What Type of Scrub Should I Use?
What type of scrub should I use? There are many different ways to create a homemade scrub. So, it all depends on what you are looking to exfoliate. In tough, damaged areas you may want a more exfoliating agent. But, you are going to want a gentle exfoliant for sensitive areas, like the face. Further, there are many different kinds of herbs that you can include in your scrub recipes to tailor the scrub to match your needs. For example, you may want to use poppy seeds or salt for a foot scrub for feet with dry, callused skin. If you have less dead skin on your feet, however, then you may want to use sugar or another herb. Plus, there are scrubs that are emulsified and scrubs that are not.
What Type of Scrub Should I Use?: Emulsified vs Not Emulsified Scrubs
First of all, there are two main types of body scrubs. One type is called an emulsified scrub. This uses an emulsifying ingredient that combines the oils with the other ingredients in the recipe. So, there are no oils seeping out of the recipe. However, there is another type that is not emulsified. While the oils and scrubbing ingredient are still mixed together, the oils aren’t connected to the rest of the recipe. So, you may have to mix the scrub again sometimes as the oils will seep out of the loose mixture and make it more difficult to grab all the ingredients.
First, you can create some fantastic emulsified salt scrubs. The emulsified scrub blends the ingredients together to make sure that the oils and salt don’t separate. This will ensure that you don’t have oil collected on the top or the bottom of your salt mixture. Also, this scrub, due to the salt, is slightly more abrasive than sugar scrubs and can be used on areas of the body that have a lot of dry skin. So, anyone looking for a tough exfoliant will love this scrub. This scrub would create one of the best hand scrubs and a fantastic salt foot scrub! If you want a good salt scrub recipe, then the Margarita Salt Scrub Recipe would be perfect. This dead sea salt scrub recipe is amazing for exfoliation and is tough on dry, callused skin.
Another great way to create an emulsified scrub is with sugar! Again, the recipe includes an emulsifying agent to keep all the ingredients together. The Emulsified Beet Sugar Scrub Recipe perfectly blends oils, sugar, and beetroot powder to create a perfect emulsified scrub. Our Watermelon Emulsified Sugar Scrub Recipe is another great recipe that combines cosmetic oils and white sugar. Another added benefit of creating an emulsified sugar scrub is that you can create layers like we did to create a watermelon appearance in the jar.
Plus, you can create scrubs without an emulsifying agent. These scrubs have all the oils that nourish the skin and a strong exfoliator. The only difference is that all of these ingredients don’t contain an emulsifying agent. This means that even though everything is mixed, the oils aren’t bonded to the exfoliant. Our Citrus Peel Salt Scrub Recipe is a scrumptious salt scrub recipe with oils and powdered herbs that truly care for the skin. Also, the Himalayan Pink Salt Scrub Recipe combines lovely ingredients like nourishing oils and pink salt to create a fantastic scrub! Also, we have a more gentle scrub recipe, the Brown Sugar Scrub Recipe, that will care for your skin with lovely oils and feel less abrasive than a salt scrub.
What Type of Scrub Should I Use?: Different Types of Exfoliants
While sugar and salt are some of the most common natural exfoliants, there are many other herbs that you can use in your scrub recipes. In fact, there are many herbs that can be used to exfoliate your skin. Another benefits of using these herbs is that there are all kinds of different levels of exfoliation. Some are tougher exfoliants than salt and others are more gentle than sugar. So, using some of the Herbs and Spices available on the NG site can provide you with a great range of option for your scrubs!
Another great ingredient for providing some scrubbing power to your recipes is real ground coffee. The coffee grounds provide light exfoliation that is great for a body scrub. One recipe that uses coffee as an exfoliant is our Coffee Butter Scrub Recipe. This homemade scrub combines luscious oils and butters with real coffee to create a magnificent scrub! The grounds provide a softer exfoliation than either sugar or salt. Plus, the grounds have an authentic coffee aroma that goes well on its own or blends perfectly with a coffee fragrance, like our Cafe Mocha Fragrance Oil.
Also, you can use some poppy seeds in your homemade scrub recipe. Our Pampered Foot Scrub Recipe uses this cosmetic herb among other wonderful herbs and oils that will care for the skin. Since poppy seeds are hard and are great for exfoliating, we decided to create a foot recipe that will both defoliate as well as care for the skin.
What Type of Scrub Should I Use?: Variations of Body Scrubs
While these ingredients are not the main exfoliant in the scrub recipes, they are extremely useful when added to a scrub recipe! Some of these ingredients will add to the cleansing ability of the product, add a bit more gentle exfoliation to the exfoliant, or add skin nourishing vitamins and minerals to envelop the skin in luscious nourishment. If you want to learn about these ingredients, then check below for some of the herbs, butters, and oils that you can use in your own recipes.
Although this scrub recipe uses white sugar as an exfoliant, the activated charcoal helps to cleanse the skin. Activated Charcoal Scrub Recipe. This herb adsorbs toxins and will pick up anything that is bad for the skin. Then, the activates charcoal will take these toxins away when it is wiped or rinsed off. So, you will have bright, beautiful skin that is clean and healthy.
This lovely spa recipe uses dead sea salt for exfoliation as the herbs and oils work to do their magic. These ingredients would perfectly remove any dead skin as well as use these fantastic herbs to nourish the skin with vitamins and minerals. This spa quality scrub is hard to resist after you see the effect it has on your skin!
Another great recipe that you can try out is the Chocolate Sugar Scrub Recipe. This homemade scrub recipe uses both white sugar and brown sugar to create a sweet blend of exfoliants. Plus, the organic cocoa powder and raw honey are perfect for nourishing the skin along with the lovely cosmetic oils, which include olive oil. So, this is a perfect recipe for anyone looking for a sugar scrub with sugar scrub recipe with olive oil.
Another alternative type of scrub you can create is a foaming body scrub. These recipes include a foaming agent, SCI, that will provide your body scrub with a fun, foaming lather. Both the Foaming Body Scrub Recipe For Men Recipe and the Foaming Hibiscus Scrub Recipe contain this wonderful bath enhancing ingredient.
What Type of Scrub Should I Use?: Solid Scrub Recipe
Another different way to create your own scrubs is a solid sugar soap scrub recipe! These recipes include melt and pour soap to create a cleansing scrub recipe that is perfect for the bath. So, you can create a bath scrub like our Solid Sugar Scrub Recipe. This recipe cleans, exfoliates, and nourished the skin with oils. Additionally, you can create a solid salt scrub recipe, like our Solid Pink Salt Scrub Recipe, which uses a tougher exfoliant and is packaged in a clamshell container.
What Type of Scrub Should I Use?: How to Make Lip Scrub
If your lips are cracked, dry, and just begging for some exfoliation, then this is the perfect product to create. These sugary scrubs will gently remove your weathered, dead skin and reveal the vibrant lips hidden underneath. Plus, the sugar is a perfect way to naturally flavor your homemade lip care recipes. Further, the oils and butters included in these recipes will care for the newly emerged skin, This will keep your lips looking and feeling soft, healthy, and rejuvenated.
Brown sugar is a great exfoliant for your lips! This sugar is softer than white sugar but is still yummy and sweet. So, you can lightly exfoliate your lips to remove dry, damaged skin and have the added bonus of naturally sweetened lip balm. Our Brown Sugar Lip Scrub Recipe and our Creme Brulee Lip Scrub Recipe are both delicious and perfect for lip care. Not only are these lip scrubs sweet and cute, but they contain ingredients that will nourish and care for the newly revealed skin.
Not only is sugar great for body scrubs, but it can be used in lip care products, too! This type of scrub is a bit more abrasive than brown sugar, so it is perfect for very dry lips with a bunch of dead skin. One quick and easy way to make a white sugar lip balm scrub is our Lip Scrub for Lip Balm Sticks Recipe. Also, our Natural Sugar Lip Scrub Recipe is just like our other recipe, but it adds an extra oil to care for the skin. Since these lip scrubs use a lip balm base it is very easy to create and could be a fun idea for mommy and me crafts!
What Type of Scrub Should I Use?: Homemade Scrubs for Face
Another great idea for homemade body scrubs is a recipe for a face scrub. If you create a face scrub recipe, then you need to make sure that you are aware of what shouldn’t be in it. Firstly, make sure that you don’t choose a tough exfoliant like salt. Instead, try brown sugar, Kaolin Clay, or lavender buds. Also, be cautious with your scent. Since fragrance oils may irritate the skin, I would suggest choosing a fragrant herb or leaving it unscented. Also, be sure to include oils that won’t clog pores, like Argan Oil or Sweet Almond Oil.
What Type of Scrub Should I Use?: Why Use Natural Exfoliants?
Not only are these scrubs great for your body, but they are a better alternative for protecting the environment, too. Many commercial scrubs will use plastic beads instead of an exfoliating herb or mineral. While it may exfoliate, there are other products that work just as well, if not better, that won’t use plastic. So, buy more natural scrubs or make your own to protect our oceans. The article Scrubbing Out Sea Life on Slate to learn more and see more alternatives to plastic exfoliants.
We hope that you enjoyed learning about different scrub recipes! If you want to check out more, then go to out Scrub Recipes page on the website. Also, you can reach out to us with any questions that you may have about homemade scrubs. There are a few different ways to get a hold of us, one of which is social media. We have a Facebook page, an Instagram (@ngscents), and a Twitter (@ngscents). Can’t wait to hear from you!