Monday, May 4, 2009

Homemade Citrus Hand Scrub

What a perfect handmade gift for any woman. I made up a few of these jars to give to the children's teachers for Teacher Appreciation week. Very simple to make and now my kitchen smells fresh! I'd love to try this with orange or lime zest.

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 add a bit for some coarser pieces. If you'd rather, simply replace the amount designated for the salt with additional sugar.


1 1/2 c sugar
1/3 c kosher salt
zest of 1 extra large lemon
1 c olive oil
1/4 tsp pure lemon extract


Combine all ingredients in a bowl and mix well. If you would like a slightly stronger fragrance, add a tad more extract. 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. For an extra touch, tie a pretty bow around the jar if you plan to gift this scrub. This makes enough for a 1 pint canning jar.

I adhered a label to the jar that read:

~Homemade Citrus Hand Scrub~
Rub mixture into your
hands and let stand
1-2 minutes. Rinse with
cool water and
pat dry.


TeaLady said...

What a great idea. I will have to make some.


Anonymous said...

Wouldn't the acid from the lemon disolve the sugar?

Michele said...

That's a really good question! So far mine is still in good shape and I've had it since I made it in May-- however, mine is also half gone; but it still has the same consistency as it did when I started??!! Hopefully it doesn't dissolve to be just liquid (however, then I'd have a moisturizer instead of a scrub, hehe!).
Thanks for posting! :)