Since we are all washing and sanitizing our hands like crazy and they are getting drier by the minute -- I thought I'd share one of my favorite DIY things.
No...it's not mashed potatoes with cheese and herbs or grits (haha) ....its a hand scrub. This stuff is one of my favorite things to keep in the bathroom and smells divine! I use it all the time after washing my hands. I usually wash with soap and then rub this in afterward and rinse with water. It moisturizes my hands and smell so good.
There are many variations out there but this one works for me. You can use sugar instead of salt or sea salt instead of the Kosher Coarse salt. Just try and see what you like the best.
This one is my favorite.
So, here are the ingredients.
For the basics recipe all you will need is:
1 cup of Kosher Coarse salt
1/2 cup of softened Coconut Oil
You can actually stop here if you want but I wouldn't. It gets fun and you can really get creative from this point.
I like to use about a tablespoon of this Coconut Soap Scent (from the craft store)
I also like grated fruit rind (lime, lemon, orange, grapefruit). It adds color, smell and oil.
Now for the directions - so easy:
1. Add one cup of Coarse Salt.
2. Mix in 1/2 cup of softened Coconut oil. I use this stuff as my makeup remover, face moisturizer, etc. It is cheap and I Iove the stuff.
3. I love the smell of Coconut, lime and orange together so I grate the rind of 1 orange and 1 lime.
4. Next is the good stuff. Be careful cause it may be a bit oily if you use too much-try at least 2 or 3 drops. Just add - stir and add again to fit your taste. I like coconut but there are flower scents, peppermint, herb scents, etc. You can also use essential oils - but this stuff seems to be more fragrant to me. Also remember that you don't even need this - you can use crushed up herbs like lavender, rosemary or lemon balm along with the fruit rinds. Just don't use any kind of food coloring to change the color - unless you enjoy having blue hands.
5. Stir and adjust as you want. You may want more salt - or rind or fragrance. It's up to you.
6. I like to put it in Mason jars and have even given them as little hostess gifts or party favors. I also like to get these itty-bitty containers with itty-bitty spoons from places like big-box stores (for hors d'oeuvres) and put in the bathrooms by the sink. After you wash your hands - rub this in and rinse.
Enjoy! Now go wash your hands.