Homemade Lemon And Lavender Hand Scrub

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Hello friends. Today, I am sharing something a little different and fun with you all. It is an easy to make homemade lemon and lavender hand scrub which I promise will work wonders on your rough and dehydrated skin. I like using aromatic herbs and essentials oils for many things but these days, I especially love to use them for making my own beauty treatments.

Scrubs have many wonderful benefits.  They whisk away dead skin cells, resulting in brighter, more radiant skin.  They also improve the skin's absorption of other products such as moisturizers and oils. But more importantly, when combined with scented oils, they help to relax, soothe and calm.   And who doesn't need that these days right??

Homemade hand scrubs are inexpensive and very easy to make. Best of all, you can customize them. Whether you want to make them for yourself, or as gifts for friends or family, I hope you give this DIY project a try.

This 8 oz. glass canning jar is the perfect size if you want to make these for a gift.

Here is what you need:

1 Cup of granulated sugar
1 teaspoon honey
Juice of half a lemon
Lemon zest (half a lemon)
1/4 cup of olive oil
10 drops of lavender essential oil
1 teaspoon of lavender (chopped-really fine)
Mixing bowl
Small grater
Mason Jar for storing 

Zest Lemon

Chopped lavender.. Really fine


Place honey and olive oil in mixing bowl

Add fresh lemon juice and lemon zest

Add fresh lemon juice, lemon zest and sugar. Mix well.

Add fresh lavender and lavender oil and mix well.  If you prefer a thicker consistency, you can add more sugar.  Have fun with this.  You can use your favorite scented oil too if you do not care for lavender or you can simply make it with the lemon scent.  It is up to you.  

Place scrub in individual jars and enjoy.  Be sure to wet skin before applying to your hands. You will love how soft and hydrated your skin will be. I suggest refrigerating the hand scrub if you will not be using it often and as always, if you have any skin allergies or sensitive skin, please check with your doctor before using this hand scrub.

Thank you for being here today.  I hope you enjoy this fun project.   Please follow link below for more photos and full post for this project. Also, be sure to follow me on Instagram, Pinterest and my blog.

Wishing you a wonderful week,


Suggested materials:

  • Fresh Lavender   (Supermarket)
  • Fresh Lemons   (Supermaket)
  • Lavender Oil   (Supermarket)
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Frequently asked questions

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  • Mp_8301823 Mp_8301823 on Feb 23, 2017
    Does this have to be kept refrigerated because of the lemon juice spoiling?
    • Carrie Stephens Carrie Stephens on Feb 23, 2017
      I was wondering the same thing. Anyone know?
    • Cathy Przybylski Stoner Cathy Przybylski Stoner on Feb 23, 2017
      Can you use some baking soda instead of sugar? I'm not sure how sugar being put on outside of skin will absorb into your body and cause any health issues.
    • Rosemary & Thyme Rosemary & Thyme on Feb 23, 2017
      Hello Cathy, I only recommend using this as a hand scrub. I would not use it on the face or other parts of the body. If you have any health concerns, I would recommend asking your doctor. Thank you, Janet
    • Rosemary & Thyme Rosemary & Thyme on Feb 23, 2017
      I keep mine by the sink since I use it regularly but I would say refrigerating it would be a good idea if you are not going to use it often. And if you have sensitive skin, please check with your doctor first or you may want to stay away from using a scrub. I will be sure to specify for hand use only. Thank you for sharing your concerns with me. Janet
    • L W F L W F on Feb 23, 2017
      The oil could spoil, but it would take a while - and it will feel much nicer if refrigerated I would think! And I would think baking soda would work just as well. Just would take a lot to make a paste.
    • Susan Bailey Susan Bailey on Feb 23, 2017
      Possibly use coarse (or kosher) salt and put in a soap pump dispenser? Would make it easier to get correct amount when using.
  • Ann Tandy Ann Tandy on Feb 23, 2017
    Can you use this on your face?
    • Rosemary & Thyme Rosemary & Thyme on Feb 23, 2017
      Hello Ann, I would not use this scrub on the face. I only recommend using this as a hand scrub. Regards, Janet
    • Barb in Texas Barb in Texas on Feb 23, 2017
      Citric acid is strong, it takes film off dishes in your dishwasher, I wouldn't put it on facial skin.
  • Eliza Spear Eliza Spear on Feb 23, 2017
    Looks pretty easy. Where did you get cute jars like that?
    • Penny Schulze Penny Schulze on Feb 23, 2017
      Hobby Lobby, Michael's & Walmart have all kinds of neat jars...HL has the best selection, IMO.
    • Rosemary & Thyme Rosemary & Thyme on Feb 23, 2017
      Hello Eliza, I found the small jars at Home Goods but you can check your local supermarket too or Dollar Store. Janet
    • Denise Denise on Feb 23, 2017
      The Container Store also carries those jars:)
    • Eliza Spear Eliza Spear on Feb 27, 2017
      I'll have to check out those suggestions for stores that are here in my area....I think there is a container store in Ottawa but I don't think Hobby Lobby is here in Ontario..
    • Dil3518085 Dil3518085 on Mar 02, 2017
      Watch for them at garage sales or thrift stores.
    • Betty Champagne Betty Champagne on Mar 10, 2017
      We recently got a Hobby Lobby in my area and I love it. Their jar selection is awesome. I recently got 3 jars with the clip closures, big enough to stand a small chocolate Easter bunny in along with Easter grass and jellybeans. It's a cute gift for my two granddaughters and a cousin.
    • Betty Champagne Betty Champagne on Mar 10, 2017
      I often save small product jars (removing labels) for interesting presentations. One could use one of these for the hand scrub purpose; the jar would be free.
  • Connie D Connie D on Feb 24, 2017
    How many 8oz jars does this fill?
  • Linda Damschroder Linda Damschroder on Feb 24, 2017
    how long does this keep?
  • Christina Barkley Christina Barkley on Mar 11, 2017
    What other oils can you use
  • Lynne Zemke Lynne Zemke on Mar 30, 2017
    If I use more sugar could I use this as a foot scrub? Or is there something better for that.
  • Becki Stewart Morrison Becki Stewart Morrison on Mar 30, 2017
    Can I use coconut oil instead of olive oil?
    • Rosemary & Thyme Rosemary & Thyme on Mar 30, 2017
      Hello Becki, I have never made it with coconut oil but you are welcome to try it. The consistency of the coconut oil may work for this just fine. Let me know if you do try it. Janet
    • Beth Beth on Apr 02, 2017
      Did the coconut oil work?
    • Teresa Waller Teresa Waller on Apr 10, 2017
      I would think u need liquid coconut oil
      most coconut oil is solid
    • Sherry Sherry on Apr 20, 2017
      Yes, I use coconut oil to make shrubs. Melt in microwave for about 30 seconds or on stove top. Just get to melt and take off stove and mix other ingredients. Coconut oil has a low melt temp so when you use scrub it melts while you rub on your hands.
  • Karen Davis Bruccoleri Karen Davis Bruccoleri on Mar 31, 2017
    How long do you think this would stay good for?
  • Myia Myia on Apr 22, 2017
    hi there im excited to make
    this! One question though... what brand name is the olive oil and essential oil you used?
  • Cheryl Johnson Cheryl Johnson on Apr 30, 2017
    Just curious...why would you use lemon juice instead of lemon essential oil?
  • Sally Weatherholt Sally Weatherholt on May 04, 2017
    Can a diabetic use these scrubs with all the sugar?

    • Beth Ransom Beth Ransom on May 05, 2017
      With no sarcasm or insult... I would assume that the sugar would not be absorbed through the skin. If your doctor encourages you to use skin scrubs, enjoy! Lol.. when in doubt ask though. My brother is a diabetic and he asks before using anything new on his skin.
    • Carolyn Munroe Carolyn Munroe on Aug 07, 2017
      As a nurse, I cannot imagine any problem using the scrub on the face due to the sugar. As a diabetic, I have been told that pumice stones on the feet are all right, but not blades or anything that cuts. Unless this scrub is particularly abrasive or if someone has an allergy, I don't think there is an issue With the use of this on the face where circulation is better.
  • Maureen Harrington Maureen Harrington on May 28, 2017
    How long does it keep in the jar if I want to make as a gift?
  • Nikki Meacock Govis Nikki Meacock Govis on Jul 17, 2017
    For vegans,is there an alternative instead of honey? Thanks!
  • Tracey Benoit Burroughs Tracey Benoit Burroughs on Aug 11, 2017
    Great idea but I'm wondering what the shelf life would be with the fresh lemon?
  • Eileen Bondlow Preucil Eileen Bondlow Preucil on Oct 13, 2017
    Instead of sugar can coarse salt be substituted?
  • Betty Lock Betty Lock on Oct 14, 2017
    What coul be used in placeof the lavender ? Allergies to lavender .
  • Rlk21795750 Rlk21795750 on Dec 09, 2017
    I just tried this a couple days ago and mine is separating, should I add more sugar or is this normal?
    • Rosemary & Thyme Rosemary & Thyme on Dec 30, 2017
      Hello Rlklatte,

      Yes. If it is separating, do add more sugar until you are satisfied with the consistency.

    • Debbie Debbie on Mar 07, 2019

      I find that these mixtures do seperate. I just shake or stir each time I use it.

    • Cynthia Cynthia on Apr 05, 2019

      stir or shake to re-distribute. I bought something a while back that was similar and it was amazing. I used on my feet as well as my hands.

  • Debbie Debbie on Mar 07, 2019

    Instead of sugar, can Epson or sea salt be used instead?

  • Luci Luci on Mar 21, 2019

    since this has natural ingredients, what is the self life?


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  • Jerri Jerri on Jun 13, 2017
    yes,inspired. Going to try this.
  • Rebeccah Rose Rebeccah Rose on Jan 01, 2018
    I would recommend using nonrefined coconut oil in place of the olive oil. I used to use olive oil too, but quickly learned coconut oil is so much better. And it doesn't separatethe way olive oil does.