DIY Skin Care: Make Your Own Emulsified Scrub
Sugar scrubs (and salt scrubs) are pretty simple to make. By simply combining oils and sugar, and a little bit of fragrance, anybody can create a workable skin care product in just a single step. However, the simple scrubs may get the job done, but they leave much to be desired when compared to professional products like emulsified scrubs. Well, the good news for you is that you can easily make your own emulsified scrub, as well! Emulsified scrubs are similar to a sugar scrub, but on contact with water they become a rich and creamy exfoliating lotion, soothing and cleansing, leaving behind no oily residue - just soft, pristine skin. Emulsified scrubs are fairly simple to make, so if you're new to DIY skin care products, don't feel overwhelmed. They're a great way to make personalized product for yourself or a unique and useful gift for friends, and of course, they're wonderful to use. Today we'll cover a basic recipe for an emulsified scrub which you can tweak for your own needs and tastes, giving you plenty of room to flex those creative muscles. The Secret of Emulsified Scrubs: The Emulsifier If the emulsifier is the "secret" of an emulsified scrub, it's a poorly kept one - I mean, it's in the name. Even still, the key of what makes an emulsified scrub work so well is just what you'd think. The emulsifier's job is a simple one: it allows oil and water to mix. A simple enough concept. However, when you make your emulsified scrub, you're not going to be adding any water. So, why use the emulsifier, you may ask? Because the water is added when the emulsified scrub is used! By adding an emulsifier to a water-free scrub, it only starts doing its thing when water is introduced - in other words, this is a product that starts working when you start using it! The instant water is introduced to the emulsified scrub, the whole mixture turns from a familiar, scrub-like mixture into a creamy lotion which rinses away clean, leaving no oily gunk behind (because the oil gets mixed into the water. When you're done, you're left only with clean skin and a wonderful aroma. Pretty cool! So, now that you know how an emulsified scrub works (basically), let's talk about making one. Let's Make an Emulsified Scrub
- Here are the basic ingredients you'll want to put together in order to make an emulsified scrub:
- Softer butter (shea): 5%
- Harder butter (cocoa or kokum): 4%
- Oils: 45% (check out our pure & organic sea buckthorn oils for DIY here)
- Emulsifier: 5%
- Co-Emulsifier: 5%
- Preservative: 1%
- Essential Oil: 1%
- Exfoliant: 34%
- Now, let's break that down a little bit.
- Melt butters and emulsifiers slowly, using low heat.
- Add oils.
- Remove mixture from heat, stir, and let cool.
- Add preservative and whip until the mixture is light and fluffy (5 minutes or so)
- Add exfoliating grains and essential oils (or other fragrance)
- Give it a final whip to distribute grains and fragrance
- Transfer to final container - try using a piping bag for easy transfers