Herbal Interests // Lemon + Rosemary Gardener's Hand Scrub
Happy Tuesday, friends! The month of December has been hectic over here. I am finding myself running around like crazy trying to fit in all of my ideas, not making my personal quota, and still trying to figure out what to get my family members for Christmas. You know, I came in with a plan this holiday, I had it all mapped out in my head. I am making this gift for this person, no exceptions, just get it done. By the way, I'm making only handmade gifts this year. So far, it's worked really well, but there are moments where I get that sudden panic of Christmas is in two weeks. Aaaaaaaaaah. You know what I'm talking about? So what kinds of handmade gifts are we making this year? Well, I have a really incredible recipe to share with you today, and no lie, it is probably my most favorite herbal beauty product I have ever made. EVER!
This hand scrub... it's so earthy. At least that's what Jill and I keep saying. We open up the little jar, sniff its contents, scrub our dry and cracked farm girl fingers with it, and go, "....earthy. but good! so so good!" I suppose you'll just have to try making it for yourself! This recipe is filled with citrus from the zest of an orange and lemon for a refreshing scent, tea tree essential oil filled with antibacterial properties, lemon soap to cleanse, and fine sea salt to gently exfoliate. Add some fresh herbs, and you have the most wonderful mixture of scents! When you've finished washing up, it smells as if you just finished working in the garden. Are you hooked yet?
1 1/2 cups fine sea salt
1/3 cup coconut oil
2 tbsp Vitamin E oil or almond oil
2 tbsp natural lemon hand soap
25 drops tea tree essential oil
zest of one lemon
zest of one orange
2 tbsp lemon juice
1 sprig fresh rosemary
1 sprig fresh thyme
In a small bowl, mix together all ingredients. You will want to either pull apart or chop up the fresh herbs, much as if you were cooking, before incorporating them. Mix all ingredients until well incorporated. If you find the mixture too liquid-like, add more salt. I wanted mine a bit more creamy, but you may like it to be crumbly. Whichever suits you.
You can also substitute the sea salt for epsom salt, but this can be a bit course and rough on your skin. Because this scrub is very fresh, it should only last a month or two. Please be aware that it can go bad! I would also say that this scrub is fine enough to use on the rest of your body (avoiding private and sensitive areas, of course). I might try it on my arms and legs!
Place in a pretty glass jar with a seal and tie with a piece of twine! All done!
I just cannot get over how wonderful this hand scrub smells. I feel like I was just out trimming herbs and working away in the dirt, yet it smells so good. It's very fresh and herbal and earthy and clean. Those words work perfectly. This would make a great gift for a gardener friend! I plan on gifting it to my grandma. Have so much fun making and using this one!!