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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. 

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. 

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Homemade Lemon Sugar Scrub Recipe

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.

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.

Simply 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.

I like the cute little Weck Jars for gifting, but you can use any canning jar as a cute container when gifting homemade sugar scrub.

If the All-Natural Moisturizing Kitchen Hand Scrub is for yourself, you might like Ball Plastic 8-Ounce Freezer Jars for practical storage.

What the  Ingredients for Lemon Sugar Scrub

For this particular All-Natural Moisturizing Kitchen Hand Scrub recipe, I chose ingredients that I have in the kitchen

  • Olive oil
  • Lemon
  • Salt
  • 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.

For the complete ingredient list and detailed instructions, scroll to the bottom of this post for the FREE printable recipe card.

How to Make Moisturizing Kitchen Hand Scrub

Combine the sugar, kosher salt, lemon zest, and olive oil in a medium sized mixing bowl. Stir with a wooden spoon to mix well. 

For a slightly stronger fragrance, add lemon essential oil if desired.

Transfer into a pretty jar and tighten the lid. Then, wipe the outside of any spills or drips. For an extra touch, tie a pretty bow around the jar if you plan to gift this scrub.

Scroll all the way down for a printable version of this including measurements!

How to Customize Sugar Scrub Recipe

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.

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.

What Oils Can You use in Sugar Scrubs

If you prefer to use something other than olive oil for the carrier oil in this recipe, try one of the above listed substitute options.

In this recipe, I prefer olive oil. But, I also like fractionated coconut oil that I purchase through doTerra. For more about the benefits and uses of coconut oil, check out these 7 Easy Ways to Use Coconut Oil in your Beauty Routine.

ESSENTIAL OILS FOR HOMEMADE SUGAR SCRUB

Pure Essential Oils need to be diluted with a carrier oil because they are too strong to use full strength to moisten the sugar/salt scrub portion of the mixture alone.

If you are using this homemade sugar recipe for gifting purposes, please be aware of your your receiver’s personal and/or family allergies when choosing carrier and pure essential oils.

How do you use Kitchen Hand Scrub?

Just massage it on your hands (as if you were washing your hands with this rather than soap).

Then, rinse with warm water.

All-Natural Moisturizing Kitchen Hand Scrub will remove dry skin and odors from the hands while leaving the skin moisturized.

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More Homemade Sugar Scrub Recipes

Looking for recipes similar to this All-Natural Moisturizing Kitchen Hand Scrub?

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.

Lavender Eucalyptus Green Tea Detox Bath is a great way to rejuvenate the mind, body, and skin.

Read all about why detox baths work and tips for the best, most beneficial detox bath. Package it up pretty for a nice homemade gift.

These DIY Moisturizing Bath Bombs only contain 4 ingredients, are incredibly simple to make and are perfect for soothing dry, scaly, itchy winter skin.

Homemade Bath Bombs will look like a special luxury spa item.

1-Ingredient Whipped Coconut Oil is a fantastic, all-natural, chemical-free addition to your regular beauty routine. It stays light and smooth unlike solid coconut oil.

You can fancy it up by adding some essential oils to scent it and packaging it nicely.

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recipe for homemade hand scrub

All-Natural Moisturizing Kitchen Hand Scrub

Yield: 2 cups
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Active Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Difficulty: Easy

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.

Materials

  • 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

Tools

  • 2 - 8 ounce Jars or 1 Pint Jar with lids
  • Bowl
  • Measuring Cups
  • Zester

Instructions

  1. Combine all ingredients in a bowl and mix well. If you would like a slightly stronger fragrance, add the lemon essential oil.
  2. Spoon into a pretty jar, tighten the lid.
  3. Wipe any spills or drips from the outside of the jar.
  4. 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.

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Susan

Thursday 9th of May 2019

What type of sugar do you use for this scrub or any scrub?

Katie

Friday 10th of May 2019

just regular granulated sugar

Ramona

Friday 2nd of December 2016

This looks amazing! One question before I get started: how often can I wash my hands with this? Will my hands get sore if I wash with the scrub too often? Thanks for the great idea!

Katie

Monday 5th of December 2016

I wouldn't use it more than once a day. I typically use it 2 - 3 times a week and gently scrub (not too hard). Everyone's hands and skin are individual though so definitely use it at a frequency that your body tolerates.

Sherry

Wednesday 9th of November 2016

How much do you use on your hands or feet when you use it after washing your hands or feet?

Katie

Thursday 10th of November 2016

about 1 - 2 tablespoons

Uma

Wednesday 16th of December 2015

How much lemon zest is supposed to be in here?

Katie Goodman

Thursday 17th of December 2015

zest of one large lemon

amy

Tuesday 23rd of December 2014

I just made a batch of the scrub, and almost immediately the oil started to separate. Any ideas how to prevent the separation. thanks

Katie Goodman

Thursday 17th of December 2015

You could try adding extra sugar so it is thicker, but I usually just give it a stir before using it.