Eco Beauty: Easy DIY Coconut Brown Sugar Body Scrub

Naturally Beautiful Skin

Making your own homemade body scrub is easy, and costs a fraction of what organic sugar scrubs cost in stores or online.

Goodbye Dry Skin, Hello Glow!  Make this super easy DIY body scrub.

It’s DIY Friday! once again (boy how time flies) -  this week I’ve concocted a lovely, easy to make body scrub that will leave your skin soft, smooth, and smelling like the tropics – yummy.

Exfoliating your skin every now and then is a great way to keep it looking and feeling its best.  When you slough off those dead skin cells, along with any excess oil or dirt,  you’re helping to keep your pores clean, clear, and clog-free – and that can mean fewer breakouts.

The ingredients for this body scrub are probably items you already have in your kitchen pantry, and if not, you can easily purchase them from your local grocery or health food store.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup virgin coconut oil (I use organic virgin coconut oil from Whole Foods – $6.99.  The virgin coconut oil retains its lovely coconut scent since it is unrefined, whereas refined coconut oil has no more scent to it.)  If the oil has solidified, simply put it into a pan with some warm water and allow it to sit for a few minutes until it becomes liquefied once again.
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Glass jar with lid to hold your body scrub (I used an empty 12 ounce jar from Whole Foods that once contained some vegan stuffed grape leaves.  I love the jar’s shape.)

What to do:

First, add the brown sugar to your glass jar.

Next, add the coconut oil to the brown sugar and stir until thoroughly combined.  Add a little more oil if necessary to achieve your desired texture.

Finally, add in the vanilla extract and mix well.

Now go light some candles or incense (or both), hop into the shower and scrub-a-dub-dub.  Just remember to be gentle when using any body scrub on your skin – you don’t want to cause any damage – and don’t over exfoliate either.  Depending on your skin type, exfoliating once a week should suffice.

Enjoy! :)

Love this easy body scrub recipe?  Have a great natural beauty tip or recipe you’d like to share with us?  Leave us a comment. ;)


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19 responses

  1. When I make scrubs I tend to use them within one week. The above recipe makes (for me) enough for about two generous uses.

    When making organic homemade skincare products it’s best to use them up quickly. Use good judgement – if it smells off, don’t use it. I keep my unused scrubs in a glass jar with a tight-fitting lid in a drawer in my bedroom. It’s best to keep natural products out of intense heat and direct light. Some natural products need to be refrigerated, which I normally do, however, since this recipe contains coconut oil which solidifies at temperatures below approximately 76 degrees, I keep it in a clean, dry place. :)

  2. How long did you have it? I want to know the shelf life for the body scrub. Since I will be giving these away as gifts too.

  3. How can a natural thing be bad. I read councot oil and HIV (from d web site u suggested) and I strongly believe that its fantastic.I use a councot oil cream which I bought from The Body Shop and I love it.

  4. We have been using Virgin Coconut oil since the 27th Feb 2012. I haven’t used any butter or margarine or oil for cooking and baking since .It even makes cakes nice and fluffy. Its also suppose to help with Alzheimer.I will start using it as a moisturizer as well ,because I have very dry and fair skin.
    The only problem is ; its not so easy to find . Thank you so very much .
    Sincerely Inga

  5. Did you ever find a way to fix the solidifying problem? Also, was your scrub stored in the fridge? I want to make a scrub to give as gifts and also want to prevent the ingredients from solidifying and separating if possible! I made this once before with olive oil and had the same problem but I refrigerated it which I later read you don’t have to do. Thanks to anyone else who has tips!

  6. Can i use coconut essence instead of virgin coconut oil? I live in Shanghai, China and I don’t know where to get it here…THANKS!

  7. i made a very very similar recipe before i found this one and when i put them in glass jars to give as gifts after a few hours i noticed the coconut oil is solidified again. it makes the jar look cloudy and very hard to get the scrub out. any suggestions how to fix it? thanks.

  8. Oh man, I was just on Crunchy Betty and found you. I just bought a jar of coconut oil and I’m finding uses for it everywhere. I’m so happy!

    • Hi Mhairi,

      If there is anything left over it should be refrigerated and should be used within a few days. The coconut oil will solidify a bit because of the cold, but will quickly melt once it’s been out of the fridge as long as the room temperature isn’t too cold.

      Thanks for the visit! Peace. ;)

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