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Why Homemade Coconut Oil Scrub is Best for Your Skin

Last Updated on March 28, 2024 by Kapuluan

Close-up of a person's forearm with light brown skin, applying a clear, glistening body scrub. the fingers are adorned with neatly manicured, pastel-pink nails.

You can’t beat a DIY coconut oil scrub, especially when you need to shed your dull and dried-out skin from the harsh elements.

Like most people who endure a dry, snowy, or rainy season, your skin takes a beating from the cold temperatures and windy conditions. Sloughing off the dead cells that preserve dryness helps uncover the beautiful, healthy skin underneath and prepares you for more revealing warm weather wear. You won’t believe how silky and touchable your skin will be after scrubbing. 

Say No to Commercial Coconut Oil Scrubs

A homemade coconut oil scrub with your favorite exfoliating agent and essential oil is almost easier than going out and buying something. You also won’t have to worry about using potentially harmful additives on your body. Check out this portion of the ingredient listing for a popular and well-known beauty brand’s coconut oil scrub:

…PEG-100 Stearate (Surfactant)…Carbomer (Stabiliser/Viscosity Modifier), Benzyl Benzoate (Solvent), Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer (Stabiliser/Viscosity Modifier)…Butylphenyl Methylpropional (Fragrance Ingredient), Denatonium Benzoate (Denaturant).

You get the idea…and this is only half of the description. How many of these things do you know are safe?

What is the Best Coconut Oil Scrub? Yours!

When you create your coconut oil body scrub, you’ll only use a few all-natural, easy-to-find ingredients. In addition, everything you include in your DIY scrub will be free of chemicals and other artificial elements (if you choose all-natural ingredients).

Note the differences between salt and sugar scrubs. Salt is more abrasive than sugar and better for rougher body areas like feet, elbows, and legs. Unrefined sugars will be less processed and retain more nutrients, which your skin will quickly absorb. Therefore, it’s ideal for sensitive areas like the face and torso. If you have any cuts, avoid using the salt scrubs until they’re healed so you won’t feel the sting.

Here are some DIY coconut oil scrub ideas you can make and try for yourself. They all include coconut oil, one exfoliating ingredient, and a fragrant essential oil. You can leave out the essential oil if you love a pure coconut scent. Try adding a body scrub to your shower routine once or twice a week, and see the difference it makes.


Coconut Oil Sugar Scrubs

From NewLeaf Wellness:


  • ¼ to ½ cup Granulated Sugar
  • ½ cup Raw Organic Solid Coconut Oil
  • ½ teaspoon Citrus (grapefruit, lemon, orange) Essential Oil (for added citrus scent, add one tablespoon of citrus fruit zest)


  • 1. Combine everything in a bowl
  • 2. Store it in a glass jar or plastic tub
  • 3. Make sure you don’t use this scrub on your face due to the citric acid.

From WellnessMama: Katie, the blogger on this site, essentially creates the same recipe for body scrub here, but she encourages you to choose your essential oil to customize it to your preferences. She also recommends using organic sugar, either white or brown. In addition, you may want to try her tempting variations on the essential sugar scrub. These include pumpkin pie, vanilla brown sugar, lemon, and vanilla lavender.

From Lisa Bronner: This mom blogger suggests choosing the type of sugar based on your “preference and purpose.” Select a variety with larger crystals like Turbinado sugar if you want more exfoliation. Lisa uses liquid or solid coconut oil – don’t heat it. Otherwise, it could melt the sugar. Instead, try her peppermint foot scrub or citrus hand and body scrub.


Coconut Oil Salt and Coffee Scrubs

From Collective Evolution: Here’s a personal-sized one-time-use body scrub.


  • One tablespoon of Raw Organic Coconut Oil
  • 2 to 3 drops of Lavender Essential Oil
  • One drop of Peppermint Oil
  • Two tablespoons Epsom Salt (this will have the best nutritional benefit for your skin)


  • 1. Combine the oils first in a small bowl
  • 2. Add the Salt
  • 3. Use and enjoy your smooth skin

From The Coconut Mama:


  • 2 cups of warmed Raw Organic Coconut Oil (it doesn’t have to be liquified, just soft enough to mix)
  • 1 cup Salt (any kind will do)
  • Several drops of your favorite Essential Oil.


  • 1. Mix all the ingredients in a small bowl
  • 2. Store in a sealed glass jar

The site’s blogger, Tiffany, also includes a coffee grounds-coconut oil blend. It not only exfoliates but helps with the appearance of cellulite. You could also use this coffee-coconut oil combo to help with rough, dry hands.

Given how easy making your body scrub is, you can even use these recipes for inspiration and make your own! First, do the necessary research when using essential oils and ingredients to ensure they do not create a problem for specific allergies, pregnant moms, etc. Otherwise, let your creativity go and make your signature blend!



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