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.

Click Here to download Printable Labels

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


  • 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 :))
  • 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.
  • Yield: about 3/4 cup sugar scrub.
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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


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Questions & Reviews

  1. hi! love this so much! have you ever tried to add some of the lime juice to this? Would it enhance the smell or the acid break down the sugar? I’m making a huge batch as thank you gifts for the women throwing me a bridal shower and don’t want to mess it up!! So right now its made and im just waiting to see if i can/should add the juice! thanks!

  2. I am unable to find these jars at Hobby Lobby where you get them. Can you post a link so that we can order them?
    Thanks so much!

    1. Ya know, this was quite a while ago so they may not carry those exact jars anymore- but they do have tons of cute ones!

  3. I’d like to use this scrub and printable for our ward’s upcoming Super Saturday Craft Event. I know your printable says “for personal use only”, so I wanted to run that by you really quick to make sure I’m keeping things on the up and up. 🙂

    1. Totally fine! We just didn’t want to find them at Target or something, hahahaha!

  4. Waoo, it sounds great. I would love to try this. I hope it works good for my skin.

  5. one more question, where do you find that wider washi tape?? I have seen thin but not the wider kind.

    Thanks again.

  6. What is the name of the font that you used to make the labels. I see that you have some made to download but if you should try a different scent and want to make new labels. This is great, can’t wait to try it.



  7. I will have to try this recipe, it looks wonderful. Do you squeeze the lime juice into the mixture or just zest the lime skin?



  8. Love this!. Can’t wait to try this combo DIY. I’m thinking about adding in Argan oil to increase it’s moisturizing and nourishing powers. Argan has double the about of vitamin E then olive oil, so it’s a power house!

    Thank you for the inspo! Going to make this as a hostess gift during the holidays.

    Co-founder EnBloom

  9. Ok, so I made this scrub two days ago and put in mason jars…. I opened one of the jars today, and it had hardened. Is this normal? How do i fix? I was planning to make them as wedding favors, so i don’t want to continue until i know what i did wrong.

  10. Can anyone tell me exactly how long this lasts, does it begin to grow mold, etc? I really want to make and sell scrubs where I live but I don’t want it to expire within just a few weeks of making. I guess I’d have to put some kind of preservative in it and I want to be as all natural/vegan/organic as possible.

    Thanks in advance and GREAT SITE!

  11. I use essential oils all the time but if I put them into a product I’m applying to myself I get super itchy and it kinda burns. I put extracts in my scrub. The stuff in the baking isle. I have only used pure extract but I suppose imitation would work as well. I make a sugar, honey and almond extract scrub that’s smells amazing! You can also use spices like cinnamon, apple pie spice, pumpkin pie spice, etc. Also, people with sensitive skin should stay away from the salt scrubs. The sugar is gentle and wont leave you looking like you were scrubbed with a Brillo pad.

  12. I bought both the lime and coconut Lorann’s oils on Amazon. The name of the store was The Homery and they have free shipping. You pick the scents you want and I think they were delivered in 1 week. 6 drams cost me $11.03. I hope this helps anyone looking and can’t find lime and coconut.