DIY Coconut Sugar Scrub*

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Anyone remember those “Calgon, Take Me Away!” commercials? That’s how I have felt these last few weeks. Jorge and I have been so busy since the new year. There hasn’t been a break or a long weekend where we have really gotten away (or just stayed in) and had a nice staycation. Between his work travel, my travel and our jobs – it’s been crazy lately.

Easy DIY Coconut Sugar Scrub! via

This weekend Jorge and I have an out of town wedding to go to along the Georgia coast. I just love receptions — open bars and dancing with my husband are the perfect recipe for a good time. I am also looking forward to checking out of reality for a few days…and of course, a Piña Colada.

Easy DIY Coconut Sugar Scrub! via

My signature “I’m officially on Vacation” drink is a lovely Piña Colada. It can’t be one of those frozen machine ones, but a real delicious Piña Colada with an extra shot of rum. That fruity smell of coconut can instantly make me feel like I am on vacation.

So in preparation for our beach weekend get away, I have made one of my favorite sugar scrubs but with a coconut twist. Every time I hop in the shower the smell of coconut makes me swoon! But my favorite part of this sugar scrub is the super soft skin it leaves behind. With a little Vitamin E thrown in, this is the perfect get ready for summer sugar scrub!

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DIY Coconut Sugar Scrub

Recipe Note: The turbinado sugar makes a coarse scrub. If you would like a more gentle scrub you can substitute all granulated sugar for the turbinado sugar.


1 cup coconut oil
2 cups turbinado sugar (sugar in the raw - the coarse flakes)
1/2 cup granulated sugar
3 tablespoons vitamin e (optional)


Combine the two sugars in a bowl and mix to incorporate. Add coconut oil and vitamin e and stir to combine.

Store in an airtight jar and stir before using (when needed - the oils will settle when not being used).

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34 Responses to “DIY Coconut Sugar Scrub”

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    Tieghan — May 13, 2013 @ 11:24 pm

    I am in love with this!! What an awesome idea! I can not wait to try it!

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    Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious — May 14, 2013 @ 1:38 am

    How fun! I’ve always wanted to try this out!

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    Leah | So, How's It Taste? — May 14, 2013 @ 9:07 am

    I’ve always wanted to make a sugar scrub! I think it would be so cute to give as gifts!

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    Bev @ Bev Cooks — May 14, 2013 @ 9:12 am

    I. Love. This.

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    Beth — May 14, 2013 @ 9:23 am

    this post has confirmed that i need a beach vacation… STAT! :)

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    raquel from Florida — May 14, 2013 @ 11:01 am

    Thank you and enjoy your weekend!

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    Meagan @ A Zesty Bite — May 14, 2013 @ 11:52 am

    I can smell this scrub already and I haven’t even made it yet. Enjoy your vacay!

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    Diana @ Sweet y Salado — May 14, 2013 @ 1:17 pm

    I have a huge box of turbinado sugar in my pantry that never seems to end. Now I know what else to use it for. ;)

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    Courtney @ BakeMeBetter — May 14, 2013 @ 2:03 pm

    I love sugar scrubs! Enjoy your time away. Have a drink for me ;)

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    Katie — May 14, 2013 @ 2:30 pm

    I love to make sugar scrubs! This one sounds awesome. I agree, I have a signature “I’m on vacation” drink, too!

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    Dianna — May 14, 2013 @ 3:00 pm

    Well, it looks like I’ll be going directly from eating sugar to bathing in it. :) This looks great & I’ve been wanting to make my own scrub for quite some time. Random side note: Have you ever heard of the blog Parenting: Illustrated with Crappy Pictures? She’s got this whole bit about a conversation with her son sparked over turbinado sugar, and ever since I saw it, I can’t see the word without giggling. :) You should Google it if you need a laugh! Enjoy your getaway!

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    Tiffany — May 14, 2013 @ 3:08 pm

    Where did you get your jars from?

    • Jessica replied: — May 14th, 2013 @ 3:16 pm

      The large jars are mason jars and the smaller one with the latch is from Target!

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    Traci — May 14, 2013 @ 4:03 pm

    We have enjoyed many a staycation. I love those Mason jars.

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    Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking — May 14, 2013 @ 5:11 pm

    No way, this is awesome! It would be such a great gift! Thanks for sharing.

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    Ashley | Spoonful of Flavor — May 14, 2013 @ 9:11 pm

    Have a great time on your trip. I can’t wait to try this scrub.

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    Keley — May 14, 2013 @ 11:07 pm

    Oh I love it! This is going to be a perfect way to relax and scrub the school year stress away with a nice relaxing bath on the last day of school.

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    Elizabeth @ The Collegiate Baker — May 15, 2013 @ 10:42 am

    I’ve gotten into sugar scrubs recently and I’ve been saving all the DIY recipes I can! I usually just make a vanilla scrub, but this sounds perfect for summer!

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    Kiran @ — May 16, 2013 @ 1:01 am

    Love homemade scrubs that imparts tropical scents. Cannot live without a good pina colada ;)

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    Nutmeg Nanny — May 17, 2013 @ 12:35 pm

    This sounds so simple and lovely :) I must try!

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    Lisa — May 19, 2013 @ 12:52 am

    I love making and using coconut sugar scrub. I always use the unrefined virgin coconut oil! Love the wonderful coconut smell.

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    Shawn Kathleen — May 23, 2013 @ 4:32 am

    I purchased coconut oil but it is solid. Is that normal?

    • Jessica replied: — May 24th, 2013 @ 10:10 am

      Yes! It is actually softer than it looks and once you start stirring it will mix together perfectly!

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    The Novice Chef » Dark Chocolate Magic Shell — May 29, 2013 @ 10:41 pm

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    Weekly Reading | Love Always, Esther — July 9, 2013 @ 10:04 am

    [...] 3. My skin has been dry lately, I’m definitely trying this scrub! [...]

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    van — July 11, 2013 @ 10:04 am

    i have a question, how long it last????? thank youuu

    • Jessica replied: — July 11th, 2013 @ 2:39 pm

      I have had it last up to 6 months in the past!

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    Becky — December 4, 2013 @ 5:26 pm

    Thanks. I made it and my hands were so smooth I was tempted to hold hands with myself!

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    Sue — January 14, 2014 @ 9:46 am

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    Natalie J — August 3, 2014 @ 9:59 am

    How much does the recipe make? I believe we have 24 2oz jars…making it for a baby shower favor….perfect!

    • Jessica replied: — August 5th, 2014 @ 11:10 pm

      It makes about 2 1/2 cups! So you will probably need about 2 – 3 batches!

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