Introduction: Homemade Hand Scrub

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Winter is here and if the cold, dry air has turned your hands into sandpaper like it has mine, you`ll appreciate this hand scrub that leaves your hands soft, smooth and smelling delicious! Turn your old jars into thoughtful, homemade gifts (& keep one for yourself!)

I suggest using small jars, since all the ingredients are edible (and therefore spoilable) and should be used within a month. 

Small sized mason or other jars you want to use
Olive oil (or any other oil you may have in your pantry)
Lemon juice & zest
Few drops of vanilla

*The amount of ingredients that you need depends on the amount of scrub that you want to make. I used about 4 cups of sugar for 4 small jars.

What to do:
-Pour the sugar into the jar(s) that you'll use (plus 2-3 tablespoons for each jar extra to accommodate for shrinkage of volume) and then dump the sugar into a mixing bowl
-Slowly add small amounts of olive oil to the sugar until the sugar holds shape and is no longer crumbly
-Add enough lemon juice and zest to the sugar that you can smell lemon more than the olive oil (I juiced 1 lemon and zested all of it's rind)
-Adding a few drops of vanilla extract is optional, but I found that it masked the smell of olive oil and made it smell even yummier
-Scoop the mixture back into the jar(s) 
-Add a label and a bit of ribbon to pretty it up!


smladenoff made it! (author)2015-12-24

Had trouble with zesting.... Also added just a little bit brown sugar (because I ran out of white sugar). It isn't becoming clear from your pictures how thick/dense the mixture should be, so I hope mine is just fine :D

Now let's see if GF likes it :D

Adrianna CheyenneA (author)2015-12-08

Do you have to refridgerate it?

steveastrouk (author)2011-12-24

mine separates a lot and its more like a liquid than a solid is this meant to happen?

MidnightSon (author)steveastrouk2015-11-26

Needs more sugar (or less oil). You need to get that type of consistency :

Fiery She-Beast (author)2012-09-13

I tried making this, but the oil seperated with the sugar and it wasn't usable unless I stirred it up every time I used it... is oil the only thing you can add to get the nice skin affect? Or can I add something else?

Maybe shea butter or something? To avoid oil separating, add more sugar, or less oil. You can also take the surplus out, it won't affect the nice skin effect since there'll be way enough left to make it work.

MidnightSon made it! (author)2015-11-26

Thanks for the recipe! Here's my take on it. This little guy contains sugar (amount = full container), bunch of olive oil, 1/2 lemon's juice, 2 lemons' zests, a few drops of lemon flavor and vanilla bourbon essence. Yummy!
Surplus oil ended up separating, so I took some out and added more sugar in.
I think the solution to that is while you're making it, stop adding liquid before the mix becomes fluid. You need to keep it close to that kind of consistency :

If you want to avoid using lemon essence or flavoring, use less oil and more juice.
I'd also recommend something else than olive oil, since its smell (while enjoyable) is pretty hard to mask!


nessaelyse (author)2012-12-03

I make and sell this type of product all of the time. For the people who dislike the smell of olive oil other oils such as grapeseed oil, coconut oil, sunflower oil, Sweet almond oil, macadamia oil, and jojoba oil would all work as well. It is important to remember that even though mineral oil is in a lot of products we buy from stores it is not a 'good' product it is a petroleum byproduct (a byproduct of making fuel, like gas that you put in your car) and should be left out of anything you put on or in your body whenever possible. To the people who have had their scrub separate, you have added to much oil, you can fix this by pouring off some of the oil that is sitting on top or add a little more sugar.

mlaszlo (author)nessaelyse2015-08-01

Hi There-

since you make and sell this product I have a question: I made a product similar to this and the oil didn't seperate as much as the essential oil maybe? Is that a product of too much essential oil? And, I'm guessing whipping the scrub isn't a good idea as it will settle into less product in the jars? I'm new to this and trying to get it right. When I started doing this im May, I didn't have any of these problems. HELP???

summer3489 (author)mlaszlo2015-11-25

hi do we have to keep it cold or anything

IceKitty (author)2014-12-16

How long would this last before it expires?

abridges5 (author)2014-01-08

what else could I use instead of lemon I have a citrus allergy? ?

IceKitty (author)abridges52014-12-08

Try using green tea or lavender

kirinwantsaskateboard (author)2013-05-11

Wow! It's great! I just finished making this for my mother for Mother's Day ( which is tomorrow!!) I tested a bit of it on my own hands before I put it in the jar... It made my hands SO soft and smooth!!!! Loved it!! I must make this again!


bloosh1 (author)2013-01-08

essential oils are great, but citrus oils are phototoxic, meaning they can discolor skin or burn sensitive skin if you go out in the sunlight (or use a tanning booth). You need to wait at least 12 hours before going out in the sun after applying citrus oils (or bergamot) on your skin. I would choose something other than fresh lemons too if going out in the sun. DO NOT use mineral oils. First of all they block the essential oils from being absorbed by the skin. Second, It's a petroleum by-product. yuck.

Sara_Tw_Sykes (author)2012-07-23

Oh this is so cute....buh im gnah make it using mint oil (scented)
And make the lemon 1 too
Amazing i lov it..gnah make it 4 all mah mates :)
Sara xx

TinaH27 (author)2012-01-08

I just made this for a birthday gift. I used olive and grapeseed oil (used oil to cut some of the cost) and a couple of vitamin E capsules. It turned out amazing! I can't wait to give it as a gift! It cost me about $15 and took about 10 minutes. Thank you much!!!

Mauigerbil (author)2012-01-05

This looks awesome! Could I try this with a diffrent flavor?

tropicturtle (author)2011-12-23

What do you mean when you say 'the sugar holds shape and is no longer crumble'? does that mean the sugar is dissolved, or you can still see chunks of sugar?
By the way, I used one cup of sugar... how much olive oil should I use?

Mermaids_R_Real (author)2011-12-22

I made it for myself and my sister. She cried just because she had a smaller jar and not that much. To bad, to sad, lil' sis!

lakenbrooks (author)2011-12-17

A very inexpensive and fantasic body scrub! I made this in a matter of seconds, and it works wonderfully-my hands are soft and smell great! I did make a few alterations to mine because I didn't have lemons on hand, so I used orange juice and zest plus a little honey.

lakenbrooks (author)lakenbrooks2011-12-18

or instead of "zest" I guess I should say peel..I didn't zest it totally but left it in little pieces. =)

star_above_the_clouds (author)2011-12-18

I'm going to make this for my mother for Christmas! She'll love it, thank you! (:

katerina_happi (author)2011-12-17

Спасибо большое! Обязательно буду делать!

allisonjoybird (author)2011-12-14

This is a quick and easy sugar scrub recipe....Thanks!

I also added some McCormick California Lemon Peel to the concoction.

My hands feel great!

Awesome! Glad you like it :)

brianfss (author)SunshineLover2011-12-16

Very neat idea.
instead of olive oil with its strong scent, why not a lighter oil like mineral or grapeseed oil.

I've been using DoTerra Essential Oils and they would be perfect for the fragrence. Two or three drops of lemon oil is all you would need.
I like the lids on your jars. They look like old pewter.

Jar Sqwuid (author)2011-12-14

Grapeseed oil is the best bet for your skin. My mom is a massage therapist I asked her :) we make sugar scrubs all the time. Almond oil is also amazing for your skin, a little bit expensive and you have to watch out for nut allergies. And if you cut open a liquid vitamin E caplet and add that you're also getting some wonderful extra benefits :D

SunshineLover (author)Jar Sqwuid2011-12-15

Love the vitamin E idea! Thanks

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