Grapefruit Coconut Scrub


Spring is here, everyone! Spring means…

cheap peonies from Trader Joe’s, pretty pastel nail polish, Summer vacation planning, rompers (how awkward are they in public restrooms? Good god.), and dress stalking at Anthro.

Pretty dresses might mean flashing a little harmless cleavage. Maybe showing a little back or leg or whatever else you’ve been covering up all winter.

That’s why an inexpensive, do-it-in-five-minutes, homemade body scrub is kind of a no brainer, right?

Let’s get schmexy!!

Grab a few grapefruits and zest ’em. You’re gonna eat grapefruit for breakfast whether you like it or not. Be prepared.

You’ll need coconut oil. It’s fancy and a little expensive, not gonna lie, but well worth it.

It’s a multi-functional. You can put it in your hair, rub it on your dried elbows, bake with it, put it on your lips like carmex…really just everything.

So yeah, just mix coconut oil, the grapefruit zest, grape seed or sweet almond oil (I used grapeseed) and some sea salt…and you’re done.

A few important steps along the way to keep in mind:

1. Make sure the bowl you use to mix everything with is super dry. You know when you wash dishes and there’s that tiny bit of water at the bottom of the dish? If it has just a little bit of water in it and you add everything, the salt will dissolve. Dry bowl. That’s all.

2. When you mix everything, you’re gonna have to mash the coconut oil into the zest and salt because it can be a little clumpy. No biggie.

P.S. I used it Saturday last night and my skin is still super soft. And when I re-entered the bathroom I was blown away by the smell. The grapefruit smell is so bright and sweet with just a hint of coconut. I dig it.

P.P.S. Like most scrubs, this contains oil which can make the bottom of your bath or shower kind of slippery. Be careful! Also, if you have super sensitive skin, test it out on a small patch of skin just to be sure you won’t have an allergic reaction.

You shouldn’t slip and this shouldn’t give your skin a rash, but I like you guys. That’s all.

Grapefruit Coconut Scrub

Print this recipe!

3-4 Large Grapefruits

2 teaspoons of coconut oil

1/2 cup of sea salt

3 teaspoons of grape seed oil

Using a microplane, zest the grapefruits and add zest to a bowl, along with all of the other ingredients. Mix together thoroughly and keep in an airtight container.

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  • Reply Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) March 28, 2011 at 2:44 am

    I love coconut oil and use it in everything from vegan baking to my lips like carmex to my daughter’s hair to detangle it. Love coconut oil.

    Great homemade scrub!

    I featured your spinach and artichoke dip on my blog the other day, btw.

  • Reply Betty Bake March 28, 2011 at 2:52 am

    this looks so delicious and great for the skin 🙂 thanks

    Betty Bake x

  • Reply Jessica @ How Sweet March 28, 2011 at 3:37 am

    I adore homemade scrubs! I have used brown sugar and often use coconut as moisturizer. I love grapefruit and think this is an awesome idea!

  • Reply sweet road March 28, 2011 at 4:04 am

    That’s so easy! I have been researching how to makemy own moisturizers and lip balm lately… this sounds like a great project as well.

  • Reply blog is the new black March 28, 2011 at 5:39 am

    I want to say yum but that sound wrong. Ha!

    • Adrianna
      Reply Adrianna March 29, 2011 at 12:38 pm

      It smelled so good, I was tempted to eat it. Maybe if it was a salt scrub, but salt is kinda ew!!

  • Reply Katrina March 28, 2011 at 6:54 am

    Yum! Homemade scrubs are the best!

  • Reply Caelyn March 28, 2011 at 7:36 am

    I love how easy this is, and it looks so attractive in the jar!

  • Reply laura @ a little barefoot March 28, 2011 at 8:15 am

    this is such an amazing idea! i’ve been looking for an excuse to buy coconut oil, so there we go.

    also, dress stalking at anthro is one of my favorite pastimes, too 🙂

  • Reply bianca March 28, 2011 at 9:11 am

    Great! It’s time to get my scrub on!

  • Reply Aimee March 28, 2011 at 9:25 am

    i feel like i can smell this through the screen.
    and heaven knows my sad winter skin is crying out for it…

    awesome “recipe”!

  • Reply Nicole March 28, 2011 at 11:46 am


  • Reply sarah March 28, 2011 at 11:53 am

    I can’t wait to try this! I made sugar scrubs with granulated sugar, essential oil of lemon, orange and lavendar, olive oil and vitamin E oil for all my friends and female relatives for christmas this past year! It was a hit and I use it every morning! It sure banished my dry winter skin!

    • Adrianna
      Reply Adrianna March 29, 2011 at 12:39 pm

      Lovely idea–I looove the smell of lavender.

  • Reply Dana March 28, 2011 at 7:24 pm

    I love home making bath products. This one isn’t for me (my skin doesn’t agree with the coconut) but I bet that the grapefruit smell is intoxicating.

    • Adrianna
      Reply Adrianna March 29, 2011 at 12:40 pm

      Dana, bet you could substitute it with another type of oil or just add more grapeseed or sweet almond!

  • Reply foodies at home March 28, 2011 at 9:28 pm

    I am in desperate need of this right now…well this and some color for my pasty white legs…lol! Happy Spring!

  • Reply amanda@seegirlcook March 29, 2011 at 9:17 am

    i am loooving this scrub. mmmmm. must try.

  • Reply Sasha (Global Table Adventure) March 29, 2011 at 10:30 am

    I can almost smell this… grapefruit is my favorite. I just ate one this morning – my last one. Might have to buy more now 🙂

  • Reply Betty @ scrambled hen fruit March 29, 2011 at 6:57 pm

    I have these ingredients! My poor skin is going to thank me (and you) for this! 🙂

  • Reply Sarah March 29, 2011 at 7:22 pm

    This looks great, and I was just gifted some grapefruit! Is it really only 2 teaspoons of coconut oil–it looks like maybe you used more in your picture? Thanks for the idea!

    • Adrianna
      Reply Adrianna May 27, 2011 at 6:35 pm

      I definitely used two LIBERAL teaspoons of coconut oil. But yeah, that’s definitely a teaspoon. 🙂

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  • Reply Haley C March 30, 2011 at 7:53 pm

    This sounds fantastic! I haven’t given myself a good scrubbin’ in forever!

  • Reply Nadette@Eat, Read, Rant! March 30, 2011 at 8:43 pm

    oooh, I’ll have to try this. my vacay is already planned, and 7 weeks away and my skin is still in winter mode. time to scrub!

  • Reply Mary April 1, 2011 at 1:15 pm

    That romper comment had me cracking up… thanks for that!

  • Reply amy January 25, 2012 at 7:45 pm

    Hi just a question does it work just as well if you substitute the salt for sugar??

    • Adrianna
      Reply Adrianna January 26, 2012 at 9:19 am

      Absolutely. I’ve tried this with sugar and it’s amazing.

  • Reply Olivia May 6, 2012 at 5:40 am


    How long does it last before it gets too old?

    • Adrianna
      Reply Adrianna May 6, 2012 at 11:06 am

      Mine lasted about a few weeks until it got kind of weird looking. 🙂

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