DIY Lemon-Sugar Hand Scrub

DIY lemon-sugar hand scrub, from Cheap Recipe Blog

I love going shopping for cosmetics and body products, but the cost of certain items astounds me. For example: Sugar and salt scrubs. Doing a quick Google research and landing on, I discovered a sugar scrub that costs $65.00. That’s sixty-five dollars. Your mouth should be dropping to the floor right about now. I know mine is.

When you consider what goes into a basic sugar scrub (= sugar and oil), you should immediately realize that $65 is an embarrassing amount to pay. Try more like $5.00 in a store (the maximum I would pay) – or right around $1.00 if you make it at home yourself.

Lemon-Sugar Hand Scrub: The Cost

A few months ago, I made a batch of lemon-sugar hand scrub for a lemon-themed cooking party I attended. I wanted to bring a nice hostess gift that maintained the lemon theme. Here’s what I paid:

  • Sugar = $.22
  • Olive oil $.72
  • Lemon juice = $.19

Total cost for a large batch of lemon-sugar hand scrub (enough for four small containers): $1.13

Sugar Scrub Uses

Here are some of my favorite uses for sugar scrubs (which are pretty obvious, but I’ll share them anyway!):

  • Leave a jar by your bathroom sink when you have company over
  • Leave a jar by your kitchen sink and use to soften hands after dish washing
  • Use to soften hands, elbows, feet, and other rough skin (this is perfect pre-pedicure!)
  • Give a jar as a hostess gift
  • Give a jar to baby shower or bridal shower recipients
  • Gather your friends and plan a DIY beauty night, using this sugar scrub and other homemade beauty products

Are you a DIY beauty junkie too? Check out these other body/household products using items you can find in your kitchen:

Pumpkin spice sugar body scrub recipe

One of my favorite things about making homemade body products at home is maintaining control over what goes into the product.

Some sugar scrubs I looked at online contained all kinds of questionable ingredients. This particular scrub uses only ingredients that you can eat. Now that’s a product that I don’t mind putting on my body.

Lemon-Sugar Hand Scrub

Yield: 1 1/2 cups

Total Time:10 min


1 cup white granulated sugar 1/2 cup olive oil Juice and zest from one small lemon (about 2 tablespoons)


Mix all ingredients together in a bowl. Place into one large container or divide up and place into several smaller containers with a tight-fitting lid.

5 Responses to “DIY Lemon-Sugar Hand Scrub”

  1. 1

    Kathy — April 23, 2014 @ 7:29 pm

    Love sugar scrubs! I bet this one is fabulous and smells so springy!

  2. 2

    KayleneP @ The Links Site — May 14, 2014 @ 4:41 am

    Thanks for sharing this great idea, we have lots of lemons ripening on our lemon tree so I will be making some of this lemon sugar scrub!

  3. 3

    Kristy Currier — February 4, 2015 @ 1:26 am

    This looks awesome. Needs some cute tags, but I am definitely going to try this for gifts.

  4. 4

    Helen — August 9, 2015 @ 2:04 pm

    How long does this last? Does it go bad? Sounds wonderful…

    • Haley replied: — August 10th, 2015 @ 2:35 am

      I would assume for a month or more. Each time I’ve made it I’ve given it away as a gift and used a little myself, so I haven’t held on to it for a long time.

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