Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Back to basics: Modifying the oil based scrub

We can all use a little exfoliation, so it doesn't hurt to have a few different scrub recipes lying around the house. The scrub bar is great for throwing into a make-up bag for travelling and the oil based one is great for bath time exfoliation and moisturization, but we can always use more scrubby whippy fun!

This recipe is rated E+ for everyone - beginners who are a little more adventurous, those who don't wish to use preservatives, and those who are seeking an all natural product. The shelf life of this product is dependent upon the shelf life of your oils. 

If you enjoyed the whipped butter post, you might want to consider turning it into a scrub, which is pretty simple. You can add pumice (for feet), jojoba or clay beads, sugar or salt, walnut shells or apricot scrubby things, or even different kinds of seeds! Add between 30 to 100% of these scrubby ingredients to your previously made whipped butter. (So if you have 100 grams of whipped butter, add 30 to 100 grams of the scrubby ingredients.) How much you add is all about personal choice. I like something really scrubby for my feet; not so much for my face.

For your feet, I'd suggest 100% pumice or salt, or a mixture of both. For your face - if you can tolerate all that oil! - you'd want a very light exfoliant like clay or jojoba beads at 30 to 50%. For your body, 100% salt or sugar or a mixture of the two would be great, remembering that salt can sting wounds and newly shaven skin. 

Before using shells of any sort, try them out in a small amount. I have found they are very very scrubby and can be very uncomfortable for some people (like me). You can also get loofah bits and use those. I have found they aren't scrubby enough. (Yes, I'm a difficult woman. There, I've finally said it out loud!)

INSTRUCTIONS FOR USE: In the shower or bath, rub on your chosen body part and rinse. If you are using this on your feet, don't use it in the shower as you might fall down and hurt yourself very badly and even die. Should you choose to ignore this last sentence, the court will note that I advised you not to do it, so it's not my fault.

If you liked the more liquidy balm recipe, you can easily turn this into a scrub by adding up to 100% exfoliants to your balm and using it in the tub, shower, or sink. 

Try a combination of the two - 10% butter of some sort, 87% oil of your choice, 2% fragrance oil, 1% Vitamin E. Heat and hold your oil and butter until melted. Then add 80 to 100% your weight of oils, etc., in salt. Now add your fragrance or essential oil and the Vitamin E. Pour into a jar and let set. This is going to be a bit thicker than your oil only scrub, more scoopable. You can even put it into the fridge or freezer to get a little solid - before adding the exfoliants - then whip the heck out of it to get a whippier scrub (then add the exfoliants). 

If you use something like cocoa butter, this will be a harder scrub. Use something like babassu and it will melt on contact. Your choice of butter will determine the consistency of your product. 

POINT OF INTEREST! As this product will come into contact with water, do not use a metal container to package it. It will rust and make your product and your shower shelf or tub side go all weird and brown. 

SECOND POINT OF INTEREST! I would include 1% Phenonip or other preservative suitable for oil based products in any ingredient that might have contact with water because where we find water, we find the potential for contamination. Just add it 

Join me tomorrow for fun a wrap-up of the back to basics series and a link-o-rama!


Jess G said...

I am in the process of formulating a recipe for salt scrubs as I am adding it to my line of products for the launch of my own company! (Yippee!) I was wondering if I need to add an emulsifying wax to the formula? I make emulsified sugar scrubs and I know the wax helps it to have a harder consistency.

Thank You!

Susan Barclay-Nichols said...

Hi Jess,
It depends on what kind of scrub you want to make. Personally, I prefer emulsified scrubs, and a quick search of this blog will come up with at least two dozen variations on that product.
Remember that you have to monitor a product like this for quite some time to ensure it's a stable product that can withstand contamination and fragrance morphing.