I needed a good sugar scrub recipe. Why? Because, like some of you, I am always in the kitchen cooking and cleaning and cooking and cleaning and cooking and cleaning (as my family constantly hears me mumbling under my breath…and sometimes not so under my breath)? Between cheesemaking, where my hands are in 180 degree water for entire days (yes, you read that right- fresh mozzarella is made in hot water) and homemaking where my hands are being washed and dried countless times, my poor hands feel and look more like a construction worker’s than a hand model’s.
My hands were never dry and rough before my cheesemaking days, at least not like this, so when my husband held my hand and said, “What happened to your poor hands? They are so rough.” I figured it was time to find a solution to my problem. You won’t be surprised to hear that I did some research, rummaged through my house and made a hand scrub to remedy my ailing hands. There are a lot recipes for sugar scrubs out there and I tried them and finally figured out how I like it and what really works. So my sugar scrub recipe is kind of a combination of different things I picked up from other recipes and a lot of trial and error.
But I was so happy when I finally got it right. Homemade hand scrub…the first time I tried it I couldn’t believe it worked. Not just worked, but actually repaired my hands! My husband was shocked and is still talking about “that hand scrub that saved your hands.” It works better than anything I ever bought – and it’s easy. Well, there was no way I could have this kind of information and not share it with you because I like you. So here it is, the most amazing, simple, easy DIY hand scrub ever that really works!
Hello again. At this point you have already scrolled past this section of the post and have mulled over the ingredients quizzically, right? You saw sugar – check, olive oil – check, check, Vitamin E – maybe, lemon essential oil – no, argan oil – no. Now you are back here reading on to find out what this stuff is and where to find it. Good thing I have the answers and like to share 🙂
Vitamin E is a natural preservative. It smooths the skin while moisturizing it and protecting it from free radicals. It can be purchased at any drugstore or grocery store. Argan oil is everywhere these days. It can be expensive, but I have a great place to buy it really cheap linked below. Its antioxidants are beneficial for healing skin which is irritated, cracked, damaged or even burned. It is best used as a preventive for dry or sore skin, but it can also be used to speed up healing. Lemon essential oil is used to restore and detoxify the skin, but mainly I just like how it smells mixed with the sugar. Olive oil is my favorite oil for skin care products. It just works well with my skin (must be an Italian thing). You can use avocado, coconut or sweet almond oil if you’d like.
Where can you find these ‘ingredients’? The fast answer is your local health store, but be forewarned, it will be expensive. The smart answer: open a new tab and go to either www.bulkapothecary.com or www.mountainroseherbs.com and buy in bulk. I’m thinking that you’re thinking, ‘I don’t need that much of any of this.” If you’re reading this post, you will. Because once you realize how easy and how great this hand scrub is you’ll be inclined to start making more of your own skin care products. My next DIY post (next Friday) is an awesome face scrub with more DIY skin products to follow. You can also get the plastic container I use in the video and a bunch of other types of containers. If you want to make it, they will have all your supplies. Enough of my rambling. Give this hand scrub a try and please let me know if you love it as much as I do. And please feel free to post questions or pictures here or on facebook. You know how much I like to hear from you. Enjoy!!