Get Soft, Smooth Legs with an Olive Oil and Lemon Sugar Scrub


Exfoliate your skin on a budget with this super simple body scrub recipe!

Three simple ingredients can come together to give you soft, silky legs. The scrub recipe on this page is a wonderful scrub for using before and after shaving. Enjoy it on any of the tougher parts of your body – arms, elbows, legs, feet, etc., but do avoid sensitive areas of skin such as your face and any areas of your body that may be affected by acne.


  • Granulated Sugar
  • Olive Oil
  • Fresh Lemon

Make this scrub immediately before use. Since you’re using fresh lemon, it’s best not to make large batches for saving.

I’m not one for using exact measurements, but I would suggest starting with about 1/2 cup of sugar. Put the sugar in a small plastic bowl or jar, and add enough olive oil to saturate the sugar without excess oil floating over the top of the sugar. You’ll need to stir up this mixture to determine if you’ve got enough oil in the sugar. Next, quarter an entire lemon and squeeze all that citrusy goodness into the mixture. Stir it up again. Now you’re ready to go!

The Exfoliation:

  • Soak legs in a warm bath or allow them to become saturated in a warm shower
  • Scrub legs and feet thoroughly with scrub (and any other tougher areas of skin like your elbows)
  • Rinse away scrub with warm water

At this point you have a couple of options:

  1. Take a tiny bit of body wash in your hands, lather it up, and quickly run it up and down your legs/feet and any areas of skin you’ve used the scrub on (don’t over wash). Quickly rinse away the  body wash. This step will rinse away the excess oil and leave you soft and silky but free from the greasy feel we often experience with oil based scrubs.
  2. If you are shaving on the day of your scrub, follow all of the exfoliation steps above, shave, exfoliate with the scrub again, rinse - then proceed with step 1 above.


A few things worth mentioning:

Being a licensed skin therapist, I see a lot of misinformation floating around the Internet. Though many homemade skin treatments feel good, they often don’t perform much more than superficially.

That said, when the skin on my legs is dry and flaky, I’m not all too worried about the deeper scientific meaning surrounding it – I just want to fix the cosmetic problem at that moment.

So with all this duly noted, no, olive oil isn’t going to penetrate deeply into your skin and create a magical lifelong change. What it will do is soften the surface of your skin and create a barrier that assists in maintaining moisture levels in your skin.

The reason for sugar over salt: Salt is often rougher and more drying to the skin. Granulated sugar is more hydrating and less abrasive than coarse salt. The lemon juice, although acidic, is not terribly concentrated in this mixture. It will aid in exfoliation and give a refreshing feel to the skin, and you may experience some minor improvement in certain skin conditions, but just as noted above, it isn’t going to be a magical cure to excessive dry skin.


They key here is frequency!
Performing this scrub once a week will keep your skin nicely exfoliated, and restore moisture to the drier superficial layers of skin (the ones we see, touch, and feel).

You will feel a noticeable difference in the texture, smoothness, and glow of your skin after just one application, but to maintain this wonderful softness, you can’t just do it once!

Shoot for weekly if you possibly can.


Oh, and a few words of caution!

  • Oil makes the bath tub slippery… So be careful, will ya!?
  • Oils and all the other random stuff we wash down our drains everyday definitely can create clogs. Keep your drains nice and clean with a monthly drain cleaner treatment – and always run some extremely hot water down your drain for a minute or so after using an oil scrub.





  1. HMR says

    I just made a batch of this! I used the left over stuff that was in the bowl I mixed it in on my hands and they feel amazing! Will be using this on my legs this weeked for my uncle’s wedding! (It’s in Murfreesboro, TN!)

    • says

      So glad to hear you tried it! I absolutely love this DIY body scrub! The first time I used it, I couldn’t get over how great my legs felt! Thank you for taking the time to post your feedback, and congratulations to your uncle on his upcoming wedding!

    • says

      Ella, this scrub should work nicely on most body skin. Be careful on very sensitive and fragile skin like your chest however. I would not use this scrub on the face. The skin of the face has special needs and often cannot take the more abrasive scrubs that are suitable for the body.

  2. Meggu says

    What is the best way to clean the shower after using this so it doesn’t get so slippery? I tried using the spray I usually use to clean the bathroom and it didn’t do much.

    • says

      I find that between body wash, shampoo, and super hot water – the oil residue is usually gone from my shower pretty easily. However, if you’re getting a residue, I would try dish liquid and water on hottest setting. I’d go for Dawn dish liquid if you happen to have it. Close the drain, add some dish liquid to the tub, and just enough hot water to cover the bottom (not deep – too much water you’ll have suds all over the place). Let it sit for 10 or 15 minutes, rinse clean. This should hopefully do the trick!

  3. katie says

    Omg just used the scrub for the first time and my skin feels nothing short of perfect. I was worried it would be too oily for my skin but its amazing. Thank you so much!!

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