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Question about homemade body scrubs

I made my first homemade salt scrub last night - 0.5 cup sweet almond oil, 1.5 cup sea salt, 10 drops orange essential oil - and I love it! It sorted out my boyfriend's dry feet in a flash.

I want to make a brown sugar scrub today, but I've run out of sweet almond oil. Google tells me that some people use normal vegetable oil in their scrubs, and I was wondering if there's any concensus here as to whether that works okay. I'm imagining sweet almond oil is recommended because it carries the essential oil better than regular vegetable oil does?

Also, does anyone who makes their own scrubs add vitamin E oil to help preserve them? How long do your sugar scrubs last, whether you add the vitamin E or not? I'm thinking of making some for a gift and don't have time to run an experiment with shelf life as the occasion is next week!

Thanks so much for your help guys!


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Feb. 10th, 2008 01:34 pm (UTC)
i dont use oils with my scrubs. i mix sugar with whatever body wash i love the scent of at the time. i dont want to have to wash off after scrubbing and i dont want to have to clean the shower everytime i use the scrub either.
Feb. 10th, 2008 03:32 pm (UTC)
i would go for olive oil over vegetable oil, to be honest. as for how well it carries the smell-- i have no idea.
Feb. 10th, 2008 04:40 pm (UTC)
i would go for olive oil over vegetable oil, to be honest

Can I ask why?
Feb. 10th, 2008 06:15 pm (UTC)
not sure, really. it seems like vegetable oil would be thicker and stickier. but, maybe that's just a misconception.
Feb. 10th, 2008 04:15 pm (UTC)
I think I used grapeseed oil when I made some a couple of years ago.
Feb. 10th, 2008 04:49 pm (UTC)
You can use any oil for cooking for a scrub. The main factors to consider would be allergies, scent and
heaviness. Don't use peanut or a nut oil for someone who is allergic, obviously.
Olive oil is very heavy and depending on which kind you get can have a very potent "olivey" smell.
I like sunflower, grapeseed or safflower oils, and I always put a little vitamin E in them. You could also add a few drops of tea tree or lavender oil to help preserve it. If there is no "food" in it it will definitely keep a week.
If you put oats or fruit peels or something, I'd make it fresh and keep it in the fridge.
Feb. 10th, 2008 09:31 pm (UTC)
I was just going to suggest sunflower oil, as that's what I use. I'm not sure about vitamin E, but I use honey in mine to help extend the shelf life.
Feb. 10th, 2008 05:36 pm (UTC)
I've just used sugar and olive or vegetable oil before and it seemed to keep just fine till i finished using it. Probably a good month. I don't think there's really anything in that which goes "bad." The oil might separate a bit from the sugar but a quick mix and it's fine again. Of course, I didn't do anything fancy to it but it was pretty simple...and that's before I read all the great tutorials on how to make a good scrub. haha.
Feb. 11th, 2008 07:01 am (UTC)
I think vegetable oil smells weird. Sweet almond oil is usually recommended because it's smell isn't overpowering like a lot of other oils.

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