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!


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

  2. mmmm, I could use some of that . . .

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

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

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

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

  7. 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!)

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

    Love your post!

  9. love it. going to steal this one!

  10. 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! :)

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

  12. Lovely! What an awesome idea!

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

  14. 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!

  15. So simple, and so necessary for the summer!

  16. Cool! I love that you can taste this too!

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

  18. 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! 😉

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

  20. 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!!

  21. Can normal coconut oil be used or something special

  22. I think using brown sugar instead. Thanks for sharing!

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

  24. 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 :)


  25. 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:)

  26. What an excellent gift this would make for the holidays that are fast approaching. :)

    Thanks so much for sharing this awesome solution!

  27. 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! 😉

  28. 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?


  29. @Anonymous
    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!

  30. 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!

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


  32. 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

  33. Guess what I’m making for ALL my holiday gifts! 😀 YAY! Thank you!!!!

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  34. 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???

  35. @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!

  36. 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!!

  37. I am SO going to do this!!!
    I just know I’m going to be the most popular around with this gift; hahaha! :-)

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

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

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

  41. @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!

  42. Anonymous says:

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

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

  44. 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!

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

  46. Is this a body scrub as well?

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

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

  48. all i could find was coconut BUTTER, it’s all natural though, it says “whole coconut pulp.” will that work too?

  49. Omg i tried it my hands and feet are amazin great for the hubby with rough really rough hands n i tried it as a facial it was amazing …..

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

    • 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!

  51. Had the ingredients on hand and because it was so easy I thought I’d whip it up. Amazing!!!

  52. Ok so i have found the solid form of coconut oil refined and unrefined at every grocery store next to the extra virgin , veg. And canola oils. Its reasonably priced i think. I also use it for cooking and scrubs.


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