My boys thought I should write about our homemade hand scrubs. We love to give these to teachers for Valentines Day and grandmothers for Mother’s Day. You can give this hand scrub as a gift any time of the year because it’s that easy to make and as inexpensive as you want.
Here’s what you’ll need OR what my boys made this particular batch with….PLAY WITH THE RECIPE AND ADD DIFFERENT TYPES OF OILS AND SCENTS!!!! YOU CAN’T GO WRONG.
- HONEY – Any kind – A blend of different kinds is fun and if it’s got the hive inside the jar…well, then add that too (make sure to break it down)!
- BROWN SUGAR & WHITE SUGAR (I like to use equal parts of brown and white) You can’t go wrong if you only have one kind. You can also use SALT if you don’t have enough sugar or make a mixture of salt and sugars.
- OILS - My favorite is Coconut oil (I break it down in the blender, since it tends to come a bit hard), Almond oil is also a personal favorite. You can also add Hazelnut oil, olive oil, etc.
- ESSENTIAL OILS – Whole Foods has a big selection, if not you can purchase these online. My personal favorites are Lavender, Peppermint, Spearmint, Eucalyptus and Rosemary. The selection is huge! You can also add natural fragrant waters. For this one in particular I added Rose water because it’s Valentines day and I also added Tea Tree oil.
Mix everything together in a big bowl or inside a large freezer bag.
Transfer into jars, making sure you don’t drip too much outside the jar. Rinsing a very oily jar is no fun!
It’s time to decorate the jars
How To Make Labels or stickers:
I purchase labels that are the size of an actual page 8.5″ x 11″. You can get these online or at your office supplies store.
Packing Tape. I use the really wide packing tape to laminate. I know there’s great laminating sheets out there but nothing withstands oil and water like packing tape does.
Using a clean work space, Place the tape on the picture as shown. Make sure you lay the tape extremely tight so there’s no bubbles. Work your way down to the picture aligning edges together.
Smooth out the tape on the paper with your fist. Don’t use your nails or anything sharp since it will leave marks.
I like to give my scrubs out with a spoon. It gives it that homemade feel to it. I find measuring spoons are the perfect scooper because they have a hanging hole (see pic below) and I can attach a ribbon around it.
I got these particular ones at Anthropologie.com a set of 5 spoons for $18. You can also find really nice ones at HomeGoods.
Everyone helps and sometimes things don’t come out right. Since everything we do on this site is tested by us, if there’s something wrong with the recipe, we’ll redo the whole post at a different day until it comes out just right for our family and yours (hence the different shirts).
Here’s a fun video of my attempt to document the boys making the hand scrub. Not once do they mention you need either sugar or salt as a main ingredient. Oy Vey!