In looking for a way to use up some “waste” products I kept throwing away, I created these DIY coconut oil hand scrubs. The two primary ingredients were the coffee grounds from my everyday coffee and the coconut pulp left from making coconut milk. Turning these ingredients into coconut oil hand scrubs is quick and easy, and a great way to save money through recycling.
Ingredients in a hand scrub
The whole point of using a hand scrub is to remove dead skin cells and apply a moisturizing agent. This combination results in super soft hands.
That means you need to first choose an abrasive agent. My preferred ingredient of choice for the abrasive portion of a hand scrub is using sugar. If you want a more gentle hand scrub use brown sugar while regular refined white sugar is slightly more coarse but still works well.
For the moisturizing part, I really like to use coconut oil. It adds a nice scent that combines nicely with the other aromatic ingredients in the hand scrub. Coconut oil is made from raw coconuts or dried coconut kernels. I recommend using virgin coconut oil when making hand scrubs. This type of coconut oil uses a wet processing method which results in a coconut oil with more aroma. Though this form of coconut oil isn’t as well suited for cooking as it has a lower smoke point.
There are other benefits of using coconut oil on the skin. Coconut oil contains saturated fats and a variety of medium chain fatty-acids which act as a anti-microbial agent protecting the skin from microorganisms which may be harmful . The coconut oil works to prevent these microorganisms from multiplying. In addition, coconut oil contains antioxidants that may help to reduce inflammation in the skin. Coconut oil works well as a skin moisturizer as well and in some studies, it has been shown to improve eczema on the skin.
Other options for a moisturizing agent is olive oil which is also good for the skin and shea butter. Hand scrubs can have a sweet aromas which I have made here using vanilla, sugar and coconut. The other option is to make more aromatic hand scrubs using citrus and other herb aromas which I think is better complemented to using olive oil.
Adding fragrance to your hand scrub is the last step in the process of making your hand scrub. My preference is using herb and citrus scents. In the coffee scrub, I use vanilla for some aroma but you could also use cacao or cinnamon. And the possibilities for the herbal scents is truly endless.
Use fresh herbs or fresh citrus peel, chopped up and added to your hand scrub or use combinations of different essential oils to add aroma. I do like the color and texture that using citrus peel and fresh herbs add to the hand scrub.
DIY Coconut Oil Hand Scrubs
Coconut Lime Sugar Scrub
- ½ cup shredded coconut
- 1 T lime zest
- 1 T lime juice or essential oil
- ½ cup brown sugar
- ¼ cup coconut oil
Coffee Sugar Coconut Oil
- ½ cup coffee grounds dry
- ¼ cup brown sugar
- ¼ cup coconut oil
- 1 tsp vanilla extract or essential oil
- Combine all the ingredients into a small bowl and stir until well mixed. You can add more coconut oil if you want a wetter consistency. Store in a small jar in a cool place or under refrigeration.
- Combine all the ingredients into a small bowl and stir until well mixed. Add more coconut oil if you want a wetter consistency. Store in a small jar in a cool place or under refrigeration.
Storing and using your coconut oil hand scrubs
These scrubs are preservative free and do contain organic materials which means they won’t last forever. Here are my tips for making and storing your coconut oil hand scrub.
- Make in small batches so that you don’t have tons of product laying around for a long period of time.
- Store in a cool place or under refrigeration. As coconut oil hardens up when stored under 76 degrees F. This means that when you want to use it, you may need to microwave for a few seconds or leave it out for a bit. Though the warmth of your hands will help to soften the coconut oil when applied.
- Keep an eye on the product and if it starts to grow mold or have an off-smell, it’s time to discard and make some more.
Did you try out making your own homemade coconut oil hand scrubs? What is your favorite ingredient combination? I’d love to hear your thoughts. Leave me a comment here on the blog or send me a message using the chat function in the right corner of the screen.