Homemade Lemon Sugar Body Scrub for the Whole Family

lemon sugar scrub

It took us a solid three weeks of school before my girls were in school all five days of the week, so we had a LOT of time to fill up. In that spirit, I started thinking about what we could do in the kitchen that wasn’t cookies. (Don’t worry, we made those, too.) I stumbled into a recipe for a lemon sugar body scrub and guys, it was such a hit!

This “recipe” couldn’t possibly be easier to make, so I was able to get both the five- and seven-year-old involved in making this scrub. As an added bonus, we figured out this is a great hand scrub for my daughter that loves to chew on her nails. It really works by knocking off the rough spots so she has nothing left to nibble on.

I also can’t help but think these would make adorable gifts for teachers as we approach the holiday season. With a little adult help, kids can easily make this lemon sugar body scrub on their own and then all it takes is a cute jar and a handwritten gift tag to make it a custom gift for the ones who have really put themselves on the line for our kids. I think grandparents would also appreciate receiving such a gift form their dear ones.

lemon sugar scrub

Lemon Sugar Body Scrub

Prep Time: 10 minutes
This quick project will be fun for the kids and useful for all. You only need three ingredients to get rolling!
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  • 1/4 cup coconut oil
  • 1 lemon, zested and juiced
  • 1 cup sugar


  • Melt the coconut oil.
  • Combine oil, sugar, lemon zest and about half the juice in a small bowl. If necessary, add more sugar or juice to get the desired consistency.
  • Transfer to a container with an air-tight lid. Will keep for several months.


  • I had coconut oil, so that’s what we used, but walnut oil is great for homemade skin care. (Do be careful with allergies!)
  • I’ve only made scrubs with standard white granulated sugar, but quick internet research suggested trying other types to get different levels of well, sandpaper. 😉