DIY: Lemon and Sugar Body & Face Scrub

By April 4, 2012 139 Comments

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 ever having to look at raw animal), yet it benefits my skin: I’ve decided to use my kitchen to make beauty products. 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’s 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 tbsp of olive oil
1 tbsp 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 its anti-aging benefits.
Honey – A natural source of anti-oxidants making it a perfect ingredient for age prevention; a natural humectant so it locks water into the skin and keeps the complexion hydrated; the antibacterial properties benefit acne-prone skin by reducing breakouts.

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 whisk or stir quickly until the ingredients bind together into a medium-to-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 use one half of a freshly cut lemon for every 1/2 cup of granulated sugar. Combine the sugar and mix. If you sense that there isn’t 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 instructions then apply to clean face in gentle, circular motions. Be cautious of using on open wounds, as lemon has a tendency to 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.

*Make a new batch every 2-3 weeks, to insure that ingredients work as effectively as possible.

Let me know if you try it and how it works for you. Happy (and healthy) bathing!

  • ana

    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! :)

  • Weronika

    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!

    • 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.

  • lysh

    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!

  • Pingback: DIY #11 | Guapa Sunshine()

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

  • Chrissy

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

  • Bianca

    Does it really have to be organic Honey?

  • Ana

    Can you replace the lemon for lime?

  • Pingback: Creating You Time «()

  • Gisel

    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.

  • london 2012

    can u have lighter skin after using this

  • Dee

    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????

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

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

  • krissy

    Do we stick it in the fridge?

  • oni

    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.:)

  • Pingback: If You Can’t Eat it, Don’t Wear it! « katesurfs()

  • Dessy

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

  • Elle

    Do I keep this in the fridge??

  • Nellie

    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.

  • tasha

    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.

  • Jessica

    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.

  • Yvette

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

  • kell


  • mollydoll13

    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?

  • Emily Cicardi

    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?

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

  • dana

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

  • Nish

    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.

  • Tracey

    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.

  • Pingback: How to prepare for your lifestyle session » Kelly J Photography – Chester and North Wales Lifestyle and Wedding Photographer()

  • Alice

    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 .

  • Megan

    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!

  • Sanda

    Will i have to keep it in the fridge?

  • Jessie

    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!

  • Hi there to every single one, it’s really a good for me to pay a quick visit this web site, it includes helpful Information.

  • meera

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

  • Agnes

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

  • Tiffany

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

  • Darcey

    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!!

  • Pingback: Homemade citrus recipes can clean home, laundry and yourself | Floor Cleaning & House Cleaning Service Phoenix Area – Clean ‘N Fresh Cleaning()

  • Joleen

    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!

  • 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 :)

  • alexis

    what can you substitute for the honey?

  • Pingback: This is a must try sugar scrub | jacquelinescupcakes's Blog()

  • Baby’s Bottom

    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!! :-)

  • Pingback: how to get ready for an engagement shoot | Gwen's Bridal Bazaar()

  • Elizabeth S.

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

  • sukhi

    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.

  • madaley

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

  • madaley

    Sorry acne**

  • april

    love it!! works instantly

  • jeni

    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!

  • 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
    we could greatly benefit from each other. If you might be interested
    feel free to send me an email. I look forward to hearing from you!
    Great blog by the way!

  • Kat

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

  • Jen

    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 😉

  • 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!

    Sarah aka Beauty Banter

  • Antoinette

    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.

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

  • Pingback: 10 Secrets For Beautiful Skin()

  • Anarose

    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..

  • Janda

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

  • Pingback: exfol ELATION | beauty tips and tricks from a vancouver makeup artist()

  • karenkeel

    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!

  • EmilyMC

    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.

  • Melinda

    How much does this make?

  • Angela

    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.

  • J

    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?

  • 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

  • Christmas presents!!! thanks so much! (:

  • Skye

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

  • Pingback: Winter Facials DIY | Pretty. Pretty. Orange Make-Up.()

  • Pingback: Weekend for yourself | stylebreakdown()

  • Narineh

    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!

  • 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.

  • Jessica

    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???

  • Hi colleagues, pleasant article and fastidious arguments commented here, I am in fact enjoying by these.

  • Elizabeth

    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

  • For most up-to-date news you have to visit web and on internet
    I found this website as a most excellent web site for newest updates.

  • Pingback: Get Ready for Valentine's Day with a Delicious DIY Lemon & Sugar Body Scrub | Pulp NaturePulp Nature()

  • It’s an amazing paragraph designed for all the internet visitors; they will get advantage from it I am sure.

  • Suzan

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

  • Gennie

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

  • Sofia

    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 :(?

  • Jessica

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

  • 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. 😀 Hoping for better results!

  • cherish

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

  • Oh my goodness! Incredible article dude! Thank you so much, However I am going through troubles with your RSS.

    I don’t know the reason why I cannot join it. Is there anybody having identical RSS problems?
    Anyone that knows the solution will you kindly respond?

  • I love your blog.. very nice colors & theme. Did you make this
    website yourself or did you hire someone to do it for you?

    Plz reply as I’m looking to create my own blog and would
    like to know where u got this from. appreciate it

    chaussures christian louboutin pour homme

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

  • Maddie

    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

  • Emily


  • Nigel Colter

    Why is it recommended that the facial scrub not be used everyday?

  • Pingback: Lemon & Honey Sugar Scrub DIY Recipe | FaithyLand -

  • Nicky

    I made this last night, and it felt fantastic. I used it on my face and my back, as I have a few acne scares on my back, and on my jaw line.

    I can’t tell you how soft my skin is. I use it nightly, and one batch will last about a week. I used brown sugar, and I read that because it’s sugar and not salt, it can be used daily (for the face) – However, if I feel there is an irritation or my skin is feeling too raw, I will pull back to every other day. But I typically will use this at night.

    I’m hoping to see results soon. But I can tell you, your skin feels different and awesome after one use.

    If you don’t want to use olive oil, you can use coconut oil. And I used organic lemons, just to keep it as natural as possible. Your skin should not be dry after using this.

  • Pingback: Taking a stand against the beauty industry, one wax at a time | The Crafty Feminist()

  • Great article. I love lemon sugar scrubs. It’s a natural skin lighter too.

  • Touche. Outstanding arguments. Keep up the amazing spirit.

  • Right here is the perfect web site for everyone who hopes to understand this topic.
    You understand so much its almost tough to argue with you (not that I really will need to…HaHa).
    You certainly put a fresh spin on a topic that has
    been discussed for ages. Wonderful stuff, just great!

  • This page certainly has all the information and
    facts I wanted about this subject and didn’t know who to ask.

  • karikka

    i tried this and it was soooo great. but what should i do/add to my face after using this, since it is already exfoliated?

  • Pingback: Halloween Makeup Remover: Your Pillowcase Will Thank Me Later | Diverse World Fashion | DWF()

  • Great Article
    Thanks for the information :)

  • Tiffany

    Is it bad if you use it daily?

  • Fatima

    Im currently wearing the mask right this second! waiting my 7-10 minutes 😉 thank you for your clear and easy instructions!!

  • Vicki

    I picked lemons and juiced 3 gallons this morning. I made the scrub and put it up for all of my family. I love this recipe. Thank you for posting!

  • Minie

    How long does it stay good???

  • jhay22

    Really good natanggal any dull skin and dark spot

  • Pingback: 66 life-changing things you can do with a lemon | Appsoko()

  • Sudatta Dasgupta

    Thanks for sharing…i did try this out and it’s so so skin felt so fresh and almost instantly radiant!

  • Pingback: DIY Body Scrub for Beautiful Body in Summer – DIY Ideas Tips()

  • Minie

    Would vegetable oil work the same as olive oil?

  • Pingback: Verve & Vitality()

  • Pingback: 20 Uses for Citrus Peels - Renée ReardinRenée Reardin()

  • Pingback: Do you Have White Bumps Around Your Eyes? Remove them with These 10 Natural Remedies! | Workout at Home()

  • Chyanne

    Loved this DIY scrub completely. It’s so simple, with things that are normally in my house, and it makes your skin so soft immediately after using.

    • Payton

      You have done this right because I was thinking about this facial scrub. And I always read the reviews first before trying anything. So this works and doesn’t cause irritation.

  • Pingback: 10 Beauty Resolutions To Start 2017 Off Right – Cardio Win()

  • Pingback: 15 Universal Beauty Hacks From Our Fave Celebs and Experts – Cardio Win()

  • Pingback: 9 Natural Home Remedies To Remove Dead Skin From Feet (3 Scrub Recipes Included) - AllBeauty News()

  • Jessica Augello

    Does this need to be refrigerated, or is it okay on the shelf for a few weeks?

    • omoloja abiodun

      I just started this beauty regimen today and I’m hoping it works.

  • Pingback: 4 Sugar Scrubs That Will Soften, Tighten And Lighten Your Face – The Natural Black woman()

  • Paul N Sandra Harvey

    I just did this on my face and feet and OMGoodness; my face is so soft. I love the results.

  • Pingback: Prime 10 Pure Exfoliants That You Can Use For Your DIY Face Masks! – jagunmolu()

  • Pingback: Top 10 Natural Exfoliants That You Can Use For Your DIY Face Masks! | Make Money With Edmund&Megan()

  • olive

    I just loved this scrub and as I’m acne prone and I have pimple scars…so should I use it daily or 2,3 times a week?

  • asascia Manderson

    Where does it need to be stored, Is it better refrigerated or left out room temperature?

    • Ye’Cart Rolyart

      I put mine in fridge because of the lemon… although honey is like a preservative

  • asascia Manderson

    Can I replace the olive oil with a different oil, and if so any suggestions?

  • asascia Manderson

    How big of a jar will this recipe fill?

  • asascia Manderson

    How often should you use this scrub

  • Pingback: 15 Universal Beauty Hacks From Our Fave Celebs and Experts | CoraBeautyTips()

  • Pingback: DOs and DON’Ts for Backne and Chest Acne – BEAUTY & SKIN()

  • Pingback: Lemon Sugar Body Scrub Recipe - Sugar Scrub Recipes()

  • Pingback: 15 Universal Beauty Hacks From Our Fave Celebs and Experts – Kylie's Beauty with a Purpose()

  • Ye’Cart Rolyart

    This is amazing! I am rather particular about the chemicals and ingredients that go in and on my body as I prefer all organic. I find that this is an amazing concoction that works wonderfully! Thank you!

    P.S. I feel the same way about cooking because of my disdain for handling raw meat. I only eat meat like once per day anyway, but I’m going to buy some disposable cooking gloves off amazon. Lol

  • Kesa

    Can I use extra virgin olive oil?

About Beauty Banter
Beauty Banter was launched in July of 2006 as a comprehensive beauty blog covering trends, tips and tricks, insider secrets, and weekly must-haves. Beauty Banter has a reputation of being on the cutting edge of emerging trends and product launches so our readers are always the first to know what’s hot and what’s just not.