A Gardener Hand Scrub to Beat the Winter

by Merissa on January 23, 2013

in Frugal Living Tips, Make Your Own, Natural Living

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I don't know about you-but my hands feel like sandpaper in the winter time. Doesn't matter how much lotion I put on-it just doesn't work. The lotion just sits on top of my hands, doing absolutely nothing. Even expensive brands have not been able to save me from the horror. They crack, look dull, and don't even get me started on my nails. They look TERRIBLE! As much as I love the cold, I can't stand what it does to my skin! It's time to do something about it!

Well after a bit of research, I came across a few recipes for a gardener hand scrub but decided to just make my own.

Gardener Hand Scrub

What You Need:

  • 1 glass jar of your choice
  • Virgin Coconut Oil (If it doesn't smell sweet-it's not the good stuff)
  • Sugar
  • Coarse Sea Salt
  • The zest of 1 lemon

The instructions are pretty simple. You want enough sugar (and about 1 tbs of salt) to fill your container 3/4 of the way full. Mix the sugar/salt mixture with the zest of the lemon (you could add an essential oil if you want a stronger scent). Pour into your jar. Then, melt a bit of coconut oil (the amount will depend on the size of your jar). Melting doesn't take long since the oil melts at such a low temp. Pour the melted oil slowly over the sugar mixture. You may want to use the end of a spoon to gently mix everything together. Once you have the oil and sugar incorporated completely-you're done! All you have to do is use the mixture to gently scrub your hands, then rinse with warm water. The oil isn't going to be removed completely, but instead will absorb into your hands. This promotes healing as well as keeping your hands protected from the cold. This also works AMAZING as a foot scrub-even in the summer time! Flip-flop and sandal season will be here before you know it!

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{ 17 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Becca @ Live Simple Natural January 23, 2013 at 11:10 am

My skin gets SO dry in the wintertime- I’ve been using Plantain Oil and Aloe Vera on it, but this recipe sounds better since it will slough off the dead skin. I’m definitely going to make some of it!
Thanks for the great post!


2 Dominque January 25, 2013 at 9:31 am

Definitely let us know how it works for you!


3 Penny January 23, 2013 at 7:13 pm

Does the lemon sting at all? My hands are cracking something terrible and its quite painful!


4 Dominque January 25, 2013 at 9:32 am

Not really. The zest is there for purely fragrance purposes, so you could omit that if you wanted! I made this for my sister who is a chef and her hands are always cracked from being in water all of the time. She LOVES this stuff!


5 Jackie January 24, 2013 at 9:05 am

This sounds like it would make a good body scrub, too. Thanks!


6 Dominque January 25, 2013 at 9:33 am

Yes it would! Just be careful from oil getting on the floor of the tub/shower. It can get quite slippery!


7 Janeen Utley February 11, 2013 at 11:35 pm

Thankyou for this Post! I am definitely going to make this scrub! I am a Licensed Cosmetologist ( Hairstylist) for 20+ yrs. & have worked in some of the nicest Salon/Spa’s around! & since I’m now Stay @ home, I miss those sugar/salt Scrubs! They work wonders on all the Rough spots! Thankyou for the Recipe!! ;-).


8 Dominque February 15, 2013 at 5:37 pm

No problem!! Let us know how you like it!


9 Angelica August 26, 2013 at 9:41 pm

Can you use this as a daily lotion too? Also, I bought coconut oil but it’s not virgin and it doesn’t smell sweet. Does it really change the scrub or does it REALLY matter?


10 Jenny October 14, 2013 at 9:29 am

Hubs works with cardboard in a warehouse, eldest son is a mechanic, I just have plain old dishwater hands. I made a jar omitting the lemon zest, and adding a few drops of thrives oil. Smells wonderful without seeming feminine. Very nice. Thanks for the idea. I might be making some to give as Christmas gifts. :-)


11 Merissa October 14, 2013 at 1:15 pm

Great additions!


12 amber December 6, 2013 at 12:22 pm

Could I use kosher salt instead?


13 debbie January 14, 2014 at 2:00 pm

You see brown sugar scrubs in the stores rhis could be another little spin on it ,coconut oil & lemon sounds good enought o eat,lol,but don’t,use on those cracked hands & feet,just a thought.My feet are always a problem,hands also cracked & rough,alot of times I would like to be knitting but hands are snagging the yarn,Thank-You for these wonderful helps


14 Rhonda January 17, 2014 at 5:50 pm

Hi Dominque, Where can you buy virgin coconut oil? I would really like to try this. Can you use Kosher salt or does it have to be Sea salt? thanks for posting this.


15 Deby February 14, 2014 at 1:24 pm

What is ratio of sugar to salt?


16 Pamela April 8, 2014 at 8:48 pm

Hello, Merissa, I am thrilled. I just finished showing twenty women how to make this scrub along with how to make home-made coconut oil lotion. They are thrilled to learn about this. Our women’s fellowship group had a fun time together. Thank you so much.


17 Merissa April 8, 2014 at 10:01 pm

Sounds like a great get together, I’m glad you had fun!


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