A Homemade Christmas: Moisturizing Lemon Hand Scrub

This lemon-scented hand scrub makes a wonderful Christmas gift for teachers, family and friends.

Moisturizing Lemon Hand Scrub

Makes 1 pint.

1 1/2 cups sugar
1/3 cup kosher salt
zest of 1 extra large lemon {or other citrus}
1 cup of olive oil
1/4 tsp. pure lemon extract, optional

you will also need:

glass jars
hole punch
decorative paper
ink pad
letter stamps or stickers


1.  Combine sugar and salt in a bowl and add lemon zest. 

2.  Add 1 cup of olive oil and mix well.  For a stronger fragrance, add lemon extract.

3.  Spoon hand scrub into glass jars and add ribbon and tag!

Notes: I used old candle jars for this project.  The small candle jars from the Mainstays candles at Walmart work perfectly {recipe makes about 4 or 5 small jars}.  The candles are inexpensive at just $1.00 and the labels peel right off--no need to spend extra time scrubbing sticky labels off.  To get the last bit of candle wax out of the container, set the jar in warm water until softened.  Other citrus fruit can be substituted for the lemon--I'm thinking about experimenting with grapefruit.

You may also be able to find inexpensive jars or containers at the dollar store.

 Thanks to Good Life Eats for this fun and easy gift idea! 


Thank You Gifts said...

These look fab! I would love it...i am a real fan of any citrus smelling beauty product!
Did you stamp onto the tags or were they printed?

Vanessa said...

I used tiny letter stamps and a piece of leftover scrapbook paper to make the tags. I found the stamps and ink pad at A.C. Moore for $1 each. It's kind of hard to see, but the stamps I used are in the 3rd picture.

Anonymous said...

What's the shelf life of this?

Anonymous said...

My co workers and I have been doing hand made gifts for the last few Christmases, this looks wonderful. I am anxious to try it! thanks for sharing!