How to Make Lemon Sugar Scrub

Happy Thursday y’all! I’m very excited to share this fun DIY with you today, because it’s so yummy and scrubalicious! {Yes, that’s a word.} And it will leave your skin feeling smooth and just plain fantastic.

With Mother’s Day just a few weeks away, I decided to whip up a few of these for my mom and mother-in-law. They are really perfect for any gift occasion, like Christmas, birthdays or just ’cause.

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How to Make Lemon Sugar Scrub {a fabulous Mother's Day gift!}

You may have guessed from my Lavender Bath Salts that I shared last week that essential oils can be used for many things, including homemade, all-natural, DIY bath and beauty products. Yay! What girl doesn’t love a good bath product?

I found this recipe for sugar scrubs from my friend Beth, but I wanted to try it with lemon. Lemon is so good for your skin, as well as many other things.


 Here’s how to make your very lemon sugar scrub.

You’ll need:

      • 2.5 cups of sugar {Any kind will do, but I used pure cane sugar because I wanted larger granules.}
      • 8 oz. oil like almond oil or grapeseed oil.
      • 30 drops of Young Living Lemon Essential Oil {To order any essential oils, please click here for my sign up page. Learn more HERE. Member # 1666197}
      • Wide-mouth glass containers. I followed Beth and bought mine at Walmart, but you can also find them here. This recipe will fill 4 8 oz./half pint containers.

How to Make Lemon Sugar Scrub: Ingredients

This recipe is so simple, and smells so good. I had the urge several times to eat a spoonful, but I had to keep reminding myself that it’s a body product, not a food. Although, all of the ingredients are edible. :)

Wash your jars before you fill them with the scrub. I like to make sure they are nice and clean.

How to Make Lemon Sugar Scrub

Pour the sugar into a bowl and add the oil.

How to Make Lemon Sugar Scrub

Mix it with a spoon or fork until it reaches sand-castle building consistency.

How to Make Lemon Sugar Scrub

  Add the Lemon Essential Oil and stir until mixed well. And you don’t just have to use lemon. Pretty much any essential oil that you love {and can be used topically} would be great for this scrub. Well, there are some that would be kind of smelly. Like an oregano sugar scrub might not be the best choice, but I’ll let you decide.

Note: I will encourage you to only use Young Living Essential Oils. They are thereapeutic-grade essential oils with a Seed to Seal guarantee. Other oils you might find in a drugstore or supermarket are typically cut with synthetic products and can cause skin irritations. 

Divide the sugar scrub into the jars and add whatever pretty ribbons or ties. I just used yellow ribbon and twine around the lids.

DIY Lemon Sugar Scrub with free printable labels via

  I used my Silhouette print & cut feature with the Silhouette printable white sticker paper to create cute labels for the tops of the jars. I’m sharing the free Silhouette cut file for the labels and a printable PDF, too, in case you don’t have a Silhouette. These files are for personal use only.

Silhouette Studio Cut File {Download HERE}  

Printable PDF File {Download HERE}  

And there you have it! An easy gift for your mom or mother-in-law this coming Mother’s Day. If you make 4, like me, then you’ll have one to keep and 3 to give away. I’ve been keeping mine in the shower and using it before my regular washing routine. And I love how soft my skin feels now. And it smells scrumptious!  

How to Make Lemon Sugar Scrub {Makes a fabulous Mother's Day Gift!}

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  1. says

    I absolutely LOVE body/hand scrubs and I actually got my husband addicted to them too. :) I have only purchased them up until this point, but I would love to try making my own. Thanks for sharing this great tutorial! Happy Mother’s Day!

  2. says

    These are so pretty…bet it smells wonderful! Love lemon anything! Thanks for linking to last weeks Whimsy Wednesday! I featured you today!

    Have a lovely week and hope to see you link up again tomorrow night!

  3. says

    I love making scrubs, they are not in my shop, but I sell them locally. I make mine very similar, but also use coconut oil. Yours look beautiful. Please come share at the Anything Goes linky party if you have not already.

  4. says

    What a great idea! I just made some homemade bath salts as an idea for my mother’s day gift idea (I’d love your feedback on it). I wish I would have found your post through Sunday Soiree link party sooner. But I’m glad I did find, I love lemon and sugar scrubs.

    • says

      Thanks so much! I’ve become obsessed with the scrub. It’s great for my terrible heels and also love it for my face, too!

  5. says

    Silly question, but how do you apply this? Do you just rub a handful on your body? I’m having a hard time with my feet right now and wondered if I could rub it on my feet?

    • says

      Yep! I just scoop some out with my hand and apply where needed. I have terrible heel issues with dryness and cracking and it works wonders for my heels, let me tell ya! It softens them up and makes them feel so nice … works so much better than any pumice stone or heel scrubber thingies.

  6. Sharon @ Elizabeth & Co. says

    Between painting and gardening, my hands are always a mess. I think this yummy scrub would work wonders!