Lemon Sugar Scrub

Happy spring, fellow I Heart Nap Time lovers! Talitha from Love, Pomegranate House here! I’m thrilled to be back with you this month sharing another amazing and simple DIY gift idea! I know that mother’s day is still a little ways away but it never hurts to think about these things early. Am I right!? This wonderful Lemon Sugar Scrub is great not just for the mothers in your life, but also works great as a gift for your kiddo’s teacher or even as a little pampering gift to yourself.

Lemon Sugar Scrub

Lemon Sugar Scrub

By the time spring rolls around, my hands and feet are always incredibly dry from the cold winter months. This sugar scrub will help combat that! Plus it only takes about 10 minutes to make! And I swear that it is just as luxurious, if not more so, than the expensive scrubs you find in the store.

Supplies:

  • 2 1/2 cups granulated sugar; divided
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil (almond oil will also work)
  • 1 lemon or lemon natural oils

Lemon Sugar Scrub

Put sugar in a large bowl. Set aside. Measure out 1/4 cup of coconut oil and place it in a microwave safe bowl. Heat coconut oil in the microwave for about 30 seconds, or until the oil is melted. Pour oil over sugar and mix to combine.

Using a zester or small grater, zest the rind of 1 lemon. Then, cut zested lemon in half and, using a juicer, juice the lemon. Remove any seeds from lemon juice. Add lemon juice and zest to the sugar mixture and stir to combine.

If sugar scrub is still too “wet”, add up to 1/2 cup more sugar until desired consistency is reached.

Lemon Sugar Scrub

Then grab a little jar of some sort. I always have a few mason jars on hand. I whipped up a few labels and printed them off on label paper and cut them out. And since I’m so nice, I wanted to make them available to you too!

Free download

You can download the round one here and the rectangular one here.

Lemon Sugar Scrub

Pour your new, fancy lemon sugar scrub into the jar. Voila! All done! Super simple right!?

Lemon Sugar Scrub

And, of course, you have to be a good gift giver and test it out before you give it away, right?? Just take about 1 teaspoon in your hand and scrub away! When you are done scrubbing, rinse thoroughly. The lemon gives off a wonderfully clean scent, the coconut oil helps to moisturize your skin, and the sugar helps to exfoliate!

This is a great gift for all those special women in your life. Or even as a gift to yourself! So go ahead, treat yourself! Make up 2 batches!

 

Lemon Sugar Scrub

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Talitha from Love Pomegranate House

I’m Talitha from Love, Pomegranate House! I’m a Pinterest addict, bargain hunter, and a thrift store stalker. But most of all, I’m a DIY junkie. I love finding something I must have and creating it my way with my own flair. And even more, I love doing it for cheap. And by cheap I mean free… or as close to it as I can get. You’ll normally find me blogging about my adventures in DIY-ing, crafting, and making up delicious recipes for my hubby! Stop by and visit me on Facebook, Pinterest, or Twitter!

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Comments

  1. Vicki Bensinger posted on April 6, 2013 at 12:11 am (#
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    This sounds so simple. I’ve never tried them with sugar in fact I thought they were only made with salt. I could use this myself. Great idea and love the labels. Thanks for sharing those.

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  2. Sara posted on April 7, 2013 at 10:26 am (#
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    Love this idea!! A definite must-try … Just have to pick up some almond or coconut oil next time I’m out!!

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  3. gina posted on April 8, 2013 at 11:43 am (#
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    I love making these as gifts – I always add lemon essential oil also as the lemon alone doesnt make it smell enough

    Thanks for the labels!

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  4. Serra @ MommyDecorates.com posted on April 8, 2013 at 1:12 pm (#
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    I love this scrub! I’ve seen quite a few recipes out there, but this one is the easiest I’ve seen so far! Thanks for sharing :)

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  5. Keisha - Cupcake Wishes & Birthday Dreams posted on April 8, 2013 at 1:25 pm (#
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    Sounds easy enough – gearing up for a spa party for my daughter and I would love to use this recipe!!!

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  6. Brittany posted on April 14, 2013 at 11:45 am (#
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    This looks fantastic and I think it will make a GREAT gift for my mom this Mother’s Day! One quick question: is there any special way to store this or is it okay just being stored in the bathroom?

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    • billie replied on April 18th, 2014 at 6:52 am

      I looked it up on google wnd you can store it anywhere

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      • Morgan replied on August 9th, 2014 at 11:04 am

        Hiya do you know how long this keeps?

        • Jamielyn replied on August 13th, 2014 at 6:42 pm

          They should last for a couple months!

  7. Jill posted on April 14, 2013 at 1:01 pm (#
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    This looks amazing, will definitely be making this, just need to get some cute jars to present it in.

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  8. Elissa posted on April 15, 2013 at 8:56 am (#
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    Do you need to keep it in the refrigerator? Sounds yummy! Can’t wait to try this recipe.

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  9. Linda posted on April 22, 2013 at 7:16 am (#
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    I made this over the weekend and it is excellent – your skin feels like you have been at a spa! I used the Almond Oil but next time will try the Coconut Oil to see if there is a difference. Great idea for hostess gift/teachers, etc.

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  10. Michelle posted on April 23, 2013 at 9:28 pm (#
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    just made this tonight and it’s great! my husband even tried tasting it and it was good lol

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  11. Hannah posted on May 14, 2013 at 5:42 pm (#
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    does nyone knwo how much it makes?

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  12. Karen posted on May 18, 2013 at 9:12 am (#
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    This sounds so wonderful. Does anyone know how to store it and how long it will keep for? Thx for any information :)

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  13. Rona B posted on May 25, 2013 at 6:10 pm (#
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    I’m definitely going to be making this lemon scrub this weekend. Can’t wait.

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  14. Lori posted on July 31, 2013 at 11:19 pm (#
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    These are definitely going on my Christmas to-make list (I know it’s early but I am planning early this year!). I think it would be fun to make with different citrus scents and give it as a gift set (lemon, orange, grapefruit). How long with this keep with the fresh juice in it? I am wondering if it would just be better to use essential oil instead of fresh juice and I can make it up awhile before hand.

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  15. Bethany posted on August 31, 2013 at 9:30 am (#
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    I can not seem to get the link for the labels to work. Are you able to email those to me?

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  16. Anum posted on November 9, 2013 at 4:06 pm (#
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    Can this be used as a facial scrub as well? Looks great, thanks!

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  17. Nancy Frydrych posted on December 6, 2013 at 6:20 pm (#
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    Does anyone know how long this stays good for? What I mean is, is there a shelf life before the lemon becomes rancid or anything or will it last a while? Just debating about making for Christmas gifts but don’t want to make them too far ahead.

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  18. Kathy Linthacum posted on December 8, 2013 at 9:38 pm (#
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    sorry – new to this internet reply instructions! Can’t wait to try this – would do it tonight but I do not have coconut oil in the house – I do have a fertile lemon tree outside so I AM ON MY WAY! THANKS FOR SHARING!

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  19. Sheena posted on December 13, 2013 at 2:51 pm (#
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    So Excited to make this for some Christmas gifts! I also had the question of how long it will last I found this ehow and it has helped understand a few things! http://www.ehow.com/how_2270968_store-homemade-sugar-body-scrub.html

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  20. Shannan posted on December 19, 2013 at 7:44 pm (#
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    Just made and it smells ooohhh soooo good it makes you want to eat as well can’t wait to use!!!!

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    • Jamielyn replied on December 21st, 2013 at 12:32 pm

      Haha! Glad you liked it Shannan! Thanks for stopping by and commenting! :)

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  21. Bella Burkel posted on January 26, 2014 at 2:52 pm (#
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    Hello!!! I am Bella. This lemon sugar scrub looks amazing… I am totally making this for my mom!

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    • Jamielyn replied on January 28th, 2014 at 1:08 pm

      It is really yummy! Have fun making it, it is the perfect gift!! :)

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  22. Carrie posted on February 5, 2014 at 8:31 pm (#
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    My mom and I are making this for my sisters shower as her favors. I am sure it will be a huge hit! Thanks for the instructions!

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    • Jamielyn replied on February 8th, 2014 at 1:23 pm

      This would be darling for a shower favor! Hope it turns out well Carrie! :)

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  23. Shari posted on February 23, 2014 at 4:38 pm (#
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    I just made a batch for a friend for her birthday. We have had such a harsh winter here in Michigan, she’s really going to enjoy this. I took your advise and sampled it on my own hands, its WONDERFUL! Thank you!

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    • Jamielyn replied on February 24th, 2014 at 5:57 pm

      I love this lemon sugar scrub…definitely perfect for harsh winters! Your friend is going to love it!

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  24. dolores posted on March 3, 2014 at 5:40 am (#
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    I do not believe the questions were answered in regards to expiration date and storage . Will it make a difference if you use essential oil vs. fresh lemon ?

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    • Susan replied on March 4th, 2014 at 10:50 pm

      I have not tried it, but I used essential oils as an additive to organic lotion along with either almond or apricot oils and there is no expiration date. I have read that fresh ingredients without a preservative have a shelf life of about 2 weeks if kept in the frig. I drink fresh lemonade every day and even with distilled water and diluted it will get bacteria if left out overnight. I day is good to stay unrefrigerated. Just my opinion. Use the lemon oil sparingly, start low and work up, it is a stingy in large quantities. Start with about 6 drops and work up.

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    • Jamielyn replied on March 12th, 2014 at 6:47 pm

      Hi Dolores! This scrub is best if used within 30 days. There shouldn’t be too much of a difference! The essential oil is probably healthier for your skin too! :)

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  25. Stephanie posted on March 13, 2014 at 1:31 am (#
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    Wow!! This looks so simple and amazing at the same time!!!!! Love the labels as well!! I can’t wait to try this out!! :)

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    • Jamielyn replied on March 14th, 2014 at 5:54 pm

      Lemon Sugar Scrub is amazing…I love giving it as gifts! :)

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  26. Jasmine posted on March 27, 2014 at 12:02 am (#
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    I’m in the middle of making this and I’m having to add a lot more than 1/4 cup of coconut oil to the sugar to get it to the right consistency. I noticed you’d listed the sugar as 2 1/2 cups, divided but then didn’t see how to divide it in the instructions. Was I supposed to add a little sugar at a time to the oil or…?

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    • J's Mom replied on May 13th, 2014 at 9:23 pm

      I would start w/2 cups sugar and keep the 1/2 cup on hand to add if consistency is not right

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  27. Sarah posted on April 5, 2014 at 12:50 am (#
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    Could I use lavender essential oil instead of lemon? Mother in law loves lavender.

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    • Jamielyn replied on April 9th, 2014 at 6:00 pm

      I haven’t tried lavender in a sugar scrub, but I’m sure it will work just great! Let us know if you try it! :)

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  28. Kathln posted on April 28, 2014 at 12:22 am (#
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    I am contacting you in behalf of my girlfriend – she writes at kathln.com and she just published a post that rounds up great homemade gifts for moms and featured this post. I’m editing it and adding images, and am asking for permission to take one image. Can we do that? Thanks.

    Roth

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    • Jamielyn replied on April 29th, 2014 at 12:30 am

      Hi Roth! Yes you can definitely feature this post. Just make sure to include our blog name and a link back to this post! :)

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      • Kathln replied on May 6th, 2014 at 3:47 am

        Yes. The post is finished (quite a while ago actually, just was not able to get back at you). Thanks for letting us use an image!

        Roth

  29. Madeline posted on July 6, 2014 at 5:07 pm (#
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    Just wondering how much this recipe makes?

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    • Jamielyn replied on July 23rd, 2014 at 10:29 pm

      Hi Madeline! Based on the ingredients, I assume it makes 2.5-3 cups! :)

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  30. Elizabeth Spradlin posted on August 3, 2014 at 10:39 pm (#
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    Where did you purchase jars? I plan to make for a shower and need to make 40 jars.

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  31. Nallely posted on August 4, 2014 at 12:42 pm (#
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    Can it be used for the face ?

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    • Jamielyn replied on August 13th, 2014 at 6:16 pm

      Yes, homemade sugar scrubs can be used on your face, hands, feet, etc! :)

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  32. Cathy posted on August 28, 2014 at 12:59 am (#
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    Hi! I’m interested to do this, what kind of sugar did you use? Is it the white sugar bought in the market? Thanks. :)

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    • Jamielyn replied on September 11th, 2014 at 12:59 am

      Yes it is normal white sugar! :)

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      • Jill replied on October 25th, 2014 at 3:27 am

        Hi, sorry to ask again but is it caster or granulated. They’re both white :)
        Thanks x

        • Jamielyn replied on November 14th, 2014 at 12:09 am

          Granulated. :)

  33. Valerie posted on September 22, 2014 at 4:02 pm (#
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    about how much does your recipe make? i think i’m going to make some for a baby shower so i need like 50 little jars worth! so i’m wondering how many times i’ll need to double it :) thanks!

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  34. Ntombi Mxenge posted on October 24, 2014 at 11:46 pm (#
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    Brilliant ideas 

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  35. Myra posted on November 1, 2014 at 9:49 pm (#
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    I wonder if it’s ok to use the bottled lemon juice if I don’t own a juicer.

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  36. Natalie fulton posted on November 4, 2014 at 7:21 pm (#
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    If using lemon oil, instead of fresh
    lemons  how much  oil should I use?

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  37. natasha posted on November 6, 2014 at 9:50 pm (#
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    Love your blog!

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  38. Sara Theissen posted on November 12, 2014 at 10:58 am (#
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    Hey! 2 questions

    1. What size mason jars did you use? How much does each batch make?

    2. What is the shelf life?

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  39. Sammy posted on November 15, 2014 at 2:02 am (#
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    How long does this keep for? Looks a great gift! 

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    • Jamielyn replied on November 20th, 2014 at 9:05 pm

      It should last about 2 months! :)

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  40. Courtney posted on December 24, 2014 at 2:25 am (#
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    I had the same issue with the olive oil so I added some lemon juice and vanilla extract and called it a lemon vanilla scrub so I didn’t have to throw out 4 cups of sugar! 

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    • Courtney replied on December 24th, 2014 at 3:47 am

      whoops wrong page !

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  41. ikariku posted on December 24, 2014 at 10:40 pm (#
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    Seriously , that was pretty cool to do …i had some oil (coco) almost the double and it was nt to liquid …pretty happy with the result …oh by the way im a guy ..and this is not my usual stuff . i did that for my sister in law «!! happy christmas folk !!

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  42. amy posted on December 26, 2014 at 10:01 pm (#
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    I just made this, it was so easy and smells great! Thanks for sharing this!

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    • Jamielyn replied on January 6th, 2015 at 2:20 pm

      I’m so glad it turned out well for you Amy! Thanks for coming back to let us know! :)

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  43. Nancy posted on December 28, 2014 at 10:27 am (#
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    Made this for our family Christmas gathering- gift exchange game. I crocheted a cloth for the top of the recycled jar used..So cost $0. All material was on hand. Use packing tape and printer paper for lables. The scent is not strong. But I like the food safe quality.

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    • Jamielyn replied on January 6th, 2015 at 2:30 pm

      Great ideas Nancy! I’m so glad this turned out so well for you! :)

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  44. Elizabeth posted on January 18, 2015 at 6:44 am (#
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    Money is tight so I made this for EVERYBODY this Christmas and found some cute jars at the Dollar Store. I don’t like the smell of coconut oil so I used 1/3 olive oil, 2/3 canola oil (just what was in my cupboard) and added some vitamin E oil also.   It was a big hit, especially with my colleagues in healthcare who are always washing their hands. It was simple enough my three short’uns could help for real (not just pretend) even if the floor was sticky for weeks, regardless of mopping, scrubbing…

    My sister is an art teacher and said it is great for cleaning hands after each class because the grit helps slough off paint, glue, etc without drying her hands out. In fact, she demanded the recipe and made a mondo batch ford beside the sink at school. 

    Thanks for the idea!

    E

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    • Jamielyn replied on January 20th, 2015 at 1:38 pm

      I’m so glad this recipe turned out so well for you and that you could use it for so many gifts! Thanks for stopping by again to leave a comment Elizabeth! :)

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  45. Kasaundra posted on January 25, 2015 at 10:31 pm (#
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    How long does it last for and does it need to be put in the fridge?

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    • Jamielyn replied on February 2nd, 2015 at 2:44 pm

      It should last for a few weeks. It doesn’t need to be put in the fridge but may last longer if it does. :)

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  46. jeannetta Washington posted on February 14, 2015 at 1:10 pm (#
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    Thank you for sharing. Girl I just turned 50 and I’m here to tell u I want to do sny try everything to make others smile. Just like you. Thanks again

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  47. Darla posted on February 17, 2015 at 3:53 pm (#
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    Juices, fruits, hydrsols,honey or other botanicals or food items should never be used in a scrub without a preservative.  And also should NEVER be kept in the shower or allow any water to enter the product.  This is how yeast,mold and other nasties grow.  Even though you can not see it it will begin to grow immediately!  This can cause staph and blood infections that could prove to be deadly. 

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  48. Nic posted on March 23, 2015 at 12:07 pm (#
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    Hi!

    This recipe looks amazing. I’m planning on making these for my boyfriend’s sisters bridal shower and I was wondering how to print more than one label off at a time.
    The labels are so cute!

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  49. Debbie G. posted on March 29, 2015 at 9:22 pm (#
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    I love all of these ideas!  Can’t decide which project to start first. Thanks for sharing them.

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  50. Lisa posted on April 10, 2015 at 1:52 pm (#
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    How can I print more than one label at a time? I only see one image… I need like 20…
    Lisa

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  51. chris posted on April 15, 2015 at 4:45 pm (#
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    Awesome!  Thanks for the downloads too!

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  52. Reea posted on April 21, 2015 at 12:11 am (#
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    I could not believe that making a scrub would be this easy! Just made it this afternoon and tried it out immediately afterwards. This is a bliss… total bliss! My husband loves it too! I used coconut oil and it is so moisturizing and soft! Thanks a TON for sharing this with all of us!

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    • Jamielyn replied on May 2nd, 2015 at 11:55 pm

      I’m so glad it turned out so well for you Reea! Thanks for your comment! :)

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