Lemon and sugar body scrub

I love smell of lemons. It reminds me of summer and sun. This citrusy scrub is a favourite one in my home beauty treatments. Regular scrubbing not only removes all dead cells, but also boost the circulation and improve the appearance of the skin, our largest organ. This scrub will leave your skin smooth and glowing, will boost your mood as well as citrusy notes are always refreshing and uplifting.

Key ingredients are sugar, lemon juice and a carrier oil. I use unrefined cane sugar and any oil I have at home at the moment. I like to enrich this simple scrub with with few drops of essential oils and I go for citrus ones as they blend well with lemon, so could be grapefruit, lime, orange. They also help fight off cellulite.

You will need:

1 cup of sugar (best sugar with small granules)

juice of 1 lemon

1/2 cup of carrier oil

few drops of essential oil e.g. grapefruit, lime, orange

Start by mixing sugar and lemon juice in a bowl. Pouring slowly add carrier oil of your choice, could be olive oil, almond oil, macadamia oil, whatever you fancy. You want not too thin and not too thick consistency. Then sprinkle over few drops of essential oils and stir in. As I said earlier, any citrus essential oils will suit this scrub, but you can also use peppermint or black pepper or ginger essential oil. Whatever you like really; you can skip essential oils all together as scrub will smell lemony anyway.


Sometimes, I use a bit of carrot seed oil for its beautiful, orangish, warm colour. It is good to experiment with carrier oils and essential oils to find your perfect formula, but keep it simple, so you can make it on a regular basis. I make a new batch every week, keep it in my green scrub box (reused box after some body cream) and use it twice a week. I tend to keep all the nice boxes and bottles from my shop bought cosmetics and reuse them later for my DIY beauty projects.

I hope you will find this recipe useful and try making your own body scrub.

Happy scrubbing everyone!