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.

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.


Lemon Sugar Scrub Recipe

Lemon Sugar Scrub makes a beautiful gift throughout the year.
5 from 6 votes

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Prep Time8 mins
Total Time8 mins
Servings: 1 cup
Author: Robyn Stone


  • 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

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57 Comments Leave a comment or review

    1. Hi Rachel! It is amazing. I am totally and completely in love with this stuff. I love your recommendation on adding herbs. I’ve only tried adding a bit of basil, but haven’t gotten the ratios exactly right. I’ll keep trying and post when I do! 🙂

    1. Ha! It definitely has a fresh, sparkly citrus zingy smell to it. But the best part is that it doesn’t leave you smelling like you’ve rubbed lemons all over yourself. 🙂 It just leaves a hint of citrus.

    1. Bridget, I actually thought of you as I was making a couple of jars this past weekend. I thought this would be something you would like – and the yellow and lemon – even better! 🙂 I hope you enjoy it.

  1. This looks amazing, Robyn! You mentioned trying to add basil to it, which is a great idea– how would you add it? Would you have to strain the basil somehow so it wouldn’t get the scrub all chunky?

  2. I’m so tempted to just make this for…myself 🙂 I love the scent of lemon, it really just brightens up my mood. I know this would make a great holiday gift, however, I’m thinking ahead to my mom and sisters winter birthdays…I know they would love this!

  3. Does adding the Cetaphil make it more like a Lemon Exfoliating Soap? I made a different Lemon Sugar Scrub with no soap just sugar, grapeseed oil, and lemon essential oil and my bf complained that it just made his hands oily. Please help!

    1. Hi Stef,
      I’m thinking that it is, especially compared to the scrub you made your boyfriend. I haven’t had any issues with it leaving skin oily, just really well exfoliated and clean feeling. Let me know if this helps!

  4. I love this idea! Wish I would’ve seen this yesterday, as I was putting together a “mommy basket” for my sister’s baby shower and couldn’t find a lemon scrub. After the shower today I’m going to rush home and make this. I think I’ll pick up some rosemary as well to try in a batch, the two compliment each other beautifully 😀

  5. Do you have to worry about the lemons/lemon juice going bad after its been made? I’m making this for hostess gifts and I don’t want to make it too far in advance!

  6. Could you please clarify if the coconut oil you use to make your lemon sugar scrub is in a solid form
    Or liquid? Thanks so much, plan on making for a few people as a pay it forward thing 🙂

  7. Have made your scrub and love it! Wondering if there is a “shelf life” to the scrub since it contains fresh lemon juice and lemon peel. Can you tell me if I should add an expiration date to these gifts? Thank you!

      1. I’ve now had some for a couple of months in my bathroom and it still is fine. Of course, the way I go through it, I’ll be out of it again before long and have to remake! 🙂

  8. Thank you so much for this recipe. My first graders made this for their moms for Mother’s Day. They absolutely loved mixing this together! The local Coldstone Creamery donated little spoons that I tied onto the jars with ribbon. I’ll definitely be making this again next year!

  9. Thank you so much for posting this! I am hosting a baby shower for my daughter and I’ve decided to make this for favors. I too was wondering about the shelf life…the shower is August 18th, and it sounds like I could make this now and it will be fine. Thanks again! I’m very excited to try this!

  10. How do you use this product? I’ve seen some that say use a TBSP on dry hands then wash with soap and water but with this having soap in it, wet hands then add to hands, scrub then wash away? THANKS for your help and expertise. I bought the supplies to make it tonight. 🙂

    1. I made it today and LOVE it! I put a spoonful onto dry hands, rubbed, then rinsed. The coconut oil didn’t leave my hands too oily and the was a light lemon scent. Delish! 🙂

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

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