There’s something so rewarding about making your own skin care products. You have total control over the quality of the ingredients that go into your creations, the feel of the product, and the scent of the product (I’m only a control freak when it comes to skin care, I promise!).
I personally love salt body scrubs. If you’ve ever been to my house you know that my shower area is cluttered with jars of scrubs of every description — some store bought, but mostly ones that I’ve made myself. It feels amazing to massage a handful of scrub into your skin after a long day, and the salt scrubs that I make leave my skin both polished and moisturised.
So, why did I make a scrub based on mojitos? Well, because mojitos are just the BOMB!
This particular scrub is super easy to make, even if you’ve never made DIY bath and body products before. Unlike some DIY oil-based scrubs, this one rinses clean because it has a built-in emulsifier.
You should be able to find all of these at your local health food store, or online at stores like Garden of Wisdom Skin Care.
- 10g mango butter (weight 0.35 oz)
- 5g cetyl alcohol (weight 0.18 oz)
- 20g olive oil (weight 0.7 oz)
- 7g avocado oil (weight 0.25 oz)
- 7g pomegranate oil (weight 0.25 oz)
- 10 drops peppermint essential oil
- 10 drops lime essential oil
- 3 drops grapefruit essential oil
- 1g vitamin E 500IU (roughly 2/3 tspn)
- 0.8g Polysorbate 80 (roughly ½ tspn)
- A few drops of optiphen
- 70g salt
- Olive, avocado, and pomegranate oils: I’ve chosen these oils for their unique nutrient profiles, and because they are all intensely moisturising (you can use any of your favourite carrier oils here).
- Polysorbate 80: This is our emulsifier, which allows the oils/butters to mix with water. What this means is that when you massage the scrub onto your wet skin, it turns milky and rinses clean.
- Optiphen: This is our (non-paraben) preservative. Because water will inevitably get into your scrub as you use it in the shower, we want something that stops bacteria and mould from growing.
- Salt: I switched to using salt instead of sugar as my exfoliating agent because it’s actually significantly finer in texture and suitable for both limbs and decolette. When I was using sugar it was too rough on the delicate areas of my skin.
Measure out non-heat sensitive ingredients first
- Measure out 10g of mango butter, and (approximately) 5g of cetyl alcohol.
- Measure out your oils (in keeping with the spirit of mojitos, I weighed out each oil in a shot glass).
- Add them together in a heat resistant container (I used a sturdy glass tumbler).
Combining your non heat sensitive ingredients
- Gently heat this in a double boiler or a saucepan of water until everything just melts.
- Once everything is melted and mixed together, cool the mixture in the fridge until it goes semi solid.
Final stage — adding heat sensitive ingredients
- Stir the semi solid oil/butter mix and incorporate your essential oils, polysorbate 80, vitamin E and optiphen.
- Add your salt, one tablespoon at a time until you reach your desired consistency. Keep in mind that the scrub will “set” overnight (it will be firmer the next day).
And you’re done! Sit back and pat yourself on the back for creating your own bath and body product.
You can thank me later.