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Simple Hand and Body Scrub

Simple Hand and Body Scrub

Scrubs are simple and effective ways to exfoliate dry skin and help moisturize on a deeper level.  They’re typically made with an exfoliant such as salt or sugar, some oil and a small amount of essential oils for scent.  All you need is a bowl and a fork and within minutes you’ll have a skin pampering treat.  Here’s a basic scrub recipe that can be customized with your choice of oil and fragrance.

Simple Hand and Body Scrub (Time: 3 minutes)



  • Medium size bowl
  • Fork
  • Wide mouthed jar with lid that can hold at least 6oz


  • Stir sugar and oil together in a medium size bowl.  3T makes a pretty dry scrub, feel free to continue adding oil until you reach a consistency you like.
  • Add essential oil and mix thoroughly.
  • Transfer the mixture to your jar and cap tightly (exposure to air spoils it faster).  Store in a cool dark place for up to 6 months.

Use: Use a spoon to scoop up the scrub and apply it to your skin.  Use light pressure to massage the scrub into your skin using small circular motions.  Then rinse with warm water and pat dry.  Dry gently so that a thin layer of oil is left on your skin.  This will quickly soak in and provide extra moisturization.  This versatile scrub can be used on your hands, feet, arms and legs (it’s too rough for your face).  Keep a jar by the kitchen sink to pamper your hands after doing the dishes.  Or place one in the shower for a full body exfoliation.  Note – when you use this in the shower it will make the floor slippery.  Be careful and wipe it down afterwards so you (or the next person who showers) doesn’t slip.


  • Recommended base oils –
    • I recommend using an oil with a light or otherwise pleasant scent.  Good choices include sweet almond, coconut, soybean or jojoba oil.  Olive oil also works well and is great for your skin but it’s hard to mask it’s odor.  If this doesn’t bother you, by all means use it!  However, if scent is important, I’d stick to the choices above.
    • Please note: if you use coconut oil (which I love) be aware that it becomes solid at 76 degrees.  If your house is cooler than this you’ll have to warm up the oil  before mixing in the other ingredients.  Put it in a small saucepan over low heat until it’s melted, about 1-2 minutes.  When using your scrub, just rub gently between your palms and the heat from your hands will melt it in seconds.
  • My favorite combos – my favorite scrub uses brown sugar, half almond oil, half coconut oil and essential oil of vanilla.  It smells so delicious you’ll want to eat it!  A refreshing summer combination is white sugar, almond oil and essential oil of peppermint.  It’s nice and minty with a cooling zing.  Lavender essential oil works with any sugar/oil combination.  It smells soothing and is good for your skin (I also like to add a drop or two of orange to brighten the lavender up).  Let me know if you find a particularly good combination of your own!
  • Containers – I prefer to store scrubs in plastic containers with screw on tops.  They’re unbreakable and create a good oxygen barrier which keeps the scrub fresh.  However, I’ve had a really hard time finding plastic tubs larger than 4 oz and those I’ve found have been quite expensive.  A pint size canning jar is a cost effective alternative.
  • Sugar substitute – I make my scrubs with sugar because it’s gentle on your skin.  Salt is another a good exfoliant that a lot of people use and like (although it can have a drying effect and will sometimes sting your skin).  Just substitute an equal amount of salt for the sugar, most people prefer fine grain because coarse grain is too rough.
  • Measurements – the measurements in this recipe are just guidelines (and I’ve found that people are more comfortable with precise recipes).  However, scrubs are so simple you really don’t need a recipe at all.  Just fill your container about 3/4 full with your abrasive (in this case sugar), add base oil until you reach your desired consistency.  Then add your essential oil and mix very well.  As long as you don’t overdo the essential oil, the rest is cake!  (I recommend a 1% ratio which equates to 5 drops of essential oil per ounce of carrier oil, never go above 3%).


For additional DIY bath and body recipes, please see:

Having a hard time finding supplies?  Here’s my post on where to find the ingredients to make your homemade skincare products:

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