Bright Lemon Hand Scrub 19

Today I wanted to start off our hand repair kit with a hand scrub. With my hands being so dry, I really need to exfoliate the dead skin so that a moisturizer is more effective in hydrating and protecting the skin. Come join me for this quick and easy hand scrub!

I added Polysorbate 80 to this scrub to make it easier to wash it off and avoid a major hassle in the clean up.

I often use granulated sugar in scrubs, but if you feel it is a little too aggressive for your hands, I recommend that you put the sugar into a food processor and make it a little finer. Think more like a baker’s sugar, but without the expense. 😉

As a last tribute to summer, I wanted to use our Lemon Zinger Fragrance Oil. It is fresh, tart, and sweet. Of course, the beauty of making your own products is that you can choose any fragrance you would like. Due to the fact it is almost the New Year and we are gearing up for the winter to fully settle, what fragrances would you choose?



Sunflower Oil
Lemon Zinger Fragrance Oil
Polysorbate 80
Sweet Almond Oil


Microwave Safe Container



65% Sugar
24% Sunflower Oil
1% Lemon Zinger Fragrance Oil
2% Polysorbate 80
7% Sweet Almond Oil
1% Liquapar

100 Grams

75 grams Sugar
28 grams Sunflower Oil
1 gram Lemon Zinger Fragrance Oil
2 grams Polysorbate 80
8 grams Sweet Almond Oil
1 gram Liquapar

12 Ounces

7.8 oz Sugar
2.88 oz Sunflower Oil
0.12 oz Lemon Zinger Fragrance Oil
0.24 oz Polysorbate 80
0.84 oz Sweet Almond Oil
0.12 oz Liquapar


Measure everything into a container. Mix well. Scoop into containers. Seal, label and enjoy!


Finished Scrub

Mixing Scrub

Mixed Scrub


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About Taylor

I'm a twenty something happy, animal loving, curious experimenter. I love reaching back into history and trying old recipes for cosmetics or foods. I'm constantly asking "Why?" My curiosity has me trying new things. I love taking walks with my dog as well as staying at home to cuddle with the dog and my cats. Some of my favorite scents include Hinoki Wood, Rose Garden, Jasmine and Gladiator.

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19 thoughts on “Bright Lemon Hand Scrub

  • margaret

    Wow! I’m going to try this. My first thought was to find a fragrance like the new Balsam Pine candle I just got. But I coiuldn’t find anything like it in the catalog. So I’m going to try the new Spiced Fig sample that I got with my last order.

    I do have question – can I substitute Polysorbate 20 for the Polysorbate 80? From the catalog description, it sounds like it should be fine.

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    • Andee

      Maybe our Christmas Tree would be close to the Balsam Pine candle?

      You can substitute the polysorbates easily! Have fun!

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  • andrea

    I love Lemon Zinger — so fresh and fun 🙂 May I ask a couple of questions please? 1) If we are avoiding petroleum products do you have a suggestion to substitute Polysorbate? I have not heard of Liquapar before, can you please tell me what it is and what it is used for ?

    Thank you Taylor!

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    • Andee

      Our polysorbates are not petroleum products. They are derived from either Olive or Coconut Oil. You can use any desired emulsifier of your choice.

      Liquapar is a preservative primarily used for scrubs. LiquaPar Oil is effective against yeast, mold and gram-positive bacteria. LiquaPar Oil is a mixture of Isopropylparaben (and) Isobutylparaben (and) Butylparaben.

      I hope this helps!

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  • Lee Brasher

    This sounds interesting to try. I have several lemon scented items but I’ve never tried the lemon zinger. I’ll have to compare it the next time I come in to pick up my order.

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  • Leilani

    I just made a similar sugar scrub this week with Peppermint Essential oil. I’ll have to try Lemon Zinger this spring!

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  • Andrea S

    I think the Lemon sounds yummy. I also think something with a little warm spiciness, like a wassail, would be great this time of year.

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  • Anne-Marie Faiola

    A super fresh and fruity scent like lemon sounds fabulous! What a great idea to bring a little spring to the winter. 🙂

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  • Valerie

    Thanks for the post! I have made sugar scrubs with brown sugar, but it was too rough. I had heard of bakers sugar, but I have ever seen it… thanks for the tip on putting granulated sugar in the food processor!

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  • Pam

    What is the purpose of the polysorbate? why 80 vs 20?
    Why did you select Liquipar over other preservatives?

    Thanks Pam

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    • Andee

      The use of polysorbate will help wash the oils of the scrub off without leaving excessive oils on the skin. You can easily interchangeably use the polysorbates. Liquapar is the best preservative for scrubs.

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  • Rebecca

    I just got a sample of this scrub in my order and totally LOVE it! Thank you so much! Can Phenonip be substituted for the LiquiPar in this formula?

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    • Andee

      No. Phenonip is deactivated by Polysorbate 80 and even Polysorbate 20. The best preservative option for this scrub would be the LiquaPar we used in this recipe.

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