Summer Recipe #2: Garden Hand Scrub and Nail Whitener

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My nails are perpetually getting stained.

This time of year, its from pitting bing cherries, working in the garden, or cleaning veggies. I rarely bother getting a professional manicure because

  1.  Chemicals. If the lovely ladies doing my nails wear surgical masks to protect them from the chemicals, I am just not cool with the whole process.
  2. $30 a trip
  3. The paint will be chipped before I walk out of the salon.

So, how do I keep these nails presentable? Lemons. I'm serious. What a nail salon needs peroxide and $30 of my money to do, I can do with a $0.50 lemon, raw sugar, and some oil.

This works on most stains (I love it in the winter for pomegranate stains which are the WORST!), and is chemical free. The oil naturally moisturizes and supports skin, and the sugar scrubs away dead skin and rough spots. I just saved you $25.50, ya'll!

Lemon Lavender Hand Scrub

  • 1 lemon
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/2 cup sugar (you can use raw, bleached, whatever you have in the cupboard)
  • 3 drops of Lavender Essential Oil

Cut the lemon in half and squeeze the juice. Yep, all of it. Set the lemon halves aside, I have plans for them :)

Into the juice, add in the olive oil, lavender oil, and sugar. Stir until it has the consistency of wet sand. Add more oil if you like, but the sandier it is, the better. Over a sink, gently use the mixture to scrub your hands. Emphasis on 'gently', your skin is an organ not a piece of timber. You can also use this on your elbows, the bottoms of your feet, and lips. Rinse off.

Now, about those lemon halves. Take one of the halves and stick your fingers into the half. This is going to sound weird, but bear with me. Scratch at the meat of the lemon rind with your nails so you get some of the juice under the nails. Rinse off. 

Apply a non toxic lotion or some coconut oil to the areas you scrubbed down. Voila!  Pearly white nails that cost you pennies. 

Be well <3 

S

Samantha Bossalini