DIY Coconut Body Scrub

January 23, 2013 · 22 comments

Guys, guess what? It’s cold out.

Know how I know? From the 67 people posting about it on my news feed.

Right? I’m so enlightened. Thank God for Facebook.

Anyway, is it just me, or does this cold weather + dry heat = itchy, itchy skin?

Seriously. I have bruises on my legs from trying to scratch them while wearing pants. It’s not a pretty picture over here. I’m a bit of a mess.

I was trying to figure out how to remedy the situation short of living in a tub of vaseline when I realized I was completely out of body scrub. Wah!

Well, I put my DIY skills to the test. I knew there had to be a way to quickly whip something up to scrub my skin and save some money.


Honestly, it’s so easy. It took me less than 10 minutes total, and I use this stuff every other day. I’m also pretty proud of myself for saving dolla billz and reusing a bottle. SO GREEN.

Homemade Body Scrub


  • empty lotion bottle (ideally with 4-5 tbsp of lotion remaining in bottle)
  • sugar (I used vegan cane sugar)
  • vegetable oil (any will do; I used corn oil, but I’d actually recommend olive oil)
  • coconut oil (Trader Joe’s has a winner)


  1. Funnel 1/4 cup vegetable oil into almost empty lotion bottle
  2. Follow with 1/3 cup sugar into the lotion/oil mix
  3. Top off mixture with 2 tbsp coconut oil
  4. Shake well. If you have a straw, it can help churn up layers to make them even

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I keep the bottle in my shower. My recommendation would be to scrub in the shower, following it up with a thorough lotion session.

Now, hop to it. I want to hear about how silky, smooth, and moisturized your skin feels in this outrageous cold.

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1 Angela @ Health's Angel January 23, 2013 at 10:31 am

I use coconut-scented everything, pretty much. It’s my favorite. So this sounds great to me! My skin is crying out for some exfoliation. I don’t know what I’d do without jojoba oil for my face. Love that stuff.
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2 Alyssa @ Life of bLyss January 23, 2013 at 12:10 pm

Truth: I’ve been using Creamy Coconut body lotion and spray since high school. I have to order it online since it’s unavailable in stores now. I like that no one else that I know uses it. ;)


3 Mollie @Sprinkles of Life January 23, 2013 at 11:03 am

Last fall my friend and I made some homemade coconut body butter. Love it! We made some sugar scrub, too, that I love. I’ll be trying your version next!
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4 Alyssa @ Life of bLyss January 23, 2013 at 12:10 pm

Oooh, I want to try my hand at coconut body butter.


5 Mollie @Sprinkles of Life January 23, 2013 at 1:04 pm

I posted about it back in September. Works well!
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6 Sarah @pickyrunner January 23, 2013 at 11:40 am

Wow that’s really cool! I’ve never made anything from scratch but it seems really easy, so it’s totally doable!
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7 Alyssa @ Life of bLyss January 23, 2013 at 12:10 pm

Super easy! I had all these ingredients in my cabinet already.


8 Katie January 23, 2013 at 11:50 am

This sounds amazing! I cannot get enough of coconut body lotion, period, but I find that a lot of them have more of a scent than moisturizing benefits. I’m 100% trying this out ASAP!


9 Kerry @ Totes My Oats January 23, 2013 at 11:58 am

Oh I definitely have to try this one!
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10 Yellow Haired Girl January 23, 2013 at 1:29 pm

I love using homemade scrubs. My alligator skin will thank me (and you, evidently) for this!
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11 Angela January 23, 2013 at 2:26 pm

Love anything with trader joes coconut oil. It’s not super expensive either which I love
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12 Alyssa @ Life of bLyss January 23, 2013 at 2:39 pm

the glory of TJs!


13 Lindsay January 23, 2013 at 3:12 pm

My mom would totally love this – definitely going to make some for her birthday next month!! :D


14 Christina D January 23, 2013 at 5:55 pm

I whipped this up before my shower this morning & holy cow it’s amazing!! I used olive oil & regular white sugar since its what I had on hand but other than that kept the recipe the same. My legs feel super moisturized after weeks and weeks of dry itchy skin… This will definitely be a staple in my shower from now on!


15 Amber K January 23, 2013 at 8:27 pm

I am definitely an itchy mess in the winter. This looks like a great idea!


16 Amy @ Living N Learning January 23, 2013 at 8:43 pm

Pretty handy you are. How did you come up with the “recipe”? Just curious lol.

Awesome pictures :)
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17 Alyssa @ Life of bLyss January 24, 2013 at 9:21 am

Seriously, I just kinda threw things together that I knew were good for skin. I’ve heard of salt and sugar being used for scrubs, so I searched my cabinets and came up with this concoction. :)


18 Sarah B. January 23, 2013 at 9:06 pm

Love this! It looks like something you’d buy from a crafty boutique. Coincidentally enough, just today I interviewed a dermatologist about winter skin care tips at work and she was raving about coconut oil! It looks like you’re onto something there, lady!
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19 Alyssa @ Life of bLyss January 24, 2013 at 9:20 am

Ahhh, I’m so smart! ;)


20 Jessica @ Prayers and Apples January 23, 2013 at 10:04 pm

i’m about to go take a bath here in a second! it’s going to seem really boring now that i don’t have any of this fun stuff… oh well, bubbles will have to do for now! :) lol
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21 Alyssa @ Life of bLyss January 24, 2013 at 9:20 am

bubbles are JUST as fun as a scrub. I’m jealous!


22 Alyssa January 24, 2013 at 10:04 am

This is an amazing idea! I need to try it…my shins always get super dry and itchy.
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