Homemade Gift Idea: Whipped Coconut Oil Sugar Scrub

There’s something special about homemade gifts. They typically take a little more forethought and effort than just picking an item out at the store, but I think it’s the love that goes into making a homemade gift that really shows through.

It’s probably pretty obvious that I love gifting edible delights, however you may be surprised to learn that sometimes I get creative and make other sorts of homemade gifts. I’ve made everything from wine cork cork boards to photo albums, coasters, and books with secret hiding spots.

This year I continued my infatuation with homemade beauty products and came up with a couple simple sugar scrubs using essential oils to give as gifts.

Small mason jar filled with sugar scrub sitting on marble counter with linen towel and scoop with a gift tag that reads 'Whipped Coconut Oil Sugar Scrub'

What is Sugar Scrub Used For?

I love using a sugar scrub on my skin to exfoliate dry, dead skin cell buildup. I love doing it on my hands but honestly scrub my entire body because I love how silky soft my skin is afterwards! One thing to note, you shouldn’t scrub your skin more than three times a week. I like to do it just once a week!

Small glass jar filled with sugar scrub, twine bow wrapped around top of jar sitting on a marble countertop. Essential oil bottles in background.

How to Make a Sugar Scrub

The scrubs are so easy they almost don’t require a recipe — basically you just use a 2:1 ratio of sugar and oil, then add your favorite essential oils if you want it to be scented.

I noticed that the in-house sugar scrubs at Whole Foods are made with safflower oil so I decided to test it out for the first batch. I tested one batch with safflower oil and that worked well but I really wanted to try using coconut oil as well. I whipped coconut oil in my stand mixer on medium for 10 minutes, then stirred in the sugar and essential oils. The whipped coconut oil made the scrub turn out thick and seem more luxurious. It also leaves your body ridiculously silky smooth after using it! It’s definitely my favorite of the two.

Small jar of sugar scrub sitting on linen towel with white scoop sticking out of jar.

To give the scrub as a gift, I simply put some into a cute jar and added a little tag. Ta-da — a lovely little homemade gift!

Small jar of sugar scrub, white scooping spoon and gift tag that reads 'Happy Holidays!' sitting on marble countertop.

What Essential Oils Are Good in a Sugar Scrub

I used lavender essential oil because I’m obsessed with all things lavender but you can’t really go wrong here! I think all of these essential oils would be amazing in this scrub:

  • peppermint – can relieve muscle pain, headaches and soothes inflamed skin.
  • eucalyptus – can help focus the mind and boost your mood.
  • lemon – is anti-bacterial and a good disinfectant.
  • orange – excellent for disinfecting as well as killing fungus and pathogens. It’s also has very effective actions against colds and flu.
  • grapefruit – helps balance your mood and skin.
  • lavender – calming and soothes skin irritations.

Whipped Coconut Oil Sugar Scrub

4 from 16 votes
The scrubs are so easy they almost don’t require a recipe — basically you just use a 2:1 ratio of sugar and oil, then add your favorite essential oils if you want it to be scented.
Prep Time 10 minutes


  • 1/2 cup coconut oil, in solid form
  • 3/4-1 cup cane sugar
  • 10 drops lavender essential oil


  • Place coconut oil in a stand mixer. Using the whisk attachment, whip for 10 minutes on medium speed.
  • Add in the sugar and the essential oil and whisk a a little more until everything is blended together.
  • Store in a covered container.


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Three doTerra Essential Oils sitting on a marble countertop.

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    1. Deanna
      February 19, 2021 AT 11:14 am

      5 stars
      Just made this.. it’s an easy, heavenly whip!! Made it for bridal party to put in a gift basket. I wish I had found this recipe sooner. Can’t wait to try with other oils, too! Thanks so much!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        February 19, 2021 AT 2:28 pm

        So glad these turned out for you, Deanna!

    2. Maggie Soeder
      November 16, 2020 AT 4:23 pm

      Does this coconut oil stay soft in this recipe then since it’s been whipped?

      1. Brittany Mullins
        November 17, 2020 AT 6:36 pm

        It might harden a little, but overall it should stay soft and then it’ll soften up in your hands when using. 🙂

    3. Julie
      October 24, 2020 AT 8:49 pm

      I don’t actually have a mixer…I do have a stick blender/emulsifier, would that work to whip it? Want to try practice batch before I begin my Christmas creations.

      Also, would coconut sugar work in place of regular sugar, and the same for pink himalayan salt? Want to experiment some.


    4. Ebony JaVonne
      May 21, 2020 AT 8:56 am

      4 stars
      What is the best container for the scrubs? Glass versus plastic. Im worried about it staying contained.

      1. Brittany Mullins
        May 21, 2020 AT 3:29 pm

        Any sealed container should work just fine, Ebony!

    5. Anirudh Sharma
      May 12, 2020 AT 9:28 am

      4 stars
      I definitely try this recipe. But instead of lavender oil can I use another essential oil which I like.

      1. Brittany Mullins
        May 12, 2020 AT 4:11 pm

        Yes, you can use whatever essential oil you prefer!

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