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Sugar scrubs make great personal gifts throughout the holidays or throughout the year, really. Although there are so many delicious smelling scrubs available at various department stores and boutiques, I like to make my own so that I know exactly what is included. I knew my Lemon Sugar Scrub would be a great gift to include in my week of Handmade Gift Ideas.

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This Lemon Sugar Scrub has really become my favorite. It has a bright, citrus scent that leaves just a faint hint of lemon after using it, making it perfect for women, men, teens, or anyone really.

It works great as a hand scrub in the kitchen as well as a body scrub in the bath.

Since it isn’t full of heavy, sweet smelling oils – just all-natural citrus – this lemon sugar scrub is perfect anytime of the year.

I think that may be one reason I love it so much!

The “recipe” for my Lemon Sugar Scrub yields one half-pint jar. The recipe is easily doubled or more in order to make larger batches of for gifting friends, teachers, or family.

Fairly quickly, you can gather and mix up the ingredients and have plenty of gifts to give.

Just be sure to make one for yourself, too! You’ll be so glad you did!

Gifting Ideas

While this Lemon Sugar Scrub makes a beautiful present anyone would love to receive, you can also add it to a basket filled with fun pampering essentials like a few new nail polishes in the season’s best colors as well as a few classics for ladies and tweens.

For men, you could wrap it along with a pair of gloves to protect their hands during the winter months.

And if you plan on giving this scrub during the summer, how cute would it be wrapped with a few magazines and a beach towel in preparation for a trip to the beach, pool, or lake!?!

See, I told you this was a versatile gift!

Lemon Sugar Scrub Printable

I’ve also created a printable that you can download, print and place on the lid of each half-pint jar to show what’s inside.

I’ve developed them to be easily printed on Avery round labels, product number 22830.

Of course you can just print them on any type of paper you prefer and then adhere them with double stick tape as well.

Lemon Sugar Scrub Printable Labels

Lemon Sugar Scrub Printable Gift Labels

Lemon Sugar Scrub Recipe

Here’s how you make the lemon sugar scrub.

5 from 6 votes

Lemon Sugar Scrub Recipe

Recipes 8 mins

Prep Time 8 mins
Servings 1 cup
Author Robyn Stone
Lemon Sugar Scrub makes a beautiful gift throughout the year.


  • 1 lemon
  • 1 – 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 1 tablespoon unscented liquid soap I used Cetaphil
  • You’ll also need:
  • 1 half-pint Mason jar or similar sized container for gifting
  • knife
  • spoon
  • zester optional
  • printed gift labels


  • Zest lemon and place lemon zest into a small glass bowl. Cut lemon in half with a knife and squeeze juice into bowl with the lemon zest. Remove any seeds from the juice with a spoon and discard.
  • Add coconut oil and stir together until smooth and any lumps of coconut oil have been dissolved. Add soap and stir until smooth.
  • Add 1 cup of sugar and stir until well-combined. If a more grainy sugar scrub is desired, add more sugar.
  • Pour sugar scrub into gift container and affix printed gift label.

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Merry Christmas!
Robyn xoxo


Robyn Stone

Robyn Stone is a wife, mom, blogger, recipe developer, and cookbook author. Welcome to Add a Pinch where I share thousands of delicious, tested and perfected easy recipes that the whole family will love.

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  1. Have you ever used organges for this recipe? For the amount of Vitiman C ? Thanks for sending everything you do !! Love your ideas !!!!!!!!!!!!

    1. Emmy, this should last 1 to 2 months if the jar is kept closed when you are not using it and it does not need to be refrigerated. Hope you enjoy!

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