HEALTH/ Natural Products

Coconut Lime Sugar Scrub

Want to have the softest, silkiest legs ever?  Then make this Coconut Lime Sugar Scrub.  It is awesome!

Now, the scrub is amazing, but the technique is what brings on smoothest legs ever!

I found this idea on Pinterest, from Gluten Free Navy Wife, and it intrigued me enough that I whipped up a batch and jumped in the tub just minutes after reading it.

Here is what you do:


 Mix up your scrub.

Coconut Lime Sugar Scrub

1/2 cup Coconut Oil
1 1/4 cup Sugar
3 Tbsp Lime or Lemon Juice {fresh is best!}

Put all into a jar and stir.

Grab your scrub, a razor, & jar of coconut oil.  Fill up the tub and soak for about 5 minutes.

Use the below shaving technique for the softest, smooooothest legs!

~Shave 1st leg using straight coconut oil.
~Take a palmful of your Homemade Coconut Lime Sugar Scrub & scrub that leg, then rinse.
~Shave your leg again.  Yeppers, you got that right…again.
~Repeat with other leg.
~After your bath, dry off and apply a small amount of straight coconut oil as lotion, or use your favorite lotion.

Additional Thoughts:
~The first time you shave, it will remove the hair.  After applying the scrub which loosens dead skin cells, the second shave removes that nastiness.  Rinse your razor often, you will see why.  Honestly, I was a bit horrified at what came off my legs!

~Why skip shaving gels/lotions and use coconut oil instead?  Well, it is healthy natural product.  I do not get bumps on my legs anymore after switching to natural soap and shaving with coconut oil.  If you think about it, those gels that come in a can and that foam up are full of all kinds of chemicals and artificial ingredients.  When you go and shave, making small nicks in the skin, those ingredients then go right in and cause irritation.  It reminds me of when I was allergy tested as a kid…ever have that done?  They put the irritant that you may be allergic to on your skin, then make a small pin prick- nick, then measure the irritation to determine if you are allergic.  Goes to show that what you put on your skin topically does effect the body more than one would think!

~My fav razor is a Mach 3 Gillette.  I have been using it for years.  Even with all the fancy smancy lady like razors out there, I still prefer my Gillette.  Yes, the refill blades are expensive, but they last forever and I love how close of a shave I get with this razor!  Plus, I have a thing for black and silver…

~I also use coconut oil as a lotion.  Why?  Again, the natural factor.  I love how it makes my skin feel.  I love that I don’t have to spend all kinds of money on different lotions full of ingredients that I really don’t want on my skin. I love that it is a minimalist approach, no more beauty lotion clutter in my house!  I buy organic coconut oil at Trader Joes.  This link will take you to the brand I used before TJ’s came to town, it is a great brand and price on Amazon.

~This scrub is awesome for all parts of the body.  I even used it on my face!  If you get a little on your lips, at least it tastes yummy!

~I keep this in the refrigerator.  These pics are of the scrub just out of the refrigerator.  It is more liquid/oily if it is at room temp.  Coconut oil solidifies at a certain temp, so the consistency of the scrub depends on the room temperature.  It works well no matter what consistency, but you can use less if it is in a more solid state.

~I plan on using this technique often–not every time I shave my legs, but whenever I want to give my skin an extra pampering.  I WILL use the scrub all over quite often, as I love how it makes my skin feel.


Silky smooth!  Click here for 6 MORE ways I use it in my beauty routine.


~I skipped putting lotion on after using this scrub.  I found after I dried off that my skin was super soft and smooth and didn’t need it.  In the winter this might change.  I ran around giddy making my whole family feel my super soft legs.  They thought I was a bit nutty, but boy does this scrub make me happy!

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    February 5, 2015 at 8:59 pm

    Made this up tonight before my bath because my legs have been very dry and flaky this winter… I did not experience the removal of gross stuff during the 2nd shaving, but all in all…my legs feel moisturized, soft and smooth.

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    January 28, 2015 at 1:15 pm

    Will heated up coconut oil melt the sugar?

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      No….you don’t heat until hot. Coconut oil melts at 74 degrees. My sugar did not melt.

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    August 28, 2014 at 3:05 am

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  • Leah Velazquez
    July 5, 2014 at 4:04 pm

    Hello! I just stumbled across your website and I absolutely love it! I can’t wait to try this scrub, but I do have a question about coconut oil. I get really annoying razor burn along my bikini line, upper thighs, and under arms, do you think shaving with coconut oil will help that? I have just gotten so used to it and figured I’ll always have it, so I’m hoping this will help!


    • AmyNewNostalgia
      July 5, 2014 at 4:08 pm

      Yes, this will help it. As well as nice sharp razor, not going over the same area twice, and exfoliating with this scrub and a bath sponge. Often I think the irritation has much to do with artificial ingredients in products, so use a natural soap. Try to find on at your local farmers market that is organically and locally made.

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  • Katharine Mattingly
    February 20, 2014 at 9:32 pm

    A great trick I found that improves this scrub- If you have a kitchen aid, whip it all together. First start with the coconut oil, and hard can be better, then start the mixer with the whip and add the sugar, almost like when you’re creaming together butter and sugar. It makes it so light and mixes it together so well and it doesn’t get as hard when it cools down. Also the extra air whipped in can help stretch the amount a bit longer. I put a smaller container in the shower and store the rest in the fridge. Then when I run out in the shower, i take the container out of the fridge, let it sit overnight, and add more to the shower container. I love this stuff.
    I also sometimes add a bit of jojoba oil or olive oil along with the coconut when I whip it all together.

  • Anonymous
    May 25, 2013 at 11:44 am

    How do you store your coconut oil? Depending on the tempurature in my pantry, the coconut oil goes from “butter” like state, to completely solid, to total liquid. Does this affect the recipe at all?

  • AliceEye
    April 19, 2013 at 7:54 am

    I added 5 drops of organic lemon oil to my batch and have kept my jar in my shower for over a month now- so far, still so nice.
    Thanks for posting!

  • AliceEye
    April 19, 2013 at 7:53 am

    I LOVE this recipe – I added 5 drops of organic lemon essence and don’t even refrigerate it- have had it out for a month in my shower – so far, still so nice.

  • javaria
    March 9, 2013 at 10:36 am

    hey let me know white sugar is good for body parts ..’cause i read somewhere white sugar is only good for hands and feet but not for other body parts. kinldy guide me about white or brown sugar..

    • Amy Bowman
      March 11, 2013 at 12:33 am

      I don’t see what the problem would be I have used both. Thanks for reading!

    • Anonymous
      June 21, 2013 at 5:56 pm

      I make sugar scrubs using olive oil and white sugar and a pure glycerin soap, moisturize, clean and exfoliate in one step. use on entire body even safe for face. they last 3 months after made, unrefrigerated. they can be used after that but do not melt as well. would not use on tender body area’s as they are a scrub. I make mine in cubes and store in a jar. one cube for a shower.

  • Christina
    February 19, 2013 at 5:54 pm

    Amy, Just tried the shaving technique. Oh my my! I am a fan! I am new to coconut oil and its many uses but wow this is so awesome. I am a breast cancer champion (I like that better than survivor because I’ve run a race and with the awesome hand of God I won that race). I am in the process of taking my family down a more natural path tho many times they kick & scream they are seeing the positive changes in me. Thank you so much for all if your encouraging words, recipes, ideas, etc. God bless you and our endeavors!

    • Amy Bowman
      March 11, 2013 at 12:32 am

      Keep running Champion!!! Lol at your kicking and screaming family…they will one day thank you! are so welcome!

  • Amy
    February 12, 2013 at 5:01 pm

    Thanks for posting this! I have just recently discovered the simplistic joy of making my own homemade scrub from all natural ingredients, but the shaving technique is new to me. Can’t wait to try!

  • JacquieLeigh
    February 7, 2013 at 8:53 pm

    I made a big batch of this for Christmas and gave them away to my girlfriends/co-workers as gifts in cute little containers. It was so much fun and it felt so great to give something personal!

  • Anonymous
    January 28, 2013 at 8:48 pm

    How long is the scrubb good for before its bad?

  • Kelli
    January 4, 2013 at 4:04 pm

    Trying to figure out a way NOT to have to refrigerate it. Do you think I could use essential oil rather than actual juice? Or maybe extract?

    • Anonymous
      March 7, 2013 at 1:33 am

      I make it in small batches and haven’t had any problems not refrigerating it. The juice might go bad if you had it too long, but it’s not like you’re going to eat it.

  • Tylar McGill
    December 31, 2012 at 2:55 am

    What does the citric acid do?

  • Karena
    December 21, 2012 at 9:17 pm

    Just a heads up, coconut oil melts at 76 degrees (so holding it in your head liquifies it immediately). So somewhere around 74-75 degrees and it should be in a usably soft state. I’m soooo planning to try this btw! I use coconut oil AFTER I shave on my bikini line and it keeps the hurt away. Never thought to try it to shave WITH. Question though, if the coconut oil liquifies, does the sugar dissolve?

    • Amy Bowman
      December 21, 2012 at 9:28 pm

      that is helpful information! Thanks! I stored mine in the refrigerator and like you said, used my hand to soften it a bit in the shower. There were a few time where I kept in for a few days in the shower and even though it softened up I did not notice that the sugar dissolved.

  • Anonymous
    December 20, 2012 at 8:57 pm

    Do I need to liquefy the oil? I just bought some but its in a solid form. Just wondering. Wanting to try this so bad. 🙂

    • Amy Bowman
      December 20, 2012 at 10:37 pm

      soften it, don’t liquify it. Kind of like softening sticks of butter before using. Leaving it out at room temp should soften it enough, depending on your house temp.

    • Anonymous
      December 21, 2012 at 12:04 am

      Thank you!! Ready to try this and hopefully make it into little Christmas gifts! <3

  • Anonymous
    December 14, 2012 at 12:25 am

    For a dry scrub, try equal parts sugar, salt, and baking soda. Mix well and store in a watertight container. To use, add a few drops of water to 1 tablespoon of mix and scrub on legs/body. Rinse well.

  • Anonymous
    November 10, 2012 at 12:23 pm

    does the sugar dissolve…I’m thinking of if the mixture is left out of the fridge and the oil warms to liquid?

  • Anonymous
    October 17, 2012 at 5:49 pm

    i use the olive oil and sugar scrub myself because my hands and feet get really dry and cracked. It only works for an hour or so and then they are cracked and dry… and make noise when you rub them on fabric. They even get caught to cotton spider webs during Halloween season!!!! So I tried your concoction and well… it wasn’t as dry but still cracked in an hour. You can hear my skin get caught on my socks. I did see FILM on my arms this morning? is this the Coconut oil drying out on my arms? I washed it off right away and after a few hours no film and smooth arms. I’ll try again next time when I shave and let you know the outcome. I have the coconut oil on my hair right now. I remember my mom doing this to my hair when I was younger. I wonder how it will turn out this time 30 years later!! I guess Ill let you know.

    Anyways… does anyone get the white film like i did?? do I need to wash it off thoroughly then?

    • Miranda
      October 25, 2012 at 10:05 pm

      I’ve never had a film while using cocnut oil. The oil is fast absorbing and never leaves an oily feeling. Is the stuff you used expressed or virgin/unrefined? Also, apply the coconut oil by itself to your hands/feet multiple times a day and you should see a noticeable improvement with the cracking soon.

    • Anonymous
      January 18, 2013 at 2:46 pm

      I also have problems with really dry feet. Coconut oil has been a lifesaver. Like Miranda said use it several times a day. At night when mine get really bad I put a lot on then cover with Vaseline ( I know its not natural but keeps the moisture in) then put on socks that are aloe infused (from the health and beauty of most stores like Target or Wal-Mart.) Takes a while but will help you out a lot. Maybe try not putting to much oil on. That might be where the film is coming from although I have never experienced it myself.

  • Anonymous
    October 5, 2012 at 2:56 pm

    Just fyi, Costco has a large 54oz jar of pure unrefined cold pressed organic coconut oil (Carrington Farms brand) for $16.99. This is a steal when you compare prices elsewhere!

    Love this recipe!


  • Anonymous
    September 30, 2012 at 4:36 am

    Is this alright to use on your face to??????

    • Amy Bowman
      March 11, 2013 at 12:30 am

      I would think so! Especially when you read what is in shaving cream–lots of harsh chemicals.

  • Donna Poe
    September 24, 2012 at 7:56 pm

    Just got through making and using this scrub and I was so amazed!!! The second shave was shocking!! My legs are so soft and smooth now. Will use from now on.

  • Tricia Copeland
    September 22, 2012 at 2:06 am

    I just tried making this and it certainly is yummy! The coconut oil I got was kind of hard so it formed some clumps in the mix. If I was to make it again, I would probably use eggbeaters to prevent this. But otherwise it looks/smells awesome! Can’t wait to try it.

    • Amy Bowman
      December 20, 2012 at 10:36 pm

      hmm..I always have mine to a softened state…kind of like softening sticks of butter before using in a recipe. Could use the microwave for this, too.

  • jaci
    September 7, 2012 at 10:47 pm

    I saw somewhere a lady whipped whipped some coconut oil into a lotion, then added a little essential oil. I tried it and its amazing. Just thought I would share with those of you who like coconut oil.

  • Emily
    August 30, 2012 at 12:06 am

    Would you say that the shave lasted longer using this technique?

    • Amy Bowman
      December 20, 2012 at 10:35 pm

      no, not necessarily.

  • Lisa
    August 16, 2012 at 12:21 am

    I just tried this but used olive oil because it’s what I have on hand…oh my wow!! I love it!! My BFF is really into natural stuff so I’m going to make a jar for her too! Thanks for posting!!

  • Andrea
    August 13, 2012 at 12:12 am

    I love this! I just started making and using lotion bars with coconut oil, olive oil and beeswax. This is definitely one I will be trying.

  • Anonymous
    August 6, 2012 at 6:18 pm

    Will the coconut scrub work after waxing? Will I get the same results or is it even necissary?

    • Amy Bowman
      August 6, 2012 at 7:19 pm

      Yes, It is great as a sugar scrub/moisturizer. I stilll think you will love it even if you wax.

    • Anonymous
      August 7, 2012 at 6:26 am

      I LOVED it!!! I added a drop or two of peppermint oil to the scrub and did it after waxing. Not only did it smell incredible, the peppermint soothed all of the stinging!

  • Alykins
    August 1, 2012 at 9:14 pm

    “Honestly, I was a bit horrified at what came off my legs!”

    I took this too mildly haha! I was pretty disturbed, but somehow satisfied, seeing all that nasty on the razor. You weren’t kidding about rinsing it often 😛

    Despite how disgusting my shower drain is looking right now, I know I’ll be doing this again. Thanks!

    Oh, also, I used Peanut Oil because it’s what I had in hand. I’ll definitely be getting some coconut oil for the future though.

    July 29, 2012 at 12:40 am

    I make it and leave it in shower and have never had it go bad. Citrus, especially lemon are a natural antimicrobial. You can use any citrus, they all make amazing scrubs, grapefruit is my favorite!!!

  • Deirdre
    June 29, 2012 at 6:02 am

    If you keep it in the fridge it should be good for a couple months. Tea tree oil and honey are both good at maintaining the shelf life of products. Tea tree us also antibacterial which could prevent bumps. Honey is a humectant to keep your skin moist. Either could be a great addition.

  • Amy Bowman
    June 28, 2012 at 6:09 pm

    I honestly don’t know. I’ve had mine for a week now in the refrigerator and so far so good. I would think quite awhile as it is just sugar, lemon juice and oil. I think the lemon juice needs refrigerated, though.

  • Anonymous
    June 28, 2012 at 1:41 pm

    Any idea on the shelf life? A friend is having a bridal shower the second week of August and we are doing sugar scrubs as favors. We hoped to make them a couple weeks before.

  • Anonymous
    June 27, 2012 at 7:00 pm

    Do you use raw sugar or the regular white sugar? I am excited to try this out! I am all about using natural homemade products! I use essential oils and carrier oils for a natural facelift!!!

    • Anonymous
      July 2, 2012 at 6:42 pm

      I used regular sugar the first time around, and am going to try raw sugar next time for more “scrub” effect. It’s amazing, though! And so easy!

    • ACK1090
      December 12, 2013 at 1:22 pm

      I used Demerara sugar when I made this and gave out as Christmas gifts. Tried it myself and LOVED IT!!

  • Anonymous
    June 27, 2012 at 12:32 am

    Coconut oil is in the cooking oil section

  • Anonymous
    June 24, 2012 at 5:36 am


  • Brittney Horne
    June 23, 2012 at 10:14 pm

    Hi!!!! I am GF Navy Wife!!! I’m so glad my little silky smooth discovery made you experiment in your own!!! Makes me smile!!! Glad you like it!!! 🙂

  • Amy Bowman
    June 23, 2012 at 1:43 am

    1 and 1/4 cups. Fixed the typo..thanks!

  • Anonymous
    June 23, 2012 at 12:06 am

    Is that 1 and 1/4 cups sugar, or 11/4 cups. The first seems to make more sense, but it looks like the latter. Can’t wait to try this. Excited to eliminate one more chemical in our house with a natural solution.

  • Katie B. of
    June 22, 2012 at 4:33 pm

    I’d been using an olive oil-based scrub, but coconut oil sounds so much better, particularly since my skin is sooooo dry. (Btw, Mach 3 is my favorite, too. Talk about a close shave!)

  • Nikki
    June 22, 2012 at 12:38 am

    Can’t wait to try this. My skin is so incredibly dry. Thanks so much for sharing.

  • Ashley@AttemptsAtDomestication
    June 22, 2012 at 2:15 am

    I get terrible razor burn and bumps so I’m kind of afraid to try it, but you maybe right about all of those chemicals so I may give this a try! Thanks for sharing!

  • Beth
    June 22, 2012 at 1:02 am

    tried this tonight and it is awesome! thanks for sharing!

  • Heather Harwood
    June 21, 2012 at 9:45 pm

    My daughter and I use coconut oil to tame our thick, frizzy hair. No more expensive serums with mile long ingredient lists! Just a tiny bit is enough. In fact, we have a giant tub of it from Wal-Mart so I’m happy to have another use for it besides hair and popcorn. 🙂

    • Anonymous
      June 26, 2012 at 4:01 pm

      Where in Walmart is the coconut oil found?

    • Anonymous
      July 10, 2012 at 2:34 am

      In the cooking oil aisle

    • Diana Klingenberg
      November 17, 2013 at 8:43 pm

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  • Beth Mcgwire
    June 21, 2012 at 9:09 pm

    Yep, big fan of coconut oil as lotion. Thanks for sharing this scrub. It never occurred to me to use coconut oil with sugar instead of olive oil. In Roman times, they would oil you down with olive oil and then scrape your skin as apposed to washing. Then of course you would soak in a pool for a while. Aahh, the life! It is amazing what the oil on your skin can pull off, and how ineffective soap is at cleaning your skin. Oh, as a variation, add cocoa powder. Super yummy and cocoa is a deep cleanser.

    • Jen
      June 21, 2012 at 9:35 pm

      Beth, what would the recipe look like if it were to have cocoa powder in it?

    • Anonymous
      June 30, 2013 at 2:27 am

      Oooh Lord help me with my facetiousness. It looks brown with cocoa powder in it :). Cocoa (chocolate powder) is not only a deep cleanser, but also a wonderful skin feeder. It is a fabulous addition to a homemade oil and sugar scrub, as are the grounds of coffee. The rest of the coffee grounds are just great to put under plants that like a bit of an acidic ‘feed’. Thank you so much for your wonderful page(s). You’ve reached us all the way down deepest south (New Zealand). ♥♥June

    • Lyndsey Zacher
      July 15, 2013 at 10:57 pm

      I use a coconut oil sugar scrub with cocoa powder in it as well! I love it, the smell is amazing. I love that I can smell a hint of the cocoa powder on my skin all day long.

    • Rosa Bullard
      December 28, 2013 at 8:10 pm

      What is the “Coconut Lime Sugar Scrub” shelve life??