Lemon Sugar Hand Scrub

(I can hear the Hallelujah Chorus now — it’s NOT a recipe!)

I hate rough hands. Unfortunately, because of work and the constant need to wash my hands, they are chronically rough. I try to use lots of lotion, particularly while at work, to attempt to combat this issue but it only does okay…and just for a little while. Mom, having worked in healthcare her entire career as well, also has issues with this, and has for as long as I can remember. Winter only exacerbates the issue. Yay cold weather.

A little while before Christmas, I found a recipe of sorts for a homemade hand scrub. I was able to whip it up with ingredients I had around the house and dress it up in a mason jar (those things are so versatile!) with some ribbon and a pretty label that Jon designed for me.

The scrub softens up your hands and just makes them feel amazing! There’s wonderful lemon scent that is so refreshing about it, as well. Aside from just softening up your rough “healthcare” hands, it is great for crafters (like me) who sometimes find their hands covered in paint or glue. This scrub, when rubbed on your hands, can wash away the evidence of your craftiness. (Shh…no one has to know what you were doing.)

Here’s what you need to put this scrub together:

  • 2 1/2 cups of sugar
  • 1 cup of extra virgin olive oil
  • 4 tablespoons of lemon juice

Mix all of the ingredients together in a large bowl and then spoon it into a 12 ounce jar. You will have enough to fill the jar and a little bit left over — enough to try some out for yourself now! If you’re going to give it away as gifts, dress it up pretty!

Now go rub some (all you need is just a dab) into your hands and enjoy the softness and fresh scent! (Of note: you will probably need to mix it back together before use each time. The oil likes to separate from the sugar if it’s left to sit for too long.)