Homemade Citrus Sugar Scrub

citrus sugar scrub


In winter when the cold, dry air hits, my skin feels as if it’s verging on the reptilian. Regular moisturizers don’t seem to cut it in winter. My face needed a double strength solution of exfoliation and moisturizing.

crocodile skin


Why make your own?

  1. It’s far cheaper than the $30 ones from the store
  2. Incredibly easy to make
  3. Smells light and citrusy
  4. Most importantly, it works.


Coconut oil is a powerful moisturizer that is beneficial to restoring dry or flaking skin. Unlike your average moisturizer that contains a lot of water and likely synthetic ingredients, coconut oil helps to strengthen skin tissue more deeply and eliminate dead skin cells while absorbing quickly into your skin.


Coconut oil also helps to delay the occurrence of wrinkles because it contains antioxidant Vitamin E, known to protect skin cells from damage over time.



Homemade Citrus Sugar Scrub: 

  • ¾ cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon unrefined coconut oil
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 3-4 drops grapefruit essential oil


I like to begin making sugar scrubs by testing out the sugar first, in jelly bean form.

jelly beans

Pour the sugar in a small bowl, and mix in the coconut oil, lemon juice and essential oil. Stir until well combined. Pour into a jar or other sealed container.

lemon juice

add essential oil

stir well

jar without lid

jar with lid

After exfoliating, rinse off the scrub with warm water. Your face will be flake-free, soft and glowing.  I noticed a huge difference after just the first use.  My plan is to use it 2-3 nights per week before bed, and increase if necessary.

cat in bag

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