A Great Scrub for Cold Weather You Can Make in Minutes


I don’t know how it is where you live, but we’ve already had a cold snap here in Arkansas. And just about the minute the temperature drops below 40 degrees, my skin starts getting dry, itchy and flaky.

In a few weeks my hands will be rough and scaly, with little cracks and red spots all over. Not very attractive, and not great for knitting, either.

Actually, I hope this year will be different because I whipped up this little beauty. cold weather scrub

I want to call it “leftover scrub” because I happened to knock off a few supplies while I was making it.

This combo of oatmeal, brown sugar, coconut oil and lime zest smells amazing, is nicely scrubby and leaves your hands (or whatever else you might like to use it on) feeling soft and smelling great.

Whip up a bit to keep in a jar by the kitchen sink, or file this recipe away for when you’re looking for a quick holiday hostess gift.

What You’ll Need

  • 1/2 cup oatmeal
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil
  • zest of a lime

What You’ll Do

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Oats and zest.
  1. Pulse the oats in a food processor until relatively finely ground. It does not have to be perfect.

    cold weather body scrub
    It really looks good enough to eat. And it is technically edible.
  2. Zest the lime, combine all ingredients and stir well.

This amount is just right for a half-pint jar, but you can scale up or down depending on what supplies you have on hand and how much you need to make.

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The scrub in a cute little jar.

I used lime because we happened to have one out (some of the zest had been used in drinks over the weekend) but any citrus you like and have on hand would work.

I also used coconut oil because I had some, but I’ll bet olive oil or another kind would work, too. You may not need quite as much. You’re going for a sort of thick paste that holds together relatively well.

If you’re making this as a gift, you may want to add a tag with the recipe, as I did with my sugar scrubs I gave as teacher gifts a couple of years ago. But this one, for now, I’m keeping for myself.

How do you combat dry skin in the winter? I’d love to hear your thoughts!

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