Natural Lemon Body Scrub DIY

I have a problem with body wash and body scrubs. Every time I seem to find one I like, they discontinue the scent. Or, worse, one that I’m in love with is really expensive and with winter here I was in desperate need to find on that would help to exfoliate and quench my dry skin.

As I was stuck inside one day this past December and my son was napping, I decided to try making my own. I knew that I could use sugar or salt as an exfoliater so I grab a few other good ingredients that I knew would be good for hydration and went to work.

Natural lemon body scrub

I decided to use sugar over salt. I found this article and it sealed the deal for me. Since salt is courser than sugar, and I wanted to use this on my body and possibly make something gentle enough for my face, sugar was my base. If I were making this for me feet, and maybe elbows, I would go with salt instead.

Since lemons are a natural Source of Vitamin C, I added those in too. Vitamin C is said to be used to even our skin tone, which I need some help with, and lighten age spots. I have pregnancy mask from my son and my daughter that has never gone away completely so including this was an important element for me.

Coconut oil is so moisturizing that I know some people who use it alone as a face wash each day. I haven’t tried that, but I knew that I wanted to include it here to make the mixture a bit softer.

homemade lemon body scrub

Honey is said to be nourishing and hydrating as well as soothing to help with eczema and acne. As a 30-something, I still get acne. I feel like Mother Nature needs to choose – wrinkles or acne. She doesn’t seem to care though and I have both.

I’m Italian and I love olive oil for pretty much everything. I know it’s similar to coconut oil in terms of being moisturizing. It’s said to be an oil that can help clean and moisturize without causing irritation.

Homemade lemon body scrub

Lemon Body Scrub

  • 1 ½ -2 cups of granulated sugar
  • Juice of 1 fresh lemon
  • 1 Tbsp. of coconut oil, melted
  • 1 Tbsp. of honey
  • 1 Tbsp. of olive oil

Mix all ingredients together and store in an air tight container. This container is for photographing only. Shhhhh…don’t tell. Also, since this is homemade and there are no preservatives in it, use your best judgement on how long to keep it. The lemon juice and honey will active as a natural preservative, but I wouldn’t keep it longer than a week or so. Luckily, this is a small batch recipe.

Give it a try and let me know how it goes.

homemade lemon body scrub


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  • robin masshole mommy January 19, 2017 06.06 pm

    Lemons are so awesome, aren’t they? I love body scrubs and I just know how awesome this one must smell!

  • Janel January 19, 2017 06.23 pm

    I love this idea. I too tend to find store products that get discontinued. I’ve actually decided to sway away from most store bought stuff lately myself. I will have to give this recipe a try.

  • babiestobookworms January 19, 2017 11.44 pm

    I made something similar to this many years ago and loved it. I can’t wait to try your recipe!

  • Charissa | thenotsobusymom January 20, 2017 01.26 am

    Someone gave me a cranberry scrub. Lemon sounds good, too!

  • Allison Rebecca January 20, 2017 01.47 am

    This looks like an amazing body scrub, it would be great to give as a gift! I am saving this for later!

  • Cassandra January 20, 2017 02.31 am

    I love body scrubs. I tend toward the salt scrubs, but there is something luxurious about stepping out of the shower and feeling like you were just at the spa!

  • Traveling Well For Less January 20, 2017 03.31 am

    This body scrub looks wonderful. But I think it would smell too yummy and I’d be tempted to eat it. LOL.

  • morgan January 20, 2017 03.41 pm

    Looks great! I can practically smell the lemon 🙂

  • Rachel January 20, 2017 06.17 pm

    This looks great! I love lemon stuff and this would be a bright scrub for summer! Or winter to make you feel better about the season. LOL

  • Marla | Because I Said So Baby January 20, 2017 07.20 pm

    This looks so easy and amazing! This would also make a great gift!

  • Thompson Rebekah January 20, 2017 07.38 pm

    Yum!! I know you aren’t supposed to eat this, but I love that I could! 🙂 I can imagine this is an energizing way to start the day.

  • Kiwi January 20, 2017 07.47 pm

    I got a bag of lemons in my fridge now. I was looking for an easy scrub recipe and this is a really good one. Thanks!

  • Blonde Seeking Ambition January 21, 2017 03.32 am

    I love body scrubs… and especially natural ones! Lemon is so invigorating.

  • amandahrosson January 21, 2017 12.42 pm

    Ooh I am so interested to try this!! I love that it’s natural and that I can make it with things I already have!

  • Eva / Kid Minds January 21, 2017 10.22 pm

    Love your gorgeous photographs. Lemon is one of my favorite aromas. I often use lemon oil in my essence burner.

  • Heather McMechan January 21, 2017 11.32 pm

    This would be fun to make for a girls night in!

  • Samantha Lee January 22, 2017 12.12 am

    I’ll have to try this! I’ve been needing a good exfoliating scrub. I use self tanner, so exfoliating regularly is a must. Pinning!

  • almostindianwife January 22, 2017 03.16 pm

    Ooh I love lemon body scrubs! This is such a good idea! I would love to make one on my own. Especially lemon because it’s one of my favorite smells!

  • Amber January 22, 2017 03.18 pm

    I made this and I love it! I am a lover of all things natural… home made laundry detergent and all! I really love anything lemon scented for the body and use mint or rosemary for anything for the home!

  • Alyssa Ruane January 23, 2017 03.34 pm

    Can I just say your photos are stunning?!? Also, I love this idea for a scrub. Lord knows my skin needs it!

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  • Stella March 28, 2018 09.06 pm

    Just wrote a whole post about our love for lemons! This scrub looks lovely, can’t wait to give it a try 🙂


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