Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Tuestorial: Make Your Own Bath Scrub

After the success of my Fizzy Bath Bombs, I've felt really excited about looking into what other beauty products I'd be able to recreate on my own. I thought about making some soap...but, to be completely honest...I feel like making soap is a bit too advanced for this Katy girl.

I read somewhere that you can make bath scrubs with just simple items in your kitchen... OOoooo...into it. I mean...what kind of baker would it be if I didn't feel I would have totally have all the necessary ingredients and supplies to create a little personal spa in my bathroom.

Here's the breakdown of a basic Brown Sugar Scrub recipe.

1 c. brown sugar (lightly packed)
1/2 c. sweet almond oil
1 tsp. vitamin E
1/2 tsp vanilla extract

Turns out...like bath bombs, some of the ingredients are a bit harder to find than "just look in your pantry".
I dunno who thinks that we all have Vitamin E laying around in our cupboards, but I sure didn't. I didn't really know where to look for this type of supply...and I felt like buying capsules and cutting them open would be a huge mess actually...

Then I remembered Hilary from A Slice of Delight (who is away for a year...we miss her)...she was telling me about BrambleBerry.com. Oh my oh MY what a great little website o' fun! It's a great resource for at-home spa making and they also have essential oils on there as well. To my surprise...they had Vitamin E and Sweet Almond Oil. (Note to reader - I am easily surprised by many things)

I decided that making scrubs for just me...well, just isn't as fun... so I headed to my best friend Lauren's house on Sunday and brought all of my supplies with me as well as some empty jars I had laying around.


It's almost embarrassing how easy making this is...
all you need is a bowl...measure out your recipe...dump all of the ingredients in together and stir... then portion out your scrub into different glass containers.


We found that there's really no wrong way to go about this...but you would want to make sure that you use a glass container for storing your scrub so that it can have some shelf life. None of the ingredients listed below will go bad over time...so you shouldn't have to refrigerate it either. I also think you may NOT want to refrigerate it since the cold would likely effect the structure of the oils.


What's really totally awesome about making scrubs is that there is that flexibility to find a recipe and then expand onto it. You just want to make sure you keep the ratio between the oils and the salt/sugar about the same so that you're sure the consistency isn't a big muddy mess when you're in your shower.After Lauren and I had so much fun with the Brown Sugar Scrub...we experimented and made out own scrub recipe.

Here's ours for you to try at home.

The Infinity (And Beyond) Huckleberry Pie Salt Scrub:

1 c. salt (we used Himalayan Pink Salt - fine coarse from Bramble Berry)
1/2 c. sweet almond oil
1 tsp. vitamin E
1 tsp. Cinnamon
1/2 tsp. vanilla
1 tsp. Real Huckleberry Honey (you can use any flavored honey here)

And... just for fun... and a good belly laugh...I'd like to share with you our backdrop concept...with thumb in the photo no less (not recommended for use on Etsy.)

If you're an Etsy seller in the San Francisco Bay Area, contact Jen from Mama's Magic Studio about joining SFEtsy!


Millie - mhandmade said...

Great post, Katy. I've always wanted to make a bath scrub, now I have two recipes to try. Thank you!

Lynae said...

I'm pretty sure Rainbow Grocery here in SF carries liquid Vitamin E oil, and possibly Sweet Almond Oil too :)

Katy said...

Oh yes! You're likely right!!! They have tons of oils and an extensive vitamin area. :-)

Contra Costa County Fair said...

great recipes. so easy and fun!

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