Coconut Sugar Scrub

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I don’t know about you, but I love a good sugar scrub!
My hands are so dry from all the things I do during the day,
and sugar scrubs have always helped them feel and be soft.
In the past I have bought them, and the last jar I had was pure luxury.
It was a June Jacobs Lemon Sugar Scrub that was a gift from the hubs and I loved it!
But for $60 a container, I just couldn’t re-buy it!
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So I thought, why can’t I make my own?
I can.
I did.
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This sugar scrub is pure heaven!
No chemicals, no fragrances, nothing that isn’t natural.
Just sugar and pure coconut oil!
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It smells incredible.  And yes, I did taste it, it tastes amazing too!  😉

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2 Ingredient Coconut Sugar Scrub {A Pretty Life}
2 Ingredient Coconut Sugar Scrub {A Pretty Life}
Wouldn’t this make a great gift?!

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Here’s How-To:  
Granulated sugar (just the plain ol’ stuff you already have in the pantry)
Pure Unrefined Coconut Oil (I used Nutiva – it is organic, unrefined, pure)
  • Just use a 2:1 ratio of Sugar to Coconut Oil (I used 1/2 cup sugar and 1/4 cup coconut oil)
  • In a bowl mix the two together completely.
  • Put into a container for use.
  • Just rub your hands and/or feet with the scrub, rinse and dry.  They will feel soft as a baby’s bum!
  • Sugar scrubs are best for exfoliating hands and feet.  I would never use this on my face.
  • Pure coconut oil is solid at room temperature.
  • Unrefined coconut oil smells out-of-this world amazing!
  • I found the coconut oil in the organic foods aisle at the grocery store. (For the Canadian readers, I bought mine at SuperStore.)
  • If you want to give this as a gift to someone, I have a free printable for your jars.
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Be fabulous!
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  • Reply Janet August 9, 2011 at 1:54 AM

    Thanks for a great idea would make excellent gifts for the holidays.

  • Reply Barb August 9, 2011 at 3:32 AM

    mmmm, I could use some of that . . .

  • Reply Lindsay @ Delighted Momma August 9, 2011 at 3:39 AM

    I am such a sucker for anything with coconut!! I love that you made your own own scrub. I bet it smells delicious!

  • Reply Alison August 9, 2011 at 7:38 AM

    This looks amazing, I have made scrubs before but never thought to use coconut oil, fab idea!

  • Reply Sam Findlay August 9, 2011 at 11:35 AM

    This sounds great! I’m going to have to try it! And yes perfect for gifts!

  • Reply Brunette & Blessed August 9, 2011 at 11:59 AM

    love your mason jar and this looks really easy! may have to try this

  • Reply Stephanie @ henry happened August 9, 2011 at 3:04 PM

    I love the smell of coconut! Always makes me think of the beach. Gotta pin this to make – would be a perfect gift! (and i love your photos!)

  • Reply Joi Malkin August 9, 2011 at 8:47 PM

    Awesome! I recently did a post on how to make your own Sugar Scrubs. Check it out at:

    Love your post!

  • Reply Elaine August 9, 2011 at 9:13 PM

    love it. going to steal this one!

  • Reply Audra @ The Kurtz Corner August 9, 2011 at 11:13 PM

    You did an amazing job! This would be a great gift! I’d love for you to link up at my Tuesday Tutorials Link Party! 🙂

  • Reply Karatootie August 10, 2011 at 4:38 AM

    I think that I may head over to my local hfs and pick up some coconut oil! tfs! Hugs, Ingrid

  • Reply adashofdomestic August 10, 2011 at 4:49 AM

    Lovely! What an awesome idea!

  • Reply love, mj August 10, 2011 at 7:28 PM

    this looks so easy! i NEED to make some! thanks!!

  • Reply Nicolette @ Momnivore's Dilemma August 11, 2011 at 2:14 AM

    The smell of this alone would make me want to eat it.

    Not only is coconut oil good for the skin, but eating it does wonders for digestion and weight loss. {Check out the book Eat Fat, Lose Weight}

    Thanks for sharing, Jo-Anna!

  • Reply meesh@idreamofchairs August 11, 2011 at 2:17 AM

    So simple, and so necessary for the summer!

  • Reply Julie August 12, 2011 at 2:19 AM

    Cool! I love that you can taste this too!

  • Reply Nike@ChooseToThrive August 12, 2011 at 2:57 PM

    Oh my heck … this sounds so good! I can’t wait to try this!

  • Reply Madigan at madiganmade August 13, 2011 at 12:50 AM

    Um – I love coconut (in my belly)… but I may need to try this. I’ve always wanted to make a sugar scrub. Hope I don’t want to eat my toes after using it! 😉

  • Reply Jenna@DelightingInToday August 13, 2011 at 1:19 AM

    I can almost smell this now! Ahhh… And what a fun gift it would make – teacher’s gift, hostess gift… thanks for sharing!

  • Reply lindsay August 13, 2011 at 4:18 AM

    I’ve been searching for gifts for the holidays – this is on the top of my list. Unless I use it all first. Can’t wait to try it out!!

  • Reply notyet100 August 13, 2011 at 9:24 AM

    Can normal coconut oil be used or something special

  • Reply Rosynell Serrano August 13, 2011 at 4:00 PM

    I think using brown sugar instead. Thanks for sharing!

  • Reply June Scott August 13, 2011 at 6:47 PM

    I’ve been collecting sugar scrub recipes – thanks Jo-Anna!

  • Reply Kristine @ JandMs Eye Candy August 16, 2011 at 7:44 AM

    YUM!!! This sounds delish!! I’ve been meaning to try a scrub but haven’t. Thanks for the inspiration!!

    LOVE this idea!! And your daughter is absolutely beautiful!! SO cute!!

    We host a linky party called “Help a Momma Out” every Tuesday! This would be an awesome link up!! I would love for you to share it! Thanks so much for considering 🙂


  • Reply ~SHANNON~ August 17, 2011 at 1:39 AM

    Thank so much for linking up to A mommy Club Wednesday Link up! This is a truly creative post- And I am def making this! Loved it so much I will be featuring it on this weeks Link up!

    We’d love if you shared more posts with us- and if you’d grab the button for under your post so more people can join the fun!(You can find the code here:

    PS- I’m your newest follower:)

  • Reply Crystal August 17, 2011 at 4:09 AM

    What an excellent gift this would make for the holidays that are fast approaching. 🙂

    Thanks so much for sharing this awesome solution!

  • Reply {nifty thrifty things} August 20, 2011 at 6:37 PM

    This is such a great idea! I wish I could smell it!
    Thank you so much for linking it up to {nifty thrifty sunday} last week! You’ll be featured tomorrow! 😉

  • Reply Anonymous September 21, 2011 at 6:25 PM

    I may be naive, but is there ever an issue with the sugar molding? I would think that any form of ‘wet’ sugar might encourage growth… no?


  • Reply A Pretty Life in the Suburbs September 21, 2011 at 6:43 PM

    Hi Loring! That’s actually a really good question, and I wondered about that myself… So far no mold! I’ve had mine on the counter in my kitchen since the beginning of August and it’s still nice and moist and no mold!

  • Reply Tamar November 8, 2011 at 3:57 PM

    Oh my! This sounded so wonderful that I put my laptop aside, went straight to my kitchen, got out my coconut oil (YUMMIE) & sugar & made a lovely little batch!! (It took all of 2-3 minutes) … I’m back with soft, delicious smelling hands!! And, yah, I tasted it too … DeLiCiOuS!! 🙂

    Thanks for sharing … this one is a keeper for sure!

  • Reply Jen November 26, 2011 at 4:30 PM

    I love coconut…this looks like a winner for sure!


  • Reply Kerryanne English November 27, 2011 at 7:53 PM

    I too make my own sugar scrub but I’ve never used the coconut oil before – must try this.

    I’d love it if you could share this over on my Simply Christmas Inspiration Party at

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  • Reply Anonymous December 12, 2011 at 4:18 AM

    Ok I bought coconut oil to try to make this after seeing it on pinterest – I just noticed the tip on the coconut oil being solid at room temperature. So I didn’t buy the wrong stuff? Will it work or be too thick???

  • Reply A Pretty Life in the Suburbs December 12, 2011 at 4:21 AM

    @Anonymous Hi! If the stuff you have is solid, it’s the right stuff! If it’s an oil, I’m sure it would work too… But the solid stuff is what I use! I hope you love the scrub!

  • Reply mtdsmom December 19, 2011 at 6:25 PM

    Saw this post and had to try it!! I LOVE it!! My kids LOVE it!! I made some for Christmas gifts too!! Thank you for sharing such an easy and wonderful idea!!

  • Reply Edins House December 22, 2011 at 7:28 PM

    I am SO going to do this!!!
    I just know I’m going to be the most popular around with this gift; hahaha! 🙂

  • Reply Carol R December 28, 2011 at 5:59 PM

    Does anyone in the UK know where I can buy the solid coconut oil? I would love to have a go at making this.

  • Reply Titus 2 Work in Progress January 1, 2012 at 1:15 AM

    New follower! Found you on the linky party. Gotta try this coconut scrub. Pinning it 🙂

  • Reply Dee January 20, 2012 at 2:53 AM

    Can you tell me where you purchased the jar? I have been looking for inexpensive jars but shipping is a killer!

  • Reply A Pretty Life in the Suburbs January 30, 2012 at 1:10 AM

    @DeeHi Dee! I found the jar at the dollar store of all places! Dollar stores tend to carry a lot of jars similar to this and they are fabulous for packaging goodies in!

  • Reply Anonymous March 5, 2012 at 7:49 PM

    If you find sugar too harsh (or want to use it on your face) then I’ve found ground almonds makes a good substitute

    • Reply A Pretty Life in the Suburbs May 1, 2012 at 2:43 AM

      Great idea! And yummy…

    • Reply Kathy November 10, 2012 at 9:44 AM

      Do you only use this on your hands and feet? Or can you use this all over your body with the exception of your face? Thanks!

  • Reply Shatzi @ Love and Laundry April 30, 2012 at 3:42 AM

    I love sugar scrub! And I already have all of the ingredients. I might be making this in my very near future. 🙂

  • Reply purpose August 30, 2012 at 1:19 AM

    I just made this scrub and it smells amazing! I did a quick trial-scrub on my hands – they are so soft and I keep sniffing them. Thanks for sharing your recipe. I’m glad I found you on Pinterest!

  • Reply Anonymous September 6, 2012 at 3:15 PM

    I bought refined coconut oil. Will this work just as good? Thanks!

  • Reply EL November 8, 2012 at 12:11 PM

    Is this a body scrub as well?

    Do you have to refrigerate it? How long does it last?

  • Reply Kerry November 11, 2012 at 6:22 AM

    I made this scrub yesterday – it was great then. Today it is rock solid. How can I prevent the coconut oil from solidifying?

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    Question: should this be used on wet or dry skin???????

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      Hi Joyce!
      You can use this scrub on either wet or dry skin. I like to use it on dry skin myself, as I find it exfoliates much better!

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