I recently spotted on Pinterest a homemade Gardener’s Hand Scrub, and I thought, “Now that’s a great idea!” My mom is a gardener, and she loves tending her garden…which sometimes requires getting DIRTY. Dirty as in “dirt-covered hands and fingernails”. She has gloves, but sometimes that doesn’t help. Sometimes, you just need to get your hands dirty, you know?
I know this well after working for Peet’s Coffee and Tea for a number of years (which I’ve mentioned before). (Love them!) I was a shift manager and barista, and I didn’t become a coffee expert by NOT working with those fragrant grounds and beans. Just imagine how strongly I would smell of coffee when I came home. I remember going home and showering after a shift, and then going to the bank. The bank teller sniffed me (probably my unwashed hair but maybe not), and then laughingly told me I smell like I just had a latte. I learned after that to always wash my hair and scrub my hands.
This is where a good Soap Scrub comes into use. On the “One Good Thing” blog, I noted a homemade Gardener’s Soap Scrub made with dish soap. Now, this is a cute idea, BUT, for a sensitive skin gal like myself, I could NEVER repeatedly use dish soap (even the sensitive skin kind) on my skin. No way. You already know I am still dealing with heat rash in only mildly humid weather, and I occasionally experience bouts of dermatitis or eczema on my skin. I also am fair-skinned, which means EVERYTHING shows up on my skin. Any scratch, mark, or bruise, and I look red with welts. Dish soap is just too harsh for me.
This means I need a soap scrub made with a mild soap, added skin-friendly oil, and granulated sugar crystals (large crystals would be more rough on my skin), and some honey to calm the skin (it’s an anti-inflammatory!). Huzzah, let’s make a soap scrub, friends! Easy peasy.
I made this Summer Gardener’s Soap Scrub with a peachy moisturizing body wash (Dove’s Peach Body Wash), coconut oil, a tsp of honey, and white granulated sugar. It smells fruity and divine! Why haven’t I thought about this before?! I’m even thinking about using this on my body as a regular scrub. Also, if you have oily skin, leave the oil out—for my personal uses, I happen to need as much moisture as possible!
Summer Gardener’s Soap Scrub
1 cup of granulated white sugar
1/3 cup Peach moisturizing body wash (add more if you want to thin your scrub)
1 tsp honey (optional, but this helps reduce inflammation and is antibacterial)
1 and 1/2 tbsp coconut oil (optional, but this helps moisturize skin and reduce fine lines)
Mix all ingredients together. Add more body wash if you’d like to thin your scrub (and add less if you want a thicker, more harsh scrub). Put in a jar by your sink and use whenever necessary! You could also keep this in your shower for a nice all over body soap scrub.