Citrus and Coconut Body Scrub

Citrus and Coconut Body Scrub

I am excited for spring. Every year around this time I start stalking the sunrise and sunset timetables online to see exactly how much light we are gaining each day. As of this week, we are gaining about 3.5 minutes of daylight every day and I couldn’t be happier.

I won’t miss the extreme cold and dark days of winter, but I will miss the comforting soups and winter citrus. Oh how I’ll miss the citrus.

Since winter’s not over just yet there is still plenty of time to zest an orange and rub it all over your body with a little sugar and coconut oil. Let me tell you, this scrub is pure bliss and it’s making the last days of winter go by even quicker.

Citrus and Coconut Body Scrub

I used a blood orange for my scrub, this this also works great with clementines, tangerines, grapefruit, or lemons. Since you will be rubbing the zest on your skin, I would definitely recommend choosing an organic fruit.

This scrub will leave your skin silky-soft and is perfect for sloughing away any dry, flaky winter skin. The citrus and coconut oil smells delicious and is a wonderful pick-me-up first thing in the morning. The hardest part is not eating it!

Citrus and Coconut Body Scrub

Makes 1/2 cup (about enough for 2 – 3 showers)

Supplies needed: 

small container to store any leftover scrub


1/3 cup coconut oil
1/2 cup sugar
2 tablespoons (organic) orange zest


Melt coconut oil (if necessary) until it reaches a liquid state.
Mix oil, sugar, and zest together.
Scrub over body.
Store any leftovers in the fridge and use within one week.

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  1. says

    Does sugar help with the scrub action?
    I’d be inclined to use coarse gray sea salt. And maybe some lime….
    I must admit that I’ve become a huge fan of coconut oil in the past month. It’s amazing in my hair post shower and totally controls the frizzy mess my hair typically turns into. I also apply it to my skin. Living in the Pacific north wet has made me forgotten how dry climates affect me. We drove to Arizona to go camp a few weeks ago and no matter how many things I drank that had electrolytes, I just couldn’t hydrate. On a whim, I tried applying the oil and wow did it make a difference. I practically bathed in it the rest of the time down there.

    • says

      I haven’t tried this particular scrub with salt and lime, but I bet it’d be great. I’m such a fan of coconut oil – there’s so many uses for it! :)

  2. Ash says

    Yes I’m definitely going to try this out. I love only recently started getting into coconut oil and I love using it on my hair. Since its really good for dry skin I wanted to use it as a moisturer on my face and body but coconut oil also promotes hair growth doesn’t it? I have peach fuzz on my face so will using it on my face make it worse?What about arm and leg hair?

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