Saturday, 7 January 2012
My brother is a mechanic and all-round handy guy, so often has grubby hands. I made up a pot of this to give to him for Christmas. It's lovely and moisturising for hard working, dry hands. It's great to use after a day gardening, cleaning or even packing (I always find my hands get really dirty and dried out packing boxes). The sugar scrubs off all the muck, and the honey and olive oil do wonders to heal and moisturise the skin.
While I've mentioned uses of this as a hand scrub, it would also be great for your feet and probably the rest of your body too.
Hubby just tested it out on his hands after getting some grease on them and said they're lovely and clean and soft...his words.
makes 400ml (12oz)
1/2 cup olive oil*
1 1/2 cups sugar
2 tbsp honey
a few drops of your choice of essential oil (optional)**
Put the sugar into a bowl and add the olive oil and honey. Work it all together until it is evenly combined. It will be like wet sand. If you want to add some essential oil (I used peppermint), add it a few drops at a time and stir it in and check if it smells how you want.
Put into an airtight jar, ideally with a wide mouth so you can scoop a bit out with your hands when you need it.
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*Any good quality oil will be good for this recipe. Almond oil, macadamia oil or coconut oil would also work. If using coconut oil, melt it first.
**Any essential oil would be nice, but I think lemon, orange, lavender or peppermint are particularly nice. Instead of essential oil, you could also add a little bit of vanilla extract, for a delicious cakey scent.