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.
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Whipped Coconut Oil 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.


  • 1/2 cup coconut oil, in solid form
  • 3/41 cup cane sugar
  • 10 drops lavender essential oil


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


Three doTerra Essential Oils sitting on a marble countertop.

What’s the best homemade gift you’ve ever given or received? 

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

      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

      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

      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!

    6. Cheryl
      December 3, 2019 AT 10:47 pm

      Need help when I made the sugar scrub I put into jars but scrub turned hard really fast. I dumped out added
      More oils but coconut oil seems to harden too fast. Need to fix a bunch so it’s not wasted do u have any iseS what to put in the scrubs to ensure they do t get hard.

      1. Brittany Mullins
        December 10, 2019 AT 12:52 pm

        Hey Cheryl, Are you whipping the coconut oil before adding the sugar and you’re using 3/4 – 1 cup of sugar, correct? I’m thinking that maybe you are in a cool place so the coconut oil is hardening back up. Place the sealed jar under hot/warm running water or in a warm room. It should soften back up.

    7. Cheryl Smith
      December 11, 2018 AT 2:40 pm

      Hello..I made the whipped sugar scrub and was great for a day..then crystallized.? what happened?? Can it be reshaped? I’m bummed!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        December 11, 2018 AT 3:23 pm

        Oh no!! I’m sorry. I’m thinking that maybe you were storing the coconut scrub in a cool place and the coconut oil hardened back up. Place the sealed jar under hot/warm running water or in a warm room. It should soften back up.

    8. Michelle Brown
      November 26, 2018 AT 7:10 pm

      My sister and I make sugar scrubs and we use doterra holiday joy blend (you can only get it the months of November and december) it is a
      Christmas in a jar….a…ma…zing.

    9. Tiffany
      September 11, 2018 AT 8:52 am

      Just wondering if the coconut oil you use is one that smells like coconut and how this will affect the scent of the essential oil you add in? I have a refined coconut oil at home that doesnt smell like coconut. I melted the oil and once it cooled, added the sugar and mixed…it turned out nice but after it cooled completely its super hard now. Wondering if another non refined/cold pressed coconut oil will mix better?

    10. Laurie bouton
      November 30, 2017 AT 1:22 pm

      I just made the whipped coconut scrub. Whipping allows the coconut oil to blen much better with the sugar. I added rosemary and grapefruit essential oils and yellow food coloring to get a nice grapefruit color. I reserved some and added a few drops of red to make a nice soft orange as a layer on top of the yellow. It’s really pretty and smells delicious! Spreads nicely when using it. This is going to be my go to method even though it’s a little more work, result is nicer sugar scrub. Thanks

    11. Viv
      March 15, 2017 AT 2:08 am

      Hi! Just wondering if the whipped coconut oil scrub will make your body feel super greasy?

      January 23, 2017 AT 1:03 am

      Hi how much did this recipe yeild?

      1. Brittany Mullins
        January 23, 2017 AT 11:40 am

        Hi Janelle. ! I’m not 100% sure because I didn’t measure it but given the measurements I’d say about 3/4 – 1 cup.

    13. Sorveros Unique Candles
      August 26, 2016 AT 12:47 am

      I just found this recipe after i made one that was 1 cup sugar and 3/4 cup coconut oil but im definitely going to try this one soon

    14. Marti
      April 29, 2016 AT 3:21 pm

      Hi, I received this scrub for Christmas and it hat turned stolid. If I whip it to soften it will the sugar disolve?

      1. Brittany Mullins
        April 29, 2016 AT 4:13 pm

        Hi! Coconut oil is solid at room temp so that’s probably why it has turned solid. I would heat up a cup of water in the microwave and place the container in the water. I use this method whenever I need to melt coconut oil and it works like a charm. Once the scrub has warmed up a bit, the coconut oil will melt and then you’ll easily be able to get the scrub out and use it. Hope this helps.

    15. Clarence
      December 7, 2015 AT 6:14 pm

      Which safflower oil did u use the one form cooking depth or the cold press for health and beauty line

      1. Brittany Mullins
        December 8, 2015 AT 9:41 am

        I used the Whole Foods brand from the cooking aisle.

    16. Patti
      November 6, 2015 AT 10:07 am

      I hate to sound stupid, but how in the heck do you measure solid coconut oil? I can stick a spoon in and hack off chunks, but how do you measure that? And will it really whip? Maybe what I have is not what you are talking about. Help!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        November 6, 2015 AT 11:59 am

        Hi Patti. To measure it when it solid form, I just put the chunks into my measuring cup and estimate. I usually make it a heaping 1/2 cup to compensate for the gaps of space. You can also put your closed container of coconut oil in a cup of hot water to melt it a bit and make it easier to measure. And yes, it will really whip!

    17. Donna
      September 2, 2015 AT 8:54 am

      Approximately how much product does your recipe make. I need to make bridal shower favors and would love to follow your whipped coconut scrub recipe.

      1. Brittany Mullins
        September 2, 2015 AT 1:03 pm

        Hi Donna! I’m not 100% sure because I didn’t measure it. You can make one batch, measure it and then decide how much you need for the shower favors. 🙂

    18. Patty Young
      August 17, 2015 AT 11:22 am

      What size WECK jar is in the picture? I want to use scrub for baby shower favors.

      1. Brittany Mullins
        August 19, 2015 AT 10:04 am

        Hi Patty. Are you talking about the small one? I’m pretty sure it’s 5.4oz. http://bit.ly/1TURgV5

    19. Cristina Parson
      June 16, 2015 AT 8:48 pm

      Add a little almond oil to thin it a bit

    20. KristinaB
      June 4, 2015 AT 8:36 pm

      I love this recipe!!! I only used the sugar & coconut oil. It was perfect!! Creamy & fluffy and applied to skin nicely!!

    21. Lindsay
      May 6, 2015 AT 4:45 pm

      The coconut oil I purchased today is actually OIL. It is liquid form. Should I buy a solid oil instead. It sounds like from the comments that I may have bought the wrong thing!

      1. Sorveros Unique Candles
        August 26, 2016 AT 12:42 am

        if you got it out of the cooking oil section of say like walmart its more than likely 76 degree coconut oil which means temps higher than 76 degrees it becomes liquid i have some and its the hottest time of year here in georgia so mine is all liquid form right now but when i bought it it was solid.

    22. Lillian bruns
      May 3, 2015 AT 1:35 pm

      My friends are very crafty I’m not I think I could make these scuba and surprise them

    23. aidraspivogel
      April 14, 2015 AT 4:33 pm

      This is such a good idea! Thanks for sharing! But what is the difference if I whip it or not? Are there any benefits? Thanks again!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        April 14, 2015 AT 5:48 pm

        There’s no real difference, the coconut oil just becomes soft and creamy after being whipped. 🙂

        1. aidraspivogel
          April 14, 2015 AT 5:49 pm

          Ok thanks! I am going to go try it! 😉

    24. Lisa
      March 29, 2015 AT 7:17 am

      Where did you buy the little white spoon with the hole in the handle?

      1. Brittany Mullins
        March 29, 2015 AT 7:20 pm

        Crate and Barrel. 🙂

    25. lmckissack2013
      January 13, 2015 AT 4:45 pm

      This is so going to happen next Christmas! I’ll be experimenting with recipes until then. The best part is that I already have everything to get started. I use coconut oil as makeup remover so I have a big jar of that, and I have essential oils I’ve had forever that I never use. I was thinking of making a lavender vanilla one with lavender oil and a vanilla bean. Do you think the vanilla bean would make it mold faster? Maybe it would be ok if I buried it at the bottom. Oh well, I have 11 1/2 months to figure it out!

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