How To Citrus Scrub

how to citrus scrub
I don’t know about you, but I’m always sad to see the summer go.  Like really, really sad.  I’m a summer girl, one hundred and ten percent.  Winter makes me feel like I need to curl up and die.  Not to be confused with ‘Curl up & Dye’, a hair salon in what movie?  Ten points to Gryffindor for the first one to get it right.
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how to citrus scrub
sliced lemons
I thought the best way to preserve my love of summer was to make a citrus salt scrub.  It’s a little bit like the sugar scrub I make in the winter.  It smells like heaven in the shower, a little drop of citrus sunshine for your day.
ingredients for citrus scrub
So here’s how it rolls out.  You need four ingredients, and they’re all completely naturalThat’s it:
  • 1/2 cup sea salt
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1 or 2 slices of lemon
  • 1 or 2 slices of orange
how to citrus scrub
Step 1:  Add the olive oil and sea salt into a bowl or blender.
(You can do this one of two ways: in a blender, or in a bowl.  I chose to use the Twister Jar on my Blendtec* because it grinds up all the little tiny pieces, and I wanted to get all the little bits of orange and lemon peel.  If you do it by hand in a bowl, chop up the peel really really well, or omit the peels completely.).
I personally really like chunks of citrus peel in my citrus scrub.  Makes it more, citrus-y.
And exfoliate-ish.
blendtec blender

Step 2: Chop the fruit

citrus fruit

I used about two slices of lemon and two slices of orange and popped them straight into the blender.  Again, if you’re not going to use a blender, chop the pieces up really really small.  I used both the fruit and the peel, because I was using the blender, but if you aren’t using a blender squeeze the fruit as much as you can to get the juice out.  You want all the juice you can get, and then chop up the peel and mix it up in a bowl.


slice a lemon


Step 3: Mix

blending fruitCan you believe that?

That’s all folks, that’s all she wrote.

homemade citrus scrub

You can use this citrus scrub one of two ways: you can put it next to your kitchen sink and use it after you wash your hands, or you can use it in the shower like I do.  If you use it in the shower, mix it around with your hands and apply it all over your body with your hands or a washcloth.  Rinse it off completely and pat yourself dry so you don’t rub off all the olive oil.

Have fun with this one, it’s double delicious.

— Disclaimer: Blentec* sent me a super rock star blender to try out and adopt into my home.  I love it very, very much. —

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  1. Erika :

    Curl Up & Dye is from Runaway Bride! Favorite mmovie ever!

    • Allison :

      Look at you go! Love it.

  2. Betty Behrens :

    Blue’s Brothers, first, then Earth Girls are Easy, then Runaway Bride.

    • Allison :

      Triple points for three references.

  3. Rebecca Berman :

    I noticed in your “winter” sugar scrub that people had mentioned different oils to use because they didn’t like the scent of the olive oil. Does the citrus cover the smell of the olive oil in this one?

    • Allison :

      Yeah, I don’t smell it at all. And the citrus does completely cover it up. Try one tiny little batch and see what you think!

  4. kgroovy :

    Ok might be a stupid question – will the salt burn if you have any nicks or cuts on your hands, body? Like hangnails, things like that? Or does the oil prevent that from happening? Could I substitute the salt for sugar or would that mess up the composition of the scrub? I’m thinking I need something like this to help me wake up in the morning! :D

    • Allison :

      Yes, it totally will. You need to be careful of that. But absolutely substitute sugar until you don’t have any nicks or cuts. It will do the same thing and smell great.

  5. The emily :

    Runaway Bride!!

    • Allison :

      How did you get to be so smart?

  6. Maria :

    Love this idea! It’s so easy too! Thanks!

    • Allison :

      Hope it makes the pregnancy slip past a little faster for you Maria!

  7. Pennie :

    This might be the only time in my whole life I’ve been glad to see the summer go. I’m 36 weeks along and the summer DRAAAGGGGED.

    • Allison :

      There’s nothing great about being pregnant in the summer. Not one. I feel your pain, I really really do.

  8. Amy's Cooking Adventures :

    I love this idea! Do you find that it gets old or rancid after a certain amount of time if it doesn’t get used up?

  9. Louis :

    This is a really neat idea! How long does the scrub last before it spoils?

  10. Tami :

    This sounds fantastic!
    I would love to make some of this, and I even can do it in my Blendtec. Thanks for sharing the recipe. I would love to try it with sugar as well.
    I have the same question as Louis, though — how long do you think it lasts? I don’t want it to spoil before I can use it. Although I suppose there’s still citrus fruit available in the winter! :-)

  11. Victoria :

    I’m sure it smells wonderful! I actually really love when each new season begins but adding this little bit of summer to a winter day would be unbelievable!

  12. Lynn at Order in the Kitchen :

    I’m making this now! Can’t wait to try it but I’m going to use a food processor I think since I dont think I trust my blender to be awesome enough to get this job done hahah! Thanks for the fantastic idea!

  13. Marie :

    I’m in love with those two words, citrus scrub. I. want. some!

  14. emma :

    yes!!! you rock!! pinning this!!

  15. Rebecca Berman :

    ok I made it and I’m in love literally in love – hubby will have to take a step aside I think lol (just kidding) but the oil is not completely asorbed – is that normal or did I put too much in? I mean I could pour off a good tablespoon or so of oil

  16. Karina Mandarina :

    I don’t know what I like more… the pretty cool cheap-tips or the way you write it.

    I was just stumbling pages like a happy ingenue rabbit hopping on the grass and found this site. Let me tell you that is so great for me since we’re 5 women living at my house and you can be sure that we’re DEFINITELY not-rich (I remember a time when I used to buy la roche-posay products and I used to feel like any of the Royal Family members).

    So… yeah, thanks.

  17. Christine :

    I just happened on your website b/c I was looking for a sugar scrub. You are very funny and entertaining. I will bookmark your site and I will make the sugar and salt scrubs. Great site!

  18. Cassa :

    I can’t wait to try this! I am curious as to how long it takes for this scrub to go bad though. :)

  19. Heather :

    Thanks for this..This just might be my first ever attempt at PINTEREST…

    I’m not crafty, but think I could SO PULL THIS OFF!

  20. sue :

    i love this and would like to make some as gifts for christmas,but i need to know how long it keeps brfore going bad. love this site but am new to it

    • Allison :

      Sue, it will probably last in the 10 days- 2 week range with the citrus. Have fun!