreamy.

The sugar gently exfoliates your skin and combined they leave your skin feeling super soft after a bath. For a stronger exfoliator, you can use less sugar and add in sea salt. Use a quality essential oil or a blend of your favorite oils like I did here, or you can use a little lemon juice and rind as a natural scent. Your scrub may not keep as long however with fresh lemon.

Keep a little jar of this by your bathtub and enjoy! My pretty blue jar was just $1.49 at Cost Plus world Market.

Written by Lina for Hip2Save. Lina is a proud mom of 2 kids who loves photography, all holidays, cooking, thrift store makeovers, bargain shopping, and DIY makeovers. Her goal is to create a beautiful life and stylish home on a dime! To see all of Lina’s DIY/Crafts created just for Hip2Save, click here.

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  1. MommyGio

    I love making sugar scrub. We use 2 parts sugar to 1 part coconut oil. I even use it on my face as an exfoliation wash. Love it!!

  2. Bethany G

    I LOVE making this sugar scrub!! It feels wonderful. There are so many combos you could do. I like citrus fresh, grapefruit, tangerine, cypress essential oils in mine. I massage in and rinse off after I shave. No lotion needed, no razor rash.

  3. Bethany G

    I LOVE making sugar scrub. I use citrus fresh, grapefruit, tangerine, and cypress essential oils in mine. I massage in & rinse off after I shave. No lotion needed!

  4. Deb

    Can you use brown sugar instead?

    • Sarah

      Yes, my daughter and I made this with brown sugar and instead of essential oil, some vanilla extract for a brown sugar vanilla scrub. Smells great and feels great too. The scent isn’t too overpowering either.

  5. Valerie H

    I’m lazy and I just dump some sugar in a bowl and add enough olive oil to get a nice consistency. I love it! It’s great to use before you shave your legs.

    • tipaye

      Thanks for the idea of the olive oil! ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. Leigh Ann

    Can this be used in the shower? Anyone ever had any issues with the coconut oil clogging the drain?

    • Rachel

      Coconut oil has a low melting point of 75/76 degrees F. Chances are, you shower with a much hotter temperature. Most hot tubs are around 100 degrees F, as a point of reference. As long as you keep the warm water running down the drain after rinsing off the scrub, either by shaving, shampooing/conditioning, etc., you should be fine.

    • alicia

      That’s a great question as when I’m doing oil pulling I always spit it in the garbage in fear that it will clog my sink

    • Ashley

      If you have a septic system you shouldn’t put the oil (or any oils/fats) down the drain, as it will solidify again once it’s made its way further along your pipes and into or near the septic tank. Then it can clog your system.

  7. Meah

    Where can i buy essential oil?tia

  8. thehenrydthoreau

    When I was 300 pounds, I had horrible skin I dropped down to 146 which helped with some of the issues but not all. I saw a similar post here about a year ago. I use coconut oil, regular sugar and a few drops of peppermint oil. Coconut oil tightens skin, prevents wrinkles and has anti-aging properties.

    I often hear I look about 20 years younger than my true age. The times I wear make up, I wear much, much less than I have in the past, I’m very happy with the results. Yes, I am a women btw.

    • Strange divinity

      How did you drop all the weight if you don’t mind me asking? I was 315 and am now 290 looking for a way to keep going.

      • thehenrydthoreau

        I’ve walked over 11,000 miles in four years. I rarely eat bread and pasta. I cut out cookies and potatoes. You need to figure out what is your BMR (Basal Metabolic Rate). This is how many calories you burn if you laid down all day. It is 1500 for most people. The formula for weight loss, weight gain or weight maintenance is calories in – (BMR+ calories out) = total calories. My FItness Pal has a similar program but I’ve found it too caloric restrictive. You want to hit between 1700-1900 calories per day for weight loss. As you lose weight, your appetite decreases — unless– you become super active. It becomes easier to track calories.

        The other piece of advice is to save money for wardrobe changes. I went from a size 32 to size 8. While I like I can wear juniors,. I had to replace everything from shoes to undergarments. I am just sick of clothes

        • Ph

          Great story keep up the good work.

        • Ammrx

          Congrats on the weight loss. Of course you probably already know but rummage sales and garage sales are great places for small sizes in great shape. Since people tend to gain more often than they lose.

        • Kikisaver

          Walking 7.5+ miles per day for four years is impressive! Way to go!! I run 15 miles a day and that keeps me slim. I break it up into 7.5 miles twice a day and I don’t restrict any food groups.

      • Ph

        On the right track. Sugar and carbs are the issue all processed foods. Cook at home plenty of fruits and veggies

    • Tilley

      How did you lose the weight. TIA

  9. Tracy

    I ude jusg coconut oil in ny face as a moisturizer. It is also a good makeup remover. I use it for taking off my mascara. Just asking if anyone knows. Does wearing makeup age you? I am almost 26 and look around 18 and I never wear makeup. As in foundation. I am just wondering if wearing makeup on a daily basis would age a person. I love the look of people with full makeup on, not.overdone but can never pull it off. I just don’t think the effects are worth wearing it

    • thehenrydthoreau

      Yes, make up does age. Many products have petroleum in them. Mascara is guava. Also leaving make up on all day damages skin. The times I wear make up, I remove it asap. I’ve found that my skin has responded so well to the coconut oil, that I use only a very small bit of pressed powder the times I wear make up. I need to remember to apply sun screen when I go out.

    • Diane

      If you’re concerned about makeup having adverse effects on your skin, you might want to try Lemongrass Spa products. (No, I have absolutely no affiliation with the company…just love the products!) They use primarily plant-based ingredients that are gentle on skin.

  10. liz

    Are these sugar scrubs sticky? Seems like it would be sticky on your skin.

    • thehenrydthoreau

      Not at all. The sugar exfoliates the skin and the oil absorbs into the skin. One could use salt but the sugar helps moisture the skin.

  11. Susan

    I have some grapeseed oil that I just got and I was wondering if I could try that instead of the coconut oil? I’m new to using “carrier” oils and “essential” oils and I want to make sure I’m using things safely and effectively. Thanks!

    • Melanie

      Yes, Susan, grape seed oil is great for this!

      • Susan

        Thanks Melanie! I’m gonna give it a try:)

  12. Ger

    You guys use this for a face scrub too?

  13. glo

    Hi! I love putting a spoonful of coconut oil under hot water in the tub when taking a bath. Just be careful when standing in tub or shower. Any oil is very slippery.

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