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DIY Coconut Tea Rose Sugar Scrub

I don’t usually suffer from dry itchy skin … except for this time of the yr. As the weather gets drier and colder, my condition exacerbates. Speaking of cold weather, here’s the forecast for us folks in the Boston area: “Potential historic winter storm and Blizzard is expected to drop around 2 feet of snow Friday into Saturday.”

Anyhow, I absolutely LOVE using sugar scrubs in the shower because it leaves my skin so baby soft and plenty moisturized. AND here’s the bonus- I can skip applying lotion afterwards (love efficiency)! Sugar scrubs are definitely my go to beauty regimen for winter scaly dry skin. 

A few weeks ago, I used up the last tid bit of my sugar scrub. Haven’t had the chance to buy another one when it hit me… why can’t I just make my own?!! Did some quick research online and found that it was such an easy and inexpensive thing to do. All you really need are oil and sugar. The rest are minor details.

diy coconut tea rose sugar scrubMy first sugar scrub ever! It smells AH-MAZING!!

diy coconut tea rose sugar scrub2The first part is choosing an oil. There are several options for this including (but not limited to) almond oil, extra virgin olive oil, coconut oil, avocado oil, vitamin e oil, and baby oil. I chose coconut oil b/c I didn’t want the sugar to turn yellow which is what olive oil would do. Plus I like the smell of coconut. However, if I didn’t already bought the coconut oil, I would’ve used baby oil.

diy coconut tea rose sugar scrub82nd part is choosing the sugar. This is fairly simple- either regular granulated sugar or brown sugar (softer for sensitive skin). The mixture is typically 2 parts sugar to 1 part oil. Because coconut oil is solid at room temperature, I melt it prior to mixing.

diy coconut tea rose sugar scrub33rd part’s all about details: scent and aesthetics. Add essential oils of choice to achieve your favorite scent. No essential oils? Just add in raw ingredients such as lemon, dried lavender flowers, peppermint, rosemary, honey, ginger, or in my case…tea!

I have the most amazing scented tea sitting on my shelf. This cherry rose tea was sent to me from the folks over at Compassion tea a while back. It was so perfect for this project. I crushed the tea leaves and mixed them into my sugar scrub for texture and visual. Not to mention, the smell of the roses is so delightful!

diy coconut tea rose sugar scrub9LOVE tea and passionate about helping others? Compassion Tea donates 100%(!) of all profits to the efforts of CompassionNow to help the world’s less fortunate. To learn more about the company’s amazing mission, please click here.

diy coconut tea rose sugar scrub5If only you can actually smell this in person… or through the computer screen!

diy coconut tea rose sugar scrub6

diy coconut tea rose sugar scrub4Add labels and send them off to your favorite loves. Can’t think of a better gift!

diy coconut tea rose sugar scrub7Next time you’re in dire need of a gentle exfoliator that’s cost effective, smells amazing, super moisturizing, and will leave your skin as soft as a baby’s bum… make your own body sugar scrub!




  1. I can’t wait to try it because I bet the smell is simply amazing, coconut and rose tea…yum! I’ll have to fight the urge to eat it…


  2. anikatomislavova

    Reblogged this on Silver Carousel and commented:
    If reblogging is steling, feel free to accuse, but when I saw this DIY scrub recipe, I had to reblog it. All credits to


  3. Akela Louise

    I’m walking to WHole Foods Right Now!!!! Thanks for the recipe!


  4. Avec Veritas

    What an amazing idea!!! I need to try this out! I love DIY beauty! Vera


  5. I am looking forward to making this. Especially here in Hawaii. It shall smell like a local product! Mahalo for sharing. Love your blog too. Thank you for following mine.


  6. I love the ingredients in this! I can imagine it smells so fragrant
    How did you make the labels?


    • Hi Lisa- It was actually an old label that I found in my closet! I just cut a piece of rectangular stock paper and wrote the name on it then taped it to the label. I cheated!

      Have a great day!


  7. Anonymous

    I definitely willgive it a try! It sounds promising – but it looks even more promising with the amazing photos you posted! Thanks a lot!


  8. Reblogged this on etherealmama's Blog and commented:
    This is an excellent, natural recipe, provided by fellow blogger, le zoe musings. It is sensitive enough for baby’s skin & has ingredients moms can trust. Plus, these items are probably on-hand and in your cupboards. I would definitely use a gentle sugar for baby’s batch and a more coarse sugar for myself. Enjoy!


  9. This is an excellent post. Why pay $5-10 for a scrub when I have all the ingredients for this on-hand? Wonderful! And I can use these gentle scrubs for my soon-arriving baby. Yay!


  10. Thanks for liking Baby Death and for the follow. I didn’t even know you could a make a scrub this easily. Sent it to the wife!


  11. sounds….delicious! pitty I can’t use sugar as I have ants in my apartament, so I make it from salt, which is fairly cheap in Bolivia!:)


  12. Kai

    Thanks for connecting to my blog and bringing me to yours. I am definitely going to try this. And great shots.


  13. Thank you for the post. I too have the winter skin blues, and I happen to have all the ingredients on hand. Problem hopefully (dry fingers crossed) solved!


  14. Kellie, is it okay if I use this in our monthly newsletter? Of course, I will give you the credit and will add a link for your blog. Love this!


  15. Thanks so much for the shout out to Compassion Tea! We love the idea of using the cherry rose for a scrub! Definitely going to reblog this for our followers! Thanks!


  16. I am off to pillage my tea supply to find the best one to put in the scrub. I have made scrubs before, but I love the idea of adding tea leaves!! TFS


  17. Looks great and so easy!! Been experimenting with DYI beauty products and definitely need to try this!!


  18. plainmama

    Perfect. As moms it is all about being efficient with our beauty techniques now! Thanks for sharing!


  19. We made a scrub similar to this before! It was great! Never thought to add tea to for fragrance..but definitely have to try!


  20. I’m making this tonight! It will make a great birthday present for my twin sister tomorrow! Maybe I’ll make some for myself too :o)


  21. museconfuse

    Mmm i love the smell of coconut and rose! I’m sure it smells amazing!


  22. Sounds wonderful for winter skin…just the smell of roses and coconut would be like transporting to a summer day or a tropical island.


  23. I’ve always wanted to try to make sugar scrub. Am inspired!
    There are the people who do and the people who watch; you’re a doer!


  24. Coconut and rose tea, it just sounds like it smells good. I wish computer screen could transfer smells 🙂

    Anyway this is really easy, I will certainly give his a shot.

    Adieu, scribbler


  25. That looks absolutely lovely, Kellie. A fabulous idea for a girly Valentine’s Day gift. Love it. Have a wonderful day! 🙂


  26. A fabulous idea! This would be great for my hands this season, which seem to always age 20 years every winter as they are constantly dry and itchy. Thank you for sharing!


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