I love spring, partially because it’s warm enough to be outside, but not so hot by noon that it makes me want to hibernate with the shades drawn and the AC set to South Pole, but mostly because of the flowers and the garden and the yard work. A lot of yard work. It don’t mind though, because it’s generally work that I get to be immediately rewarded for. I can see the results of my efforts right away when I rake out leaves and set more mulch and prepare the ground for another round of annuals (our frost date is April 15, and I can hardly wait!). Then there’s the garden boxes that will need planting, and some potted herbs and lettuce given to me by my awesome friend Emily. I really enjoy this time of year. I really just enjoy getting to play in the dirt. There’s something kid-like and soothing about patting down soil and handling mulch and mud. I don’t wear gloves unless I am messing with something “picky”, so I tend to get good and dirty.
And so do my fingernails.
Which is pretty gross.
Enter this recipe for lemon sugar hand scrub, which was inspired by Stephanie Lynn at Under the Table and Dreaming. I made some of Stephanie Lynn’s version for a Christmas Bazaar a few months ago, and gave some away as gifts, and it was so easy. I figured that I might as well whip some up to keep around my kitchen.
Three ingredients: Lemon juice, sugar, and vegetable oil. Stephanie used olive oil, and you can also use sunflower, grape seed or safflower oil if you prefer. This is a pretty flexible formula.
I’ve learned that the ratio of sugar to oil when you’re making a scrub is 2:1, so 2 cups sugar to 1 cup oil. Then add a few tablespoons of lemon juice (I used 4, like Stephanie Lynn suggested) and blend it all together. You can also use a few drops of lemon essential oil instead of the lemon juice. I used my stand mixer, because it’s this is all obviously edible stuff, but you can also use a big bowl. If you mix it by hand, literally, mix it BY HAND. It will be easier than using a spoon and you’ll get everything blended better. Plus, you’ll exfoliate your hands while you mix it.
Once you get it mixed to a uniform consistency, spoon it into a wide mouthed container. You want to container to be large enough at the opening so that you can fit your hand inside.
This recipe makes a little more than 1 cup of Lemon Sugar Scrub. I stuffed mine in an 8 ounce mason jar, and used the rest on my hands right after I finished making it.
Perfect to have around the house for yourself, or to give as a gift to a friend!
Do you make any of your own beauty supplies? Care to share any ideas?