I’ve been thinking of doing my own cosmetics for ages but until Claudia and I did this awesome face mask (it really is amazing, you have to try it!) it was all a distant plan. This week I finally made a shopping list, ordered everything and got started 🙂 I decided to start with something simple and low-risk and I was running out of my store-bought scrub, so this seemed like the perfect thing to do.
I have to admit I expected it would be easier to find a recipe for this, but even for a simple scrub there are so many options and so many ingredients! When I was first planning this I thought I would start by doing a recipe that sounded good and then tweaking that, but for this scrub I tried something different – I wanted to find the basic recipe that has the fewest ingredients but works as it should, and then build up from that:
- butters and oils
- sugar or salt
- essential oil for fragrance
- preservative – this doesn’t contain water when it’s made, but water definitely gets in during use, so I wanted to be safe
To figure out the quantities for the oils and sugar I used this recipe (Olive Oil & Dead Sea Salt Scrub – soapqueen.com) and decided to go for 25% oils and 75% sugar. I added 1% lime essential oil, according to its usage instructions, and then the recommended preservative quantity.
For the oil part I used a mix from a recipe on the website where I placed my order (sadly, there’s no English version of the recipe – it’s quite different from what I did, but looks very interesting and I plan to do it soon).
|Shea butter||16%||25 gr|
|Grapeseed oil||9%||14 gr|
|Lime essential oil||<1%||1 gr|
Preparation: Melted the shea butter, added the grapeseed oil and allowed it to cool a bit. Added the essential oil and the preservative and mixed well, then mixed with the sugar.
How was it? It was great 🙂 I’m not a huge fan of the lime scent, so I didn’t use a lot, and the scent was fresh, but not overpowering. The sugar melted quite fast while using it, and the skin was soft and moisturized (I really love Shea butter, can’t wait to use it in a body butter).