Coconut Oil wants to be your friend. It wants to be your friend inside and out. And it’s very good at both. One jar of Dr. Bronner’s Organic Virgin Coconut Oil lives in my kitchen where it shows up in all manner of cooking.
My second jar of Dr. B’s Coconut Oil lives in my bathroom. It’s my go-to for shaving, make-up removing, hair masques, face masques, nail nourishing, cuticle softening, and moisturizing anything that needs to be moisturized.
While there are endless variations of Coconut Sugar Scrubs, and I certainly didn’t come up with the concept, I’ve whipped up two very simple ones here: Peppermint Foot Scrub and Citrus Hand and Body Scrub. This scrub exfoliates, softens, and moisturizes. As an extra bonus, my kids tell me it tastes fabulous.
What’s In It
Oh the choices! Granulated, Turbinado (aka “raw”), brown, superfine… Any of them work great in a scrub. Decide based on preference and purpose. The larger the crystal, the more exfoliating the scrub.
I use the larger Turbinado sugar for my Peppermint Foot Scrub because, frankly, it needs to work harder. However, this is too rough for the rest of me. Regular granulated sugar makes the best all-purpose scrub, as in my Citrus Hand and Body Scrub.
Part of the fun of using Coconut Oil is the fact that it melts at 75-77 F° (25-26 C°), which means it’s the closest thing to a thermometer in your pantry. Here in SoCal, where our daily temps swing 40 degrees, it can just about be your clock as well. Liquid or solid coconut oil works great.
To make this scrub, I started with liquid because it’s easier to mix in. Then, I refrigerated the finished scrub for about 30 minutes to solidify so that the sugar doesn’t sink to the bottom.
Essential Oils (optional)
This is where you express yourself, vent your emotions, walk on the wild side. Choose the blend of essential oils that makes you happy and suits your purpose. Peppermint to invigorate, lavender to calm, citrus to inspire. Whatever works for you. Or none at all! A naked scrub in its simplest form. Just make sure they’re pure essential oils and not diluted in a carrier oil.
Citrus Hand and Body Scrub
1/2 c. (120 mL) plus 2 Tbsp. (30 mL) granulated sugar
1/4 c. (60 mL) coconut oil (liquid)
20 drops Sweet Orange Essential Oil
10 drops Lemon Essential Oil
Peppermint Foot Scrub
1/2 c. (120 mL) plus 2 Tbsp. (30 mL) Turbinado Sugar (a.k.a. “raw sugar”)
1/4 c. (60 mL) coconut oil (liquid)
20 drops Peppermint Essential Oil
Mix the ingredients together. Put it in a jar with a lid. Refrigerate for about 30 minutes.
Fancifying your Scrub
I was sorely tempted by the abundance of fantastic scrub recipes online. Pumpkin spice? Peach Passion? Vanilla and Pear? Roasted Coffee?!! Bring it on!
And then I paused.
Sometimes “fancy” sinks the ship before it sails. A basic scrub of coconut oil and sugar works excellently for starters. And for a touch of fun, I added the simplest of essential oils.
But don’t let me stop you! Concoct away and let me know how it turns out.
My simple combination of sugar and oil will last a good long time – I’ll say more than a year, but I’ve always finished it before then, so I really don’t know the turning point.
Once you start adding in some of those fun little extra ingredients, the shelf life may drop. Not a big deal, just use it up more quickly or make smaller batches. Moisture promotes mold, so any ingredient with water content may perish sooner: fruits, fresh herbs, brewed tea, coffee grounds. You can add vitamin E oil (tocopherols) as a preservative, but still keep an eye on it. If it looks or smells not quite right, it’s time to whip up a new batch.
While this scrub is not meant to be eaten, isn’t it nice to know it wouldn’t hurt if you did?