Friday, June 22, 2012

Coconut Lime Sugar Scrub (DIY)

  I was actually going to share a recipe for banana date popsicles with ya'll today, but then I logged onto pinterest and found a great DIY recipe. It's been a while since I shared a DIY recipe so I decided to share this post first.
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  Homemade body scrubs are great because you know what's going into them without a long list of ingredients you've never heard of, they generally cost a lot less than the store types, and they are great as gifts. I've made other scrubs that worked, but the coconut oil in this recipe makes you skin extra smooth and softens without the need for lotions which can leave your hands greasy.

Coconut Lime Sugar Scrub
adapted from: New Nostalgia

1/2 cup coconut oil
1 1/4 cup white sugar
2 tbsp lime juice, fresh
zest of 1 lime

>If you store your coconut oil in the fridge you will want it to sit out (or set the container in a pan with hot water to soften it) so you can scoop out the amount needed. -I used a paring knife to twist out chunks since ours was hard as a rock and I don't have much patience today. If you keep it at room temperature, you may decrease the amount of time in the microwave.
> I used lime just and added the zest to the recipe, but you could any citrus that you have on hand. Orange juice/zest would be lovely in this.
>When you store this in the fridge, the scrub will get thicker (less oily).

1. Measure out the amount of coconut oil, place it in a microwavable dish, and microwave for 30 seconds to 75 seconds, or until the oil is melted. It's fine if there are still some small chunks of oil not melted.
2. Add in the sugar, lime juice, and zest into the oil, stir, and pour in a jar.
Store in the fridge when not using.

Also if you go here, Amy tells you how to use this scrub when shaving to get silky smooth legs.

>If you want to do a home medi/pedi just remove the nail polish, trim your nails, and rub the scrubs on your wet feet and hands. You will have clean and smooth nails that are ready to be polished.


  1. Coconut lime sugar scrub, hmmm... let me guess. From the look of it, I bet it smells so good. Isn't it? I love the fact that including coconut oil in your recipe makes it non-greasy. Anyway, thank you for sharing your great experiment. This is one of the coconut oil benefits that makes me love using it forever.

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  4. I made this last night. I was wondering what you do when the coconut oil hardens back up. Do you have to keep reheating it to use it? My scrub congealed and became practically unusable overnight. I was going to give this as a gift, now I am not so sure. Suggestions?

    1. Take the scrub from the fridge 15-20 minutes before you want to use it and give it a stir before you do.

    2. I didn't put it in the fridge. Perhaps I missed an ingredient. Thanks for the recipe and suggestion.

    3. Even when coconut oil is at room temperature it can harden a little bit {depending on the brand}, but you can stir it for a few minutes to soften it up.
      If that still doesn't work, you can place the jar in a large bowl filled with hot water for 5 minutes which will soften and actually start melting the oil so you can use it.

    4. Will the oil melt the sugar?

  5. I just made it.. but I'm guilty of eating some of it :/

  6. mine also hardened and i did what you said and it worked!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! thanks for the great recipe!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  7. I used a similar recipe with just coconut oil, sugar, and lavender essential oil. I was searching for how to keep it from hardening. I added almond oil and that helped a lot but I'm not sure how much is needed.