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Homemade Lemon and Lime Hand Scrub

Updated on June 22, 2013
Homemade Lemon and Lime Hand Scrub is easy to make in your own kitchen.
Homemade Lemon and Lime Hand Scrub is easy to make in your own kitchen. | Source

Lemon Fresh ~

Very few of us do not love the freshness of lemons and lime. Both citrus fruits have been long used in commercial beauty, household and fragrance products due their extensive range of benefits.

The smell of lemons is one I personally love and the wafts of lemon fragrance on a gentle breeze always denotes a lemon grove is nearby and are a sight I love to see when travelling.

Immediately I think of a scent that is fresh, crisp, invigorating, clean and uplifting.

One day in the not too distant future, I will have my own lemon tree and lime tree make no mistake as they are the top of my list of fruits to grow in Italy.

Lemon & Lime


Benefits of a Hand Scrub ~

  • Removes Excess Oil and Dirt
  • Deep Pore Cleansing
  • Unclogs Pores
  • Prevents Pimples
  • Removes Blackheads, Whiteheads
  • Removes Dead Skin Cells
  • Moisturizes
  • Stimulates Blood Circulation
  • Removes Dry Skin

Smooth Supple Hands ~

Hand scrubs may imply a scrubbing of the hands is required of a harsh nature which is not the case whatsoever.

I prefer to use skin exfoliator as that is a more appropriate “does what it says on the tin” description of this essential product, whose main aim is to exfoliate the dead skin revealing fresh new skin.

Our hands are often forgotten about where skin exfoliation is concerned. Yes we may use a face scrub, body scrub, foot scrub or even a lip scrub . . . but hand scrub?

The skin is our largest organ of the body, believe it or not and the skin on our hands is continually exposed and subjected to all types of wear and tear daily.

It needs some tender loving care to keep it healthy and this is where a a weekly hand scrub will make all the difference.

This simple but highly effective scrub has only 4 ingredients which are easily found or sourced at reasonable prices so it will not break the bank.

Being free of chemicals, synthetic fragrance and toxins is another great reason to start making your own cosmetics and skin care products.

The beauty of this one is it is a unisex one.

I wanted to create one that was ideal for both male and female, couples, gift giving for both sexes and one that would be easy to make, be cost effective, work on different age groups and would have a fragrance appeal to men and women.

I took inspiration from reading a recipe by Stephanie Lynn and added in the limes for a further citrus boost.

Lemon Tree

fresh, clean, invigorating and revitalizing.
fresh, clean, invigorating and revitalizing. | Source

Granulated Sugar

smooth rejuvenated skin is only a teaspoon of sugar away.
smooth rejuvenated skin is only a teaspoon of sugar away. | Source

Liquid Gold

Extra Virgin Olive Oil.
Extra Virgin Olive Oil. | Source

Ingredients ~


Sugar naturally produces glycolic acid an alpha-hydroxy acid which is crucial in skin maintenance. It naturally helps moisturize and condition the skin. It provides the scrub like quality and is responsible for removing all dead skin cell build up, unclogging the pores of grime and excess oil, stimulating blood flow and aids in the regeneration of fresh new skin cells. Sugar is a gentler form of exfoliator than salt and is less dehydrating.

Extra Virgin Olive Oil

The skin benefits of this power house are lengthy. It features in my top 10 carrier oils to use in homemade beauty products. Some of the major benefits includes deep moisturizing abilities, softens skin tissue, anti-aging, rich in antioxidants, Vitamins A, D, E and K, heals damaged skin, removes dead skin cells, nourishes and protects the skin. This is one ingredient that has 101 uses and is an excellent addition to many skin care recipes.

Lemon Juice

Qualities include: a natural astringent, a natural antioxidant, skin exfoliator, helps diminish scarring, lightens age spots and freckles, brightens the skin, helps treat acne and eliminates pimples. Lemons may be used by most skin types but those with sensitive skins do need to be cautious. Lemons are a must to have at home as they are so versatile not only in cookery but in homemade beauty products too. A few to check out using lemon are citrus lip gloss and rosewater and lemon face wash.

Lime Juice

Limes are particularly high in Vitamin C and antioxidants, are a natural skin efoliator like lemons, they help heal rashes and bruises, and they are antibacterial and act as a disinfectant. Limes add a refreshing and rejuvenating quality when added to this recipe.

Lemon and Lime Essential Oils

When using cold pressed Citrus Oils please note they are photosentizers. This means they should not be used on the skin within 12 hours of exposure to sunrays or ultra violet rays. Lemon juice and Lime juice should also be used in this fashion so this face scrub should be applied only at nighttime.

Benefits of Citrus Fruit

 lemons and limes are full of antioxidants and Vitamin C.
lemons and limes are full of antioxidants and Vitamin C. | Source

Hand Cream

end by applying a nourishing hand cream to keep your new soft hands supple.
end by applying a nourishing hand cream to keep your new soft hands supple. | Source

Lemon and Lime Hand Scrub Recipe ~

This recipe will make a little over 12 oz of zesty, refreshing scrub which will rejuvenate your hands in no time.

21/2 cups Granulated Sugar

½ cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil

2 tbsp Fresh Lemon Juice or Lemon Essential Oil

2 tbsp Fresh Lime Juice or Lime Essential Oil

12 oz Mason Jar or Recycle Glass Jar (similar size or bit bigger)


3 or 4 Small 4 oz Glass Jars

Mixing bowl

Spoon / Spatula


  • Mix the sugar and olive oil together in the bowl.
  • Add in your fresh lemon juice and lime juice.
  • Mix well to combine the lemon and lime through the hand scrub which will be similar to a gritty paste.
  • If you wish to use essential oils add them instead a teaspoon at a time and check for fragrance. You may not wish to add the full amount so adjust just don’t use any more than 2 teaspoons of each.
  • Spoon your scrub into your glass jar and make sure it has a secure fitting lid that seals.
  • How easy was that?

How to Apply:

Take a teaspoon amount of scrub into the palms of your hand and gently start to massage in all over the fronts and backs of hands. Don’t forget to include the fingers.

To remove rinse in lukewarm water and if you have a few slices of lemon or lime left, rub these over the hands too as it will remove any sticky residue of sugar left.

Pat the skin dry and apply your homemade hand cream.

Keep your hand scrub stored in a cool dark cupboard, out of direct sunlight, to avoid the oils going bad.

Stored in this fashion it should last 3-6 months providing the container is well sealed and that it was thoroughly cleaned, and dried before use

Lime Blossom Tree

naturally heals the skin and is great at reducing any rashes or inflammation.
naturally heals the skin and is great at reducing any rashes or inflammation. | Source

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Suzie's Tips ~

  • For Sensitive skin substitute the lemon and lime from any of the following essential oils that are more suited to your skin type: Frankincense, Roman & German Chamomile, Rose, Neroli, Jasmine, Palma Rosa, Helichrysum, Rosewood or Carrot.
  • Ideal gifts for teachers, friends, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, New Mom, wedding favors, party favors for teens, any special occasion or why not turn it into a business idea?
  • If you prefer to use different oil try sweet almond oil, sunflower oil or apricot kernel oil.
  • If you fancy an even quicker easy scrub recipe you could use on your hands then check out my sugar facial scrub with a tomato which only involves half a tomato and some sugar!

"Creating health awareness through homemade beauty solutions"

Sugar Scrub & a Salt One Too!

Author Info ~

Information on the author, her bio and full body of works available @ Suzie HQ

Credit to homesteadbound ~

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    • Suzie HQ profile imageAUTHOR

      Suzanne Ridgeway 

      7 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi GTF,

      I love this combo in an exfoliating scrub and it would be great for the feet too after a long hot day! lovely mini pamper in the evening with the hand cream to finish! Cheers for your interest :-)

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      Claudia Mitchell 

      7 years ago

      I love scrubs and this sounds really refreshing, especially with the warmer months coming up. My hands feel smoother already.

    • Suzie HQ profile imageAUTHOR

      Suzanne Ridgeway 

      7 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Kathryn,

      Yes, lemon and lime I ADORE and in a scrub it is gorgeous so hope you give it a try, it really helps keep the hands lovely and smooth too! Thanks so much for visit and comments!

    • Kathryn Stratford profile image


      7 years ago from Windsor, Connecticut

      This must smell very nice! I love the scent of lemon :)

    • Suzie HQ profile imageAUTHOR

      Suzanne Ridgeway 

      7 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Mary,

      So nice to have you stop by and comment. Trying to think up some new lotions and potions is fun so I am glad you approve of this! Cheers for your votes, always much appreciated from you :-)

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      Mary Craig 

      7 years ago from New York

      There you go again! A great homemade "product" for everyone to use. So many people neglect their hands and now you've offered the perfect solution!

      Voted up, useful, and interesting.

    • Suzie HQ profile imageAUTHOR

      Suzanne Ridgeway 

      7 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Janet,

      Always great to see you my friend, i am no expert but thank you! i do love natural ways of using great ingredients and life changes makes you rethink some things. For me it was losing a job and looking at ways to still have what I love (cosmetics, beauty, crafts, gardening etc. . .) but in a more natural cost saving way! I love it! Thanks so much for all your lovely comments and support it really spurs me on!

    • Suzie HQ profile imageAUTHOR

      Suzanne Ridgeway 

      7 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi RTalloni,

      Lovely to see you! I was thinking of gardening season myself when I put this together as I love the garden and my hands do not always get the T.L.C treatment so i am glad you enjoyed this! Many thanks for pinning and commenting!

    • Suzie HQ profile imageAUTHOR

      Suzanne Ridgeway 

      7 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Rose,

      So good of you to drop in and glad this sounds your cup of tea! Hope you give it a try to do let me know what you think! Always a pleasure to see you here!

    • Suzie HQ profile imageAUTHOR

      Suzanne Ridgeway 

      7 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi pops,

      Thanks for the support and interest, more on the way!

    • Suzie HQ profile imageAUTHOR

      Suzanne Ridgeway 

      7 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Nicole,

      Thanks for dropping in, no I don't know the tree so will check it out. Cheers!

    • Suzie HQ profile imageAUTHOR

      Suzanne Ridgeway 

      7 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Carol,

      So good to see you, I have been mad busy! Thanks so much for popping in as you always do, very much appreciated. As you rightly said a hand cream needs a scrub so voila! Many thanks for your support, votes and pin!

      Hope your re-editing is going well.

    • Suzie HQ profile imageAUTHOR

      Suzanne Ridgeway 

      7 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Cozy!

      Thanks so much! Very good to hear you enjoyed and found it useful, appreciate your sharing it and for commenting!

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      Janet Giessl 

      7 years ago from Georgia country

      You are definitely an expert for natural and homemade beauty products. I can learn so much from you. Thank you!

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      7 years ago

      Great stuff! Thanks for the hand scrub recipe with tips and info on the ingredients. Looking forward to giving it a try during this gardening season! Pinning to my Gardening: Projects… board.

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      Rose Clearfield 

      7 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      I knew that I needed to start using a hand scrub, but I'm definitely convinced now! Thanks for the great recipe and information as always.

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      7 years ago

      Thanks so much for yet another wonderful beauty recipe. Keep em' coming!

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      Nicole A. Winter 

      7 years ago from Chicago, IL

      Suzie HQ: Have you heard of the Meyer Lemon tree? It grows indoors! Look it up online, (see if you can find a capsule for it, through one of your ad programs, if you like,) you too could have fresh lemons within a matter of months. They're relatively inexpensive and easy to care for!

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      carol stanley 

      7 years ago from Arizona

      I remember having a sugar rub with a pedicure and loved it. What a lovely and well scented way to keep our hands soft. Great hub as look forward to the next one. Voting up and pinning.

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      7 years ago from USA

      This sounds so refreshing! What an awesome recipe. Will definitely try & share. Thanks!

    • Suzie HQ profile imageAUTHOR

      Suzanne Ridgeway 

      7 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Bill,

      many thanks for your lovely comments. i am touched that you see the future dividends in this series, hopefully they will end up earning me a nice income when in Italy doing more of my recipes in the sun with ingredients from our garden or fresh from the market! Look forward to seeing your take on my mens products! Appreciate your interest and support always!!

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      Bill De Giulio 

      7 years ago from Massachusetts

      Yes, we have inspired a series for men.... :) Now we're talking. Looking forward to this. But you know we always look forward to your very helpful hubs. Seriously Suzie, you have created a great niche here so keep running with it. I think this will pay hugh dividends in the years to come. You are laying the groundwork for many years of earnings from these hubs. You've worked very hard to get to this point and you deserve everything that comes from your efforts.

    • Suzie HQ profile imageAUTHOR

      Suzanne Ridgeway 

      7 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Oh Bill,

      You do bring a smile to this wee face, always a "what's he gotta say THIS time" factor! I do love hearing from you and between you, my other Bill, MJ and other males readers, you have inspired me to create a mens range of toiletries! Shaving cream, face wash body wash, cologne and more so it is all your fault as I roll it out! Many thanks and apologies for tardiness at keeping up to speed with your published works, I will be over there NOW!!

      Cheers my friend and thanks always!!

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      Bill Holland 

      7 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I am going to have the loveliest male hands for a sixty-four year old anywhere in the world because of your wonderful suggestions. I can hardly wait to show everyone at my next class reunion. :)

      love to you, Irish!



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