All-Natural Moisturizing Kitchen Hand Scrub

Featuring lemon, oil, sugar and salt, this All-Natural Moisturizing Kitchen Hand Scrub is a simple DIY gift to prepare – perfect for the holiday season or teacher gifts. 

This is a different sort of post. It doesn’t involve a recipe for something you’d eat, but it is made from all natural kitchen products and it’s a great gift for anyone who likes pretty things or pampering, but especially someone who is an avid cook and suffers from chronic dry skin due to all the hand washing in the kitchen.

Keep this gift in mind as an inexpensive option for those end of the school year teacher gifts as well. Something handmade, pretty, and useful always makes a nice gift for those teachers who work so hard with our children. It also makes a great simple and inexpensive hostess gift to bring along with you to any holiday parties you may be attending.

You can buy pretty jars to store this All-Natural Moisturizing Kitchen Hand Scrub in or you can reuse other glass jars that you may have in your kitchen. Simple soak the jars to remove the labels, clean inside and out well, and cover the lid with something pretty to cover up any non-removable labels.

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recipe for homemade hand scrub

For this particular scrub recipe, I chose ingredients that I have in the kitchen – Olive oil, lemon, salt, and sugar. Olive oil moisturizes, lemon freshens and is especially good for removing onion and garlic odors from the skin, the sugar/salt combo exfoliates dry skin and renews the appearance of your hands. Salt can be drying, so you wouldn’t want to make the scrub entirely of salt, but I added a bit for some coarser pieces. If you’d rather, simply replace the amount designated for the salt with additional sugar.

The beauty of this recipe is that you can change it up in lots of ways to customize it according to your personal preferences. You can try a different oil. Coconut oil, for example, is very versatile and is a great addition to a scrub recipe – there are lots of different ways to use coconut oil in your beauty routine.

You can use a different citrus or a combination of citruses to scent this scrub recipe, or if you want to you can make a Citrus Sugar. You can also add essential oils to enhance the properties of the ingredients and provide a natural way to scent it.

So, how do you use this hand scrub? Just massage it on your hands (as if you were washing your hands with this rather than soap) and rinse with warm water. It will remove dry skin and odors from the hands while leaving the skin moisturized.

More Homemade Sugar Scrub Recipes

Looking for similar recipes? Here are a couple other homemade sugar scrubs that I have made.

Vanilla Lavender Sugar Scrub features vanilla scented sugar and dried lavender buds.

Mint and Rosemary combine for a pleasant aroma and are invigorating to a tired body in the morning in this Rosemary Mint Sugar Scrub.

Moisturizing Kitchen Hand Scrub

Yield: 1 pint canning jar

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 10 minutes

Olive oil moisturizes, lemon freshens and is especially good for removing onion and garlic odors from the skin, and the sugar/salt combo exfoliates dry skin and renews the appearance of your hands.

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 c sugar
  • 1/3 c kosher salt
  • zest of 1 extra large lemon (or other citrus)
  • 1 c olive oil
  • lemon essential oil, optional

Directions:

Combine all ingredients in a bowl and mix well. If you would like a slightly stronger fragrance, add the lemon essential oil. Spoon into a pretty jar, tighten the lid. Wipe any spills or drips from the outside of the jar. Alternatively, you can use orange or lime zest for a different fresh citrus smell.

Notes:

For an extra touch, tie a pretty bow around the jar if you plan to gift this scrub.