Try using soy bean oil in a solid body scrub or a solid foot scrub (although I admit I like a heavier oil in my foot scrub bars, soy bean is a great choice here!) Or try it in an oil based scrub in combination with a heavier oil like olive oil, which contains a natural humectant (which you know I love!) Or mix it with equal parts polysorbate 80 and make yourself a foaming facial cleanser with soy bean oil - it'll have Vitamin D, Vitamin E, and anti-inflammatory effects on your skin!
I'm a big fan of the emulsified sugar scrub - it's like an oil based one, only we put emulsifiers in it so when you rinse it off, it turns into lotion. If you've never used one, I say try it! A light oil filled with linoleic acid like soy bean oil is a great choice for an emulsified scrub. You don't want something that feels really heavy when you rinse it off, and you want something inexpensive because we'll be using a ton of oils in it!
Why are we adding a preservative like Phenonip to this scrub? Although it's anhydrous - meaning it doesn't contain water - anyone using it is going to be adding water to it in the form of wet hands during a shower or bath. (Which is why we always consider the end use of the product when formulating!) I'll be using it at the maximum suggested usage of 1%.
Finally, there are many interesting ingredients you can use in a scrub. Different exfoliants are going to offer different benefits - salt, sugar, loofah, those little jojoba beads, clay beads, finely ground pumice, and so on - so, as with any recipe I post, tweak away to find the exfoliant you like best. We have tried jojoba beads in this recipe for a body scrub - not nearly as nice as the sugar. I'd save those for a facial scrub, but that's just my preference. And I've tried loofah - not scrubby enough for my tastes, but again see what you like.
EMULSIFIED SUGAR SCRUB WITH SOY BEAN OIL
10% emulsifying wax (e-wax, Polawax, or BTMS)
10% cetyl alcohol or stearic acid (5% cetyl and 5% stearic is very nice)
10% cocoa butter (or other really hard butter)
10% shea or mango butter (or quite soft butter - shea aloe would be great here)
56% oil - I'm using soy bean oil here
1% Vitamin E
2% fragrance or essential oil*
If you want to use this for a body scrub, start with 100 grams of sugar per 100 grams of sugar scrub. You can increase it as high as 200 grams for 100 grams of sugar scrub - it depends upon your taste (I like it really scrubby, so I go for 200 grams per 100 grams of sugar scrub.) If you are using another exfoliant, you'll really have to play with it to see what you like.
*Note: We're using 2% fragrance oil because we're actually making 200 grams of product by adding the sugar, so the increased fragrance amount will actually make the product smell nice. If you're using essential oils, check your safe usage levels before adding to the scrub.*
Weigh all ingredients except the fragrance or essential oil in a heat proof container and put into a double boiler. Heat and hold for 20 minutes at 70C. Remove from the double boiler and put into your fridge or freezer until it reaches 45C. Add the fragrance oil, then return it to the fridge or freezer to cool further.
When the mixture starts to harden slightly on the sides of the container and gets a thick film on the top, remove it from the fridge or freezer and start whipping it with a hand mixer with whisk attachments or your Kitchenaid with whisk attachments. Whisk until it looks like vanilla pudding - this might take a little while - then add the sugar and whisk until well incorporated. Pour into jars and let sit until hardened.
As a note, some people whip this in a Kitchenaid for hours to make it extra fluffy. I'm an impatient woman so I don't do that. But if you have a Kitchenaid mixer, try it with the whisk attachment to see how fluffy you can get it.
Join me tomorrow for fun with sesame oil!