Sunday, February 3, 2013

Answering comments & emails: Salt or sugar in water based scrubs

I'm on holiday time this week to avoid more illness and catch up on my sewing and bath & body product making, so I'm going through my inbox (1024 new messages to go!) and the comments to address some stuff I've seen lately! 

Please don't use water in sugar or salt scrubs. As I've mentioned quite a few times in the series we've been enjoying on creating surfactant based facial scrubs, we don't want to add sugar or salt or anything that can dissolve into these products as we will end up with a total and utter mess! If you find a recipe that encourages you to use sugar or salt in a scrub with water - there's one going around right now with water or coconut water that will not work and will make you sad for trying it - you will have a horrible mess.

Read the comments in the link above. I'm not the only one encouraging you not to try it! 

This goes for just about everything that contains water*. Lotions, body butters, conditioners, body washes - these all count. If you want to see if this is really valid, take about 50 grams of your surfactant or water containing product and add 50 grams of sugar to it. Mix well. Do the same with 50 grams of surfactant or water containing product and 50 grams of salt. Mix well. Use.

I didn't say you couldn't deep fry your shirt, I said you shouldn't do it!  

*I say just about everything because I'm sure there is an exception to the rule, but I can't think of anything at the moment. And yes, you can make a super saturated solution of something with loads of salt and sugar, but do you want that on your skin? Just because you can do something doesn't mean you should do it.

I love this quote and use it a lot. I was looking for the picture to go with it through a Google search. The first hit was this blog. It's either a testament to my faulty memory or to the popularity of the blog. Either way, it's a weird feeling....


Mychelle said...

I once had a moment of thinking that I was the genius who could get a scrub into a Malibu bottle. "I'll just add sugar to my emulsified body butter, genius!" I thought. Yeah, until all the sugar dissolved in a day. Oops. :)

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