Happy Spring 2018 Folks!
It’s that awesome time of the year again where cheeky thoughts are all around you. That courageous early springtime flower poking its beautiful little head up from the snow. That loud and annoying dog deciding to finally run off. HUZZAH! Your kids have so much energy you think they are on crack. And then wonder where you can get some of that crack. Whilst all you currently want to do is sleep and take hot showers. Then complain that your skin is dry and itchy because you are too lazy to apply the right lotion/butter after your shower because it is just too much work.
Yup. Been there and done that. And that is me right at this moment if I am being honest with you. Queue the happy music lads! Let’s make bathtime fun again! Let’s brighten up and awaken our senses with something not only bright and cheery looking, but also bright and cheery smelling. And for that? We need fruity fun. Oodles of fruity fun scented stuff. Well let’s get to it!
This is a scrub in a pot. Oh yeah. Huzzah!
We begin with the thoughts that this is technically a wash off product, so we don’t want to be using too pricey ingredients like mango butter. I want too. I really do. But, it’s a wash off Barb. A. Wash. Off. Product. There is no point. You’d break the bank! And I’ve only a wee bit of mango butter left that I want to play with it in something else. So, we begin with shea butter. Shea butter and it’s greasy skin goodness. We then work into some stearic acid as I have lots of it and it should be used before The Move. It will also help to keep the salt evenly dispersed through the whole product and not have the salts only in the bottom half. And speaking of salts.
I’ve a kilo of Dead Sea salts that I need to use or they’ll just be wasted! So I’m adding them in here. Now, do you want to know something pretty neat and backed by science? Bathing in Dead Sea salt can help to improve the barrier function of your skin.
Bathing in a magnesium-rich Dead Sea salt solution improves skin barrier function, enhances skin hydration, and reduces inflammation in atopic dry skin.
Now, I don’t know if using Dead Sea salt in a scrub will work the same as soaking in them, my guess is maybe only a wee bit. It won’t be the same. But at the end of the day? Salt is awesome on the skin! Especially as an exfoliant. So I’m not really complaining! I finally get to use that package of Dead Sea salts as the rainy day is upon us!
Next up we have some Emulsifying Wax-NF from Mountain Rose Herbs. Sure, you can use other ewaxes if you so choose too, but I find EWax-NF to be more reliable than the other ewaxes I currently have access too. And it is usually the cheaper kind of ewax out there. Emulsifying Wax-NF also acts like a thickening agent, so this will help use get some bulk into our scrub. What the ewax will help to do in this recipe, is to bind with water on one end, and with dirt and grime on the other and as you rinse clean, leave your skin softened and clean, but never oily. It’s really a nifty piece of science! Soon I will have access to more ewaxes to play with! But for now, Emulsifying Wax-NF is what I got.
Next up is some camellia seed oil. We have a lot of thickening and bulking up agents in this recipe, now we need some liquidy ones! And it’s camellia seed oil. Camellia seed oil is is a pretty neat oil. It has been around for centuries here in China and Japan and is a pretty fast absorbing oil. And that is why we are using it in this recipe. As you massage in the scrub, the camellia seed oil may have already begun to absorb by the time you rinse your scrub away leaving you feeling velvety soft and smooth. Camellia seed oil is a wee bit pricey for a wash off product, but again. The Move. I’ve got oodles of fun oils to get rid of! You can use rice bran, safflower, wheat germ, or even sunflower oils or a combination of them if you’d prefer. I love how this Move is giving me the greatest excuses to pamper my skin with some of the most expensive oils I can find. But it sucks too. I’ve been shaving with the various incarnations of the Orange Dreamsicles. And that won’t last forever! Even if my legs feel awesome!
For this scrub, I needed a bit of cheeky cheer. And that means blissfully making anything yellow. And since the lip scrub became a Dark Cerise pink, the foot foam a brilliant orange, I get to use my yellow mica of happiness. Oh Buttercup Yellow from The Soap Kitchen, you rock my world. I want everything in my life to be painted in this shade of glorious happiness!
But what kind of scent could match something in this awesome colour? Coconut? Nope. Way too clingy. But maybe. Pair up the coconut with something that might maybe compliment the colour? Mango? No way. That’ll be too perfect and I’ll never gift these where they should be going. Maybe… pink grapefruit and passion fruit?
And lastly, we are going to include some Vitamin E and some preservative. We are adding in the Vitamin E as it is a powerful antioxidant and it will help to prevent oxidation of the oils in the product. Please let me be clear here, I am not including Vitamin E for it’s skin benefits. I am including it to help the oils in the product live longer. I’m including the preservative as it is still a shower ready product and for safety. A preservative is a must.
With summer fast approaching, the scrub becoming or being to liquidy is always an issue. And it is a valid issue. Unfortunately, it means a little work on your part. Store this scrub in the fridge between uses is the only suggestion I can give you. And if by chance you forget to put it back in your fridge and it liquifies, no worries! Just toss it back in the fridge and don’t forget to shake it after an hour!
Don’t forget to be careful and rinse your shower floor well! So what are you waiting for? Let’s go be cheeky together in the kitchen and make something fun!
- Prepare your work space; wipe down all your tools and beakers with 70% ISP rubbing alcohol. Put your double boiler on to a a barely there simmer.
- Weigh out the following ingredients: shea butter, stearic acid, ewax, and camellia seed oil into a beaker or a heat resistant measuring cup. Place into the double boiler on a barely there simmer.
- Weigh out your Dead Sea salts into another bowl.
- Weigh out your remaining ingredients into various bowls as well.
- Stir your oils in the double boiler. Once they are melted, you can slowly begin adding in your Dead Sea Salts. Blend well.
- Continue to blend on and off till it begins to cool slightly.
- Decant into your container of choice. Allow to cool completely, cap and dance to your shower!
NOTE: Do not put your scrub into a glass container as it can break if it slips
I decanted my scrub into a glass container for picture purposes only!