DIY on a Dime: Lavender Hand Scrub

Lavender Hand Scrub comes together in minutes and for cheap, but seems like such an elegant gift.

A few weeks ago I took one of the boys to the mall, something that happens maybe once a year. I was looking for little gifts for the Girls’ Dinner Party I hosted. Besides, See’s Candy is at the mall, so I had to go.

On a whim we walked into the bath and body store. The smell was overwhelming — so much so that my son got a headache in the first five minutes. He waited outside while I got the gifts quickly and hightailed it out of there.

Don’t get me wrong. I love yummy-smelling things, but to have all those scents — and chemicals — in one place, made it clear that there must be a better way.

Seeing how easy it was to mix up a Lavender Milk Bath, I tried my hand, literally, at making a Homemade Lavender Hand and Foot Scrub that’s great for exfoliating dry skin. It’s both sweet and salty, thanks to the sugar and salt I used as exfoliants. The “carrier” oil is sunflower, both affordable and blessed with a long shelf-life. (Other oils can go rancid quickly.)

Add a few drops of lavender essential oil and a sprinkle of lavender flowers for looks, and you’ve got an all-natural beauty product that you’ve made for just pennies. Plus, it only takes minutes to mix it up.

(You can use a different essential oil if you’d rather.)

Be sure to put a label on your jar which includes an expiration date. If you use sunflower oil, you have at least six months until it might go rancid.

DIY on a Dime

This is part of the DIY on a Dime: Great Gifts series. For more easy and frugal gift ideas, check out the list.

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  1. What other oil could you use?

    • Jessica Fisher says:

      You can see a variety of essential oils at the health food store. You could use anything that is safe for skin. I think they all are. Peppermint, citrus, tea tree….

  2. MomofTwoPreciousGirls says:

    The headache your son got from the store is the kind I get whenever I’m around lavender (or lilac) for some reason. I’m thinking for a refreshing scrub, some peppermint or eucalyptus oil. For a clean scent lemon…but I think I would like to try with a patchouli oil. I just love the way it smells and it makes me feel sexy for some reason! LOL

    • lots of people are allergic to the (low) grade of essential plant extracts many skin care and fragrance brands use. I know doTERRA oils are a higher grade and fewer people react to them.

  3. Jessica,
    Thanks so much for this idea! I am making this scrub this weekend for the friends I want to get presents for but just plain don’t have that kind of cash to be spending! I was wondering if I could use the expeller pressed coconut oil for this scrub? I have a ton of that, and would rather use something I already have than buy a new bottle of oil. The oil I use is from Tropical Traditions, and it doesn’t smell like coconut, so I don’t think it would compete with the lavender. Also, I think it will last longer than 6 months. Would that work?

    • Jessica Fisher says:

      Yes, you can use that. It might not have as long as a shelf life, but it will definitely work.

      • Just found this info on the Tropical Traditions site:

        “The expiration dates on our Virgin Coconut Oils are for two years, and on our Expeller-pressed coconut oils they are 18 months, but they will usually be fine much longer than the expiration dates. ”

        I think even if my oil were close to the 18 months, which I am not really sure of, for the hand scrub it should be fine, right? 🙂

        • Jessica Fisher says:

          I think that changes when it’s mixed with other ingredients. My reading on scrubs said six months to a year. So, if you gave your gifts with a three to six month expiration, I think you’d be great.

  4. Will it be good to use turbinado sugar or is it too coarse/big?

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