Coconut-Lime Sugar Scrub {Plus Printable!}

Coconut and Lime Sugar Scrub from Our Best BitesFirst of all, thank you from the bottom of our hearts for all of the kind comments on yesterday’s post.   (If you missed it, you can read it here).  It’s always a little bit nerve-wracking when we post something out of the norm around here, especially when it’s of a personal nature, and we always cross our fingers and hope it’s well received, and in the way we intended.  I curled up with my laptop tonight and read every single comment.  Thank you, thank you.

Now, in that post we talked a little about the expectations women everywhere face because of the internet.  On that note, has Pinterest pressured anyone out there to compulsively purchase a ridiculously large container of coconut oil?  Admit it, and least 4,972 of you did.  We know because at least half of you have emailed us to ask what the heck you should do with it now.  Here’s an answer!  By the way, the brand pictured below, is amazing.  Awesome coconut flavor and pure white color.

Coconut Oil
I love a good DIY sugar scrub.  Coconut oil is an amazing moisturizer and sugar is an awesome exfoliant.  I had my coconut oil on the counter a few weeks back and as I was scooping some out, I dropped a blob into my fruit basket that was sitting right there.  It landed right on top of a lime and that’s when I heard the choir of angels and wondered why I hadn’t thought of this scrub before.  I made it right then and immediately texted Kate to tell her how amazing it was.  This would be the perfect little gift to whip up for Mother’s Day for a friend, a Mom, or just yourself!  Chances are, many of you have all of the ingredients right in your kitchen already.  It’s a tropical escape that will leave you feeling all silky and smooth.

Coconut Lime Sugar Scrub

Place some coconut oil in a bowl.  Depending on the temperature of your surroundings, you  may need to heat it in the microwave to soften it.  Right now, it’s is the 80’s where I live and my coconut oil stored at room temperature is super soft and stir-able, but in the winter time I definitely have to zap it in the microwave to soften it up.

Coconut Oil in Bowl

Next add some granulated sugar.  Sugar is a great, gentle exfoliator.  If you like a little more umph, you can use a natural coarse grain sugar, but plain ol’ white sugar works great.

Pouring Sugar

It seemed only fitting to pair bright, fresh lime with the smooth creamy coconut.

Fresh Limes

The natural oils in citrus are found in their peels, so just zest a lime right in there.  A microplane grater will produce super fine bits, so if you don’t have one you might want to grate the peel with a fine-hole grater and then run a knife over it to chop it up even more.

Lime Zest in Sugar Scrub

Then just stir it all up.

Sugar Scrub being Stirred

The consistency of a sugar scrub is really a matter of preference.  I usually start with a 2:1 (sugar:oil) ratio and then adjust from there.  I like my mixture to hold together like a paste, as opposed to crumbling, which I feel usually just makes a mess.  So generally I start with that 2:1 ratio (pictured below, you can see it’s rather thick), and then add another scoop of coconut oil.

Stirred Sugar Scrub

The lime zest adds a bright fresh scent, and the coconut oil has a light scent to it, but I still love to add a little boost with some oils.  I just use the oils I have for cooking and baking.  They only cost a couple of bucks, and a little goes a long way.  (Please note:  I will burn the first comment that tries to sell Do Terra oils on this post.  Does that sound overly-dramatic?)  You can use lime and/or coconut; I like a little of both.  Just add it to taste.  And by “taste” I mean smell.   Okay, that’s a lie, I totally taste it.  It’s amazing, and totally edible.  I buy my oils from Orson Gygi; they literally have every flavor you could ever imagine.

Flavoring Oils

Just pop it in a cute jar and you can store it at room temperature for weeks.

Coconut Lime Sugar Scrub for super soft skin

I keep a little jar in my shower.  Just take a palm-full and massage it all over.

Coconut Lime Sugar Scrub

The sugar exfoliates and the coconut oil is uber-moisturizing.  Just rinse with warm water and then massage in the oil left on your skin.  Or you can rinse with soap if you don’t like the feeling of the oil, it will still leave you silky smooth.

Silky Coconut Lime Sugar Scrub

The cute jars in my post are from Hobby Lobby and only cost a couple of bucks.  The brown labels are made by Avery in the Martha Stewart collection and I picked them up at Staples.  (Fun fact: I’m obsessed with office supplies.  Every September I buy ridiculous amount of “school” supplies.  For myself.) They don’t make that particular kind anymore, but here are some similar ones you can grab from Amazon.  I just wrapped a piece of washi tape around the jars and tied some twine on and these little gifts were seriously SO quick, easy, and cheap to whip up.  Also it smells (and let’s face it- tastes) amazing.

Coconut Lime Sugar Scrub from Our Best Bites

 You can get the same look by printing off these labels on plain paper and just cutting out the shape.  Just use double stick tape to attach them to a jar, or print them on card stock and tie them on with a string.  Easy peasy!  Little mason jars like these are great for sugar scrubs, too.

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Coconut & Lime Sugar Scrub


  • 1/4 cup coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • zest from one lime
  • optional: Lime and/or coconut flavoring oils


  1. Place oil, sugar, and lime zest* in a bowl. *If you’re not using a microplane grater to zest the lime, you may want to use a knife to chop it even more finely before adding to the mix. Stir to combine, and if desired, add additional coconut oil to reach desired consistency. Add lime and/or coconut flavoring oils to taste (or smell :))
  2. You may store at room temperature for several weeks (I like to keep a jar in my shower). Use scrub to gently exfoliate skin. Rinse skin clean with warm water and then massage in oils left on skin for a soft, silky finish.
  3. Yield: about 3/4 cup sugar scrub.


Now, if you’ve got a hankering for lime-coconut and you don’t want to eat your beauty products, here are a few things you must, must make.  Soon.  These are probably 3 of my all-time favorite recipes.

Lime-Coconut White Chip Macadamia Nut Cookies

Coconut Banana Bread with Lime Glaze

Coconut Banana Bread
Lime Coconut Cheesecake

Lime Coconut Cheesecake


Gygi Oils Graphic

*Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links.


  1. I love coconut lime anything. I recently made pina-colada sherbet from ‘A Perfect Scoop’. It was basically coconut milk with crushed up pineapple, lime juice, and a teaspoon or so of rum (I’m sure vanilla would work just as well). It was awesome, and so great for the warm weather we seem to finally be getting here.

  2. I’m trying to think of ways I could actually eat this concoction. Spread it on toast? I LOVE lime and coconut, smells and tastes. Great idea, and much cheaper than store-bought scrubs, I’m sure. I’ve been wanting to try cooking with coconut oil, so now I have a use for it if I don’t like it!

  3. I laughed so hard at the Do Terra comment! I’m a blogger too and I get some of the craziest comments from people trying to slyly throw their affiliate link or business venture in. You girls make me giggle.

    For those asking what kind of coconut oil to get, Costco sells the Nutiva brand for crazy, crazy cheap and it’s amazing. It does have a slightly yellowish tint to it though. If you’re looking for white white, try the Tropical Traditions Gold Label oil like they have pictured in this post. I swear it was scraped straight from the coconut. While you’re at it, try their organic raw honey. It’s like crack in a jar.

    1. And P.S. I swear I look at Pinterest a zillion times a day and never make anything because I’m just not crafty. I started reading this post ONLY because I think you guys are great and now you’ve convinced me to make it. You gals are like crack in a jar! 🙂

  4. where did you get that super-white coconut oil Sara? mine has an unappealing yellowish tinge and yours look so white and fresh.

    1. Yeah, just google the brand in my photo, I got mine in the mail so you can definitely order it! And like someone else mentioned, Costco has the best price on coconut oil I’ve ever seen. My store has a couple different kinds, they do have an organic one that’s quite a bit more expensive, but I think it’s lighter in color. The one I am using here has an awesome coconut flavor.

      Coming back to add: I was just at Whole Foods and they too had a reeeealy bright white brand. Didn’t note the name, but that would be a good place to check too.

  5. This scrub is so fun! I would love to make some for the moms in my life! I am a coconut oil virgin, and am wondering if there is a certain kind to buy? Is there one for cooking and one for not? Haha, I know, I sound dumb. I am seeing stuff about extra virgin and unrefined? If I go out looking for this stuff today, I want to make sure I know what to get! (:

    1. And while I am at it, if you aren’t into…um, uh, er…those oils that may or may not be essential, where can you find the oils you mentioned?

      1. I’ve seen LorAnn oils at my local grocery store and my drugstore. They might even be at Walmart. I’d simply ask someone at your favorite store!

    2. The coconut oil in her picture is from Tropical Traditions. Google it and you will find their company. The one she used has a coconut taste. You cook with it also. There is one that is Expeller Pressed that does not taste like coconut. This is the one to cook with if you do not want your food to taste like coconut. This company is wonderful to work with and has special often.

  6. You guys think you have a lot of coconut oil – try having a husband who works for a vitamin company and that is one of their products and he has to do quality checks on it. He can take home opened containers after they have cleared lab, so I think I have 5 containers. This is perfect for using up some of it and end-of-year presents for teachers!

  7. Yesterdays post is exactly what i needed at the exact right time. I have been feeling so down on myself as a working mother/wife of two little ones. It was reassuring to hear from two women that are so put together thats its about the small moments. I am OBSESSED with EVERYTHING coconut and lime recently, so that you 🙂 Do you think this would work with Epsom salt?

  8. OK, I’ve tried to use sugar scrubs in the shower before, but it makes the floor of my shower/tub dangerously slippery (I’m klutzy enough as it is!). Does anyone else have a problem with this? Will it still be a problem with this recipe? I’m assuming it will…

    1. I saw somewhere on another DIY sugar scrub that you could sprinkle baking soda on the floor of the shower before you step in that will help.

  9. I loved your post about motherhood and I’m so glad you shared your thoughts with us! My favorite scent of all time, I just put it on, is the Coconut Lime Breeze (or whatever they changed it to) from Bath and Body Works, so I’m definitely going to make this scrub! Thanks!

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