Gardener's Hand Soap


Courtesy of Cari Marshall and Christine Chism. 

Makes 6 bars. 

Every gardener knows that working in the soil can take a toll on your hands and fingernails. This exfoliating soap provides an excellent way to rid your fingers of those stubborn layers of sticky soil. Dill is packed with skin-soothing vitamin A, and basil has many antibacterial, antibiotic and antifungal properties. Sea salt and pumpkin seeds are natural exfoliants, and tea tree oil contains antiseptic properties (it was the go-to antiseptic for generations in Australia before the advent of antibiotics).

Super easy

Gardener's Hand Soap


For 6 Batch(es)


  • 1 pounds organic shea butter soap (available at most craft stores)
  • Package of 6 soap molds (available at most craft stores)
  • 1 bunch fresh dill, minced
  • 1 bunch fresh basil, minced
  • 1 cups pumpkin seeds, ground (a coffee grinder works well)
  • 15 drops tea tree oil
  • 1 cups sea salt

Gardener's Hand Soap Directions

  1. Melt the soap in a pan on the stovetop at a low heat.
  2. Add the dill, basil, pumpkin seeds, tea tree oil and sea salt, mix well and remove from the heat.
  3. Once cooled, pour the mixture into the soap molds.
  4. Chill for at least an hour, or until the soap is hardened.
  5. Store in wax paper in a cool, dry place, or hand out to your gardening buddies.

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