Since the pandemic started we’ve been using all kinds of hand disinfectants on a couple-of-times-a-day basis. However, we usually don’t know what’s in it and all sorts of weird things can be added to something like that. I have been super conscious about what I allow on my skin since I learned that our skin absorbs whatever we put on it faster as if we were to swallow it. Yikes. Therefore, I started making my own hand sanitiser and it has all the benefits: Besides having full control about what goes into it (and consequently into me), I can also decide the smell. To me, the combination of lemon and rosemary brings memories of late summer in Italy. 


  • Organic lemons (skin untreated)
  • Organic rosemary
  • 98 % alcohol
  • Distilled water
  • Sterilised glass jar
  • Vaporiser


Thoroughly wash the lemons with as-hot-as-you-can-handle water, then rub them dry. Wash rosemary. Use a potato peeler to cut slices off the lemons’ skin, put them in the glass jar with a handful of rosemary needles. Pour alcohol over it, close the jar tightly and leave it to sit for a few days. Dilute your hand disinfectant with distilled water or leave as is for a mood-lifting room spray.