This one is amazing.  Seriously.

Short story: a few days ago I used some oven cleaner I found under the sink to clean the stove pans that go under the burners…scrubbed away with bare hands and a sponge, and didn’t notice the toxicity of it until I washed up.  My hands were DRY.  No amount of lotion I put on made a difference, and eventually the skin on my palms FLAKED OFF.  It was gross; I felt like the crypt keeper.

After using the cornmeal scrub, my hands feel BETTER than normal…softer, smoother, and even my cuticles were hydrated.

So here’s what I did…

For your hands and body:
Purpose: Exfoliate and moisturize hands, feet, and body (this one’s too rough for the face)


  • 1 c cornmeal
  • 1/4c canola oil (+ 1/4c additional canola oil, separate)
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp ground cloves
  • 1 tsp vanilla

Blend the cornmeal and spices with a fork until evenly distributed. Stir in 1/4 c canola oil until mixed thoroughly; it will lightly clump at this stage.  Remove 1/4c of this mixture and place in a separate bowl.  Add the additional 1/4c canola oil and stir well.  Massage onto hands, feet, knees, or legs in a circular pattern; put gloves on to allow the oil to soak in for 15-20 minutes.

Rinse of with warm water and mild soap.

For you to eat:

  • Remaining mixture from above recipe (cornmeal, spices, and oil prior to removing 1/4c for the scrub)
  • 4 c water
  • 1/4 c sugar

Toast the cornmeal mixture over high heat in a 6-qt pan on the stove.

Add the water, and bring to a boil, stirring constantly.  Add sugar.  Reduce to a simmer, stirring frequently, until thick (about the consistency of hummus).  Serve immediately, hot, with a splash of milk or cream.

Pour the rest into a pan and refrigerate.  Reheat later to enjoy again – tastes great for breakfast with some milk and almonds!

Credit for the original recipes/inspiration:

Vanilla Brown Sugar Breakfast Polenta