DIY Exfoliating Honey Lemon Sugar Scrub Recipe

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Get ready to have clean, baby-soft skin with this natural exfoliator!  This DIY honey lemon sugar scrub not only smells great, but it will also leave your skin feeling cleaner and healthier. It’ll give you a natural glow!

mason jar with homemade DIY lemon honey sugar scrub next to eucalyptus and a white towel.

Note: This information is for educational or informational purposes. I am not a medical doctor, and this should not be used to substitute for medical care.

jar of lemon honey sugar scrub recipe with a pot of honey and lemon.

What is honey lemon sugar scrub?

This honey lemon sugar scrub is an exfoliating scrub made from natural ingredients that will help remove dirt, dead skin cells, and any buildup while moisturizing your skin at the same time.  It will leave you with silky smooth skin and feels especially great during the dry winter months!

Why you’ll love this lemon honey sugar scrub recipe


  • ALL NATURAL – There’s nothing odd or hard to pronounce in this DIY lemon sugar scrub recipe. It’s made with simple, natural ingredients you probably already have!
  • QUICK & EASY TO MAKE – This scrub comes together in just moments with a few simple, common ingredients you probably already have in your pantry or fridge. 
  • GENTLE EXFOLIANT – The sugar and honey gently remove dead skin cells while the honey and oil nourish your skin. It’s a great way to refresh your skin, especially during the dry months!

Equipment

Only a few household items will get you started making this scrub:

  • small bowl
  • spoon
  • small glass jar or airtight container
ingredients to make lemon honey sugar scrub on a marble table.

Ingredients

  • Sugar – Either cane sugar or brown sugar. 
  • Fresh lemon juice – Fresh is best! If you don’t have fresh, you can always use concentrate, although it may not be as beneficial. 
  • Lemon zest – This is optional but recommended if you want a really strong lemon scent. 
  • Raw honey – Honey is extremely gentle and soothing on skin. It’s best to use raw, unpasteurized honey for all of honey’s health benefits.
  • Oil – Use your favorite skincare oil, like sweet almond oil, olive oil, coconut oil, jojoba oil, or avocado oil.
  • Lemon essential oil – For a stronger lemon scent, feel free to add some steam-distilled lemon essential oil. (Note: The type of oil is important.)

How to Make Honey Lemon Sugar Scrub

  1. Mix sugar with lemon zest, honey, and oils in a small bowl. Stir to combine. Add a small amount of lemon juice and stir; add more until you read your desired consistency.
  2. If it is too runny for your liking, add an additional tablespoon of sugar.
  3. Store in a sealed container in the fridge for up to 1 week.

How to Use Lemon Sugar Scrub with Honey

Start by running warm water over your skin. Add a quarter-sized amount of body scrub on your hand and gently rub it in circles to remove dead skin and hydrate. Repeat once if necessary. Rinse off the scrub and dry with a clean towel.

Note: It is not recommended to use this scrub on the face. Only use it on your body.

Tip: Use citrus safely!

Citrus oils and juices can be phototoxic, which means they can burn your skin in sunlight. If you’re adding lemon essential oil, it’s important to use steam-distilled lemon oil. It’s not recommended to use lemon juice on your face.

Storing Suggestions

Since this lemon honey and sugar scrub contains fresh lemon juice, it should be stored in the fridge and has a shelf life of about a week.  Be sure to keep the container clean and relatively dry.

jar of DIY honey lemon sugar scrub on a white towel.

Tips & Variations

  • For extra exfoliation, add a couple of tablespoons of lemon peel powder.
  • Some people are sensitive to citrus juices. It’s always best to conduct a patch test before using this scrub on your body.
  • Feel free to use orange or grapefruit juice instead of lemon juice.
  • Since this scrub only lasts for about a week, I recommend making it in small batches you know you can use in time. 

FAQs

Can I use raw honey in a sugar scrub?

Absolutely! Raw honey is a fantastic option for sugar scrubs. It’s best to use raw, unpasteurized honey if you’re trying to use it for healing damaged skin.

What is the best oil to use in a sugar scrub?

I prefer to use almond oil, coconut oil, or olive oil in my sugar scrubs. Coconut oil can either be too firm or too wet depending on the temperature and olive oil has a notable scent. Almond oil is a great middle choice. I also like jojoba oil, but it’s quite pricey!

Should you use sugar scrubs on your face?

Although you technically can, I do not recommend it. The sugar crystals are naturally abrasive, which is great for dry skin on your legs or arms, but the skin on your face is very sensitive. Sugar can be too harsh for your face and may result in irritation. Citrus acids can cause burns, so it’s very important to use them safely.

If you have sensitive skin, be sure to only use this skin on your body and consider using just lemon zest instead of juice or oil.

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Honey Lemon Sugar Scrub

Get ready to have clean, baby-soft skin with this natural exfoliator!  This DIY honey lemon sugar scrub not only smells great, but it will also leave your skin feeling cleaner and healthier. It'll give you a natural glow!
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Prep Time 5 minutes
Servings 1 half pint

Equipment

  • small bowl
  • spoon
  • small glass jar or airtight container

Ingredients
  

  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 TBS lemon juice
  • 1 TBS sweet almond oil
  • 1/4 cup raw honey
  • 10-15 drops steam-distilled lemon essential oil, optional
  • 1 lemon zest

Instructions
 

  • Mix sugar with lemon zest, honey, and oils in a small bowl. Stir to combine. Add a small amount of lemon juice and stir; add more until you read your desired consistency.
  • If it is too runny for your liking, add a tablespoon of sugar.
  • Store in the fridge for up to 1 week.

Notes

Makes 1 half pint. Feel free to scale the recipe up or down as needed.
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