Skin Softening Hand Scrub Recipe

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Are dry hands your nemesis right now? Take charge of your skin’s health with this rose skin softening hand scrub recipe!

DIY Skin Softening Hand Scrub! If you hand soap is drying out your skin from repeated washing try something different! Take charge of your skin's health with this rose scented skin softening hand scrub recipe! Formulated with tamanu oil and other skin nourishing ingredients, your hands will be back to better health in no time! Plus 12 more body scrub recipes you'll want to try!

How many times a day do you wash your hands? When I think about how many times I wash my hands daily, I’m kind of floored. It’s no wonder that my hands dry out so easily.

Every trip to the restroom, whenever I cook or engage in a new creative project – I was my hands afterwards. And let’s face it, even the most moisturizing soap in the world can still dry out your hands with repeated use – especially in the winter. Which got me thinking. If my hand soap is contributing to my dry hands, why am I still using the same ordinary hand soap to wash them?

My rose skin softening hand scrub recipe is my solution for hands that look and feel healthier. Working with Dr. Bronner’s Rose Castile Liquid Soap as a base for my hand scrub, I then added a variety of natural ingredients to hydrate skin and promote skin health. One of these ingredients is tamanu oil.

What is Tamanu Oil?

Referred to as a remarkable skin regenerator, tamanu oil is easily absorbed by skin and is rich in moisturizing omega fatty acids. Its antioxidant properties can help to stem aging and prevent sun damage.

When used in skin care applications, tamanu oil has antimicrobial, antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties that help to speed up healing. Additionally, this golden green carrier oil is incredibly effective at soothing dry skin as well as clearing up rashes. Used solo, it even makes a wonderful anti-aging eye serum.

Explore some of my anti-aging skin care recipes here.

In addition to the tamanu oil, I also used lanolin to help lock in moisture and protect hands from further damage. Shea nut oil is also included in my skin softening hand scrub recipe for its moisturizing properties while sugar exfoliates and sloughs off dead skin cells.

DIY Skin Softening Hand Scrub! If you hand soap is drying out your skin from repeated washing try something different! Take charge of your skin's health with this rose scented skin softening hand scrub recipe! Formulated with tamanu oil and other skin nourishing ingredients, your hands will be back to better health in no time! Plus 12 more body scrub recipes you'll want to try!

Rose Skin Softening Hand Scrub Recipe

© Rebecca D. Dillon

Ingredients:

10 oz. white granulated sugar
2.5 oz. Dr. Bronner’s Rose Castile Liquid Soap
.3 oz. pharmaceutical grade lanolin
.3 oz. shea nut oil
.25 oz. tamanu oil
.25 oz. cyclomethicone (optional)
.15 oz. emulsifying wax
.1 oz. rose kaolin clay
few drops rose absolute to suit (optional)

Instructions:

Begin by weighing out the lanolin and emulsifying wax using a digital scale. Place inside a medium glass mixing bowl or Pyrex measuring cup and heat in the microwave at 50% power until melted. Allow to cool slightly.

DIY Skin Softening Hand Scrub! If you hand soap is drying out your skin from repeated washing try something different! Take charge of your skin's health with this rose scented skin softening hand scrub recipe! Formulated with tamanu oil and other skin nourishing ingredients, your hands will be back to better health in no time! Plus 12 more body scrub recipes you'll want to try!

Tip: For extra dry hands or cracked skin, double the amount of lanolin called for in my skin softening hand scrub recipe!

Next, weigh the shea nut oil, tamanu oil, cyclomethicone and liquid soap. Combine with the melted wax and lanolin and stir gently to combine. Follow with a few drops of rose absolute to suit.

DIY Skin Softening Hand Scrub! If you hand soap is drying out your skin from repeated washing try something different! Take charge of your skin's health with this rose scented skin softening hand scrub recipe! Formulated with tamanu oil and other skin nourishing ingredients, your hands will be back to better health in no time! Plus 12 more body scrub recipes you'll want to try!

In a separate container weigh out the sugar and the clay. Then pour the sugar into the liquid ingredients and mix well.

DIY Skin Softening Hand Scrub! If you hand soap is drying out your skin from repeated washing try something different! Take charge of your skin's health with this rose scented skin softening hand scrub recipe! Formulated with tamanu oil and other skin nourishing ingredients, your hands will be back to better health in no time! Plus 12 more body scrub recipes you'll want to try!

Once the sugar is fully incorporated throughout the skin softening hand scrub, pour into your container(s) of choice. (I used two 4 oz. double walled jars for my scrub.) Then decorate or label your jars as desired for personal use or gifting. (I used washi tape to decorate my jar!)

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To use, scoop out desired amount from the container then wash hands as normal. Follow with your favorite hand cream or lotion. Or try my soothing moisture whip recipe for dry skin! 

DIY Skin Softening Hand Scrub! If you hand soap is drying out your skin from repeated washing try something different! Take charge of your skin's health with this rose scented skin softening hand scrub recipe! Formulated with tamanu oil and other skin nourishing ingredients, your hands will be back to better health in no time! Plus 12 more body scrub recipes you'll want to try!

More Body Scrub Recipes

If you like my skin softening hand scrub recipe, then you may also enjoy some of my other body scrub recipes. Here are some of my favorites!

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Rose & Lavender Body Wash Recipe

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This homemade rose and lavender body wash recipe is so simple to make that you won't believe how luxurious it feels on skin! Plus it's also great as a foaming hand soap refill!

This homemade rose & lavender body wash recipe is so simple to make that you won’t believe how luxurious it feels on skin! There’s no special knowledge needed to make this easy rose & lavender body wash recipe. Simply weigh out the ingredients, mix and then pour into your container. Plus you can easily make substitutions to the fragrance or oils included in this recipe to match your individual preferences!

In addition, because this rose & lavender body wash recipe contains aloe vera gel, it’s perfect for those summer days you may have spent too much time in the sun!

This homemade rose and lavender body wash recipe is so simple to make that you won't believe how luxurious it feels on skin! Plus it's also great as a foaming hand soap refill!

Homemade Rose & Lavender Body Wash Recipe

© Rebecca’s Soap Delicatessen

Ingredients:

3 oz. organic liquid Castille soap
2 oz. aloe vera gel
1 oz. rose hydrosol
.25 oz. evening primrose oil
30 drops (or 1.5 ml) lavender essential oil

Instructions:

Using a digital scale, weigh out the Castille soap, aloe vera gel, rose hydrosol and evening primrose oil into a medium to large glass Pyrex measuring cup.

Use a dropper or graduated transfer pipette to add the lavender essential oil.

Mix the ingredients for this rose and lavender body wash recipe until they are fully incorporated then use a funnel to pour the body wash into a 6-8 oz. container of your choice.

Shake before use and enjoy as you would any other body wash!

This homemade rose and lavender body wash recipe is so simple to make that you won't believe how luxurious it feels on skin! Plus it's also great as a foaming hand soap refill!

Use it as moisturizing hand soap!

Alternately, this homemade rose and lavender body wash recipe also makes a wonderful, moisturizing hand soap by the sink! Simply refill your existing hand soap container with this body wash. To refill a foaming hand soap container, fill the container 1/3 of the way full with your body wash then fill the remainder of the container with distilled water.

Why evening primrose oil?

Evening Primrose Oil contains a high concentration of the fatty acid, gamma-linolenic acid, also called GLA. This fatty acid gives this plant its remarkable healing properties. Studies have shown that evening primrose oil helps to moisturize, rejuvenate and repair skin cells as well as provide relief from skin conditions like eczema, psoriasis and rosacea. Don’t want to use evening primrose oil? You can substitute any carrier oil in it’s place.

What about other substitutions?

In addition, you can easily change the fragrance of this body wash recipe by substituting the rose hydrosol with any other flower hydrosol of your choice. Prefer simply a rose scented body wash? Omit the lavender essential oil. Or use your favorite essential oil in its place! Mix and match your favorite flower hydrosol and essential oil(s) for a fun custom scent.

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Pumpkin Souffle Hand Soap

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Here’s a simple melt and pour soap recipe for making your own Pumpkin Souffle Hand Soap. This would make a fun gift for your little tricksters.
Pumpkin Pie Soap

Ingredients:

4 Ounces unscented, clear Glycerin Soap
1/4 Tsp. Pumpkin Fragrance Oil
5 drops Oil of Cloves
1/4 Tsp. Ground Cinnamon
Orange Food Color

 

Instructions:

Cut the melt and pour soap into chunks and put in the microwave in 30 second increments until melted. Add oil of clove, pumpkin souffle fragrance oil, ground cinnamon and food color. Stir well. Pour into molds and allow to set. You can hurry up this process by popping the molds briefly in the freezer. Unmold, then wrap the finished soap in cellophane or plastic wrap and decorate with a cinnamon stick and raffia.

Rosemary Dill Hand Soap Recipe

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Recipe from Glenbrook Farms.
This handmade soap recipe is great for using in the kitchen to rid hands of stinky garlic or onion smells.

Ingredients:
4 oz Sweet Almond Oil
6 oz Coconut Oil
12 oz Olive Oil
10 oz Palm Oil

12 oz Distilled water
4.4 oz Lye granules – USE WITH CAUTION
1 T Ground rosemary
1/2 T Dill c/s
1/2 T Coffee grounds
1 T Rosemary essential oil
Instructions: Follow basic soap-making instructions. Measure water and add lye to the water. Safety glasses and rubber gloves are a must. Allow this to cool to 100 degrees F. Measure out oils, reserving 1/2 ounce of the sweet almond oil. Set the sweet almond oil to the side.
Gently heat oils together. Add the essential oil to the reserved 1/2 ounce sweet almond oil.
When the oils have cooled to 100 degrees F then slowly add the lye solution to the oils, stirring constantly.
Of course you have your safety glasses on and your rubber gloves!
Stir mixture until it traces, which means it has thicken and you can run a line of mix across the top of the solution and it stays. This will remind you of pudding. Now quickly add the sweet almond oil with the essential oil in it. Add the rosemary, dill, and coffee grounds.
Pour into your mold and cover with a towel to keep heat in.
In 24 hours you will have soap.
Un-mold and let cure for 3 weeks. Makes six bars.
Caution: Lye is very dangerous and so is the raw soap. Keep children and animals away while you make soap. Store lye out of reach of children and animals.
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