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Coconut Sugar Scrub

I’ve been hooked on sugar scrubs since I made my my first brown sugar scrub last fall. I wanted to make a new flavor this time around and though a coconut sugar scrub sounded great!

image of coconut lime sugar scrub made in a reusable glass jar to be used as a natural exfoliator

This body scrub uses both coconut sugar and coconut oil. Both ingredients truly make this body scrub feel like a treat.

It’s like dessert-inspired self-care, and that’s a concept I can get behind.

While this coconut sugar scrub is edible, I don’t suggest eating it. It’s really meant to be just a treat for your skin 😛

What Are The Benefits of Using a Coconut Sugar Body Scrub?

Using a sugar body scrub does a lot of great things for your skin. It exfoliates your skin by removing dead skin cells, which leaves your skin feelings super soft.

Sugar body scrubs also remove dirt and excess oil from your skin and help stimulate circulation.

image of coconut sugar body scrub made in a reusable glass jar

While this coconut sugar body scrub does get rid of dirt and dead skin cells, it doesn’t strip your skin of its natural oils the way some body wash or soaps can.

The olive oil and vitamin E help hydrate your skin and leave it feeling moisturized and supple.

What Type of Sugar Should You Use In A Body Scrub?

When making a sugar body scrub, most people use brown, pure cane, and/or turbinado sugar. Each sugar has different characteristics and some people prefer specific types of sugar based on their skin needs.

I enjoy using different types of sugar at different points in the year. In the winter I find I need a bit more turbinado sugar to help exfoliate dry, bumpy patches of skin.

image of ingredients laid out to coconut lime sugar scrub made in a reusable glass jar to be used as a natural exfoliator

However, you can adjust the ratio and type of sugar you use as you see fit.

Brown sugar is the least abrasive of these three sugars because its sugar granules are smaller. It also smells great when mixed with oil! Because of its fine texture, you can exfoliate with it up to 4 times a week.

Pure cane sugar or unrefined white sugar is slightly more abrasive than brown sugar, but usually works well for all types of skin.

Coconut, Turbinado and raw sugar have the largest sugar granules and do the best job exfoliating. These sugars are also is the least processed of these types of sugar so it contains more essential minerals.

image of turbinado sugar in bowl showing how large its granules of sugar are

However, because it’s more abrasive it should be used slightly less frequently (2 times a week) to avoid skin irritation.

What Type of Oil Should You Use In A Body Scrub?

Similar to sugar, there are a lot of different oils you can use to make a sugar body scrub.

I personally am a big fan of coconut oil because I always have some on hand and it does such a wonderful job hydrating my skin.

It also has such a wonderful smell!! Everytime I open up a jar of this coconut sugar scrub I feel like I’m about to drink a pina colada.

However, other popular oils used in sugar body scrubs include olive oil,apricot oil, avocado oil, coconut oil, hazelnut oil, hemp seed oil, sesame oil and sweet almond oil.

Each oil has different benefits for your skin, but all of them will leave your skin feeling softer and smoother.

You can also mix and match the oils you use, so feel free to use whatever type(s) of oil works best for your skin.

How Should I Use This Coconut Sugar Scrub?

You can use this coconut sugar scrub in the shower or during a bath. I recommend using it at the end of your shower or bath, when your skin is easier to exfoliate.

Take about a tablespoon of the body scrub in your fingers and rub it in a circular motion on your skin. Gently wash the sugar scrub off off your body then enjoy your silky smooth skin!

image of a coconut sugar body scrub made to be used as a natural exfoliator

How Should I Store This Coconut Sugar Body Scrub?

I love storing this sugar scrub in a sealable glass container like a mason jar. Any container with a lid should work well though!

This coconut sugar scrub stays good for up to a month, but I find that I usually run out of a batch after about 3 weeks. I like to exfoliate with it 3-4 times a week, and use heaping tablespoon each time that I do.

Let Me Know What You Think!

If you try this coconut sugar scrub, I’d love to hear what think of it! Please leave a rating and let me know your thoughts by sharing a comment.

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Yield: 1 cup

Coconut Sugar Scrub

image of a coconut sugar scrub in a glass jar

This coconut sugar body scrub smells like heaven is so easy to make! It's an amazing natural exfoliator that makes your skin baby soft.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes


Coconut Sugar Scrub


    1. Place 1/2 cup brown or granulated sugar and 1/4 cup of turbinado sugar in a small glass container and gradually mix in 1/4 cup of melted coconut oil.
    2. Stir in 1 tsp of vanilla or lime extract to give this body scrub an amazing smell along with a couple drops of vitamin E oil if desired. The consistency should have a wet sandy texture. It will thicken up as the coconut oil cools.
    3. Seal the container with a lid and use at the end of a shower or bath. Take about a Tbsp or two of body scrub in your fingers and rub it in a circular motion on your body.
    4. Rinse the scrub off fully then enjoy your silky smooth skin!


This coconut sugar scrub stays good for about 1 month. I recommend using it a few times a week for best results.

You can also add in a fews of your favorite essential oil.

Nutrition Information



Serving Size


Amount Per Serving Calories 1064Total Fat 41gSaturated Fat 6gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 34gCholesterol 0mgSodium 52mgCarbohydrates 180gFiber 0gSugar 178gProtein 0g


Saturday 13th of November 2021

Coconut Sugar Scrub list 1/4 cup of brown sugar, yet directions list using 1/2 cup of brown sugar. Which one is it - 1/4 cup or 1/2 cup. Thank you.


Sunday 18th of December 2022

@BRENDA, I think you combine the 2 different 1/4 cup sugars, making it 1/2 cup. From what I've read on other sugar scrub r├ęcipes, there's a 2:1 ratio of sugar to coconut oil. This is just my 2 cents. Hope it works out for you.


Sunday 23rd of March 2014

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