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DIY Hand Scrub

By Paige Schilt, February 6, 2014  |  Meet the Blogger  |  More Posts by Paige Schilt


Hello Beauty!

Depending on where you live, your hands may be sporting mid-winter mittens or digging into early spring gardening. Regardless, weather can be hard on hands, leaving them dry and chapped.

Exfoliation is the key to keeping your hands smooth and supple in every season. If that conjures images of an expensive spa treatment, never fear: we’ve teamed up with Kristen Arnett’s Green Beauty Team to bring you an exfoliating hand scrub that you can whip up at home with simple ingredients.


Ingredients for DIY Hand ScrubDIY Smoothing Hand Scrub

1 1/2 teaspoons 365 Everyday Value® Organic Coconut Oil

1/2 teaspoon Aura Cacia Sweet Almond Oil

1/2 teaspoon Aura Cacia Jojoba Oil

3 drops essential oil (For calming and pampering, try jasmine, lavender or geranium. For energizing, try lemon, grapefruit or orange.)

1 heaping teaspoon 365 Everyday Value® Turbinado Raw Sugar

Mix the oils in a small glass bowl or jar until fully combined. Add sugar and mix just enough to blend evenly into the oils. Scoop the scrub into the palms of your hands (best done over a sink) and work it into the skin. Allow the mixture to rest on the hands for 2 minutes, and then spend another minute scrubbing, with particular emphasis on dry and calloused areas. Rinse with water and use a towel to pat dry and remove excess oil. Do not follow with soap. 

Weleda Skin Food

Once you’ve banished dead skin with this rejuvenating scrub, your hands will be ready to soak up all the benefits of a hydrating hand lotion. To keep your mitts in tip-top shape, I recommend Weleda Skin Food.  This rich, delicious cream features sunflower seed oil and sweet almond oil for effective plant-based moisturizing, and it’s scented with refreshing rosemary extract and essential oils.

Do you have a trick for keeping your paws well-groomed? We’ll love you more than cute kitten pics if you share!

Category: beauty, Whole Body




Kjt526 says ...
Love your store
02/10/2014 2:00:35 PM CST
Virginia says ...
Can this be used as a foot scrub?
02/12/2014 2:37:32 PM CST
Bonnie Brown says ...
After rubbing in hand cream or lotion, put on thin cotton gloves and wear them overnight while sleeping to let the lotion penetrate.
02/12/2014 4:12:36 PM CST
rhaltomlewis says ...
I am looking forward to the recipes and other tips, and all your website offers.
02/12/2014 4:55:10 PM CST
rhaltomlewis says ...
I thank this hand scrub will be a great one to try
02/12/2014 5:01:53 PM CST
karen kee says ...
i love your store, cant wait to try your hand scrub
02/12/2014 7:09:33 PM CST
Charline says ...
This also works great on feet! My favorite oils to use are a mix of bergamont and lemon, 2:1 ratio.
02/13/2014 1:32:28 PM CST
Jessica says ...
This was seriously such a luxurious, great-smelling, conditioning scrub. Would love to see more DIY recipes! (lips, foot, body, face)
02/15/2014 10:18:16 AM CST
Acuteasi says ...
Can't wait to try this!
02/24/2014 1:54:56 PM CST
donna says ...
thank for the recipe,can not wait to try the diy hand scub
04/23/2014 5:13:35 PM CDT
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Yes! Finallƴ something ɑbout dry skin patches.
05/02/2014 2:52:36 AM CDT
Nicole says ...
I just made this for my mother for mothers day, and it is wonderful..my hands feel pampered:)
05/10/2014 7:32:41 AM CDT