Refreshing Grapefruit Body Scrub Recipe

Grapefruit Body Scrub
••• The citrus scents are refreshing, uplifting, and good for a daytime scrub. Cordelia Molloy/Getty Images

This wonderful home-made grapefruit body scrub exfoliates your skin and lifts your mood at the same time.  The citrus essential oils are known to be uplifting, while lavender is calming. Because it's stimulating, this is a good daytime scrub.  Don't use it on cut, sunburned or sensitive skin. 

Like all other citrus fruits, grapefruit essential oil is present in its peel and extracted by compression.

 When inhaled, grapefruit oil can help curb headaches, mental fatigue, depression, even hangovers.  Grapefruit oil helps activate your lymphatic system, so it is used as a detoxification agent.  Grapefruit oil, as well as other citrus essential oils, can cause skin irritation if exposed to strong sunlight after application.

This recipe makes four ounces, enough to last for a while.  Mountain Rose Herbs is a good supplier of high quality organic essential oils.  These are all very affordable, but if you don't want to buy three different essential oils to make your first body scrub, start with the grapefruit and add more oils later.  

If you want to experiment with other blends, grapefruit essential oil blends very well with bergamot, frankincense, geranium, and lavender.  


  • 1 1/2 ounces sweet almond oil
  • 25 drops grapefruit essential oil
  • 14 drops tangerine essential oil
  • 10 drops lime peel essential oil
  • 3 ounces coarse sea salt 


Mix the sweet almond oil with the essential oils in a clean glass jar, screw on the lid, and shake vigorously to combine all the oils.

Put the salt in a ​rubber mixing bowl that is non-porous, oil-resistant, and easy-to-clean.  Add the oil gradually, mixing it in with jumbo wooden craft stick that you can buy at the hobby shop.

 When you have a thick paste, you can spoon it into a four-ounce jar or take it straight to the bathroom for an invigorating scrub. 

How To Use Your Home-made Grapefruit Body Scrub

Once your grapefruit body scrub is made, you can take it right to the bathroom and add a few extras like candles to turn your home body scrub into a nurturing at-home spa experience. Here are my top tips for giving yourself a great body scrub at home. ​

  • Put a towel on the side of your empty tub and sit on it, with your legs inside the tub.  Put a small amount on the grapefruit scrub on one part of your dry body -- your lower leg, for instance -- and rub. The abrasiveness of the sugar will start to remove the dead skin cells.

  • Try to spend a minute or two on each body part. If you do it too quickly, you won't get the results.  

  • While seated, scrub your legs (front and back), arms (both sides and underarms), shoulders, back of neck, décolletage, and belly.  Move your hand in a clockwise position on your belly, and go lightly on the delicate skin of your breasts. 

  • Stand up to work on your behind, back, and sides.  It is almost impossible to reach the center of your back, so you can either ask someone to help or use long-handled skin brush. This is a good time to wipe away loose scrub so it falls into the tub.

  • Sit back down on the towel and finish by giving your feet a good scrub. 

  • Now it's time to rinse off the scrub with water.  Start by rinsing your feet while you're seated so you don't slip in the tub.   Stand up, shake any sugar crystals off the towel into the tub, then place it outside the tub.  Step outside the tub to get your shower started.

  • When the water is the right temperature, step in and let the water wash off the residue while your rub your body. Check under your arms, your breasts, your neckline and around your behind. You definitely want every little bit of sugar off before you step out of the shower and dry off.

  • Don't use soap. That will wash away the hydrating oil and dry out your skin. 

Even in the shower, you'll be able to tell that your skin is softer and smoother. After drying off, put on your favorite body cream or oil.

The citrus essential oils can cause photosensitivity, so don't add them to body oils or creams to use as a moisturizer.