Friday, June 10, 2011

gardener's hand scrub

i like to think you can tell a lot about a person by looking at their hands.

i have yet to have my palms read but my soil stained lines just might give it away that i love to dig in the dirt.

i personally am not a glove kind of gal. and obviously manicures are not my thing.

but soil can be rough on one’s hands.

mine tend to get dry, chapped and stained from working in the garden.

but having a good nail brush and a moisturizing scrub by the kitchen sink can do the trick. below is a little recipe that is quick and easy to make and helps to clean and soften up my hands in a pinch.

gardeners hand scrub

1/2 cup coconut oil
1 cup coarse sea salt
1/4 cup dried lavender flowers

mix together and store in an air tight container

take a tablespoon of mix. massage and rub.
get out that nail brush and scrub.
rinse with warm water.
your hands will feel a bit oily after but it soon soaks in.

cleaned up and ready to pick the first of the blueberries.
happy scrubbing!


  1. excellent! i totally need this. i'm not a glove kind of gal either :)

  2. great idea and I bet it smells amazing.

  3. thank you for this great hand scrub. I get feathered fingertips and it drives me crazy! I use a hard lotion bar but it I don't get all the dirt off first then it tends to seal in the dirt. :)

  4. thank you for your recipe! this is great. i thought i was the only one who didn't like gloves. good to know i am not!

  5. I love this! I'm not much of a glove girl either, and the hands do take a beating. I am not much of a sock and shoe girl either (May/June marks the beginning of sandals only for me!) so my heels and toes usually need a thorough scrubbing at the end of the day too. Thank you for sharing your recipe. Mmmmm, a moisturizer IN the scrub sounds so nice.

  6. yep, no gloves here either. except for pulling black berry vines and such that can cut.
    i love this simple recipe. sometimes the simpler, the better.

  7. i am a glove girl. but i still get my hands really dirty somehow. and dry and all that. that scrub looks so good. i am gonna have some of this by my sink all summer. yerp.

  8. Ooo- love this! I am also not a glove kind of gal ;)

  9. Wonderful! I'm not a glove girl, either. Between the clay and the dirt my hands are rough. Making some RIGHT now.

  10. Is there a reason for the coconut oil? Could another oil work? (a cheaper oil?) :)

  11. I wear gloves, but STILL get filthy from what falls down into the cuffs. LOL I just happen to have all these ingredients on hand - will have to give it a try! Thanks for sharing the recipe.

  12. This is super i have three quart jars of lavender I need to use it would make a great thing to do for the swap next week...Um going to post this on my gardening blog and link to you thanx so much glad I found you

  13. I totally agree about gloves, but with our clay soil here in VA, my hands are a disaster during the growing season. Thanks for the recipe!

    (Found you through Food in Jars)

  14. i'm so excited because i have those things!
    (i even grew the lavender. :D)
    i'm not a glove gal either.

  15. :)) Great post !! I actually bought someone a very similar thing for Xmas once , from a body shop ... it was for , I dunno Im a GUY , but something to make yor skin soft ... but this is cool, I need something to take the ground in dirt out . Thanks :) Sharing :))

  16. You should see my hands & nails! 5 gallons of fermented beets and more handpicked mulberry flaugnardes than I can remember this week and they're forever stained it seems!

    I have all of these ingredients, but don't really want to use my costly Celtic salt - what salt do you use?



  17. Why couldn't you use course kosher salt.

  18. I would recommend coarse sugar, or even regular sugar. Salt will BURN any cracks, open or raw areas. Trust me. I make lots of sugar scrub and it works well.

  19. Hi quick question I made the scrub today and made extra for friends in little air tight jars. How do you store it room temperature? in the frig? I noted the oil gets runny and how long does it keep ? thank you my hands are soft like a baby butt...

  20. I occasionally use gloves but usu cannot find them, but my solution after cleaning my hands is to apply purple nailpolish hands and toes, that hides the blackened nails perfectly, otherwise i am too embarrassed when i am going to civilized places!