This recipe makes 6 ounces of a simple, deeply conditioning body scrub. The recipe doesn’t have any goopy chemicals, so it will be a little oily in the tub, the same if you use coconut oil or other natural oils in the bath. I think you could basically eat this but I won’t. Or, I probably won’t.
Because the vegetable oils are naturally-rich in antioxidant Vitamin E (and we are adding additional tocopherols) this scrub should last in a cool, dark place for up to 9 months without going bad. Once you’ve begun to use your scrub with damp hands, be sure to use it up within 30 days as we are not adding anti-bacterial or anti-fungal preservatives.
Simple Sugar Scrub
2 oz Raw or Unrefined Cocoa Butter
1 oz Grapeseed Oil (20% Liquid Oils)
3-4 Capsules Vitamin E
2-3 drops Peppermint Essential Oil
3 oz Brown Sugar
Directions: Soften cocoa butter in a microwave-proof bowl, or melt slowly in saucepan. Remove from heat and add grapeseed oil, vitamin e, peppermint and sugar. Let cool, store in a clean jar.
Use your own cocoa-mint scrub in the tub or shower where warm water will help the butters melt and condition your skin. Apply generously to rough or dry spots with a circular, massaging motion. Rinse off, and towel dry! (Note that the simple sugar scrub may be a bit slick in your tub – just step carefully!)
This great organic recipe courtesy of Brooke, Chief Soapmaker at Villainess Soaps.
And let me give a little plug for all the green, handmade, and new economy entrepreneurs – the Holidays are nearly upon us. Buy responsibly handmade and sustainable goods from folks who are maintaining, rebuilding and innovating around traditional skills.