Orange Coconut Sugar Scrub


orange coconut sugar scrub squareAs I see my bulbs sprouting and my grass starting to grow again, I’m itching to pack away my heavy, spicy candles and soaps and bust out the fresh scents–citrus and coconut scents, things that smell like exotic drinks and faraway locations.  This winter has been a weird one and I’m really ready to for spring to be here!

But it’s still kind of winter-y–even here in Louisiana, as I write this, it’s below freezing outside and school has been cancelled for the next two days and I’m wearing workout leggings and fuzzy socks and a lounge-y hoodie (a.k.a. my winter uniform). All of our skin is dry and crackly and itchy as we ride out this last little leg of winter.

I whipped this Orange Coconut Sugar Scrub up for my daughter the other day because her skin bothers her so much in the winter, then I loved how it smelled so much that I now have a giant tub of it in our fridge that we can all use on our stubborn winter skin. The orange is fresh and bright and perfect for lifting our moods on dreary days, the hints of coconut remind us that warmer days just around the corner, but it also scrubs and moisturizes beautifully.  Plus, if you’ve ever made orange rolls and you wish you could slather yourself in the filling, now’s your chance.

You’re going to need 1/2 cup of virgin coconut oil (so the stuff that still smells like coconuts. I’ve recommended this brand before, but it’s what I always use), 1 cup of white sugar, and the zest of an orange.

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Combine the coconut oil

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and sugar together. Add the orange zest. If you don’t have a Microplane, you need one! This is one of my all-time favorite, can’t-cook-without kitchen gadgets!

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and mix well. This works best if you keep a small amount in the shower and the rest in the refrigerator and then take it out as needed.

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Questions & Reviews

  1. Fifty-four happy moms will be getting this from our 4th graders for Mother’s Day. I can’t wait to get feedback! The kids are looking forward to the activity. 🙂

  2. I made a half batch of this, and I can’t believe how wonderful it feels. I’ve heard people talk about coconut oil being good for your skin but I’ve never tried it till now. Thanks for sharing!

  3. Hi Kate…have you ever tried it with lemon? I’m wondering if the measurements are the same and if it’s just as good. Just wondering. TIA

  4. My eight daughters and I are planning a spa night. I have the ingredients (oranges still on my trees) to make this. Might make some orange loaf bread as well, LOL!

  5. “Plus, if you’ve ever made orange rolls and you wish you could slather yourself in the filling, now’s your chance.”

    Why yes, yes I have. It’s like you know me. 😉 Thrilled to make this!

  6. I made orange coconut sugar scrub for little gifts once & everyone loved it. I think I added some orange extract to make it even more fragrant, but it was probably unnecessary. Thanks for all the wonderful recipes. They are my #1 go-to reference.

  7. Hi Kate, I am making the sauerkraut dish today and was wondering if the mustard it calls for is dried mustard? Sorry Thanks!

    1. Hi, Brooke! It’s just regular brown/coarse sandwich mustard (so not dry. Unless you put dry mustard on sandwiches. 🙂 )