Reader Request: Oil Free Body Scrub
A reader asks “I like salt and sugar scrubs for my legs and hands, and nose area, but can’t tolerate a lot of oil, especially if I want to use it on my face. What’s a good substitute for the oil, in sugar scrub recipes?”
We use Liquid glycerin as a skin moisturizer when we don’t wish to use oil. This is particularly helpful when we want to scrub nose crevices, without introducing oil to the face. Liquid Glycerin is a by-product of soap making, and can be found at health food stores. Its also readily available on the internet as well. Do a patch test to be certain you can tolerate the glycerin, if you find you have sensitivities.
In addition, consider substituting honey. It never spoils, and makes a good long-term scrub which may be stored. Finally, you may also wish to try aloe vera gel. It can’t be stored as a scrub with sugar, but, you can make enough for a single application, or use a non-dissolving scrubbing agent, likely finely ground coffee, rice, or oatmeal.
- 1 cup fine loose salt or loose sugar
- 3 teaspoons liquid glycerin
- 1 teaspoon pure honey
- 3-5 drops of your favorite essential oil
- Optional: Pinch of lavender blossoms (available in the bulk department of good health food stores), or chamomile, or dried herbs of your choice, chopped exceedingly fine.
- Mix ingredients well and store in an airtight container.
- Add more liquid ingredients if you prefer a thinner end-product.
- Stir thoroughly before use.