DIY Coconut Body Scrub to Moisturize, Brighten, and Protect Your Skin

3/30/2023

By Kristin Ahaus

Have you ever tried making your own Coconut Body Scrub?

Is your skin starting to feel dry too?

Although it’s exciting to see the first snowfall and make new family memories in the kitchen, wintertime can be hard – especially on your skin.

Whether you’ve got dry knees and elbows or your skin looks a little dull, we’ve got some exciting news for you! 

You’ll love our coconut body scrub recipe that you can make at home to exfoliate and moisturize your skin. And you probably already have most, if not all, of the ingredients to make it.

Add a few simple, whole ingredients to your food processor – or whisk in a bowl – and you’re on your way to bright and dewy skineven during the winter months.

Coconut Body Scrub in jar

This coconut body scrub recipe doubles as a quick at-home spa treatment for you and a thoughtful gift for family, workmates, and teachers.

Let’s give dry skin the boot!

Is Coconut Body Scrub Good for the Skin?

Coconut sugar scrub in bowl and in jar

Yes! Sugar scrubs are a natural and gentle way to exfoliate – perfect for sensitive and dry skin. Life can get pretty hectic, but exfoliating is an essential skincare step you shouldn’t skip. 

Exfoliating rids your skin of dead skin cells and cleans your pores at the same time. That means your skin is better able to absorb moisturizers and gives your skin a dewy glow.

Remember that the skin on your face is more delicate than the rest of your body. The sugar in scrubs can be harsh on your face causing redness, irritation, or worse, more dry skin. Use coconut scrub for your body a few times a week for the best results.

Where Does Coconut Sugar Come From? 

coconut sugar + grapefruits

Despite its name, coconut sugar doesn’t come from coconuts. Instead, it’s from sap that the flower buds on coconut trees produce. The flowers get cut off, and the sap is extracted. Then it’s heated up until most of the water evaporates and what you have left is…coconut sugar. 

Creamy Coconut Body Scrub Tips

Overhead view of coconut scrub

Soften coconut oil

During the cooler months, your coconut oil will probably become solid while it’s in the jar. Put your coconut oil in a warm spot to get soft but not melted. It should be soft enough to easily mix in the other ingredients, like a loose cookie dough texture. 

Mix until combined.

The heat and friction from the food processor can warm up the coconut oil if you mix it too long. Overmixing causes the coconut oil to melt to a liquid causing the scrub to separate. If this happens, it’s ok! It’s an easy fix. Use a spoon to stir the ingredients together and place it in the fridge for about 15 minutes to harden back up. 

How Do You Make Coconut Sugar Scrub?

Step 1: Zesting grapefruit

Step 1

Zest 2 grapefruits in a bowl and set aside.

Coconut sugar and coconut oil in food processor

Step 2

Add coconut sugar and softened coconut oil to a food processor, and mix until smooth.

grapefruit oil over food processor

Step 3

Add mint, grapefruit zest, and essential oil (if using) to the food processor and mix until combined.

overhead view of coconut scrub

Step 4

Transfer your scrub to a glass jar and use it to hydrate your skin.

Coconut Body Scrub Ingredients

Ingredients

 

  • 1 cup coconut sugar
  • ½ cup coconut oil, softened but not melted
  • 10-12 fresh mint leaves, chopped (1-2 Tbsp dried mint)
  • 2 large grapefruits, zested
  • 5-6 drops of grapefruit essential oil (optional)

Coconut Sugar

Different types of sugar are more or less coarse. We love using coconut sugar in coconut scrub for two reasons. 

First, it’s less refined than other sugars, so it still has small amounts of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. Even though you aren’t eating it (or maybe you are, it’s edible), your skin can still absorb all that good stuff. 

Second, coconut sugar has a similar coarseness as brown sugar – which is the least abrasive –  making it more gentle on the skin. 

Coconut Oil

Looking for hydrated, smooth skin and decreased signs of aging? Coconut oil is your secret weapon. The sugar gets all the dirt and dead skin off your face, so the coconut oil can work its magic. After exfoliation, it’s easier for your skin to absorb the fatty acids from coconut oil that are believed to have antimicrobial qualities. 

Coconut oil has many benefits. It helps your skin fight acne, protect itself from bacteria, and stay hydrated.  

Mint

In addition to its refreshing taste and smell, mint soothes the skin. With anti-inflammatory properties, it can help soothe mosquito bites and other skin irritations. It also conditions and naturally tones skin. Add fresh mint to your coconut scrub for a cooling sensation that closes your pores and keeps your skin hydrated all winter.

Grapefruits

Vitamin C in grapefruit helps your body develop more hyaluronic acid. That natural acid is beneficial because it helps your skin stretch and flex for less noticeable fine lines and wrinkles. It also helps wounds heal faster and reduces scarring.

When you’re out in the sun, you expose your skin to free radicals, possibly causing tissue damage. Vitamin C helps clear your skin of those free radicals, reducing signs of aging.

Related: Health Benefits of Citrus

How to Store

How To Store and Apply

Keep your sugar scrub in anything with a lid on it. Glass mason jars are easy to find and affordable. Feel free to get as creative as you want with the storage containers for your scrub. 

Coconut scrub doesn’t need to be refrigerated, so keep it in a cool place like the bathroom cabinet, and it will keep for months.

If you decide to store your scrub in the shower, it’s possible for the heat from the shower to warm up the coconut oil, causing it to separate. Remember that it’s no biggie; use your finger to stir it, and you should be good to go.

How to Apply

Let warm water run on your skin to help soften any dead skin. Put a small amount of coconut scrub on your fingertips and gently rub it into your skin in small circular motions for no longer than 30 seconds. Then rinse thoroughly with warm water. Depending on your skin’s sensitivity, use your scrub one to three times a week. 

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Tips

Homemade Coconut Scrub

Homemade coconut body scrub recipe – with ingredients you already have on hand – for clear, hydrated skin. Perfect for a DIY spa treatment or as a gift for friends and family.
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Course: Beauty
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Total Time: 10 minutes

Equipment

  • Food processor
  • Citrus zester

Ingredients

  • 1 cup coconut sugar
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil softened but not melted
  • 10-12 fresh mint leaves chopped (1-2 Tbsp dried mint)
  • 2 large grapefruits zested
  • 5-6 drops grapefruit essential oil (optional)

Instructions

  • Set the coconut oil in a warm spot – near a stove or oven – until it's softened but not melted. Look for the same consistency as room-temperature butter before baking.
  • Add the sugar and coconut oil to the food processor and blend until it's smooth and creamy, like loose cookie dough.
  • Add the mint, grapefruit zest, and essential oil (if using) and blend again until the ingredients are evenly mixed.
  • Transfer your scrub to a glass jar with a lid for easy storage. Use when your skin needs a little pick me up.

Notes

Feel free to use white sugar if you’d prefer a lighter color for your coconut scrub. Keep in mind that white sugar is more coarse, so you may need to use your body scrub fewer times per week than if you use coconut sugar.
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Kristin Ahaus

Author: Kristin Ahaus

Kristin Ahaus is the Director of Content and Communications for The Produce Moms. Her focus and passion is helping all of TPM's brand partners share their stories while also helping consumers understand how to select, serve and store fresh produce. Connect with Kristin on LinkedIN.

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