Saturday, November 17, 2012

Scrubs...Melting Scrubs

Around this time a year I find myself looking for stuff to help my poor skin.  I have naturally oily skin, especially on my face, but for some weird reason I tend to really dry out during the fall and winter months.  So I start scavenging the stores and the Internet for stuff to make or buy.

Recently I tried my hand at making a Butter Cream...not bad except that I used regular Cocoa Butter and I found that walking around smelling like chocolate is really not my thing.  So much for that one :).

Bypassing a second try  at a Butter Cream I decided to try an emulsifying scrub.  I love making and using them.  They are wonderful for your skin.  It's a mixture between a soap and lotion, adding sugar for gently exfoliate.  I decided to use a combination of  Sweet Almond Oil, Rice Bran Oil and Mango Butter.  I sanitize all my equipment and jars with a combination of distilled water and bleach.  This will help prevent the possible growth of mold and other nasty little things that can grow. 

In a container I melted down the oils, steric acid and emulsifying wax.  In a separate container I heated distilled water and Goats Milk liquid soap.  I combined both batches to create a milky white thin lotion.  I checked on the temperature and once it had cooled off a bit I went ahead and added my preservative and fragrance oil.  This time I wanted to try a new fragrance oil that I just got in the mail, "Baby Clean" from Natures Garden.  It is a nice soft, clean fragrance.  Very light. 

Now here is the kicker...I did not wait for the mixture to cool off a bit more because as soon as I added my sugar it started to melt!  Arghhhhhhhhhhhh.... I rushed off to transfer it to a cooler bowl.  It did help somewhat but most of my sugar had started to dissolve.  I tried some of it as I was pouring it into jars, and not so bad.  I was afraid that it would be a solid mess.  Here are two pics:

I used a combination of regular white sugar and raw sugar.  As you can see the raw sugar started to melt giving the mixture a light beige color :(

I really enjoyed the clean up.  I got to gently exfoliate my hands while I washed and cleaned everything down.  :)
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  1. I love the look of your emulsifying scrub looks so creamy, and the combination of SAO, RBO and mango butter sounds perfect for dry winter skin!

    1. Thank you Cee Gee. I'm still a little dissapointed on the melting sugar but I did try it and actually was not bad :)