As the weather gets colder, my hands start to feel like alligator skin. Well, what I would imagine alligator skin to feel like since I am totally freaked out by any sort of reptile and could never touch one! But I digress, back to my hands – rough, dry skin that catches on everything. This hand scrub does the trick! And it’s so easy.
A few years ago a friend of mine and I took a girls weekend trip to a spa in Arizona. It was lovely. The spa had this wonderful scrub in the bathroom. Our hands felt incredible after using it. Every time we did I analyzed it, sniffing, rubbing, trying to figure out what was in it.
So here is my closest approximation to that wonderful spa scrub.
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 1/4 cup coconut oil, melted
- 2 TBSP Apricot Kernel Oil (could substitute olive oil or almond oil)
- All of the ingredeints below are totally optional
- 1 tsp vitamin E
- 1 tsp vegetable glycerin
- 3 drops each lemon, lavender and rosemary essential oil
- 1 TBSP aloe vera gel
- Mix all ingredients until combined completely
- Take a bit and rub all over your hands, rinse with warm water only, no soap.
As much as I love the benefits you get from using several ingredients, it can be a bit much when you are just starting to make your own beauty products. Start with a few key ingredients and build from there. This recipe could be made with the first 3 ingredients only, even the first 2 honestly! It will be a bit stiffer without a liquid oil (like olive oil), but coconut oil is a great moisturizer on it’s own and the sugar scrubs.
I think next time I’ll try using some real rosemary from my garden!
As you add more ingredients to your arsenal, add to this recipe. I’d suggest Vitamin E and one (or more) of the essential oils. (disclosure: affiliate links) They are easy to purchase and can be used in a variety of products.
By the way, wouldn’t this look so cute in your guest bathroom!
Put this in a cute glass jar, label it, maybe a ribbon. Voila! Holiday gift!
Have any good tips for rough hands?
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