What is a Butter Scrub? -In Case You Were Wondering
The following butter scrub pieces (I’ll explain later) are a union between body melt and scrub. They are fairly easy to make and easier to apply, very hygienic and with a minimum amount of waste. Butter scrubs can also be great gift ideas as they are fairly inexpensive to make.
There are no rules and limitations (just be safe about the ingredients you use and their interaction, especially the dermal limits of the essential oils you apply).
How Important is it to Keep Butter Scrub Stable?
Consider that you want to keep your butter scrub in its original form and consistency during storage and during the short application time that you or whomever you are gifting it to, is going to hold the butter scrub in their hand. You obviously don’t want it to melt in your hand before you even have a chance of applying it!
Body melts are not necessarily kept in the bath but scrubs are kept and used in the warmth and humidity of the bathroom. This is why hardness and melting point are a bit more critical in butter scrubs in comparison to pure body melts. You can increase the content of your hard butters or even add low concentrations of a wax to make the scrub a little harder than the body melt.
Should you preserve your Butter Scrub?
Since there is no water in the butter scrub, it doesn’t need a preservative. But keep in mind that this product is going to be applied in the shower, so pretty wet there. It may be advisable to make the scrub in small pieces to be consumed in 2-3 uses.
Depending on which exfoliant you may use, the piece of the butter and other ingredients you’ll apply (herbal infusions, clays) you may need to run some mini-challenge tests to determine whether the product really would remain intact under realistic application conditions.
If you decide to add any preservative to the system, keep in mind that the preservative should have at least one water-soluble ingredient.
This Butter Scrub Formulation
Here is a formula I like and have created for one of my butter scrubs.
- Organic cocoa butter 70.3%
- Organic Shea butter 6.0%
- Organic babassu oil 4.0%
- Sunflower lecithin 6.0%
- Tocopherol 0.5%
- Vanilla infused organic jojoba oil 2.0%
- Antimicrobial plant extract 0.1%
- Organic Rosemary CO2 extract 0.1%
- Coffee powder 10.5%
- Organic blood orange essential oil 0.5%
If you are first starting out with butter scrubs, I would recommend that you keep it simple and stick to a small number of oils and butters just to get used to using the ingredients.
How to Make a Butter Scrub
The detailed steps required when learning how to make a butter scrub.
Step 1. In a water bath, melt the butters, waxes and solid oils. Stir gently during melting.
Step 2. When this blend has melted, stop heating and remove the beaker from the water bath. Add the liquid oils and other additives and stir gently. As the temperature reduces to around 35 C (95 F), add the essential oil.
Put the beaker in an ice/water bath and keep stirring or put it in the fridge but stir it in 10 minutes intervals until you reach a light trace. Keep in mind that the stirring during the cool down phase is the part that will give it the nice and smooth melt with a shiny appearance and without any grittiness.
Step 3. As you reach a trace, add the exfoliant and blend gently. Pour the blend into your mold cavities and put it into the fridge. Let it rest overnight or at least for 12 hours.
Step 4. Just remember that the exfoliant has a higher or a lower density compared to the oils and butters (usually a higher density) and may sediment at the bottom of your mold. Adding the exfoliant at the trace and as the viscosity is increased reduces the speed of sedimentation. However, even if the exfoliant sediments at the bottom of the mold, you can turn this to your advantage by creating a nice color contrast through careful selection of your oils, butters, and exfoliant.
Share Your Success and Mishaps-It’s All About Learning Together
Remember, if this is your first time trying to DIY organic skin care products, don’t be too hard on yourself if it doesn’t turn out just right. I remember it took me about three tries before I was happy with my results. Besides, when you go through trial and error you can inadvertently find something amazing and wonderful that you love. For those of you that have been doing this a long time, it would be great to hear what works for you and tricks that may simplify or work better.
If you give this a try, let me know how it turns out for you and what you think! Share any ideas you have for butter scrubs or scrubs you have made, I would love to hear from you and maybe try something new.