Homemade Hand Scrub

Recipe from Oakwood Aromatics

I absolutely adore this hand scrub and it is so simple to make you will not want to back to whatever you use now. I first saw this on Kirstie Allsopp’s Handmade Britain. I thought how simple it looked and it turned out even better than had expected. It is so easy and quick to make.


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  • 4 Tbs / 60ml granulated sugar
  • 2 Tbs / 30ml olive oil
  • Pinch of dried herbs, flowers or spice such as cinnamon. (I used dried Lavender)
  • 6 – 8 drops of citrusy essential oil
  • Combine all the ingredients into a small bowl and fill a jar and label.


To use your hand scrub, rub a small amount of mixture into your hands, working around each finger and into the cuticles.

Rinse well and pat dry. The sugar exfoliates gently. The oil will dissolve dirt and moisturise at the same time. Your hands will now feel like they’ve had a manicure! Simple but very effective, especially on hard-working hands.

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