Especially after most of the scrubs available in the market gave me more or less the same results, I decided to start making my own hand scrubs. A little bit of search gave me the following info:
- Most ingredients are available at home
- Scrubs are easy to make. Promise!
- Experimenting with ingredients allows me to create an awesome variety
- Did I mention that they make absolute fantastic gifts?
Getting back to the topic. Hand scrubs. Why do I recommend it? Simple, it keeps your hands clean and soft. I recommend using a hand scrub at least once a day, preferably the nights so that you can give the much needed massage to your hands, keep it soft and moisturised and maybe smelling of your favourite fragrance as you sleep.
My most favourite has to be the recent discovery of the sugar and coffee scrub which doubles up as a body scrub too! But I love using it as a hand scrub for the lingering coffee fragrance! Now that I am done with the coffee love, let me tell you how to make some really easy scrubs! First of all, invest in a tin of olive oil that will be the base of many a scrubs that you will make. Whenever you use a scrub, you need to wash your hands with warm water to reduce the intensity of the moisturising. Since most of the scrubs have the base of an oil, it can leave your hands super moisturised. If you ever feel that the hands are oily post the use, then wash your hands with a very mild handwash and rinse your hands under warm water.
The no fuss, just the sugar and olive oil scrub
Take a spoonful of fine sugar granules in your palm and add about half a teaspoon of olive oil to this. Rub on your hands till the oil and the sugar blend and massage for about two minutes. Rinse your hands under a stream of warm water. Part dry. This scrub needs to be made immediately and I would advise against storing it.
But here are some scrubs that can be stored.
The lemony sugary scrub
To make this hand scrub, take half a cup each of white fine granules sugar and coarse brown sugar. Mix these well and add half a cup of olive oil. Add to this about two tablepoons of lemon juice and a drop of your favourite EO. Mix until it is gritty, it should not be a paste. A trick to get this consistency is to add the olive oil little by little so that you can get the right consistency. Store this in an airtight jar and use within 10 days. This can also be used on your feet.
The coconut honey scrub
I used the TBS coconut hair oil for this one. Take a tablespoon each of white sugar and brown sugar. Add one teaspoon of organic honey to this. Mix well. Add between half a teaspoon and one teaspoon of the coconut oil. Mix well again. Add two drops of your favorite EO. If I don’t have the supply of coconut oil I mix in some baby massage oil. You can make larger quantities of this and store it in an airtight jar. It can be stored for about a month.
I have mentioned lesser quantities because I like to try a new scrub everytime and I make my scrubs as and when I would like to use them.
Do you have a favourite scrub? Share the recipe!
Note: All pics have been sourced from the net.