Lemon Sugar Scrub

I am still recovering from this last weekend.  My feet are killing me.  We did a lot of walking and running back and forth to make sure everything was running smoothly with  the Snap Conference. My feet needed a little extra love and pampering.  So I was excited to be able to use some of this amazing Lemon Sugar Scrub.  I whipped it up a couple of weeks ago and have used it a couple of times but still had some left. Perfect!


You will need the following ingredients:

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Lemon Sugar Scrub Recipe:

2 cups Granulated White Sugar

1/3 to 1/4 cup of Almond or Coconut Oil

3-4 drops of Lemon Essential Oil

It is so easy to make. Really! I simply took two cups of white granulated Sugar and mixed in a 1/4 cup to 1/3 cup Almond Oil (Coconut Oil will work too).  Add the oil slowly till you have a nice soft consistency that is soft but not too oily.  Then add a few drops of Lemon Essential Oil.

Scoop the mixture into a pretty jar.  And keep it all to yourself.  Or…if you are the sharing type…which sometimes I am, gift it to your mom or one of your best girlfriends!  They will love you forever!
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This stuff is really so amazing and feels so decadent and expensive.  No one will be the wiser that it was so easy and inexpensive to make.  Those are the best kind of gifts to give…am I right?

This makes your feet so soft and makes them smell so good.  Perfect for those summer time feet.

I made the labels on my Silhouette CAMEO.  I made the file into a pdf so that you can print it out here.  Simply print on white card stock and cut it out and glue on the jar with a glue stick.  Works like a charm.

 {Lemon Sugar Scrub}

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You can buy high quality/food grade Essential Oils here: Lemon Essential Oil

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Other Idea Room Sugar Scrubs/Bath Salts you might be interested in checking out:

Frankincense Sugar Scrub

Myrrh Bath Salts

Homemade Bath Salts Recipe

Chocolate Sugar Scrub

Cinnamon Vanilla Sugar Scrub

Coconut Lime Sugar Scrub

Peppermint Sugar Foot Scrub

Candy Cane Sugar Scrub

Pumpkin Spice Sugar Scrub

Lemon Sugar Scrub

Brown Sugar Scrub

Citrus Bliss Sugar Scrub Cubes



  1. ange says

    I’m absolutely LOVING these. What a cute gift idea! How did you make those darling labels? I think that the labels really add to the cuteness!!! angellsworth at gmail com

  2. says

    This looks amazing. I wanna try it and make my hubby give me a foot treatment, haha. He used to do that back in the day. I’m sad we didn’t get a chance to chat during SNAP although I totally understand how busy you were! It was a great conference. Also what are you shooting this scrub on? I love how distressed it is!

    • says

      I know! Thanks Heidi! Wish we could have chatted! I took apart an old swing that was at my house when we moved in. Then I just made a slab of wood out of it for pictures. I will share the tutorial here shortly :) Thanks!

  3. says

    I love making my own sugar scrubs. You’ll have to try using Citrus Bliss (also doTerra) in another scrub. It smells SO good!

    • says

      I just stumbled on this and can’t wait to try it. Can you please tell me more about the scents Citress Bliss and Terra? I am totally new to this, as if you hadn’t guessed. Also, I would love the information on printing the label. Thanks so mch for sharing!

      • Trish F says

        doTerra EO’s are a brand name and only available to purchase through someone. Citrus Bliss is one of their blends.

  4. says

    These look fab – I love sugar scrubs so def’ going to give these are go. How long do you think they’ll keep in the jar ?
    I’ve got some rose aromatherapy oil think I will try that one too.
    ((hugs)) Suzie xoxo

    • says

      I have had this for over a month now. Just got around to posting it and there is still some in the jar. It still smells and works like new. It has been sitting in my office too.

      • says

        It is my understanding that essential oils have a “preservative” power. With Almond oil you will know when it has gone off. I would say probably 60 days is best for the freshest fragrance and the integrity of the ingredients. Keep in the fridge in warm climates as it will break down faster in the heat. Coconut Oil however should keep for 3-6 months in the open. Don’t know if you will “know” by smell when the Coconut Oil is off….

  5. Laurie says

    I love this, so funny that I have been researching recipes for natural oil based beauty products andwith this pops up onthe my news feed. This will make a wonderful Mothers Day gift! Lemon is my favorite pick me up!

  6. beth f. says

    I am anxious to try this. Are you able to share the printable for the label – love it!

  7. Kate says

    Do you have a link to those cute labels? I would love to make these for gifts, and the label makes it sooo cute!

  8. Janitsy says

    I would also love to know where you got those cute labels? We are hosting a mother daughter event and I would love to make these as favors.

    • says

      I have the labels as a silhouette file. I can send it to you if you would like. Just leave me a comment or an email.

    • says

      I personally would not use the lemon juice. The essential oils are so nice for your skin and the shelf life of them is a long time. I would worry about the juice turning the sugar rancid.

    • says

      Hey Amber! I made the labels with my Silhouette. I have the file but it is an svg file! You can have a copy if you would like.

  9. Pam says

    Would love to have the file for the labels. I am working a fishing tournament next week and am definitely going to make this and give away. Thanks!!

  10. Dawn Cobb says

    So cute!! Can’t wait to try it! Can you please send me the file for the labels?


    • says

      I still have not learned how to change a silhouette file into a pdf for everyone to use. If anyone knows how I would love to know. That way I can share it with everyone and not just silhouette users. I know many of you don’t have them.

      • Denise says

        I have been trying for the last hour to try and convert the file to no avail :(
        Have you figured anything out???

        Thanks so much for your awesome ideas :)

      • Debi Alderman says

        Amy-I would like to try the svg label file. If I can convert it for you I will send it back in a pdf format. Thanks!!

      • Caroline says

        Hi Amy, would you be able to just print screen the svg file? So at least it would be an image file.

  11. Jenny says

    I am in love with this idea and can’t wait to try it! Could you also send me the file for the cute labels?

  12. Natalia says

    Hello first time here. Love ur blog. I am obssessed w/scrubs. I use them everyday in my underarm area. I don’t like dark underarms nor the residue of the deororant. I’ve heard lemon & baking soda are good to lighten those body parts that tend to be darker, like our knees, elbows etc. I wonder if this scrub is the way to go?! Thank You! Sorry for the long comment.

    • says

      That is a great question. You can warm it up in the microwave just a little bit or run the bottle under warm water. Then when it is liquid you can mix it with the sugar. It will harden when not in use. But you will be able to scoop some out and it will warm in your hands and then you will be able to use it as a scrub!

  13. Vicki says

    Your pretty lemon sugar scrub is perfect for a small summer fun basket I wanted to give to some friends. What great timing! Thank you for sharing!

  14. Amy Anderson says

    Where did you get the cute little jars? I love them, and where did you get the cute labels. I didn’t see where to download the labels.

  15. KJ422 says

    this is SO cute! i’m going to make these as part of the gift bags full of wine, yummy snacks,and other things to pamper themselves with that i’m giving to my bridesmaids!

    do these have a somewhat long shelf life? i’m sure they’ll just need to be stirred up right?!

  16. says

    Perfect timing! I’m going to make this for my mom for Mother’s Day. She gardens a lot so it will be a perfect remedy for her hands, thank you!

  17. Krisanne says

    Where do I buy the essential oil? I really want to make this but can’t find a place that sells them.

    • Jennifer Voelker says

      I get mine at a grocery store near us in the natural foods section. I’ve seen them for sale on Amazon too. Probably Whole Foods would have them if you have one near you.

  18. BJS says

    I am so tickled to find a recipe for a something I’ve had on my list to buy! Thank you! I can’t wait to make it!

  19. Jessica says

    Recipe looks awesome! Found you on pinterest. In regards to the labels… I have no idea what a silhouette is, but if you can print from whatever program you use to make them, try this. Download and install the free program “cutepdf”, it installs as a virtual “printer” on your computer. In your program you make the labels with, go to print them, select “cutepdf” as your printer, pick a place to save, and you’ve got a .pdf to share! I love that little tool, hope it works for you!

    • Jennifer Voelker says

      I use a facial scrub from Indigo Wild. After reading this, I’m thinking about trying to make a facial scrub too. It has sugar, some type of oil and a few essential oils in it.

  20. Sara Bender says

    Love this idea, went out today to fetch the ingredients, however, I was unable to find Almond oil, I did find the coconut oil, I’m assuming that you use the same amount as the almond oil? also, I didn’t find just lemon essential oil, instead I found lemongrass. I hope these ingresients will still work together. I am excited to make this for mothers day and teacher appreciation week. Thanks for the post!

  21. Aubrey says

    I’m going to try to make this for my step-daughter’s birthday party this weekend. She wants a lemon/lime theme, so I’ll use these as favors for her friends! Fingers crossed it comes out good!

  22. AManda says

    I love the lemon idea!! I’ve made different versions of this over time. I use it to shave my legs. It exfoliates so well and leaves your legs smoother than anything I’ve ever tried!! You just scrub it on your legs, shave, rub more on yours legs and shave one more time and it gets rid of the dead skin cells.

  23. Valerie says

    What a wonderful and easy idea! What size jar does this recipe fill up? I am making 25 4ounce jars as baby shower favors :)

  24. diane says

    hia great easy idea, would frshly squeezed lemon work as well as essential oils?? or will it not keep as long?

  25. Tawnya Love says

    What size jar would you recommend for gift giving (number of ounces)? Definitely want to do these scrubs for gifts this Christmas. :)

  26. Jillian says

    Hello, I love this idea and thinking about making this for all my little ones teachers as Christmas presents. How long is the shelf life? If I made it now would it be okay mid December? Thanks!!!

  27. Anna says

    Hi there, I was just wondering where the best place/temperature is to store this scrub is? Because of the oil I wouldn’t want to keep it in the fridge. Will it get moldy if I leave it at room temperature?

    • says

      Coconut oil turns into a solid around 70 degrees..Room temperature. So you could still use it and then warm some up in your hand. It should loosen up when it gets warmer. Or you can put the jar in warm water to warm it up and it will become more liquid. I really like the Coconut oil though!! Or if it bothers you and you want it prettier you can use a different oil such as almond Oil.

  28. Andrina says

    These are brilliant! I’m actually going to make some for Christmas this year…sisters in law, aunts, girlfriends, teachers….anyway, my question is, being that all of this is edible /organic material, how long would you expect the scrub to last? I purchased lemon extract because I thought it might last longer. And I didn’t think about almond oil (yum!) but is coconut oil found in liquid form? I’ve only seen it as a solid. It would smell great I think. Can’t wait to get to working on this! :)

    • says

      Coconut oil will form a solid at about room temp. So you can use it it just may look a little more clumpy. But once you warm it in your hands, it will soften right up. Coconut oil is really good for you. I would expect it to last for a couple of months if sealed properly. Make sure to clean hands before touching it so you don’t leave bacteria on the jar to grow!!

  29. Johanna says

    • Lana says

      I would also like to know how to use them. You said you put on a tag the scrub – needs to be refridgerated, what all do you put on your tag when giving away?

  30. tina says

    Can you send me the file for the labels for the lemon and if you can peppermint… Loving them… Thank you so much… I make an orange one also…

      • Mary says

        This is from Jessica – on May 5, 2012 she wrote:
        “Recipe looks awesome! Found you on pinterest. In regards to the labels… I have no idea what a silhouette is, but if you can print from whatever program you use to make them, try this. Download and install the free program “cutepdf”, it installs as a virtual “printer” on your computer. In your program you make the labels with, go to print them, select “cutepdf” as your printer, pick a place to save, and you’ve got a .pdf to share! I love that little tool, hope it works for you!”
        Perhaps you could try her suggestion, and then you’d be able to have the labels in pdf format.

  31. Lana says

    I would also like to know how to use them. You said you put on a tag the scrub – needs to be refridgerated, what all do you put on your tag when giving away?

    • says

      Yes! Put the instructions. Basically it is a scrub to use in the tub or shower or at the sink for your hands. Anywhere you want softer, smoother skin. Refrigerating will just make it last longer. A few weeks out should be fine.

      • Lana says

        Thanks. It helped me come up with a poem.

        This is a sugar scrub,
        to use in the shower or the tub.
        Just on your hands, you think,
        Use it in the sink.
        Want your skin smooth and soft?
        Then use this scrub oft.
        Using only a smidge?
        Keep the rest of me in the fridge.
        It will extend me a tad,
        and your skin will be glad

    • says

      It should be fine. Not sure if it will be sticky. You could test it out on a little bit first. I would refrigerate it though as I am not sure it would have a long shelf life.

  32. Brenda says

    What a FAB idea! Unfortunately I’m unable to download your label (my Mac has issues), any chance you can email it to me? Pretty please with lemon sugar scrub on top? Lol thanks!

  33. Lisa Waters says

    I just made the scrub and it turned out great! I’m unable to open the file to the labels though. Are you able to send me the file? Thank you for sharing such a wonderful idea! I made the peppermint too;)

    • maryanne says

      HI , I made the Lemon sugar scrub and am unable to print the label can you e-mail it to me?

  34. Claudia says

    LOVE this! I’d love to make them this holiday season! Where did you get the cure jars? All I can find are mason jars but the ones you used look great! Also, I’m unable to download the label, can you email it to me? Love your blog!

  35. Rebecca says

    I just had to add that I made this tonight, as well as peppermint and sweet orange, and it was super simple. I think they will make great gifts for coworkers. Thanks a ton. Oh and I used safflower oil and didn’t notice too much of a color change…I couldn’t find coconut or almond oil in my area…or I wasn’t looking in the right place:)

  36. says

    This was so much fun (but messy) to make! I also made your peppermint candy cane scrub, which i put too much food dye in so it isn’t so candy cane like anymore, but I’m still happy with it:)
    Thanks for the ideas, made perfect xmas gifts.
    I posted pictures to my new blog if you want to check them out

  37. erin says


    Love this idea, can’t wait to try it. Thinking of making it as a gift favor for my sister’s birthday. Could you send me the file for the labels?

    Thank you!


  38. Sarah says

  39. Brandi says

    Can you use lemon extract instead of essential oil? Where can I find essential oil if not?

  40. Rhonda G says

    Since my son is allergic to tree nuts I am pretty sensative to other people’s potantial allergies so I will just use EVOO , but I will be adding Vitamin E Oil and lemon Essential oil as well. Can’t wait to make these for the teachers for Valentines day’s. Any chance you where able to turn the silhouette Cameo into a PDF.?
    Someone mentioned using ” Cute.pdf” http://www.cutepdf.com/Products/CutePDF/writer.asp
    If you finda way to do it I would really love a copy, Thanks so Much for all your time and effort in helping all of us who love yoru different Sugar Scrubs
    Thanks :))

  41. Heidi Lonabaugh says

    Love your ideas, especially the lemon scrub one. I was trying to download the labels however nothing is coming up. Would you mind emailing me the template or label to print?

    Big FAN!!

  42. says

    Made my umpteenth batch today. Love this recipe. After being at Mayo “spa” hospital for 8 days my skin was so happy to enjoy this. Used to scrub off the dry skin & shave my legs. Thank youM

    • says

      Yay! I am so happy you have been able to use it. Hope you are enjoying it! Thanks for coming and sharing that with me.

  43. Holly says

    Do you have another version of the file for the labels? They are adorable, but my computer won’t let me open it because it is a STUDIO file. I’m not sure what it means. I even tried downloading a program my computer told me to download to open it – still wouldn’t open! The labels are so cute and I want to use them!!

  44. Suzi says

    Hi Amy,
    Can’t wait to try this! Can you please let me know how many jars this recipe fills and the size? Also, I tried to download the label using your link but was told windows couldn’t open it???? Is there another way?

    Thanks for pinning!

  45. loa337 says

    Made this last night with my teenage daughter. We used coconut oil and a few drops of lemon essential oil and it turned out wonderful! We’ll do lavender next time. Thanks for sharing.

    • says

      So glad to hear that!! You will love lavender too! Thanks for coming back and sharing that with me. I love to hear from readers who are actually using these ideas! xo

  46. Moonblue54 says

    This sounds so refreshing! I love citrus scents in the summer. I’ve got EVOO, grapeseed oil, coconut oil, and raw shea butter! I think I’m going to use a little bit of them all except the EVOO and mix a little grapefruit oil to the lemon oil. Grapefruit is such a pick-me-up! (I bet lemongrass and sage oils would be mindblowing!)

  47. says

    Hi Amy,

    I tried your recipe for the Lemon sugar scrub. Altered a little bit, I used coconut oil + lavender. It turned out great, can’t wait to try it :)

    I have a question, what’s the best way to store it and what’s the shelf life of home made products (this scrub in particular)

    Thank you!


    • says

      I find the best way to store it is in an air tight container like a jar. The shelf life should be about three months if you are using high quality essential oils. Storing it in the refrigerator can extend the life a couple more weeks.

  48. says

    I made this sugar scrub for my mom and mother in law. They cannot stop talking about how wonderful it is. Thanks for the amazing Mother’s Day gift!

    • says

      So happy to hear this Elizabeth. It is one of my favorites to make for myself too! Thanks for coming back and sharing that with me!

  49. Trista says

    WOW ! I love these scrubs – exactly what I was looking for, for end of year teacher gifts. Couple questions – I was initially looking for “bath salts” but was told to use sugar instead as the salts can cause a detox (which may not be what we are looking for at the moment), but these appear to be hand/foot scrubs, can a scoop of it be placed in the bathtub instead of used as a scrub? With the coconut oil is there a concern about putting it down the drain as it does solidify rather quickly when it cools? Thank You

    • says

      You could easily use the bigger raw sugar granules if you are worried about the detox effects of salt. It would work pretty much the same to substitute them out for salt in the recipe and I don’t think it would mess anything up recipe wise. As far as the coconut oil goes, it melt at about 75 degress F so any warm water down the drain should wash any residue of the oil away. I don’t think it would be anything to worry about pouring down the drain. Great questions! So glad you found what you were looking for! Hope you enjoy them!

    • says

      I feel like you get a much better product and results using the essential oils. It also increases the shelf life.

  50. Linda says

    Would you please e-mail me the adorable labels you used. I can’t wait to make this and give it as gifts. Thanks so much.
    Linda =)

  51. Alejandra Guerrero says

    I would love to make this scrub, but is this strictly for feet? Is there any swaps i can make in the ingredients to make it work for the face?
    Thank you!

    • says

      They are mainly used in baths and showers. Use a small amount and rub on skin. Leaves it feeling smooth and soft.

  52. Bonnie says

    This is the cutest idea. I would love your label file if you would email it to me I would Soooo appreciate it. You’ve got amazing ideas!

  53. Karen says

    Mine is coming out yellow, not the pretty white shown in your picture. I have never seen clear sweet almond oil. Did you use coconut oil for the example in the picture?
    I love how it feels.

  54. Karen says

    Mine came out yellow, not the pretty white shown in the picture. Was coconut oil used for the picture?
    Also, any chance I get you to email the label?
    Thanks, I love it

  55. Morgan Duclos says

    I really want to make this for my mom for Christmas and I was hoping you could please email me the labels! I love them!! Thank you!

  56. Lauri says

    Thank you for the wonderful idea and ingredients to make this lemon scrub! This is my first time making it. I had coconut oil on hand so I did not use almond oil. I also put part of the scrub in a plastic jar and one in a glass jar, both that I bought from the dollar store. The scrub in the glass jar seemed to keep its consistency where as the one in the plastic jar got hard in between each use. I don’t know if it was just a coincidence, so I am going to ask you…what do you think? I want to make them as gifts so I want them to turn out nice. The only reason I used the plastic jar was because it was going to be used by kids and I was afraid they may drop it in the tub and I didn’t want glass all over should they accidentally drop it. Again…thank you for your ideas!!!!!

  57. Emily says

    Can you please email me the printable labels for the lemon sugar scrub? I cant seem to print them off. the file wont let me download them. please email me asap. I have made the concoction for Christmas gifts so all I need are the cute labels.
    Thank you

  58. Danny says

    Hi there. I was wondering. I would like to make these, and I’m curious whether or not i can make a large batch of them and then separate them into smaller batches to put different oils in them. Basically what i’m saying is will the general recipe work for any of the scrubs, and i can add in what ever kind of essential oil i’d like?

    • says

      Yes! That is a great way to do it. It is just a basic recipe that I add to when I want something a little different. That way you can make a bunch of different scents.

  59. Amber says

    I have never used essential oils in anything. Where can i find them to buy them? ( Hopefully locally!) I want to make this scrub for Christmas gifts, last minute I know!! Thanks!

  60. says

    I just whipped up a jar of this scrub using virgin coconut oil and tried it onto my hands, it feels so good! Thanks for sharing this “recipe”, my last minute gift for my hub this Christmas :)
    Thanks again!
    Cheers, PH

  61. Robin D says

    I tend to not do things for myself BUT this sounds AMAZING!! Could you tell me exactly how you use? Do you put it on and let it sit or do you just scrub your feet? Thanks!

    • says

      You use it as an exfoliating scrub. Rub it on wet skin for a few seconds and then wash off with water. Leaves skin feeling smooth and soft and smelling yummy!

  62. Lennon says

    Hi! I love this idea and was going to make it for my mom for mothers day! :) I was wondering can you use lemon extract or orange oil instead of lemon oil? Unfortunately thats the one thing I don’t have. Please let me know.

  63. Karen says

    I happen to have apricot oil on hand and was wondering if that would work for this scrub? TIA!

  64. Estella says

    Amazing scrubs! I made the chocolate sugar body scrub and the lemon sugar face one, and I was wondering how long can you store them?

  65. rusiliya says

    Does any know what size mason jar was used for this recipe? And I’d love the labels as well if they’re still available :)

  66. Yvette Arp says

    Absolutely love the scrub ideas, especially the lemon scrub.. But could you please send the info. on printing the labels to the email sent above? thank you..

  67. Donna W says

    I can wait to make this scrub. Would you please email me the svg file for the labels? Thanks so much.

  68. says

    I have to try this. I’ve recently became obsessed with coconut oil. I have the worst dry skin and I use to use sugar scrubs but found putting a teaspoon of oil in my bath is a miracle worker. Even works well on my eczema hands.

    Sugar scrub with coconut oil will be a hit with me plus who can resist the lemon scent!! Can’t wait to try!

  69. Christine says

    Hi I am using this idea for my gifts this year, LOVE IT!!! Can I use olive oil for the Lemon Sugar Scrub?


    • says

      Yes…but just so you know…it has a darker yellow hue and may turn your scrub off white…but it should work just as well.

      • Melinda says

        Hi Amy!

        Your PDF link is no longer available, and I’m making these tonight! Anyway you can send me the link? It’s super cute!

  70. Morea Sabido says

    hi i was just wondering if i could use real lemon juice instead of an essential oil? i have a lemon tree:)

  71. says

    Could you use fresh lemon juice. We ave several from our recent veg basket and can’t get through them all! Thank you.

  72. Lisa says

    I know this is an older post, but if you happen to see this comment can you tell me where you found the jars? They seem like such the perfect size for this project.

    • says

      They are just a canning jar. I think I got it at my local supermarket in the canning section! Hope that helps!

  73. Holly McCallen says

    Love this idea. I’m currently on my journey through Financial Peace Universiry with Dave Ramsey and I have to make sure I stay on budget for Christmas. What a wonderful and very useful gift for someone. How to I get the pdf for the jar top or does anyone know a good program I can use to do myself? Thanks! :)

  74. Kerensa says

    Love this idea! I’m going to make these for Christmas gifts for all the ladies in my family. I need to fill 24 8oz. jars. Any idea how many batches of this recipe I will need so I can plan ahead? Thanks!!


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