For the longest time, I've wanted to get serious about developing a new kind of exfoliating scrub – something apart from the usual salt + oil combos so common to both the natural and commercial market. My own scrub was developed ages ago, but despite how lovely it makes my skin feel, I've almost stopped using it.
Analyze ThisAfter a bit of deliberation, it became clear why it stands on the shelf longer and longer between uses.
As much as I hate to admit it, the ever-present 'I can't be bothered' factor is once again the reason.
Apparently, having to stir the product in order to apply it is just too much of a chore.
Long live laziness.
My only consolation – most of the women I've asked about using this kind of scrub admit to the same thing.
Solving Stirring – Let's Emulsify!Because there is no emulsifier or thickener in a classic salt + oil, (or sugar + oil) exfoliating scrub, the granules will – after a short time – settle to the bottom of the jar and the oil will float to the top.
To compensate for this, almost all natural scrubs are packaged with a handy spatula or cute wooden stirring spoon. But no matter how fancy the packaging or adorable the stirring implement, it doesn't dismiss the fact that the product still needs stirring to be used.
Adding an emulsifier to the formula was my go-to solution. And while trying to create the perfect easy-peasy exfoliating scrub, I decided it would be a great feature if the product also turned into a milky, lotion-like liquid when it came into contact with water and rinsed away without making the bath area feel like an oil slick.
The extra advantage: some emulsifiers also function as conditioners and softeners.
Batch OneAbove is batch one. Himalayan Crystal Salt with shea butter, cocoa butter, almond oil, thistle oil, a vegetable-based emulsifying wax called BTMS (50% cetearyl alcohol and 20% behentrimonium methosulfate), stearin, and a mix of refreshing, invigorating essential oils.
A tube was chosen for the packaging (as it is my hope that this mixture will function well in a tube). A few sample sizes were also packaged and passed to my tester team.
How it Works So FarI am happy with the results after the first few uses. The scrub is easy to distribute and use, and it really leaves my skin soft. There is absolutely no need of body lotion afterwards. It's so much better than my other scrub, I may never go back.
Possible ProbsDuring the dead of summer we had a heat wave in Denmark, and the product did show indications of separating, but was easily shaken together. (that doesn't quite amount to stirring, but it's definitely not acceptable).
I will need to tweak the formula, but even though it's still early days, initial tests are very promising.