Honey Soft Hands Scrub

DIY Honey Soft Hands Scrub

This homemade scrub will leave your hands soft and silky feeling!

To make Honey Soft Hands Scrub:

You’ll need just a few items,  which should be found at your local grocery store:

  • 1/4 cup coarse sea salt
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons softened coconut oil
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons liquid castile soap (like Dr. Bronner’s)
  • 1 teaspoon honey

Mix all of the ingredients together, until thoroughly blended. If you’d like, you can add a drop or two of an essential oil such as peppermint or lavender, for scent.

This recipe makes the perfect amount to fill a 4 ounce mason jar, as shown.

To use: Scoop up a small amount and rub into your hands, over a sink. Rinse well with warm water. A thin layer of coconut oil will be left behind. Resist the urge to rinse that off; it will absorb within a few minutes, leaving your hands soft and moisturized.

Use once or twice per week, or as needed.

Shelf life: Two to three months. To extend shelf life further, store in the refrigerator between uses.

DIY Honey Soft Hands Scrub

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Jan Berry is a writer, herbalist, soapmaker, and bestselling author of The Big Book of Homemade Products, Simple & Natural Soapmaking, and Easy Homemade Melt & Pour Soaps. She lives in the Blue Ridge Mountains with her family and a menagerie of animals, where she enjoys brainstorming creative things to make with the flowers and weeds that grow around her.

  • Lisa of Fresh Eggs Daily says:

    Great post – as always! And love the goat pic! Lisa

  • mary martinez says:

    I have been reading your blog off and on for a while and have loved all i see i am now disabled and before this time in my life i did make soap’s the hot pour but on seeing you doing it with the crock pot i think i may be able to do my hobby once again thank you for sharing there are several things of your i plan to try thank you for sharing your wonderful life god bless you

  • Cathy says:

    Love it!

  • Patty Alexander says:

    I look forward to getting your newsletter each month. I have been making soap for about 5 months now and wow is it addicting. If I am not making it then I am thinking about what my next batch will be. I am excited to try this honey scrub tomorrow. It may just be something else to add to the homemade gifts I am working on for Christmas. Thanks again for your great site and all the helpful ideas!

    • Jan says:

      I’m going to add some to my homemade gifts this year too! And I know exactly what you mean about soap ideas, always on the brain! :)

  • Marta says:

    Would it be possible to replace dr Bronners soap with homemade soap? Since I started making my own soaps I don’t buy any. Have you ever made your own castile soap? And how would you turn bar soap into liquid soap?

    I love your site and DIY recipes:)

  • Jill says:

    Hi Jan,
    I tried this recipe for your scrub but almost immediately moisture started collecting in the jar and I’m not sure why. Is it possible the salt that made this happen? If so do you have any suggestions? I was going to give these as gifts but they are unfortunately unattractive with all the liquid on the bottom. Oh and by the way I added some lavender flowers just for looks and a little bit of scent. Thanks for any suggestions

    • Jan says:

      Hi Jill! I’m sorry that happened! Did you add fresh lavender flowers? If so, that would be my primary suspect of where the moisture came from. If they were dried, I’d still be hesitant adding herbs/flowers to the mix, because the soap could end up discoloring them or they could even mold within the mixture. Another troubleshooting idea – what type/brand of castile soap did you use?

      • Jill says:

        I used Stephenson Brand castile soap. My flowers I ordered online so they were definitely dry but I will eliminate them on my next batch. I just had them on hand but did not have any essential oils on hand and threw them in. I guess I need to compare brands of soap?

        • Jan says:

          I’m not sure, but I believe that would be the only moisture source. I just checked some I made three months ago (that I forgot to put in the fridge!) and it’s looking a tad bit on the dry side, on the top layer. Still very fresh smelling though. It could be some soaps are more concentrated than others??

  • Tracey says:

    Could you use this recipe with a similar effect using coarse turbinado sugar in place of the sea salt? ( I bought the wrong thing and was hoping to use it).

    • Jan says:

      Hi Tracey! I think that you could tinker around with it and make it work. I’m not sure how it would affect the shelf life though. I’d try a small test batch and then observe it for several weeks and see how it acts/smells/looks. I hope it works out for you! :)

  • angela Mc says:

    I have a question, what are the best value for money with essential oils. I know there is a lot out there, this would really help me. Thank you Angela

    • Jan says:

      Hi Angela! The most inexpensive, but still decent oils I’ve found are at my local health store (and amazon.com too I think) – and that’s NOW brand. They’re not always as strong though, so you might end up using a little more in body care products. Their peppermint, lemon and eucalyptus are all excellent performers for me – I use them a lot around the house for cleaning and such. BrambleBerry.com is another place I’ve tried some from and been pleased with the quality and how much you get for the price. (Some of the bottles are rather large and last a long time!) My favorite essential oils come from MountainRoseHerbs.com, but they’re more on the pricier end. I don’t have any particular brand loyalty though. I’m like you – I want to get good value without spending a fortune!

  • Stella says:

    Hi I would love your news letter sent to me .. Thx

  • nur says:

    Dear Jan.
    i am frm Malaysia.
    ive been reading ur website very often now. I love all of ur diy projects.. and i wish to make one of ur project on my own.
    They are all amazing.
    Thanks alot Jan for great ideas and lovely posting short & straightforward.
    May God bless u.

    • Jan says:

      Hi Nur, I’m happy that you like the web site and projects! Thank you for the kind words and I hope you have a good day! :)

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  • AJ says:

    Is there a substitution for the castile soap? And can it be used for feet also?

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