DIY on a Dime: Lavender Hand Scrub

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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. 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….

  1. 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

    1. 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.

  2. 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?

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

      1. 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? 🙂

        1. 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.