Rosemary and Lemon Sugar Scrub

You’ve all been there. You’ve had a great day out in the garden, and then you take off your gloves (if you wear them…) and somehow the dirt and smell from the soil and compost has made its way to your hands. The worst is the compost smell! And that really likes to linger. So my new favorite thing to use after after a day in the garden is my homemade Rosemary and Lemon Sugar Scrub (made with homegrown lemons and rosemary!).

Homemade Rosemary and Lemon Sugar Scrub


  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 2 Tbsp of olive oil
  • 2 Tbsp lemon zest
  • 3 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 sprigs of rosemary


  1. Chop the rosemary and lemon zest, and then put all the ingredients in a bowl. I used chopped lemon zest, rather than grated lemon zest, but you can grate it if you prefer!
  2. Mix all the ingredients together, until combined and the rosemary and lemon is spread evenly throughout.
  3. Transfer the mixture into a jar or other container. I like to keep mine in the fridge!
  4.  Then use the scrub on your hands, and rinse off after exfoliating.This scrub is my new favorite thing. The lemon smells amazing, and helps to clean your hands. The rosemary also smells wonderful, helps to improve circulation and helps to kill bacteria (perfect for post gardening!). The olive oil helps to moisturize and relieve itchy skin. And the sugar, is a great exfoliator!

I love that I know what is in the scrub, and that it makes my hands smell and feel amazing!  If you have any other post gardening tips for keeping your hands looking and smelling nice, I would love to know!

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