Lemon Lime Sugar Scrub Recipe

DIY Lemon Lime Sugar Scrub


Welcome to day 2 of our Gift Ideas in a Jar series! Be sure to check out day 1 – Pampering Spa Gift in a jar (by Savannah) if you missed it yesterday. Jar gifts have been around for a while and we love them! They’re so simple and cute and you can get super creative with what to put inside. I love them for a quick birthday, baby shower, baptism, anniversary, Mother’s Day gift etc! Nothing like having a cute jar gift handy when you forget it’s your friend’s birthday!

Today I’m going to share one of my favorite gift ideas, homemade sugar scrubs in a jar. Β I love sugar scrubs. Β They exfoliate your skin so nicely and you can make them smell absolutely awesome! I’m a huge citrus fan so I decided to make a lemon-lime concoction. My goodness it smells so good and is super easy to make.

Recipe: (Makes 2-3 pint size mason jars)

  • 4 cups of sugar
  • 1/2 cup of lemon or lemon-lime scented liquid soap (I used a lemon citrus hand soap that I found at Michael’s for $1)
  • 2 Tablespoons of lime juice
  • Zest of one lime

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  • Mix all of the ingredients in a bowl until you like the consistency. I went for a smoother scrub. Play with the ratios a bit until you get it how you like it. If you want it chunkier or more dry, use less soap or more sugar.
  • Spoon into jars and place lids on tightly.
  • Add your free printable label and give away (or pamper yourself with it!)

For the labels, you are welcome to print this free Exfoliating Sugar Scrub label I made. Please remember these are for personal use only.

Printable Label Materials


Print your labels and cut them out. I used ribbon and glue dots to secure it to the jar. You could even print them on sticker/label paper and stick it right on the jar.

Sugar Scrub Printable


Download the Sugar Scrub printable here or right click and save the above image to your computer.

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Mmm… now excuse me while I go draw myself a bath. *winks*

Don’t forget to stop by the rest of this week for more great gift ideas in a jar! Mother’s Day is coming up soon so I’ll bet you’ll need some more ideas.

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    February 19, 2014 at 6:45 pm

    Ohhhh I am def going to try this one!!! Thanks!

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    February 25, 2014 at 8:52 pm

    Thank U for sharing! But how do U incorporate the soap, do U grate it? Did I totally miss this step??

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      Mallory & Savannah
      February 26, 2014 at 8:47 pm

      Hi Shannon! I should have specified! Oops! It’s liquid hand soap! Thanks!!

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    June 17, 2014 at 11:13 pm

    Where do you buy your jars?

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      Mallory & Savannah
      June 18, 2014 at 10:48 am

      Hi Giovanna! Wal-mart carries them and even most grocery stores in the canning aisle. Thanks!!

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    July 9, 2014 at 5:01 pm

    Hello, I am thinking of making a couple of batches and keep for emergency gifts πŸ˜‰
    Do you know how long these can be stored? & the best way to store?

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      Mallory & Savannah
      July 9, 2014 at 7:43 pm

      Hi Anna!

      Great idea! Honestly, I’ve never stored them for very long. I’d assume they’d do fine if that jars are air tight.


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    Pat C.
    August 15, 2014 at 8:30 pm

    Ooh, the scrub looks yummy! I love that your recipe calls for soap… so many scrubs don’t, and that means an extra step in the shower or bath.: ( Thank you for sharing your delightful tutorial–and the cute printable, too! xoxo

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    September 27, 2014 at 1:45 am

    I wouldn’t want to put cheapy soap in mine, because it isn’t good for the skin, but some sort of sulfate-free cleaners or an oil would probably be nice.

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    December 1, 2014 at 4:30 am

    Ho, is there a specific type of sugar I should use? Love this idea πŸ™‚

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      Mallory & Savannah
      December 1, 2014 at 9:41 pm

      Hi Hannah!

      Just pure cane sugar! Regular white baking sugar! πŸ™‚

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    December 15, 2014 at 6:35 pm

    I love the lemon-lime scent- a nice fresh break in dreary winter. I would definitely suggest buying the plastic Mason jars for anything that will be in the bath and shower.

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    T Mariea Barley
    May 16, 2016 at 9:44 pm

    Can you use something like Dove Soap? I have sensitive skin. I want to do this but want to be considerate of others skin is due as well.

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    October 29, 2017 at 7:54 am

    I know any herbals in soaps turn brown, does the lime zest go bad after a while?

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      Mallory & Savannah
      November 10, 2017 at 9:24 am

      I’m not sure as we’ve always used it within a couple months and we haven’t had any issues. πŸ™‚

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    December 12, 2017 at 9:47 am

    I love this idea. I made this yesterday and when I woke up this morning it had separated. Is that normal?

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