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DIY Coconut Whipped Sugar Body Scrub

Whitney Watkins

3 min read

Jan 16



Indulge in a DIY simple coconut sugar body scrub for soft skin. Luxurious, inexpensive, and easy to make with just 2 kitchen ingredients. Treat yourself!

Body scrub is one of the most gentle and effective ways to remove dirt, dead skin and impurities from your body. It's normally an expensive item to buy making it seem like a luxury beauty item. However, it's so simple to make yourself and will only cost you around $1 for a professional quality body scrub. This easy recipe will give you soft and silky skin after just one use. Give as an adorable and useful handmade gift or treat yourself to a weekly in home spa night.

This recipe contains 2 main ingredients: sugar and coconut oil. Vitamin E is optional, I like to add it not only for its incredible skin nourishing properties but also as a preservative to make this scrub last longer. Let's look at some benefits of the main ingredients as well as options to customize your scrub.

Coconut oil contains nourishing fatty acids that help to seal in moisture keeping skin smooth and soft. Locking in moisture helps make your skin less likely to dry out, saving you from unwanted irritation, itchiness and redness associated with dry skin. It also has antibacterial, antiviral and anti-inflammatory properties which is great for cleansing and purifying the skin while decreasing inflammation. Coconut oil contains antioxidants that may help reduce physical signs of aging by helping to protect the skin from oxidative stress which can break down collagen. When less collagen is present in the skin, wrinkles, fine lines and age spots become more apparent.

Sugar is a natural exfoliant and a better option than salt due to it being less abrasive. As a natural source of glycolic acid, sugar breaks down layers of dead skin and smooths the skin's surface. It also helps in removing dirt and other impurities to deep clean your pores. Sugar is a natural humectant which means it draws in moisture from its surroundings to hydrate skin keeping you conditioned and moisturized.

Best sugars for body scrubs:

  • Granulated sugar - Granulated sugar is an excellent exfoliator for the skin and is safe for most areas of your body, excluding the face.

  • Course sugar - Course sugar is best for dry or flaky skin, especially the bottoms of the feet.

  • Fine sugar - Finely ground sugar is the best option for those with sensitive skin.

  • Brown sugar - Brown sugar is the least abrasive of all sugars making it a great option for those with sensitive skin or for the face.

Essential oils are a great way to get added benefits to your scrub. They smell beautiful adding an aromatherapy feel to your shower as well as benefit your skin in different ways. Great options would include lavender, tea tree, peppermint, grapefruit, sweet orange, roman chamomile, sandalwood or frankincense. Change the scent you choose based on preference of smells, time of year if giving for gifts or even timing of when you shower. My favorite is lavender because I shower at night and it's a very calming scent, helping me unwind and relax before bedtime.

This recipe is so simple. Whip the coconut oil using a hand mixer, add in sugar and transfer to a storage container. Quick, easy and totally worth it. It takes me less than 15 minutes to make which means I can keep it on hand for silky smooth skin.

*Note- this recipe is meant to use regular coconut oil in its solid form. Fractionated coconut oil will not "whip" giving you the desired texture for your scrub.

DIY Lavender Sugar Body Scrub



  • 1/2 cup coconut oil, in solid form

  • 1 cup sugar

  • 5 drops vitamin E (optional)

  • 25 drops essential oil (optional)


  • Add solid coconut oil to a bowl. Using a hand mixer whip the oil for 8-10 minutes until it looks light and fluffy.

  • Add in sugar, vitamin E and essential oil and continue to mix until well combined.

  • Transfer to an airtight storage container.

How to Use:

  • Apply a small amount to clean, damp skin and rub in circular motions to "scrub" the skin. Rinse with warm water. Pat dry.

  • You should never exfoliate daily. This DIY sugar scrub is best used 2-3 times a week or as needed.

  • Always test on a small patch of skin first.

Be sure to pin this for later because you'll be hooked after making it once. If you love this go check out some of our other simply DIY beauty products like our Peppermint Lip Balm or Brown Sugar Lip Scrub.

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