Lemon Basil Sugar Scrub

It goes without saying that so many moms go through their days with hardly any time for themselves between taking care of the kids, the house, the laundry and maybe even a job or volunteer work. It would be so nice to be able to take an afternoon at the spa for some pampering, but many of us don’t have either the time or the money to do that. That’s why it’s such a nice idea to make up a batch of this Lemon Basil Sugar Scrub to treat yourself to a spa-like experience during those few minutes in the shower in the mornings!

jar of lemon basil sugar scrub

While it may sounds like a complicated recipe to put together, in reality, it couldn’t be easier to make! All you need is a few minutes and some simple ingredients from your kitchen. Please note, this post contains affiliate links.

ingredients for lemon basil sugar scrub

To being, gather together the following ingredients: granulated sugar, coconut oil, lemon essential oil, basil flavoring, and vitamin E oil.  The coconut oil acts as a great moisturizer, while the sugar helps to scrub off any dead skin cells that are making your skin feel rough. The vitamin E oil also helps to keep your skin moisturized, and the lemon and basil oils help to refresh and energize you to help you get going in the mornings.

mixing bowl with sugar scrub ingredients, a jar of coconut oil and two jars of essential oil

To 1 cup of sugar, you’ll want to add 1/2 cup of coconut oil, 8-10 drops of lemon oil, 2-3 drops of the basil flavoring, and 2-3 drops of yellow food coloring, which is optional.

vitamin E oil being poured into mixing bowl full of sugar scrub

Mix the sugar and oils together until well mixed, then add 4-5 drops of the vitamin E oil. Mix again until everything is well blended.

sugar scrub being stirred with a spoon inside a mixing bowl

Transfer the sugar scrub to an airtight container…a glass jar is pretty, especially if you’ll be giving the scrub as a gift. This scrub will last up to 3 months.

To use, simply apply a generous amount to wet skin in the shower or bath, and massage in a circular motion in order to exfoliate the skin. Rinse well.

Lemon Basil Sugar Scrub


  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil or almond oil
  • 8-10 drops lemon essential oil
  • 2-3 drops Wilton Treatology Fresh Basil flavoring
  • 4-5 drops Vitamin E oil
  • Yellow food coloring optional


  1. In a medium mixing bowl, add the sugar, food coloring (if using) and coconut oil. Stir until well blended.
  2. Add the lemon essential oil and fresh basil flavoring. Mix until well incorporated.
  3. Pour 4-5 drops of Vitamin E oil into the scrub and mix well.
  4. Transfer to an airtight container and store up to 3 months.

jar of lemon basil sugar scrub next to a lemon, yellow flower and pumice bar

I hope you’ll try making this energizing Lemon Basil Sugar Scrub for yourself and for all your family and friends!

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