When you’re on a budget, give the gift of a DIY Lavender and Olive Oil Hand Scrub. The holidays can be a very stressfully expensive time of the year for us. Still, it’s the best time of the year to treat everyone to a present and show them how much they are appreciated. DIY gifts are the most affordable gifts, but it’s just so hard to make something to please everyone on your list!
This Lavender and Olive Oil Homemade Hand Scrub is the perfect solution. It seems that the winter cold wreaks havoc on all hands! This is, literally, a DIY gift that everyone can use! And, hooray for your budget! You probably have most of the ingredients on hand in your pantry. I have estimated the total cost to make this scrub at around $1.60 each, including the cost of the mason jar. Super-duper affordable!
The scrub is fragrant, but not overpoweringly floral. The scrub is made from sugar which exfoliates dry, flaky skin. And the olive oil helps to lock in moisture and comforts the hands. Sounds good, right?
Here’s how you can make this hand scrub at home:
DIY LAVENDER AND OLIVE OIL HAND SCRUB:
1 c. white sugar (granulated, you can buy the store brand)
¼ c. of Dawn Hand Renewal Dish Liquid, lavender scented
3 tsp of olive oil (doesn’t need to be extra-virgin for this use, whatever you have)
2 tsp of cold tap water
1 drop blue or red food coloring
Let’s get started:
- Place sugar in a large mixing bowl.
- Add the olive oil and tap water, stir well. The sugar will begin to partially dissolve. You don’t want it completely melted, but you do want it the texture of an expensive scrub from the bath and body store.
- Stir in the Dawn Hand Renewal Lavender Soap. Mix well.
- The color is kind of an odd purple-gray, not very pretty. I usually add just one drop of food coloring to make it more appealing looking. I did red this time because it’s almost Christmas.
- Scoop your scrub into ½ pint mason jars.
DECORATE THE JARS:
I decorate the jars very simply. I trace around the circumference of the lid and cut cute little toppers out of scrapbook paper and put them on the lid before I tighten down the ring. Then, I tie a raffia ribbon around the jar to make it more eye-catching. Finally, I attach a handwritten tag before I present the gift.
- I make several jars at a time. My sister loves this and always asks for a jar.
- After you add the scrub to the jar, wipe around the rim to remove any drips. It’s just prettier!
- If you want to try a different fragrance, feel free to try my “recipe” for Sweet Pomegranate and Vitamin E Hand Scrub
- Optional: I include a little plastic cosmetic spoon, which I affix to the side of the jar with double-sided tape. It gives them a way to stir up the product before they scrub. The oil will separate from the sugar, so this is just a thoughtful touch.
- Keep a jar for yourself near the kitchen sink. Don’t forget to treat yourself every night after you wash up the dishes!
If you love the idea of DIY gifts but struggle with finding a gift that’s appropriate for everyone, this DIY hand scrub certainly will get the job done! Your gift recipients will absolutely love and appreciate this thoughtful homemade gift.
GUEST POST AUTHOR BIO: Deborah Tayloe is the publisher of DIY Home & Garden. She lives in North Carolina, USA with her husband and an energetic toy fox terrier. Deborah loves DIY projects, cooking, baking, and gardening.