Lemon and Sugar Scrub

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I made my first sugar scrub 2 years and I love them and still use them constantly. My favorite is a lemon and sugar scrub. The smell of lemon is so invigorating and refreshing. If you haven’t made a sugar scrub, then today is the day because they are SO easy!

Homemade lemon and sugar scrub with a few ingredients from your pantry.

Sugar Scrub Base Recipe

  • 1/2 C white sugar
  • 1/4 C olive oil
  • 1-2 mL vitamin E oil (optional, but great for your hands)
  • 1 pint mason jar
  • dropper
  • wooden skewer
  • Essential oils (you can also use spices like cinnamon and rosemary or things like lemon juice and coconut oil)

Start by pouring the white sugar into the mason jar. Pour in the olive oil and drop in the vitamin e oil. Use a wooden skewer to mix the sugar and oil thoroughly. Add 10-15 drops of essential oils. Use one of the recipes below or make up your own idea. You can also use spices or lemon juice to add to your sugar scrub. Just add some until the smell and consistency are the way you like it.

Homemade lemon and sugar scrub with a few ingredients from your pantry.

Lemon and Sugar Scrub

  • 10 drops lemon essential oil
  • 1 tsp lemon juice

Happy Sugar Scrub

  • 5 drops peppermint essential oil
  • 5 drops lemon essential oil
  • 5 drops lavender essential oil

Eucalyptus Mint Sugar Scrub

  • 7 drops eucalyptus essential oil
  • 7 drops peppermint essential oil

Attention Sugar Scrub

  • 7 drops wild orange essential oil
  • 6 drops peppermint essential oil

Invigorating Sugar Scrub

  • 6 drops bergamot essential oil
  • 5 drops grapefruit essential oil
  • 4 drops peppermint essential oil

Gratitude Sugar Scrub

  • 5 drops bergamot essential oil
  • 4 drops wild orange essential oil
  • 3 drops white fir essential oil
  • 3 drops geranium essential oil

Here’s how I use my lemon and sugar scrub:

1. Get hands wet with warm water.

2. Scoop some sugar scrub with my fingers and into my hands.

3. Rub sugar scrub around hands as if it were soap. Especially scrub any dry areas or any areas needing exfoliation.

4. Optional: Let sugar scrub sit on hands for 2-5 minutes. This allows the oil to really soak into the skin. For a spa experience, put a hot towel over your hands while you let the sugar scrub soak in.

5. Gently wash off the excess sugar and oil using warm water.

6. Pat hands dry using a towel and enjoy your immensely moisturized hands.

How to use a sugar scrub on your hands, plus a lemon and sugar scrub recipe.

Note: If you use a sugar scrub before doing a gel polish manicure, you will definitely need to dehydrate your nails before painting them. Use a lint free cloth and some acetone and wipe each nail to dehydrate it. Get as close to the cuticles as possible.

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3 Responses to Lemon and Sugar Scrub

  1. This is the best sugar recipe I’ve tried so far. I made mine with wild orange and lemon and it turned out amazing. Thanks for the post

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