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How to Make Brown Sugar and Lemon Body Scrub Recipe

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I love educating others on how to make natural beauty products in their own home.

You'll want to return to this DIY recipe time after time.

You'll want to return to this DIY recipe time after time.

Brown Sugar and Lemon Body Scrub Recipe

As far back as I can remember, my mother has always been a rather frugal person. She hates spending money on things that she can make herself. This is why she always uses items she already has in her kitchen for making homemade, natural beauty masks and scrubs.

The one I remember her using the most is her natural brown sugar and lemon body scrub. She always kept this body scrub in cute little floral jars sitting on the bathroom vanity. My mom has the softest hands of anyone I've ever met, and she swears up and down it's because of this little skin recipe. She always told me that you can cure almost anything with a little lemon juice, including dry skin.

I loved it when she used to rub this natural scrub on mine and my sister's feet during the winter months. This made our feet incredibly smooth and was a great bonding experience for us. The brown sugar in this scrub helps slough away the nasty dead skin on your feet in no time leaving you with baby soft skin.

How Does It Work?

The acid in the lemon juice helps to even out your skin tone, helps fade sunspots, and softens dry skin. Then the granules in the brown sugar exfoliate the dead skin that sits on the top layer of your skin. When mixed together these two ingredients become a powerhouse.

My mother has used this mixture for at least 20 years, and she has next to no wrinkles at 62 years of age, so there has to be something to this sweet concoction. There are many different variations of this scrub recipe. My friend usually adds Vitamin E to her version of this scrub, but my mom usually kept it simple. She just used the basics.


  • 1 cup of Natural brown sugar
  • 1 organic lemon cut in half
  • 3 tbsp of raw honey
  • 1 large bowl


  1. Take the brown sugar and place it in the bowl, make sure to break it up with your hands until it is smooth and fine. If you use big clumps of sugar your scrub will end up being rough and lumpy.
  2. Take the two lemon halves and squeeze them into the brown sugar until you can't squeeze them anymore, it's okay if some of the seeds get in the mix.
  3. Take the honey and place it in the bowl and mix until all the ingredients are blended. The granules should be pretty small if mixed properly.
  4. Make sure to wet your body first before applying the mixture.
  5. Once you're wet apply the mixture in a gentle circular motion to your body keep it on your skin for about three minutes.
  6. Then shower and rinse as usual.
  7. Make sure to follow with a good, rich, alcohol-free moisturizer to help replenish the skin.

You use this mixture about once every other week. Even though it has all natural ingredients, I wouldn't suggest using it any more than that. Using the scrub mixture too much can dry out your skin. Make sure to make a fresh batch every two to three days, this is a wet mixture. It is used to exfoliate, not moisturize, so don't use it like you would lotion. Always use lotion after you doing this treatment.I recommend trying Aveeno or Neutrogena moisturizing lotions.


This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

Questions & Answers

Question: How long will a DIY lemon sugar body scrub last?

Answer: About 2 or 3 days, I always make more after using it a few times because it's so easy to make.

Question: When you say a DIY brown sugar and lemon scrub doesn’t last because it’s a wet mix, do you mean because the ingredients will separate or because the mixture will go rancid?

Answer: It can go bad, but it usually starts to degrade in quality before it goes fully rancid. To be on the safe side, I wouldn't try to store it for too long.

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Question: How long can DIY sugar and lemon scrub last if mixed in a large quantity?

Answer: I wouldn't keep it for too long because it's a wet mix; so probably a few days at most.

Question: After mixing all the ingredients of a DIY brown sugar scrub together, can it last for a month or more?

Answer: No it can't, because it is a wet mix.


Lilliane Nicolle Gee on July 09, 2018:

Thanks! i've try it and it works, now i don't need to spend money on beauty mask and scrub. this recipe works fine for me. again thank you for sharing.

Thomas Silvia from Massachusetts on August 05, 2012:

Sounds very interesting, great skin care tip !

Vote up and more !

Emayordomo from San Francisco, CA on August 04, 2012:

What a neat little idea! Looking forward to reading many more of these.

Mary (author) from From the land of Chocolate Chips,and all other things sweet. on August 04, 2012:

Thank you guys for commenting my mom also uses egg yolks and other food for facials and body scrubs.I guess you could call her a bit of a kitchen diva Lol.

Life Under Construction from Neverland on August 04, 2012:

Hmm...thanks for this tips! we have a lot of brown sugar in our place and its cheap!

danielabram on August 04, 2012:

Delicious! :)

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