Citrus & Mint Body Scrub

Why Make Your Own Body Scrub?

  • Saves money
  • It’s fun
  • Releases your creativity
  • Control over what you are using on your body
  • Increase confidence in trying to do new things
  • Gifts ideas created from the heart

Using a scrub is great for removing dead skin cells from the body and moisturizing at the same time. When dead cells are moved this makes room for new cells to regenerate, giving the skin a youthful glow and making it feel softer. Gently scrubbing is known to increase the circulation of bodily fluids, and many believe that body scrubs are good for making cellulite skin look smoother; especially those made with ground coffee.

Citrus & Mint Body Scrub

 The combination of citrus and peppermint will brighten your day no matter what time of day or night you decide to slough off those unwanted dead skin cells. The smells will make you say, “Ahhh….. I feel great!!”

Treat yourself with kindness after a hard day. You deserve it!!

Ingredients:

  • Sea Salt (fine)
  • Himalayan Sea Salt (fine)
  • Apricot Oil
  • Sunflower Oil
  • Shea Nut Oil
  • Mango Butter
  • Essential Oils: Sweet Orange, Grapefruit, and Peppermint
  • Vitamin E
  • Preservative – optional. Oil based products do not require preservatives. The prservative is used in the event water gets into the product. To avoid exposure to water, scoop out the amount of the product to be used into a separate container. Leave the unused portion outside the shower.

 Equipment:

  •  Bowls – glass or stainless steel
  • Bow Cover or Cling Wrap
  • Utensils for stirring/mixing
  • Glass Dropper or Pipette (a dispensing tool used in laboratories for transporting liquids, can be purchased from Michael’s or Amazon)
  • Heat proof measuring cup
  • Double Boiler or Microwave
  • Heat proof gloves
  • Clean shatter proof container and lid for packaging
  • Blank label (include scrub’s name, list of ingredients used in weight order, friendly reminder to avoid contaminating with water, “best used by” date (Most likely the product will be used up long before that date, list oil with the expiration date first)
  • Don’t have a blank label? Here’s what I did. Print the required information on a plain white sheet of paper, use clear packing tape to adhere the label to the jar.

Recipe:

Read through the recipe and directions several times before starting.

There are 28.394 grams in an ounce, to make things easier to compute we will use 30 (rounding).

To convert the recipe to grams, multiply number of ounces by 30.

Ounces Grams Ingredient
8 ounces 240 Sea Salt  – known for detoxification and contains minerals which can have a therapeutic effect on the body

 

Do not substitute with table salt which makes the skin very dry

2 ounces 60 Himalayan Pink Sea Salt ( or substitute  2oz. Sea Salt)
.5 ounces 15 Apricot Oil – fast absorbing, loaded with oleic (omega 3)  and linoleic (omega 9)  acids, light to the touch, leaves skin feeling smooth and silky
.5 ounces 15 Sunflower Oil – lightweight oil, a natural emollient, known for its ability to help the skin to retain moisture.
.5 ounces 15 Shea Nut Oil  – by product of Shea butter, absorbs quickly and makes the skin feel luxurious
.5 ounces 15 Mango Butter – rich in Vitamins A & C. Skin encourager for  fighting off dry skin
1  teaspoons 4 Vitamin E – known for helping with dry skin and acts as an antioxidant in oil based products

Essential Oil Blend:

The essential oil blend is based on standard measurements for safe use as determined by National Association of Aromatherapist (NAHA) https://naha.org/explore-aromatherapy/about-aromatherapy/methods-of-application and from one of the world’s foremost authority on Aromatherapy, Valerie Gennari Cooksley. In the back of her book Aromatherapy: A Lifetime Guide to Healing with Essential Oils  there’s a wonderful chart for basic essential oils dilution.

Different strokes for different folks.

Fragrant Strength Light Medium Strong
Essential Oils Drops Drops Drops
Sweet Orange (Citrus sinensis) 8 15 30
Grapefruit (Citrus paradisi) 4 9 18
Peppermint  (Mentha piperita) 6 12 24
Total Blend 18 36 72

 Before you begin make sure all surfaces and equipment are thoroughly washed. Using a 10% bleach solution, (this is a 1:10 ratio; for example 1 Tablespoon of bleach + 10 Tablespoons of water or ¼ cup of bleach + 2.5 cups of water is a 10% bleach solution) makes an excellent disinfectant for sanitizing.  There are numerous sources on the internet that provide additional information for making and using the solution.  Make sure all surfaces and equipment are well rinsed before using. Use gloves to protect your hands and a face mask if you are sensitive to smells or have lung concerns.

Directions:

  1. In a small bowl create the essential oil blend; then set aside
  2. In a medium bowl measure out and combine salts; then set aside
  3. In a measuring cup combine oils and Vitamin E; then set aside     
  4. Melt Mango Butter in double boiler or microwave (use glass container), making sure butter does not burn. It just needs to be melted. Be careful when handling the container. The container will be hot.   
  5. Combine oils and butter; mix well.              
  6. Blend oil mixture, salts and essential oils, mix well.       
  7. When thoroughly blended, cover bowl,  set aside for 30 minutes to marinate After marinating is complete, check for consistency. If too oily, add a bit more salt, starting with 1 Tablespoon at a time.  If too dry add a bit more oil using a combination of (Apricot, Sunflower and Shea Nut, 1 Tablespoon at a time)
  8. Spoon Citrus & Mint Body Scrub into  clean shatter proof container       
  9. Create Label                                                                   
  10. Go for it, use it !!!!

How to Use:

In the shower wet the body.  Apply scrub in small amounts using circular motions. Rinse well, pat dry

Avoid getting water into the container.  Water is a host for bacteria.

Be careful. Surface of the shower or tub may become slippery.  Add this information to your container, I forgot to add it to mine, Darn!!

Things to Remember:

  • Do not used salt based scrubs on freshly shaved body parts, sunburned skin, irritated skin and broken skin
  • Scrub contains oil, may make shower slippery, be careful when exiting the shower. Thoroughly clean bathing area when you are finished.
  • If you intend to make the scrub again make sure you keep accurate notes
  • If you decide to use this recipe for selling
    1. Please follow Good Manufacturing Practices
    2. Follow FDA Guidelines for correct product labeling and description 
    3. Add a perseverance, note Vitamin E is not a preservative. The most commonly used preservatives for oil based products are Phenonip, Germaben II and Optiphen. You can purchase these from Lotioncrafter, Wholesales Supplies Plus, Camden Grey, Brambleberry, Amazon and a heap of other places.

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