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Years ago, a friend gave me a jar of homemade hand scrub as a Christmas gift. In the shuffle of holiday busyness, the jar was shoved into a cupboard and forgotten.

The following spring, I came inside after a long day of working in the garden. My hands were filthy, dirt caked in every crease, fingernails blackened. I stood at the sink, scrubbing for at least 5 minutes, but my hands were still stained… and now rough and dried out from using harsh soap and a nail brush.


I suddenly remembered the hand scrub stuffed in the cupboard. Might as well give it a shot, I thought.

It was amazing! Not only did the scrub remove the dirt and stains, it also soothed my damaged skin, leaving them clean and smooth. 

I love this hand scrub so much, I just had to share it with you!

Make a batch for yourself and another to share with a friend (I’ve included the recipe to make 3 different batch sizes). I promise they will appreciate it!

This hand scrub also makes a fantastic gift for the gardeners you love.

Even if you are not the DIY type, I encourage you to give it a try. The recipe is simple and easy. It takes less than 5 minutes to make a batch.

A couple of notes:

  • You can use zested citrus or citrus essential oils. I prefer the zested citrus, but the essential oils version will have a longer shelf life.
  • The hand scrub should last a few months. Do your best to keep water out of the jar. You could use a spoon to scoop the scrub out of the jar, so the contents stay clean and water-free.
  • Want to add fresh herbs? Go for it! Finely chopped Rosemary, Thyme, Basil and Mint are lovely choices. Feel free to play around with different combinations of citrus zest/oil and herbs. I can’t wait to try lemon/mint!
  • Coconut oil turns to liquid above 76 degrees. Depending on where you live and time of year, you may want to store the hand scrub in the fridge.


Ingredients to yield 3 cups of hand scrub:

  • 1/2 cup coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup mild soap (like Dr. Bronner’s or mild dish soap)
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 20 drops rosemary essential oil (optional)
  • 4 drops tea tree oil (optional)
  • Lemon Zest or 10 drops Lemon essential oil (optional)


Ingredients to yield 1 ½ cups of hand scrub:

  • 1/4 cup coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup mild soap (like Dr. Bronner’s or mild dish soap)
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 10 drops rosemary essential oil (optional)
  • 2 drops tea tree oil (optional)
  • Lemon Zest or 5 drops Lemon essential oil (optional)


Ingredients to yield ¾ cup of hand scrub:

  • 1/8 cup coconut oil
  • 1/8 cup mild soap (like Dr. Bronner’s or mild dish soap)
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 5 drops rosemary essential oil (optional)
  • 1 drops tea tree oil (optional)
  • Lemon Zest or 3 drops Lemon essential oil (optional)




  1. Soften or melt the coconut oil in a measuring cup or bowl. Mix with soap.
  2. Add sugar and stir vigorously to “whip” it.
  3. Add essential oils, if desired.
  4. Add zest of lemon, if desired.


To Use:

  1. Scoop dollop into hands using fingers or a spoon.
  2. Scrub away!

Happy planting and I hope you enjoy the hand scrub! 

What are you planting in YOUR garden right now?


-Lori8 Likes Share


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Allison Butler 8 months ago · 0 Likes  

I love this and want to make it for all my friends for Christmas. The first time I made it it worked perfectly . The last 2 times it has separated what am I doing wrong ? Any tips gratefully received . I have used dr bronzers soap etc and followed the recipe and measured correctly.
Thank you

Lori Hernandez 8 months ago · 0 Likes  

Hi Allison,
Unfortunately, I’ve never had this happen, so I don’t have much advice! The only thing I can think of is maybe the temperature is colder now and the coconut oil is hardening faster? Maybe you’ll need to stir it every hour or so as it’s cooling/setting?

sarah 2 years ago · 0 Likes  

How long does it last before it goes bad? thanks!

sarah 2 years ago · 0 Likes  

oh sorry i didnt see the bit that said it lasts a few months

Lori Hernandez 2 years ago · 0 Likes  

Yup! Hope you enjoy it!

M. 2 years ago · 0 Likes  

Good Morning, Lori. I JUST came in from the garden. Amazingly (and not in a good way!), the chervil has already bolted. Oh, well. I transplanted some lambs ear to a pot with artemesia. I think a silver garden will look lovely.

Thank you for this recipe. I’ll be making some of the scrub later on.

Have a Happy Mother’s Day. Thanks again and God bless. Pax.

Lori Hernandez 2 years ago · 0 Likes  


You’re welcome! Hope you like the hand scrub as much as I do.

Oooo, yes, a silver garden would be beautiful!

Jennifer H 3 years ago · 0 Likes  

I made the scrub this evening… I added lemon oil, lemon zest and lime zest! So yummy! Thanks for sharing 😀

-Jen H

Lori Hernandez 3 years ago · 0 Likes  

You’re so welcome! Glad to hear you like it. I’ve been going through batches of it like crazy these days!

M. 3 years ago · 0 Likes  

Good Morning, Lori. The weather finally co-operated, so DH and I were able to put a BIT of the garden in. As it’s still chilly, we are hoping our peas do well. I’ve planted three different mixes of zinnias, some wildflower mixes to cover unsightly “soil” patches, and allium bulbs I had forgotten about. (They are still viable; who knew?) If the weather holds, more zinnias will be planted. DH and I hope to be able to set up the self-watering planters, too.

Thank you for the hand scrub recipe. I’m a DIY’er from way back, so this is my kind of project!

Enjoy the day and God bless. Pax.

Lori Hernandez 3 years ago · 0 Likes  

Wow! You are way ahead of me 🙂 I’m still scrambling to get all my seeds planted. Hope the weather holds up for you!Newer PostThe Great “Kiddie Pool” Tulip Experiment (A.K.A. “Lori vs Voles: Part 3”)Older PostAll About Dahlia Tubers

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