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The Oil Cleansing Method: A Complexion Saviour


oilsUp until about a year ago, I had never heard of the Oil Cleansing Method
(or OCM as it’s called around the web). Now, if I had to pick one practice that has given me the biggest results in my beauty routine, it would be an easy choice. The oil cleansing method has completely changed my complexion.

One year ago my face was a stressed out, troubled disaster. I was unknowingly adding to my issues by using overly drying products. I was breaking out, picking at breakouts and coating my face in tons of makeup to cover my issues. At night I would strip all the oils from my skin by using acne treatments. I was in a terrible viscous cycle, and there were many times that I sat at home in shame because I was so embarrassed of the way my face looked.

I can remember telling someone that I literally felt like the chemistry of my skin was off balance. Now I realize that my pH was indeed off because I was stripping all the natural oil from my skin. It was a disaster and I wish I had a before and after picture, but there is no way that I would have taken a photo of my face back then.

WHAT IS THE OIL CLEANSING METHOD?

The oil cleansing method is based on the fact that like substances dissolve like substances. You wash your face with oil which removes makeup and dirt off but doesn’t leave your face dry. The oil cleansing method has a bit of a cult following online, so if you have a few hours to waste, do a Google search for “OCM” or “Oil Cleansing Method”  and start reading everyone’s stories and experiences. I list some specific posts that I like the best down at the bottom if you don’t want to sort through the millions of posts on the topic.

The first time I read about the OCM, I was skeptical. I thought I had oily skin, so the thought of cleaning my face with oil didn’t make too much sense to me. I read up on the method a lot before actually attempting it. Once I got into my routine, I have never looked back. I actually poured the remaining facial cleansers I had down the drain after realizing what chemicals were in those. I do use other handmade cleansers as part of my overall facial cleansing routine, but the main method I use for removing makeup nightly is the oil cleansing method.

You will need to give your skin a little time to get used to this method. I had some breakouts for a couple of weeks until my face became accustomed to things and it’s been fantastic since then. The only time I have breakout issues is if I don’t do a good job washing the oil off around my hairline.

WHAT OILS SHOULD YOU USE?

When I first started the oil cleansing method, I simply used extra virgin olive oil and nothing else because that is what I had on hand. Then as I started adding to my natural supplies, I used half castor and half olive oil. Castor oil is the best cleansing oil and should be the oil you use as a base, but can be very drying. I have added some descriptions of several oils at the bottom of this post that can be easily saved or printed.

If you are just starting out, just use castor and olive oil for simplicity. You don’t have to mix up a whole bottle. Just pour a little of each in your hand and rub your hands together to mix. Once you get into the routine and start seeing results, then start adding in some other oils to see what works best with your skin.

Oils I Use Currently:

When my skin is feeling oily, I use about 2/3 castor but typically I use 1/3 castor, 1/3 jojoba and 1/3 apricot kernel with a little lavender essential oil. Essential oils aren’t necessary in the cleansing oil. Since they can be a pricey addition to a product that is simply getting washed off, I like to add very little to my cleanser and save the pricey essential oils for my moisturizer.

HOW TO CLEAN YOUR FACE WITH OIL/ THE OIL CLEANSING METHOD

  1. Rub oil all over your face massaging upward in circular motions
  2. Lay a warm washcloth on your face for 15 seconds to open up the pores and steam your face
  3. Slowly rub the oil off your face with your warm washcloth, rinsing it out as you go. You need the water to be a little warmer than you would usually use to wash your face so that it cuts the oil.
  4. If you have a lot of eye makeup on, you may need to add a little extra oil around your eyes. I usually take a cotton ball and put straight apricot kernel oil on it because it’s gentle and wipe around my eyes with it if my eye makeup isn’t completely off. Be sure to completely wash all the oil off your face well especially around the hair line to avoid breakouts.
  5. I like to follow up with a toner which will get any remnants of oil and makeup off. I’ll be posting some easy DIY toners in the near future.
  6. Moisturize – You may not even need moisturizer after the OCM which is perfectly fine. I like to use moisturizing face oils with different concoctions for daytime and nighttime (recipes coming soon). The simplest and most effective face oil moisture is a few drops of straight jojoba oil. Jojoba is the closest to your skin’s sebum so it soaks right in without leaving an oily feeling.

 

RESOURCES AND DIY

The Oil Cleansing Method

How to Wash Your Face Using the Oil Cleansing Method (Video Tutorial)

Oil Cleansing for Clear Baby Soft Skin

Crunchy Betty’s Nitty Gritty on the Oil Cleansing Method - Proof that this method is highly discussed – check out the 599 comments on that post!

The Detox Diva’s Oils for the Oil Cleansing Method, Detox Your Skin: The Oil Cleansing Method, and Oil Cleansing Method Journey

Why You Need to Start Using the Oil Cleansing Method

Sorta Crunchy – The Oil Cleansing Method

 

NO TIME TO DIY?

Here are some wonderful cleansing oils you can purchase that aren’t full of toxic ingredients.

Kari Gran Skincare – Cleansing Oil

Crunchy Betty’s Exquisite Stuff Cleansing Oil or It’s Tamanu Thyme Cleansing Oil

Patyka Biokaliftin Remarquable Cleansing Oil

Vapour Organic Beauty Clarity Makeup Removing Cleansing Oil

 

PRINTABLE INSTRUCTIONS AND OIL SELECTIONS

OCM MethodOCM

 

 

How about you? Have you ever tried the oil cleansing method? What were your results?

 

* All information is for educational purposes only. This information has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

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DIY Spring Sachet Bags

DSC_0559Fragrant sachet bags bring back wonderful memories of my grandmother. She kept sachet bags in every drawer and closet of her home. When she passed away, I found bags of cloves, cedar chips and baking soda in all her winter coat pockets.

There is no question that I got my love of fragrant sachet bags from my grandmother. The piece of lace in the photo came from my grandmother’s home so her memory lives on in my sachet bag creations.

The best part of creating your own sachets is that you can pick your favorite flowers, herbs and fragrances while keeping them all non-toxic and non-allergy producing.

 

HOW TO USE YOUR SACHET BAGS

  • Use as a clothing fragrance in a drawer or closet.
  • Place in car as an air freshener.
  • Run under running bathtub water as a fragrant bath tea.
  • Pour ingredients out into a bowl as potpourri.
  • Pour into a pot of water and cook on low as a fragrant kitchen potpourri.
  • Use as a “wake up” fragrance. Place a sachet on your bedside table and inhale instead of hitting the snooze button.

 

Below you will find the exact recipe I used for my Spring Sachet Bags, but it can be easily modified. Just replace the orange peels, dried lavender and dried rose buds with whatever mix of dried herbs you prefer. Don’t use fresh flowers because they will rot. If you are using muslin bags, you can add spices as well like cinnamon or nutmeg.

 

SPRING SACHET BAG INGREDIENTS

Mixture of Dried Rosebuds, Dried Orange Peel & Dried Lavender (Sprayed with an essential oil blend – see recipe below)

ESSENTIAL OIL SACHET SPRAY RECIPE

15-30 Drops of Essential Oil (I used equal parts grapefruit, sweet orange, lemon, bergamot, lavender and neroli essential oils)

1 tbsp (½ oz) Sweet Almond Carrier Oil (Any carrier oil would work.)

2 tbsp (1 oz) Witch Hazel or Grain Alcohol

1 tsp Vegetable Glycerin

 

Note: Essential oils will quickly evaporate, but putting your essential oil blend into a carrier oil as well as adding vegetable glycerin will help your fragrance stick around. Witch hazel or alcohol helps thin the mixture and will make it easier to spray.

DIRECTIONS

Mix your dried flowers, herbs and peels together while lightly spraying with your essential oil blend. You don’t want to get the flowers too wet because your muslin bags will end up with stains on them. The essential oil blend is completely optional. Dried flowers make a nice fragrant blend even without added oils.

The best part about sachet bags is that there is no specific recipe. As you are mixing, smell to see if the fragrance is to your liking. You can also grind your dried flowers for an even more fragrant mix.

Place your mix in cotton muslin bags or just wrap in a square of cheesecloth and tie with a ribbon.

MORE RESOURCES

Crunchy Gifts: Herbal Bath Sachets

40+ Scented Sachets

Martha Stewart – How to Make Lavender Sachets

 

WHERE TO FIND YOUR SUPPLIES

The below is an affiliate links which means if you purchase through the link, I earn a small commission.  Thanks for your support!

Mountain Rose Herbs. A Herbs, Health & Harmony Com
 

NO TIME TO DIY?

I will be creating seasonal fragrant sachet bags throughout the year. Currently, my Spring Sachet Bags are quite popular with a nice blend of floral and citrus. I’m also happy to customize sachet bags for larger orders.

These would be great wedding favors, and I can stamp your muslin bag with a customized stamp for bulk orders. Contact me for further details. (toni (at) tonisouth (dot)com).

 

PRINTABLE/PIN-ABLE INSTRUCTIONS

Sachet bags

 

 

* All information is for educational purposes only. This information has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

 

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Bath Powders – A Perfect Lazy Day Luxury

bath powderI decided that today is a perfect day to indulge in some pampering activities, and my first activity is going to be a nice hot bath. It’s sleeting outside right now in my little world. I picked up my daughter early from school, and we are laid out on the couch in pajamas with no plans to do anything the rest of the evening. I thought it would be a perfect time to create and share my latest obsession, bath powders.

What are Bath Powders?

Basically a bath powder is exactly what it sounds like – a powder that you put into your bath water. You will want to put the powder in something to keep your tub from becoming a huge mess. I like to use little muslin tea bags, but you can also use pantyhose, a piece of cheesecloth or a mesh tea ball.

The top ingredient in your bath powder is ground oats. You can create these very easily. Just buy old fashioned oats – not the instant oatmeal, the regular whole oats that you make oatmeal with. Throw some oats in your grinder or food processor and now you have ground oats. Yeah I know, it’s super simple.

You can throw a handful of ground oats in a muslin tea bag, place it under running water and you’ll have a wonderful, soothing, milky bath. Your skin will thank you, as will your wallet. Then you can use the rest of your oats to make some nice oatmeal. I love multi-purpose ingredients!

valentines bath powder 4The Many Uses for Ground Oats

Ground oats are what you will find in the soothing oatmeal baths on the market. Oats are wonderful on irritated skin and gentle enough for the whole family. An oatmeal bath is a perfect treatment for everything from sunburn to poison ivy.

Ground oats can be more than just a bath powder though. They are also a fantastic facial and body cleanser. You can find plenty of expensive, name brand “cleansing grains” out there which use ground oats as a main ingredient.

As with the bath powder, you can use the ground oats alone as a facial cleanser. Take a spoonful of oats, add a little water until you have a paste, then rub all over your CLEAN face using circular motions. Oats won’t remove your makeup, but they are a perfect cleansing, soothing grain. I like to use them first thing in the morning as a facial cleanser.

DSC_0199Bath Powder Additives

There are many things you could add to your bath powder. Just throw in any flowers and herbs that would go nicely in the bathtub. I like to grind up flowers and add those in the bath powder. You don’t have to grind them up, but if you do they will mix into the water more easily giving you the maximum benefits.

My soothing lavender and oats bath powder is simply ground oats and ground dried lavender. I use it daily as a morning facial cleansing grain as well as in the bathtub as a bath powder. It’s mild enough for a baby, but also fantastic for adults too. In my flowery oats bath powder, I layered ground oats, hibiscus flowers, lavender and rosebuds. The layering is simply for visual effect.

Here are a few more great bath powder additions:

Chamomile – Soothing and great to relax and help with sleep. Stay away from chamomile if you are pregnant and if you have ragweed allergies.

Calendula – Soothes irritated skin, great for acne and cramps. Stay away from calendula if you are pregnant and if you have ragweed allergies.

Green Tea – Detoxifying and replenishing additive. You can add in loose leaves, throw a green tea bag in your water or even brew some green tea and toss it in your bath.

Rosemary & Peppermint – Great for a “wake up” bath powder.

Baking Soda – Cleansing, anti-fungal and detoxifying. This dissolves easily so you don’t have to put baking soda inside your tea bag.

Echinacea & Goldenseal – I like to add these to my own flu season bath tea. I include peppermint and eucalyptus essential oils to open up sinuses.

Essential Oils – Add a few drops into your tea bag to boost the aroma of your natural herbs and flowers!

 

Check out my soothing lavender and oats bath powder and my flowery oats bath powder for sale or make your own and tell me about it in the comments!

 

* All information is for educational purposes only. This information has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

 

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Cold Cream Creations

Cold CreamI typically use the oil cleansing method for removing makeup in the evening and in the morning I usually clean my face with soothing lavender and oats. When I saw a recipe for cold cream though, I had to try it out because just seeing the words “cold cream” made me think of my sweet grandmother because she always had Ponds Cold Cream in her bathroom.

Here are the ingredients in Ponds Cold Cream: Mineral Oil, Water, Ceresin, Beeswax, Triethanolamine, Ceteth-20, Fragrance, Behenic Acid, Montan Wax, Cetyl Alcohol, Carbomer, Dmdm Hydantoin, Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate.

I’ll be digging into some of the common cosmetic ingredients here in the near future so we can all become educated on what those unpronounceable chemicals are. In the meantime, just know that you can definitely very easily create a similar product that isn’t full of chemicals!

My recipe is based on one from the book, Natural Beauty at Home which has a lot of great DIY recipes.

OLIVE OIL COLD CREAM INGREDIENTS:

1/8 tsp borax powder

1/4 cup distilled water

1/2 cup olive oil

2 TBSP beeswax

1 tsp rose water

2 drops Rose Essential Oil (optional)

2 drops Neroli Essential Oil (optional)

6 drops Lavender Essential Oil (optional)

 

DIRECTIONS:

Place beeswax and olive oil in a double boiler or makeshift double boiler. I like to simply place them in a Pyrex glass measuring cup in a pot that contains about 1-2 inches of water. Warm over medium heat until beeswax has completely melted.

Take your distilled water and borax and bring to a boil in a separate container. As soon as the water reaches boiling, take it off the heat and stir it well to be sure the borax is completely melted. Using a hand mixer blend the beeswax/oil and slowly pour the water/borax mixture in while blending. This will immediately thicken the mix. Blend well then add in the rose water and essential oils. I waited to add those final ingredients until the mixture reached room temperature and just re-blended everything.

The result is a wonderful smelling cold cream with no toxic chemicals or preservatives. Since this mix contains water and no preservatives, it will last longer if you keep it in the refrigerator.

ADDITIONS & SUBSTITUTIONS:

You could use different carrier oils like grapeseed, sweet almond, avocado or castor oil instead of the olive oil. Another great option would be to add some fresh ingredients into a small amount. You could take a tablespoon of cold cream and mix in freshly mashed avocado, banana, strawberry or kiwi for an extra cleaning boost. You wouldn’t want to add a fresh ingredient to the entire batch though because fresh ingredients spoil quickly.

Simply massage a small amount into skin and rinse with warm water and a washcloth. This makes a great makeup remover. I like to follow up with aloe vera gel juice as a toner which also helps remove any remaining oil or makeup leaving your face clean and refreshed.

Use your leftover Borax to create your own laundry detergent or make your own Gak!

 

* All information is for educational purposes only. This information has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

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Make Your Own Luxurious Lotion Bars

Valentines Lotion Bars

What are Lotion Bars?

Lotion bars are a perfect concoction if you are looking for an easy project that’s one step up from making salt and sugar scrubs. If you aren’t familiar with these wonderful creations, they are simply a hard version of lotion. They contain beeswax which makes them solid and also helps hold the moisture on your skin. If you are vegan, you can replace the beeswax with soy, candelilla or carnuba wax.

Lotion bars are a perfect transportable lotion option, and though they are hard, they quickly liquefy when rubbed between your hands. I like to keep a lotion bar in my purse, and some in a dish by my sink. If you make them correctly, they are very moisturizing but not oily. You can use them on cuticles, hands, body and even as a lip balm. Plus they can be made in lots of cute shapes, and you can add whatever scents you like to them.

One thing to note about lotion bars is that they will melt in warm temperatures. The melting point depends on the ingredients, but basically if you leave them in your car or carry them around on a hot day, they will melt. They will still be completely usable, but could be messy.

 

lotion barDIY LOTION BARS

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 part Beeswax
  • 1 part Coconut Oil
  • 1 part Shea Butter OR 3/4 part Cocoa Butter
  • Double Boiler or Makeshift Double Boiler – A pot and Pyrex measuring cup is perfect

OPTIONAL INGREDIENTS

  • Essential Oils (Add after heating)

The recipe above allows you to make whatever size batch you would like. For instance, you could make a reasonable size batch with 1/3 cup each of beeswax, coconut oil, and shea butter. That’s going to give you 1 cup/8 fluid oz of product.

double boilerINSTRUCTIONS

First, pull out the molds that you are going to use and have them ready because you will have to move quickly once your mixture is melted. Cake pans, muffin tins, silicone molds, candy molds, and even small bowls are all just perfect for lotion bars. Basically whatever you have around the house that can withstand hot liquid. Don’t use plastic containers though; stick with metal, silicone or glass.

Place all three ingredients in your Pyrex glass and heat over medium/medium high heat until the mixture is completely melted. Shea butter is temperamental and can have a gritty texture if you heat it too quickly.

Once your mixture is completely melted pull it off the heat, wipe down the water from the outside of your glass so you don’t accidentally get water in your bars. Then add essential oils (see below for ideas) and pour into your molds.

Let the molds sit or pop in the freezer for a few minutes. Pop the bars out of their molds and try them out. If they are too hard, throw them back in the double boiler and add a little coconut oil. If they are too soft, add more beeswax. Then just re-melt completely and add more essential oil.

moldFRAGRANCE

You can add essential oil before you pour into molds or add it individually in each little mold and stir with a toothpick. You don’t want to add the essential oils into the mixture while it’s still on the stove or they will just evaporate and you will change the structure of the oils by heating. 10-20 drops of essential oil per 1/2 cup of mixture is a good starting point.

If you use cocoa butter in your recipe (which is what I use in my lotion bars), you will end up with bars that smell like cocoa butter (chocolaty) so you will want to leave out fragrance or be sure to add fragrance that is strong enough to be detected with the cocoa. My lotion bars have a light lavender smell. I also like to make them with peppermint, rose, neroli, and ylang ylang essential oils. Those fragrances all go together well.

VARIATIONS

You can also replace the different ingredients with other butters and waxes, but the recipe is going to change a little depending on how firm the butters and waxes are. Coconut oil is solid at room temp so if you replace it with a different oil, you will end up with oily bars that may not solidify. I made some lip lotion bars today by adding a little sweet almond oil in addition to the coconut oil, cocoa butter and beeswax. They are solid bars, but the sweet almond oil leaves your lips glossy.

DIRECTIONS:

Rub the bar between your hands to warm and liquefy, then rub into your skin.

Your skin will be left feeling moisturized but not oily.

PACKAGING

I package my lotion bars in small plastic bags (because I have a few hundred of those on hand). Once I go through those, I’ll probably package them in a small tin. For your personal bars, a glass jar makes a great container for these or a small glass bowl with a few in it will scent your bathroom nicely.

You can easily re-purpose glass containers of your own, but you will want to replace the lids. I like to re-use spaghetti sauce jars, pickle jars and other similar containers. Just wash the container then boil in water to sterilize. Be sure the container is completely dry before putting any other products in it.

 

MORE GREAT RECIPES AND INSTRUCTIONS ON DIY LOTION BARS

How to Make Lotion Bars

Nutty Butt Butter: Your Little Cellulite Secret

Moisturizing Bath Candy (Similar to lotion bars but for the bathtub!)

MadeOn Skin Care Products Make your own hard lotion kits and watch the great instructional video about halfway down the page.

Soapnuts Recipes

 

Check out my current lotion bars for sale or make your own and tell me about it in the comments!

 

* All information is for educational purposes only. This information has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

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How to Make Your Own Salt & Sugar Scrubs

regenerating salt scrubAs I mentioned in my post What’s the Big Deal with Bath Salts?, we have been sold the idea that we can only get awesome beauty benefits with store bought products. The real truth is that there are many bath and beauty products we can make ourselves with very simple ingredients.

Salt and sugar scrubs are no exception. They are one of the easiest beauty products to make yourself and you can probably throw some together with items in your kitchen right now! Salt or sugar scrubs make a great easy handmade gift. Simply buy some canning jars and create handmade labels and you have an easy luxurious gift.

I think of these scrubs as the ultimate in luxurious home body treatments. I once got an all over salt scrub at a local spa and it was a phenomenal experience. Now I can do them myself at home anytime I like.

How Salt & Sugar Scrubs Work

Basically the salt or sugar is exfoliating and whatever oil you include is moisturizing. Salt is rougher so it makes a wonderful foot scrub or scalp scrub. I use Epsom salt as a base for my salt foot scrubs because of it’s wonderful beneficial properties. Sugar is finer so it works well as a body scrub, and any sugar will do. I stay away from processed sugars in my food, but I use them regularly in my sugar scrubs. You can also mix salt and sugars together for a nice scrub with different textures.

Facial Scrubs

Your face is very sensitive, so be careful using scrubs on this delicate area. You could definitely use a sugar scrub on your face but rub gently and be sure the carrier oil and essential oils are all safe for use on your face. Stay away from any broken skin.

Carrier Oils

There are many great carrier oils out there. Extra virgin olive oil and grapeseed oil are probably the least expensive and easiest to find, but both have a distinctive smell. I like to use grapeseed in my foot scrubs because it contains antioxidants. Grapeseed is a great shaving oil as well because it’s not too thick.

Jojoba is my favorite face or body oil because it’s the closest to our own body’s oil so it absorbs very easily into your skin. Jojoba is more expensive than some of the other carrier oils, so I like to use it mainly in my face oils.

Sweet almond oil is also a great body or face oil that doesn’t leave an oily feeling behind. Since it is a nut byproduct, it can activate allergies. Sweet almond is great for baby massage oil, but I discontinued using it in baby products for fear of activating allergies.

Coconut oil also makes a fantastic body oil, but it is solid at room temperature. Simply put the coconut oil in a bowl of warm water or put it in a double boiler on very low heat to get it into a liquid form before adding to your scrubs. Coconut oil is what I primarily use as a hair oil and body moisturizer. I use it in scrubs to add depth and texture.

There are several other great carrier oils that can be used in salt or sugar scrubs. Avocado, apricot kernel, macadamia nut, sunflower, safflower, palm and hazelnut are a few other commonly used oils.

Essential Oils in Your Scrubs

Essential oils are a wonderful addition to your scrubs because they mask the scent of the carrier oils and they add a nice aroma. Many essential oils can be irritating to your skin, so do a little homework and start with small amounts.

Lavender is a good essential oil that is safe for most people. I’d definitely recommend it as a staple in your essential oil collection. I like to use peppermint in many of my handmade products. Peppermint has a nice fragrance and gives your skin a tingly feeling. It’s invigorating! Rosemary is another nice invigorating oil.

There are also some wonderful citrus scents (such as lime, lemon, sweet orange, orange, bergamot, grapefruit) that are not expensive and add a nice smell to handmade scrubs. Please be careful with citrus oils though, because they do cause your skin to be photosensitive (overly sensitive to the sun). I love citrus oils, but often use them in foot scrubs or hand scrubs rather than body scrubs for that reason.

 

purifying sugar scrubDIY SUGAR OR SALT SCRUBS

INGREDIENTS:

1 cup of Salt or Sugar

4 TBSP of Carrier Oil (See above suggestions)

 

OPTIONAL INGREDIENTS:

Essential Oil (10-20 drops)

Ground Dried Flowers (Approximately 1 tsp – messy but nice) – I like to match up my flowers with my essential oils

Coffee or Cocoa Powder (1tsp) – This can get a little messy but both coffee and cocoa powder are a great additive in scrubs, and they add a nice smell.

Colors/Dyes - Many store-bought scrubs contain artificial dyes which I stay away from. I use natural dyes for my products whether for personal use or to sell. I love using fine Himalayan pink salt in my salt scrubs for the texture as well as the pink color. I also use approximately 1/2 tsp beet root powder in my Christmas and Valentine’s Day salt/sugar scrubs to add color.

Honey – Honey is a great additive in homemade scrubs. It’s wonderfully soothing to skin and highly antibacterial.

Extracts – Extracts are a good way to add scent without breaking the bank. Vanilla essential oil is quite pricey so I like to make brown sugar vanilla scrub with a mixture of vanilla essential oil as well as vanilla extract.

 

 

*NOTE: Water is alive, so if you get water into your scrubs, you are creating a breeding ground for bacteria. You can also use fresh flowers and fresh juices if you are using your scrubs immediately, but any fresh ingredients will rot so keep that in mind.

 

DIRECTIONS:

Smooth onto feet or body in a circular motion, focusing on rough areas. Rinse thoroughly with warm water.

Your skin will be left feeling soft and moisturized. Your tub will be left slippery so be sure to clean it out well!

PACKAGING:

I purchase most of my containers from Sunburst Bottle. Most companies that sell glass bottles require large minimum purchases, but Sunburst does not. Their shipping prices for me (from West to East coast of US) are very high (sometimes shipping is as much or more than my orders), but even with the added cost of shipping their prices still beat anywhere local.

You can easily re-purpose glass containers of your own, but you will want to replace the lids. I like to re-use spaghetti sauce jars, pickle jars and other similar containers. Just wash the container then boil in water to sterilize. Be sure the container is completely dry before putting any other products in it.

Check out my current sugar scrubs and salt scrubs for sale or make your own and tell me about it in the comments!

 

* All information is for educational purposes only. This information has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

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