DIY Brightening Hand Scrub

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Dry skin plagues many people, especially during dry winter months. This DIY brightening hand scrub exfoliates skin so it can retain moisture.

Dry skin plagues many people, especially during dry winter months. This DIY brightening hand scrub exfoliates and nourishes skin so it can retain moisture better.

If I don’t exfoliate the dead skin away, my skin has a harder time absorbing and retaining the moisture that I give it. When I do exfoliate regularly and combine that with moisturizing with a good body butter or rich skin cream, my skin is much more pleased with me.

This DIY Beauty recipe is for a brightening hand scrub. The green tea leaves and lemon essential oil are great brightening additions to the exfoliating power of brown sugar and moisturizing power of olive oil and raw honey.

I like to use brown sugar in my hand scrubs because I feel like it does a better job of scrubbing away rougher skin. You can use white sugar if you prefer, and also a different oil if you don’t want to use coconut oil. Scrubs are very forgiving and super easy for beginners.

I’ve also added Frankincense and Helichrysum oil to the mix because they’re both wonderful for great looking skin. You can definitely swap for your favorite essential oil scents, but for a better appearance of the skin on your hands, these are the oils you want to choose.

DIY Brightening Hand Scrub

If you suffer from dry winter skin, this brightening hand scrub should be a part of your skincare routine.
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Prep Time: 5 minutes
Active Time: 10 minutes
Infusing Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 15 minutes
Makes: 2 Jars


  • 1 tablespoon green tea leaves - ground
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons raw honey - local is best if you can find it
  • 5 drops Frankincense essential oil
  • 5 drops lemon essential oil
  • 5 drops Helichrysum essential oil
  • 1 Mason jar


  • Mortar and pestle
  • Mixing bowl


  • Start by grinding your green tea leaves (I use a mortar and pestle). I like to make them smaller so it disperses throughout the hand scrub.
  • Once the green tea leaves are ground, add all of the ingredients in a medium-sized mixing bowl and stir until everything is well combined.
  • Allow the mixture to sit for at least an hour before you use it so that the green tea leaves can infuse into the other ingredients.
  • Store your brightening hand scrub in an air-tight jar in a cool, dark place. Make sure no water gets into the jar or mold can grow.


If the oil separates from the sugar in the jar, simply remix before using.
To use, massage about a tablespoon of the brightening hand scrub into your hands for about a minute. Rinse with warm water, then moisturize your hands with a good hand cream or body butter.

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