Lanolin Hand Scrub

Lanolin is a wonderful substance! It comes from the fleece of sheep and is what makes them naturally waterproof. It is also an amazing emollient properties and helps reduce trans-epidermal water loss.

My aim with this scrub is to give your hands some extreme TLC and provide protection from the elements at the same time.

First on the list of ingredients is Lanolin, but the usage rate is pretty low. It does not take a great deal of Lanolin to have a great effect on the skin. I think 10% ought to give this scrub the moisturizing and waterproofing I’m looking for.

Next we have Aloe Butter, which is a blend of Coconut Oil and Aloe Extract. I chose this butter because Coconut Oil is well known for its moisturizing properties, and it contains ferulic acid, which is a polyphenol that is an effective antioxidant. What does this mean? Oils containing ferulic acid (others are Rice Bran Oil and Borage Oil) can prevent skin aging. It penetrates to soften and moisturize, soothes wind chapped and sun burned skin, and reduces itching and inflammation. This is great news for our hands, which can take the brunt of exposure to the elements.

Avocado Oil rounds out our selection of oils for this scrub. It’s a high oleic acid oil with up to 75-80% of this dynamic fatty acid. Oils high in oleic acid contain lots of vitamins to benefit the skin as well as properties which are great for sunburned or wind chapped hands.

I’m using superfine sugar in this scrub so it will be gentle. (Run regular sugar through a food processor until it resembles fine sand.) It can be used all over the body, but with the higher amount of Coconut Oil in the Aloe Butter, I’d avoid using this scrub on the face, as Coconut Oil can clog pores.

Finally, I’ll scent this scrub with Alice Fragrance OIl. Alice is a bright and light fragrance that won’t overwhelm.

Join me in the workroom as we craft what I’m sure will be a wonderful hand and body scrub!

What You’ll Need


Aloe Butter
Avocado Oil
Superfine Sugar
Alice Fragrance Oil


Microwave-safe container
Silicone Scraper
Jars and Lids


10% Lanolin
15% Aloe Butter
14% Avocado Oil
60.5% Superfine Sugar
0.5% Alice Fragrance Oil

100-gram Test Batch

10 grams Lanolin
15 grams Aloe Butter
14 grams Avocado Oil
60.5 grams Superfine Sugar
0.5 gram Alice Fragrance Oil

16-ounce Batch

1.6 ounces Lanolin
2.4 ounces Aloe Butter
2.24 ounces Avocado Oil
9.68 ounces Superfine Sugar
0.08 ounce Alice Fragrance Oil


Weigh Lanolin, Aloe Butter, and Avocado Oil into a microwave-safe container. Heat using short time bursts until all oils are liquified. You can also heat the oils in a double boiler.

Once oils are liquid, add the sugar and stir well to incorporate.

Add Alice Fragrance Oil, again stirring thoroughly to incorporate.

Scoop the scrub into wide mouth jars. Label, add lids, and enjoy.

Ingredients before heating.

Stirring in sugar and fragrance oil.


WOW! This scrub is the ultimate!

There’s a well-known cosmetics company that has a hand scrub kit that I thought was the only thing that would ever make my hands feel so soft and smooth. I was wrong! This Lanolin Hand Scrub is even better, because it leaves my hands nearly waterproof!

This would make a wonderful quick gift idea with Christmas right around the corner.

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About Denise

I'm a crazy goat lady who got into making my own soap with goat milk, found MMS to order supplies, and now I get to combine my love of creating skin care products with a job to pay the feed bill. I live in Alaska and greatly enjoy the unique aspects of my northern home - summer days when it never gets dark and the Northern Lights dancing above in winter. Favorite scents include Wild Mint and Ivy, Rhubarb & Sugar Cane, and Eucalyptus Spearmint.

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