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Leftover Lemon Peels? Make Make A Skin Brightening Scrub, Gourmet Infusion And More!

on August 29 | in DIY Beauty | by | with 42 Comments

Ready To Bring A Little Sunshine Into Your Life?

Well then, take the lemon peels left over from your newfound gummy star addiction and whip up a skin brightening scrub, flavoring extract, gourmet oil infusion, lustre boosting furniture polish or all-purpose cleaner! It’s a great chance to flex those expense-busting DIY muscles without investing a lot of time – and honey that looks good on everyone. Let’s get started, shall we? 

How To Make Lemon Extract

Lemon Extract

Lemon peels and vodka are all that are needed to create a lemon flavored extract for lemon sugar cookies, lemon poppyseed muffins, raspberry lemon semifreddo,  lemon mousse, or coconut-lemon macaroons.

Get the recipe here.

How To Make A Lemon-Oil Infusion

This basic oil infusion is so versatile you might just find yourself keeping a stash in the kitchen, bathroom AND living room! Unlike lemon essential oil, the flavor is very mild and blends well with herbs and spices. More on how to use it soon, but first here’s the “how to”!

Ingredients:

*Olive oil is not recommended for the hot process due to oxidation. Though some olive oils can withstand heat, it’s because they have been intensively refined and no longer contain the micro-nutrients that make olive oil so good for us.

Hot Process Method (Super Quick)

  1. Wash and dry lemons
  2. Using a vegetable peeler, cut thin slivers of the yellow skin in long ribbons. (Or if you have a zester, use that!) Make sure not to peel off the bitter white pith, just the outside will do.
  3. Place the peels in a small pot and pour in coconut oil until they’re just barely covered. Bring oil to a very light simmer for about 5 minutes, then set aside for a few hours to allow the oils to continue to meld.
  4. Strain peels and pour oil into a jar. Store in a dark cabinet or the fridge.

Cold Process Method For Coconut Oil

Because this method does not use heat the enzymes and micronutrients are better preserved.

  1. Wash and dry lemons.
  2. Using a vegetable peeler, cut thin slivers of the yellow skin in long ribbons. (Or if you have a zester, use that!) Make sure not to peel off the bitter white pith, just the outside will do.
  3. Pack peels tightly in a jar, then pour in just enough coconut oil to cover.
  4. Place in a sunny window for 1-2 weeks, shaking every day.
  5. Strain peels and pour oil into a jar. Store in a dark cabinet or the fridge.

Cold Process Method For Olive Oil

I prefer an olive oil infusion for salads, but because it’s so vulnerable to oxidation via sunlight I let mine “steep” longer in a dark cabinet to attains its distinct flavor. Like the cold process coconut oil version, this method preserves enzymes and micronutrients

  1. Wash and dry lemons.
  2. Using a vegetable peeler, cut thin slivers of the yellow skin in long ribbons. (Or if you have a zester, use that!) Make sure not to peel off the bitter white pith, just the outside will do.
  3. Pack peels snugly in a jar, then pour in just enough olive oil to cover.
  4. Seal tightly and place in a dark cabinet for 1-2 months, shaking every few days.
  5. Strain peels and pour oil into a jar. Store in a dark cabinet or the fridge.

How To Use Your Lemon Oil Infusion

Skin Brightening Scrub

The alpha-hydroxy acids contained in lemon peels possess astringent and skin brightening qualities, making it a great base for this scrub!

When deciding whether to use unrefined sea salt or epsom salt for this recipe keep in mind that both are fabulous detoxifers with unique benefits. Sea salt infuses trace minerals, helps restore moisture balance in the skin, and possesses potent anti-microbial qualities that have been found helpful for acne.

Epsom salts, on the other hand, mostly contain magnesium, a mineral which it thought to improve sleep quality, prevent morning sickness in many cases, and is often used to treat migraines and depression. Use whichever you happen to have on hand, or mix them together!

Note: If you have acne be very careful not to tear the skin while gently using this scrub!

Ingredients:

Method:

  1. If you’re using coarse ground sea salt or epsom salt, run it through a food processor or coffee maker until the granules are very fine (you don’t want to tear delicate skin).
  2. Mix all ingredients in a clean jar and store in a cool, dry place.

To Use:

  1. Step into the bath or shower, but before you turn the shower on spoon a little of the mixture onto a washcloth, exfoliating mitt or your hands.
  2. Scrub all over in a circular motion, then rinse!
  3. Pat skin dry and follow with moisturizer if desired (like this one, this one, or THIS one!)

As A Furniture Polish

Want to restore lustre to wood furniture? It’s easy! Just dab lemon oil on a cloth, rub on, and buff with a clean cloth! (Note: This polish may not be suitable for every type of wood finish. I haven’t had a problem with the furniture in my house but I recommend doing a test spot in an obscure area before applying

In The Kitchen

Drizzled over a bed of fresh greens with 3 minced garlic cloves, 1/3 cup chopped fresh thyme, 2 teaspoons fresh rosemary and a pinch of red pepper flakes (assuming with you start with 1/c cup lemon oil, of course!)

How To Make An All-Purpose Cleaner

This vinegar infusion is fantastic at cutting grease and makes a great disinfectant as well. To get started simply fill a clean glass jar with washed, chopped citrus peels and pour in vinegar until they are completely covered. Screw the lid on tight and let the jar sit for a few weeks (preferably in a sunny window) while shaking occasionally. When you’re ready to use it pour the mixture through a mesh strainer and store in spray bottle. Use to clean countertops and make bathtubs shine!

Other Uses For Lemon Peels

  • Put them in the dishwasher – “They naturally and very effectively leave the dishwasher smelling fresh in between wash loads and the dishes smell divine too.” (This tip come from Dreamcatcher in the comments of this post)
  • Make a scented humidifier – Throw them in a pot and simmer during the winter months to replace lost moisture from the air. You can do that with just water, of course, but I think the scent of lemon is especially cheerful that time of year.
    If your home suffers from dry heat in the winter, you can put lemon peels in a pot of water and simmer on the lowest stove-top setting to humidify and scent the air.”
  • Make zest and freeze it for future cooking/baking projects
  • Make lemon pepper seasoning – Here’s the recipe!
  • Make candied lemon peel – The Urban Poser shows you how here!

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  • Body sprays
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42 Responses to Leftover Lemon Peels? Make Make A Skin Brightening Scrub, Gourmet Infusion And More!

  1. I like to make dust clothes with them. Here’s the recipe but I double the lemon in it. http://www.growinghomeblog.com/2012/01/lemon-dustcloths.html

  2. Kristie says:

    Great ideas for lemon peels! I also make a furniture polish with lemon and orange peels, and I infuse vinegar with the peels to make an all-purpose cleaner.

  3. Love this! Can’t wait to try the skin brightener.

  4. Trish says:

    Oh, I love this! Thank you!!! I was just thinking today that I should polish my furniture with coconut oil, b/c I accidentally spilled a bunch on our wooden steps in the garage and now the steps look fantastic! ;) I also think I am going to make the lemon salt mixture in pretty jars for Christmas presents. Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!!!! :) Oh, and my husband will thank you for saving money on our budget! :)

    • Heather says:

      The lemon salt mixture is fantastic – I gave some to my sis last year and she came looking for the recipe not too soon after! The lemon scent isn’t very strong, though, so you’ll probably want to add some essential oil for fragrance.

  5. Trish Harper McAtee via FB says:

    LOVE!!!

  6. caroline says:

    Hi Heather! I love the idea of lemons for the skin. I cannot eat lemons because it gives me eczema, so do you think it would same the same effect on the outside of my skin? thanks :)

    LOVE the spiral lemon picture!! so good

    • Heather says:

      Hi Caroline! I am no expert, but based on what Dr. Campbell-McBride recommend to test for food sensitivities (by putting them on the skin and watching for a reaction) I personally would avoid them until some more healing has taken place. Can you handle oranges? They have very similar benefits!

  7. Monica says:

    Thanks for all the wonderful ideas! Love it!

  8. Renee N. says:

    You’re awesome, Heather! Thank you, thank you, thank you!

  9. KT says:

    These are great! Lemons are one thing I buy year-round even though they’re not local, but with these infusions I can cut back and still get my lemon fix. I love putting lemon zest in grain salads (farro salad with basil, cherry tomatoes, feta and cukes) and with honey in whipped cream.

  10. I have been using the lemon rind for giving a tangy flavor to my cakes for as long as I can remember. Had no idea we could do so much out of them!
    I also use the left over lemon (after squeezing) to lighten the dark underarm patches. All you got to do is rub the darkened area with the squeezed lemon twice a week.
    Great write up!
    :)

  11. Jessica says:

    Do limes work as well? Love these recipes! So excited to try!

  12. Lyd says:

    I make the vinegar infused lemon peel cleaner…
    I love it, and since we juice lots of lemons, I always have cleaner on hand. :)
    I just came across your blog, and I love it!

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  14. Michele says:

    Hi, just made a batch of lemon AP cleaner (so happy to be able to recycle lemon peel waste!!!), my husband posed a question, he wants to double check that this cleaner is ok to use on plastic surfaces ie shower cubicle walls and plastic toilet seats etc and it doesn’t discolour the plastic (he thinks it might turn the surface a bit yellow???). I also read somewhere else the same recipe but it said once you’ve strained it you then dilute with 50% water?

  15. Michele says:

    Awesome, thanks for the reply. Am I suppose to dilute the mixture with 50% water after straining? – thanks.

  16. Carolyn says:

    Do you think I could use this method, using another oil, to add to homemade body products (lip balm, lotion, solid perfume)? I don’t have lemon essential oil and wondered if this would be a good alternative.

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  18. Rebecca says:

    For some silly reason I thought my coconut oil would stay liquid after making the oil via stovetop. All the coconut oil I’ve found locally is solid at room temperature…anyone have any suggestions?

  19. Sarah McLain says:

    Love this post!! I love lemons and all the uses are fantastic… I currently have a beautiful glass jar full of vinegar and lemons sitting in my kitchen window right now because of this post! Thanks for sharing! :-)

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  21. Elizabeth says:

    Thanks for this!
    Just pinned as favourite post on Pinterest.

    Peace

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  24. Laura says:

    I’m almost done with my previous body scrub, I was just thinking about making another one and this scrub seems to be perfect for my acne-prone skin:) Looks so good, I’m gonna hunt down some lemons today:)

  25. Thank you Morrocco Method! <3

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  29. Haksa says:

    Helloo..
    I’m interested with your idea to make lemon/orange peel infused oil.
    All people here want to have brighter skin, is it really can brighten skin?

    I know that lemon juice will, but I still doubt that lemon infused oil will brighten skin. Vitamin c as the natural brightening agent is not fat-soluble.
    Is it really this infused oil will lighten skin?

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