Wednesday, May 07, 2014

DIY Luscious Citrus Sugar Scrub with Free Printable

This Luscious Citrus Sugar Scrub is super simple to whip up and makes a great gift. I was floored when I realized I could make sugar body scrub so easily and inexpensively at home.

This scrub is a super luxurious treat for dry, weathered skin. If you prefer a more-coarse scrub, you can alter the amount of sugar you use to adjust the consistency. Some may prefer it rather oily and choose to use less sugar while some may enjoy it more-coarse. It's all about your preference ... just add more sugar or oil until you reach the consistency you like.

I am providing the printable I used for my labels (see bottom of post). They can be used to tie onto the containers with raffia or ribbon. Or, you can label the tops of your jars with the circle labels if the size is right. (Just right-click the printable to save to your computer, then print as a full page in high-resolution.)

A small spoon or scoop can be attached to the container with ribbon, if desired. I would encourage use of some type of spoon or similar item so that wet fingers aren't used to scoop out the product. (Getting water into the scrub can cause bacteria growth over time.) I would, also, discourage you from storing the container directly in the shower or tub. Keep in a dry place and scoop out what you need at time of use. (It's a good idea to pass this info on to the gift recipient if gifting.)

Vitamin E Oil is used in the "recipe" to help act as a natural preservative. The addition of sea salt can help, too, if desired.

DIY Luscious Citrus Sugar Scrub


1/2 cup organic coconut oil
1 cup oil (I prefer sunflower, safflower or basic olive oil)
Lemon essential oil
1 1/2 – 2 1/2 cups white table sugar or organic cane sugar (I prefer a combination)
Oil from 3 - 4 Vitamin E capsules (pricked with a pin and squeezed into scrub mixture)


In a glass bowl, melt coconut oil for 30 - 45 seconds in the microwave until it becomes liquid. (This can, also, be done in a small pan on the stovetop.)

Mix lemon essential oil (start with around five drops, then add more to adjust the scent strength to your liking), Vitamin E oil and oil of choice with the melted coconut oil.

Stir in the sugar. For a thinner, more-oily consistency, start with around 1 1/2 cups of sugar, then add more - a little at a time - until you reach the consistency you like. For a more-coarse and not as oily scrub, you will use all or most of the 2 1/2 cups of sugar (and maybe a little more).

Here is the free printable that compliments the scrub when giving as a gift:
NOTE: Fresh citrus zest can be added, but doing so requires quicker use of the product. I've read that the recommended shelf-life when using fresh fruit zest or juice in sugar scrubs is around two weeks. Without it, this should be fine for months. Also, you can skip using the coconut oil if you don't have it or don't want to purchase it. Instead, substitute whatever other oil you're using in its place. Also, other essentials oils can be used to yield a different scent if desired.

I'm working on a Brown Sugar Almond Scrub that smells amazing. So, stay tuned.
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