Kitchen Beauty: DIY Coconut & Lemon sugar scrub

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When I was around 12/13, essential oils became a big talking point and my mom was very intrigued. She spent A LOT of money and bought every single essential oil she could along with a few carrier oils and creams and bought a few books on using these oils to create your own beauty products. She got me so involved that I did my Grade 7 science project on essential oils and their uses. Essential oils was such a big part of my life as a young teenager that the scent of Tea Tree Oil was pretty much a constant in our house. We used it for everything from pimples and mosquito bites to cuts and grazes. When I was stressed, my mom would give me lavender oil to add to my bath. Once, I got a bit over enthusiastic and added too much oil to my bath which resulted in a pretty serious allergic reaction. But nevertheless, making my own products has been something I’ve been doing for a very long time and so, I thought what better to include on my blog than a few posts on these products that I have been making forever?

Coconut and lemon sugar scrub

This sugar scrub is one I’ve made for a while now and I’ve recently updated it a little. I used to only use olive oil, sugar and lemon zest but have now started making the scrub with coconut oil instead of olive and I’ve also started adding bicarbonate of soda (baking soda). Both coconut and olive oil is good to use in a scrub like this but I think that coconut oil is lighter on the skin and doesn’t leave as much of a ‘film’ as olive oil. However, coconut oil of course comes with the smell of coconuts so if you don’t like that scent, you might want to stick to olive oil. Lemon is added for it’s brightening powers and of course both sugar and bicarb are added because of their exfoliating properties. I prefer to use caster (super fine) sugar. I find that regular white/granulated sugar can be very rough on the skin but if you feel like you want that, please go ahead and use that. You can also use a soft brown sugar like demerara or muscavado. If you have very sensitive skin, rather stick to only using bicarb as it’s not as abrasive as sugar.

Coconut and lemon sugar scrub Coconut and lemon sugar scrub

Coconut and lemon sugar scrub Coconut and lemon sugar scrub

Even though I absolutely love the scent of this scrub (it smells of coconut and lemon cake), you can add essential oils instead of the lemon juice should you want a different fragrance. (Just fiy, even though the scent of the scrub itself is quite strong, the scrub leaves relatively no lingering fragrance on your body when you’ve rinsed it off.) These are the essential oils I would suggest you add to the scrub if you so please (always remember to only add a few drops as essential oils are incredibly concentrated and can cause a rash or more serious allergic reaction if you use too much of it):

Eucalyptus: Not only do I love the scent of eucalyptus but it also has clearing properties which is a great treatment for blackheads and blemishes.

Patchouli: Great treatment for rashes and scarring.

Sandalwood: Incredibly good for dry skin as it’s very moisturising.

Tea tree: Similar to eucalyptus, tea tree oil has amazing clearing properties. It is excellent when used to treat acne and helps clear blemishes and ease congestion in the skin.

Coconut and lemon sugar scrub

And so with that, here’s the recipe for your very own DIY sugar scrub:

Makes approximately 300-350ml

1 cup coconut oil, melted (simply place the coconut oil jar in a bit of hot water to melt). Take care not to heat the coconut oil too much as you don’t want the heat to dissolve the sugar.
1/2 cup caster (superfine) sugar
1/2 cup bicarbonate of soda (baking soda)
zest of 1 lemon
1 teaspoon lemon juice
3-4 drops essential oil of your choice (optional)

Simply mix all the ingredients together then store in a airtight container of your choice. The coconut oil will set, making the scrub more solid and easy to use.

To use: Rub the scrub all over your body before getting into the shower then rinse off.

Do you make your own beauty products? Let me know!

{As with all beauty product, please try a small amount of this scrub on the inside of your arm before using it to make sure you are not allergic to any of the ingredients. This scrub works wonders for my skin but that might not be the case for everyone.}

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  • MaryB

    How long can this be stored – I am assuming it is fine at room temp? Thanks!

    • Alida Ryder

      Mary, I keep mine in the shower and use it once or twice a week and it lasts around 3-4 weeks just fine.

  • Mariette

    I am a big fan of making my own sugar scrubs. I recently received edible essential oils (used for cooking and baking) from Aftelier perfumes that I used in my body scrub. There is a ylang ylang essential oil that I used for honeycomb and ylang ylang flavoured ice-cream. Quite a mind shift to be able to eat ylang ylang in its purest form (these are not flavourants, but true essential oils)! When using it in the body scrub it becomes a fully “edible” Scrubbing experience, similar to body chocolate if you know what I mean, nudge nudge, wink wink, say no more… 🙂
    I am so obsessed with coconut oil since I cut out dairy in my diet (sad story) and have been truelly surprised how well it performs as a replacement for butter in certain recipes.
    Looking forward to more beauty posts!!

    • Alida Ryder

      Mariette, I’ll definitely look out for those oils.

      I’m also such a fan of coconut oil!

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