DIY Vanilla Coconut Body Polish

Reveal your skin’s natural radiance with this homemade body polish! This DIY vanilla coconut body polish recipe gently buffs away dead skin cells, leaving behind a heavenly scent and a silky-smooth texture.

With summer right around the corner, I have been searching for the perfect body polish, and I finally found it; well, I made it, actually.

This homemade body polish is better than any store-bought body polish out there, and it is 100% all-natural.

It exfoliates the skin, moisturizes the skin, and cleanses the skin.

Crafted with love and natural ingredients, this homemade treat will revitalize your skin, revealing a soft, glowing complexion.

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Benefits of Body Polish

Exfoliation is key if you want healthy, glowing, soft skin. Using a body polish is a great, all-natural way to exfoliate and get rid of dry skin. The oils in the body polish also help to moisturize the skin.

I love to use body polish all summer long to keep my skin soft and glowing.

I also like to use my body polish before shaving to free ingrown hairs and also before applying self-tanner.

Body Polish Vs Body Scrub

Body polish and body scrub can both exfoliate the skin. The main differences between the two are their texture and abrasiveness.

Body polish is made with superfine sugar or salt, making it a mild and gentle exfoliant.

Body scrub is typically made using chunkier sugar or salt crystals, making it much more abrasive.

Body scrub should only be used once a week, and body polish can be used several times a week.

If you are looking for a good homemade body scrub recipe, I recommend checking out my homemade grapefruit body scrub or my DIY pumpkin spice body scrub.

How Can I Polish My Body at Home?

Polishing your body at home is super easy. You can simply combine very fine sugar (like caster sugar) and a carrier oil (like coconut oil) and gently apply it to the skin using a washcloth or your hands.

Or, if you want to polish your body at home using something a little more luxurious, I recommend making your own homemade body polish using the ingredients below.

DIY Body Polish Ingredients

To make DIY body polish, you’ll need the following ingredients and supplies.

Glass Jar

You’ll need a jar or container to store your homemade body polish. I just reused an old jar I had on hand. I believe it is around 9 ounces. The recipe below should make approximately 8 ounces of body polish.

So, any container that is between 7-10 ounces should do. These glass jars from Amazon are perfect.

These ones would work well, too.

Caster Sugar

Caster sugar is the secret ingredient in this DIY body polish recipe. It is a superfine sugar, and it gives this body polish its exfoliating power.

The sugar crystals are super fine, which makes them perfect for gently exfoliating the skin.

I also use caster sugar in my easy DIY lip scrub, and I absolutely love it.

You dont have to use caster sugar, but it is the finest sugar I have ever used and the one I recommend. If you have another sugar that you would prefer to use, you can use that instead.

Keep in mind that if the crystals are not super fine, your body polish may turn out to be more like a body scrub.

You can also use salt instead of sugar as long as the crystals are super fine.

Cocoa Butter

Cocoa butter is part of the base for this DIY body polish. It’s what also gives it its ultra-creamy consistency.

Cocoa butter is amazing for the skin. It helps boost skin hydration, improves skin elasticity, and more.

You can click here to learn more about cocoa butter.

Coconut Oil

Coconut oil is also part of the base for this DIY body polish. It helps to give it a firm consistency and is also very moisturizing.

Be sure to only use solid coconut oil, not fractionated coconut oil.

Castile Soap

Castile soap is the second secret ingredient in this homemade body polish recipe. The sugar exfoliates, the cocoa butter and coconut oil moisturize, and the castile soap cleanses.

Castile soap also helps offset a lot of the oiliness. I’m not a fan of super oily body polishes. The castile soap helps to give this DIY body polish a less oily consistency.

I recommend using unscented castile soap.

Vanilla Woods Essential Oil Blend

The Vanilla Woods blend gives this body polish a wonderful vanilla scent. It is 100% optional, but I definitely recommend it.

Vanilla Woods is a custom blend from Simply Earth. It is made with Peru Balsam, Benzoin, and Vanilla Oleoresin.

Plant Therapy has a vanilla extract that would also work well with this body polish.

This one from Eden’s Garden would probably also work well.

Double Boiler

A double boiler is needed to melt the coconut oil and cocoa butter. It is not 100% necessary, but I highly recommend it. Especially if you like making homemade skin care products.

Before I purchased a double boiler, I used to use the microwave to melt my oils and butters, but I don’t recommend that anymore.

Microwaves destroy vital nutrients in the oils and butters (and also in food, for that matter). We definitely want the nutrients to stay intact because that’s what makes this body polish so amazing.

A double boiler makes creating homemade products so much easier.

How to Make Homemade Body Polish

To make this homemade body polish, add 3/4 cup of solid coconut oil and 1/2 cup of cocoa butter to the double boiler and allow everything to melt completely.

If you don’t have a double boiler, you can warm water in a saucepan and place a mason jar inside. Add the coconut oil and cocoa butter to the mason jar to melt them fully, and continue the recipe as directed below. 

Once both are fully melted, turn off the heat and allow it to cool for several minutes. Once it is cool to the touch, add 1/4 cup of castile soap and 20 drops of the Vanilla Woods blend. Thoroughly mix everything together.

Then add 1 1/4 cups of caster sugar and thoroughly blend. Once everything is combined well, carefully pour it into your jar.

Allow it to cool completely before using. You can place the jar in the refrigerator to speed up the cooling process.

DIY Vanilla Coconut Body Polish

DIY Vanilla Coconut Body Polish

Yield: 8 ounces
Prep Time: 3 minutes
Cook Time: 3 minutes
Additional Time: 3 minutes
Total Time: 3 minutes

Reveal your skin’s natural radiance with this homemade body polish! This DIY vanilla coconut body polish recipe gently buffs away dead skin cells, leaving behind a heavenly scent and a silky-smooth texture.


    1. Add 3/4 cup of solid coconut oil to the double boiler
    2. Add 1/2 cup of cocoa butter to the double boiler
    3. Allow everything to melt completely
    4. Turn off the heat and allow it to cool for several minutes
    5. Once it is cool to the touch, add 1/4 cup of castile soap and 20 drops of the Vanilla Woods blend
    6. Thoroughly mix everything together
    7. Add 1 1/4 cups of caster sugar and thoroughly blend
    8. Once everything is combined well, carefully pour it into the jar
    9. Allow it to cool completely before using

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How to Use Homemade Body Polish

To use this body polish, gently massage a small amount into wet skin using circular motions. When you have finished exfoliating, rinse with warm water and lightly pat the skin dry.

I like to use this body scrub on my legs before shaving, but I don’t recommend using it after shaving. It’s best used before.

How to Store DIY Body Polish

This DIY body polish for glowing skin should be stored in an airtight (preferably glass) container. 

Never allow water to get into the homemade body polish. This will prevent it from being contaminated with harmful bacteria.

How Long Does Homemade Body Polish Last

If you follow the directions above and don’t allow harmful bacteria to contaminate the body polish, it should be safe to use for at least 1-2 years.

Keep in mind this is assuming all the ingredients used are fresh. If they are not fresh, then this body polish will expire whenever the ingredients you used are set to expire.

That said, essential oils and carrier oils such as coconut oil have very long shelf lives. However, their shelf lives are dependent on how they are stored.

Carrier oils and essential oils should be stored in a cool, dark place; if not, they can go bad sooner.

I hope that makes sense. It’s best to use fresh ingredients whenever possible when making homemade skincare products. That way, you can ensure a long shelf life.

Well, I really hope you love this homemade vanilla coconut body polish as much as I do.

By using natural ingredients, like those found in homemade body polish, you can gently exfoliate, hydrate, and rejuvenate your skin, revealing a radiant and smooth complexion.

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