Coconut, Lime, Lavender & Vanilla Sugar Scrub!

by Andrea Butje on April 17, 2013

How to Make Your Own Sugar Scrub

I created this sugar scrub recipe last year and have loved using it! The recipe calls for vanilla-infused jojoba oil.

You can either make the vanilla jojoba yourself or purchase it.

To make your own, simply buy whole vanilla bean pods ( has organic ones: Vanilla Beans (Whole) Organic – 4 Pods), add 3 or 4 to a large glass  jar (16-32 oz/.5-1.0 litre is good), fill the jar with jojoba and let it sit for about a week. Remove the vanilla bean pods, and you’re left with the most luscious vanilla-infused jojoba for your sugar scrub and other essential oil body-care products!

Coconut, Lime, Lavender & Vanilla Sugar Scrub
A fabulous, soft scrub for your skin

½ cup brown sugar
¼ cup coconut oil
¼ cup vanilla-infused jojoba
30 drops distilled Lime (Citrus aurantifolia)
30 drops Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia)

Combine all ingredients in a 12 oz (360 ml) container
Be sure to use **distilled** Lime as the cold pressed lime is phototoxic.

Note: I like to use a PET plastic container (12 oz/360 ml or larger) and leave the scrub in the shower. Use a handful on your arms, legs and back. I don’t use it on my face. It can make the shower floor slippery. If it does, I wipe the floor with a paper towel after my shower.

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Jennifer Lombard May 31, 2017 at 8:07 pm

I love the idea of using vanilla infused jojoba! I have a question though – there’s a total of 60 drops in this blend to 1/2 cup oil. Is that a 3% dilution? In your salt scrubs you have 30 drops so I was wondering about amounts to use. 🙂


Andrea Butje May 31, 2017 at 11:57 pm

Hi Jennifer!
The total amount of carrier (brown sugar + coconut oil + vanilla-infused jojoba) is 1 cup (8oz) and 60 drops of essential oil makes it a 1.5% dilution.


Jennifer Lombard June 1, 2017 at 6:56 pm

Thank you Andrea! I wasn’t sure whether I should count the sugar as part of the carrier. I’m going to make some today! Is this considered a wash off product like hand soap or bath gel, or do more of the oils stay in your skin, hence the use of distilled instead of cold-pressed lime? I only have cold-pressed lime so I may need to improvise, or I might consult Tisserand and Young’s Essential Oil Safety book and use a lower dilution 🙂


Andrea Butje June 3, 2017 at 10:58 pm

Hi Jennifer!
Great question! The sugar scrub is technically a “wash off” product, but one that does not use soap to completely wash off the oils, so using Distilled Lime would be ideal. You could substitute with other non-phototoxic citrus oils such as Orange or Mandarin.


Sarah November 22, 2016 at 9:16 am

Would white sugar work?


Andrea Butje November 22, 2016 at 9:17 pm

While brown sugar is a little softer you could use white sugar.


Bonnie July 20, 2016 at 9:13 am

I was searching your blog for a vanilla oil recipe and it brought me here. This recipe sounds amazing. Do you cut the vanilla pods down the middle to expose the beans?


Andrea Butje July 20, 2016 at 3:29 pm

Nope! I just dropped them in Bonnie, fill the jar with jojoba and let it sit!


moongirl September 3, 2015 at 5:28 pm

Hi Andrea! Could you use Vanilla EO instead of infusing and would almond oil work ok, or avocado? Also, could I use lemon EO instead of Lime? Thanks! 🙂


Andrea Butje September 4, 2015 at 10:09 am

Vanilla is not distilled as essential oil, but you can find CO2 extraction, which is fine to use instead. You can add about 1-2 drops in a carrier oil of your choice. Lemon is ok to use in place of distilled Lime in this recipe 🙂


moongirl September 4, 2015 at 6:59 pm

Thank you, Andrea! 🙂


Andrea Butje September 8, 2015 at 1:52 pm

You’re welcome 🙂


Karen reynolds May 7, 2015 at 6:08 am

What is jojoba? And where can I purchase is? I love making my own sugar scrubs and this one sounds amazing!!!


Andrea Butje May 12, 2015 at 1:57 pm

Too funny Karen, I just posted a blog ALL about jojoba yesterday! 🙂


Rosemary Pope June 23, 2013 at 12:20 pm

I will absolutely try this scrub. I can smell it already


Crystal A. June 19, 2013 at 8:49 pm

This sounds wonderful!! I will have to try it!


April Clark June 19, 2013 at 8:15 pm

Wow, this sounds divine! Thank-you for sharing. I’ve never thought to use vanilla bean pods in oil. Love this blog!


Andrea Butje June 19, 2013 at 8:38 pm

Thanks so much! Enjoy it!


katie June 19, 2013 at 6:44 pm

Thank you so much for this! I love making scrubs as gifts (and to sell) and have bought infused oils, but never made my own … I will be now, though! Thank you!


denyse lepp May 5, 2013 at 12:24 pm

I Just discovered this and will try it this weekend! sounds so yummy!


Andrea Butje May 5, 2013 at 2:10 pm

Thanks Denise,
Let me know how you like it.


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