DIY:
Lemon and Sugar Body & Face Scrub

I am having such a moment with concocting beauty products from the contents of my kitchen. Make that a normal person’s kitchen as my kitchen is quite bare save for the bottled water, reese’s peanut butter cups, and beauty creams and serums that take up residence in my refrigerator. Full disclosure: I don’t cook. Anything. Not because I don’t know how – although my recipe catalogue is quite limited – but because I’m just not patient enough to take the time needed to prepare the food. And I’m rather uninterested in seeing or touching raw meats, poultry or fish.

But I have found another use for my kitchen space and it’s rather similar to cooking (without every having to look at raw animal) yet it benefits my skin… I’ve decided to use my kitchen to make beauty products and, besides being a rather fun activity, it saves a ton of money and the finished product is quite rewarding.

This DIY lemon and sugar scrub beauty obsession can be used on both the body and face. It is ideal for rough spots like feet, knees, elbows and hands. It’s also great for nail beds and cuticles. To use on the face, this scrub works wonderfully for those with acne-prone skin. But, of course, the entire body can benefit from a lemon and sugar exfoliation that leaves skin soft and insanely smooth. Indulge in this scrub from head to toe!

What you’ll need:
1/2 fresh lemon
1/2 cup of granulated sugar
1 tbls of olive oil
1 tbls of organic honey
1 medium sized tupperware bowl with lid

Benefits of the Ingredients:
Lemon – A natural source of Vitamin C; an ingredient commonly used to lighten sun and age spots and even out skin tone; A natural astringent that tightens pores and brightens the complexion.
Sugar – A natural exfoliator; a natural source of glycolic acid which evens out skin tone, cleans pores, and improves overall skin texture by removing dead, dull skin cells.
Olive Oil – High in Vitamin E which soothes and heals skin; a natural moisturizing ingredient often used for it’s anti-aging benefits.
Honey – A natural source of anti-oxidants making it a perfect ingredients for age preventions; a natural humectant so it locks water into the skin keeping the complexion hydrated; the antibacterial properties benefit acne-prone skin by reducing breakouts.

Instructions:
Add lemon juice and olive oil in to a bowl (I like to use tupperware as it is easy storage) until they mix together. Add the honey and wisk or stir quickly until the ingredients bind together into a medium thick consistency. You can add or subtract the amount of olive oil and honey that you use depending on how thick you want your scrub to be. I would keep the lemon to the juice of one half of a freshly cut lemon for every 1/2 cup of granulated sugar. Add in the sugar and mix. If you sense that there is not enough sugar to get the scrubbing done, add a bit more. Again, this is a personal preference.

As a body scrub: Apply to body, paying extra close attention to elbows, knees, feet and hands (nails and cuticles especially) and rub in circular motions for 3 to 5 minutes. Rinse. Enjoy the silky softness of your impossibly smooth skin.

As a face scrub: The lemon and sugar scrub is also great for the face, but use with gentle circular motions. This scrub is ideal for people who suffer from breakouts and acne as all of the ingredients are highly beneficial to acne prone skin. Lemon tightens pores and evens out the skin tone, sugar removes dead skin cells and cleans pores, olive oil heals acne scaring, and honey prevents future breakouts.

To use, follow the same recipe instructions then apply to clean face in gentle, circular motions. Be cautious of using on open wounds as the lemon may sting. Leave on for 7-10 minutes and rinse with cool water.

There are several ways to make a lemon and sugar scrub but I have found this one to be the easiest and most effective.

Let me know if you try it and how it works for you and happy bathing!

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80 Comments

  1. ana
    April 9, 2012

    Such a great idea i love it! What i extra love is that you added instructions or suggestion on how long to use it thanks! :)

  2. Weronika
    April 9, 2012

    Hi! I just tried this and my skin feels really lovely right now!
    I just had an unimportant question for you if you could answer, how often would you recommend using this scrub per week? Would it be a good idea to use it every day?
    Anyway fantastic blog!
    <3
    Weronika

  3. beautybanter
    April 11, 2012

    On your face, no more than one time a week. On your body 3-4, depending on how much you feel your skin can handle the scrubbing and how hard or gentle you scrub.

  4. lysh
    April 21, 2012

    Does the honey have to be organic? I really want to try this! I’m very prone to acne, so id love to prevent it!

  5. beautybanter
    May 23, 2012

    I’d definitely use organic. It’s more expensive but better benefits. Non organic has been processed therefor the benefits have literally been removed.

  6. Chrissy
    June 26, 2012

    How long can you store this scrub? Does it have to be in the fridge or does it have a shelf-life?

  7. Bianca
    July 14, 2012

    Does it really have to be organic Honey?

  8. Ana
    July 29, 2012

    Can you replace the lemon for lime?

  9. Gisel
    August 12, 2012

    Raw, organic honey is best. However, raw is more important than organic because all of the antibacterial properties are usually eliminated through pasteurization. Raw honey ensures that all of those great components are still there. The honey I use even has bits of honey comb in it.

  10. london 2012
    August 13, 2012

    can u have lighter skin after using this

  11. Dee
    August 15, 2012

    I have two 3 under zits and I need to get rid of the BEFORE next Monday so can I just add the lemon scrub to my forehead only and not my whole face????

  12. Josh
    August 26, 2012

    Can I use this twice a day , daily? If not .. Why so?

  13. Josh
    August 26, 2012

    And which is better for the face?
    Raw honey? Or pasturized honey?

  14. krissy
    September 4, 2012

    Do we stick it in the fridge?

  15. oni
    September 23, 2012

    josh…we are not supposed to use srubs daily….coz its harsh on skin if used frequently….scrubs should be used only twice a week.:)

  16. Dessy
    November 16, 2012

    I know that using scrubs daily can harsh the skin. But can I use the scrub 3-4 times a week?

  17. Elle
    November 17, 2012

    Do I keep this in the fridge??

  18. Nellie
    November 26, 2012

    I’ve tried this. It works like a charm. Along with an aspirin mask a couple of times a week. My break outs have cleared up.

  19. tasha
    November 27, 2012

    I was wondering the shelf life and if it needed to be refrigerated I am making Christmas gifts, and don’t want to make it too soon.

  20. Jessica
    December 5, 2012

    I found that brown sugar works really well, gives it a more like SCRUB effect. also i added another half of table spoon of both olive oil and honey. I managed to do my whole body and toes to head incl face and have alot left over. My skin feels very soft and nor dry or flakey. This is a really good natural DIY mask. I recommend to anyone. Also doing the face scrub once a week and doing the body maybe 3 times would be the most efficent.

  21. Yvette
    December 8, 2012

    what is the shelf life and how do you store and can you substitute olive oil with grapeseed oil or coconut oil?

  22. kell
    December 12, 2012

    WHAT IS THE SHELF LIFE!? AND DO YOU STORE IT IN THE FRIDGE?!

  23. mollydoll13
    January 5, 2013

    omg THANK YOU SO MUCHHHHHHHHHH…my skin was chapped and peeling away very nastily due to the horrific wind and disgustingly cold weather where i’m from…after i used this scrub my face was nourished and went back to being smooth and soft IMMEDIATELY! #miracleworker
    how often can i use this?
    what is the shelf life?

  24. Emily Cicardi
    January 8, 2013

    Is it better to use this scrub at day or night? And how long can you keep the scrub before its no longer good? Also can you use a daily moisturizer with this scrub?

  25. Dulsanea
    January 13, 2013

    This is a great post. Love the details and why the ingredients works. Must pass this along to others!! XOX

  26. dana
    January 14, 2013

    Please answer….what is shelf life and how do you keep/? in the fridge? !!thanks for recipe .

  27. Nish
    January 21, 2013

    The smallest amount of vitamin E oil to add to an oil or product is 0.5% which will prolong the shelf life from 5-6 months to 1-3 years. A cream is prolonged from 6 months to 1.5-2 years.

    http://www.aromantic.com/vitamins-skin.htm

  28. Tracey
    January 23, 2013

    I’ll definitely try this but I’ll like to know if I can take a bath with soap after exfoliating both face and body,or take a bath before exfoliating.

  29. Alice
    February 4, 2013

    OHMY Lordy this scrub is absolutely amazing . I had to alter it a bit because I had no lemons , so I squeezed 2 tangerines into the scrub . The scrub made my face softer than a babies BUMB !! And my mom said some of the black heads on my nose and cheeks have gone .. But she is blind most of the time . And what’s great is that this scrub did not leave my face dry , but super quenched and soft , unlike Any store bought face scrub . I think I will refrigerate my leftovers . Now , off to the shower to scrub my body with this new amazing scrub I will use forever! THANKYOU so much for sharing .

  30. Megan
    February 8, 2013

    I just tried this and I love it! It made my face feel refreshed and super clean, this winter weather has been harsh on my face and this was the best scrub I have tried so far!

  31. Sanda
    February 8, 2013

    Will i have to keep it in the fridge?

  32. Jessie
    February 9, 2013

    This is awesome it made my skin soft right after i washed it off!But one question:can it remove/lighten freckles and scars?And my pores are VERY visible on my hands so do you think it would make them less visible?THANK YOU!

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    February 11, 2013

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  34. meera
    February 12, 2013

    Have been using this since i was sixteen. Regular use brightens my complexion nd gives smooth soft skin :)

  35. Agnes
    February 27, 2013

    What if I use lemon without the honey and the rest?

  36. Tiffany
    March 4, 2013

    Is there any difference between using white sugar or brown sugar? Which one do you think would work better for this?

  37. Darcey
    March 10, 2013

    It’s like a miracle scrub. I have been using it for two weeks now, my skin cleared up and my blackheads are almost gone!!

  38. Joleen
    March 20, 2013

    If kept in fridge about 7 days. Any longer the lemon juice, honey and olive oil will start breaking down the grains of sugar. I recommend making a fresh batch everytime :) Nice and fresh!

  39. Happy face
    March 23, 2013

    My dad actually is really into natural face and body remedies and I didn’t believe him till I found this website and tried it for myself! So far happy with results and the feeling is great! I guess parents do know best :)

  40. alexis
    April 5, 2013

    what can you substitute for the honey?

  41. Baby's Bottom
    May 12, 2013

    WOW!!! It really made my skin soft and the olive oil was just what my dry skin needed!!… I shared my stash with my son and he loved it too!! Thanks!! :-)

  42. Elizabeth S.
    May 17, 2013

    Do you have to use Honey or can you use something else? I have some Agave Nectar.

  43. sukhi
    May 20, 2013

    lemon or lime for this scrub recipe? and are you positive it wont make scarring worse because i would not like to experiment if it would.

  44. madaley
    June 7, 2013

    How long will it take before your ache starts going away?

  45. madaley
    June 7, 2013

    Sorry acne**

  46. april
    June 11, 2013

    love it!! works instantly

  47. jeni
    June 29, 2013

    Remember to keep your face away from sunlight after using this as lemon makes the skin highly photosensitive and could lead to chemical burns. Avoid sun for at least 30 mins!

  48. Wanda
    July 2, 2013

    Greetings! I know this is kinda off topic however I’d figured I’d ask.

    Would you be interested in exchanging links or maybe guest authoring a blog article or vice-versa?
    My site covers a lot of the same subjects as yours and I think
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    Great blog by the way!

  49. Kat
    July 3, 2013

    I don’t have olive oil, but I have vegetable oil. Can I substitute that instead or will it make a difference?

  50. Jen
    July 5, 2013

    Thank you so much for sharing this with us, my skin has never felt that smooth! Absolutely love it!

    To the people who are wondering about whether they could use organic stuff or not:
    How can you get benefits from industrial fake honey? Plus, if you use organic honey you support the bees that are important to nature and us.Industrial honey is often made from sugar water, “collected” by bees. We use those recipes because we don’t want to use industrial chemicals stuff any longer, right?;-)
    Consider that when buying stuff for home-made things :-)

    Ps: I’m not a native English speaker so just ignore mistakes ;-)

  51. beautybanter
    July 12, 2013

    I suggest making a fresh batch each time – it is so easy to make, no need to keep it in the fridge. Also, MUST USE RAW OR ORGANIC, no substitutions! And you can sub out olive oil and in any oil you feel works best for your skin – some ideas, coconut and jojoba.

    thanks ladies! love to hear these success stories!

    xxx
    Sarah aka Beauty Banter

  52. Antoinette
    July 13, 2013

    Great scrub! When my husband saw me later in the day he noticed how great my skin looked right away! He’s even used it this morning.

  53. Hannah
    July 18, 2013

    This dried my face up, what did I do wrong? I followed it to the T except used brown sugar. =\

  54. Anarose
    July 20, 2013

    I may not yet try..if i try this, do i need to use the lotion everyday and creme for my face? Pls tell me what do i use for my face and body to protect from the sun. Thanks..

  55. Janda
    July 24, 2013

    Can it be just lemon and sugar? Will it work?

  56. karenkeel
    August 6, 2013

    I am 44 years old and still get occasional large cystic pimples. I have been a hairdresser for 19 years so I understand chemistry and ph levels. I overheard a fellow hairdresser talking about lemon juice and sugar for facial use. The chemistry made sense! So I asked her later and she told me what to do. I tried it and instantly felt the benefits I have been looking for. I goggled “lemon & sugar facial scrub” and found a number of suggestions. No more expensive facial treatments that don’t help enough! I am so excited to see the long term effects! Thank you so much! I highly recommend this scrub for acne end exfoliation!
    karenkeel

  57. EmilyMC
    August 8, 2013

    Tried it! Loved it! Can I add a little apple cider vinegar to the mix? I love using that stuff on my face too. :) I used coconut oil as a moisturizer afterwards and the effect was AMAZING.

  58. Melinda
    August 17, 2013

    How much does this make?

  59. Angela
    August 20, 2013

    Love this! I do massages and this keeps my hands nice and soft. I also have a concoction of jojoba oil with a hint of vitamin E and a drop each of tea tree and lavender essential oils which I use each night before bed.

  60. J
    September 14, 2013

    Can I substitute the sugar to sea salt for a body scrub and brown sugar for a face scrub? Also, coconut oil instead of olive oil?

  61. Jenny
    October 24, 2013

    My skin needs a pick me up. This weekend will be dedicated to creating a whole batch of scrubs. Think I’ll make some hand and foot scrubs as well. YAY self pampering…gotta love it. Also found thought people might appreciate this link for a free ecourse on how to create sugar scrubs http://howtomakesugarscrub.com/sugarscrubecourse/

  62. wonder woman
    November 11, 2013

    Christmas presents!!! thanks so much! (:

  63. Skye
    November 13, 2013

    Is it okay to substitute fresh lemon with lemon juice from a bottle?

  64. Narineh
    December 8, 2013

    I just made this and it came out so good, now I cant wait to try it in the new couple of days. I shared it with my family and friends too. thank you!

  65. Lovely recipe and very soothing. I add turmeric powder for its antibacterial and healing properties and also Carrot seed oil seed oil which you can apply afterwards also to help repair acne scars.

  66. Jessica
    January 16, 2014

    Yes, I tried this scrub, but my face does not like the sugar or the lemon. I broke out on my cheeks, I thought that maybe it was getting the impurities out of my skin, but I waited a week before I tried it again and it got worse…looks like hives and is really itchy. This is really strange to me because I am prone to break outs and have horrible acne scars. The dermatologists has prescribed medication for my face and I have never had a problem with those so now I wonder what is in this scrub that is making me breakout…any suggestions???

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  68. Elizabeth
    February 5, 2014

    I have not tried so far but i have a question after using this scrub do we need to wash our face with soap or any face wash

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  71. Suzan
    February 26, 2014

    Please do not apply Lemon and Sugar on Face. It can hurt you skin tissue badly can result in skin burn.

  72. Gennie
    March 21, 2014

    Omg do more!! I never knew it would work as well as it did

  73. Sofia
    March 24, 2014

    I’m gonna try it today but i have a question how many times do you use it in a week? And I didn’t have honey :( so I don’t know if thats gonna make a big difference in the scrub :( ?

  74. Jessica
    March 27, 2014

    This is really great, but not to use every day I’m telling u guys and it’s good for people who have acne.!!!!!!

  75. Jian
    April 2, 2014

    Well, I’m a guy and I saw this is good for dark armpits. I started mixing things. This is somehow related. But I don’t have an olive oil. What I did was. I heated all the ingredients. Having this little batch. Let’s try. :D Hoping for better results!

  76. cherish
    April 5, 2014

    If you don’t have a lemon but have lemon juice how much can/should u use?

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    April 9, 2014

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  79. Kelsey Henry
    April 17, 2014

    This stuff really works I think u need to post some more and put on the website:-)

  80. Maddie
    April 18, 2014

    Although I used this mask to reduce the redness in my cheeks(which didn’t work like I hoped) it did shrink my pores extremely well, it was like magic

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