Reader Request: DIY 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 base oil, in sugar scrub recipes?”
Option one, we use Liquid glycerin as a skin moisturizer when we don’t wish to use too much base or body 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. You may want to do a patch test to be certain you can tolerate the glycerin, if you find you have sensitivities. You can purchase it at most health food stores, and it’s readily available on the internet, eBay, Amazon, etc.
Option two, you may consider substituting honey. It never spoils, and makes a good long-term scrub which may be stored.
Finally, option three, 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. Be sure to find a QUALITY product from a reputable source. Inexpensive “aloe gels” from super stores are often just a chemical storm in a sticky gel, meant to mimic aloe vera.
- 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.