DIY Clean Beauty Body Butter Scrub

February 2020 - Natural Home

In the cooler months, exfoliation is your friend. Removing the top layer of dry and dead skin is essential in maintaining healthy, moisturized skin throughout the winter.

Makes 20 ounces

  • ¾ cup NOW® shea butter
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • ¼ cup Dr. Bronner’s Lavender Castile Soap*
  • 4 NOW Vitamin E Capsules
  • 30 drops of NOW Lavender Essential Oil
  • 30 drops of NOW Lemon Essential Oil
  • 1 cup fine-grained sea salt
    *(for scent-free, use Dr. Bronner’s Unscented Castile Soap)

Additional Supplies
Double boiler, rubber spatula, mixing bowl, measuring cups, forks, and jars with lids to fit 20 ounces of scrub.

To Make

  1. Start the empty double boiler on medium heat. Once it reaches a boil, reduce heat to simmer. Place the shea butter in the top of the double boiler and cover. Simmer until melted, stirring occasionally. To preserve the beneficial botanicals, do not overheat.
  2. Once melted, remove from heat, take the top pan off the double boiler, and cool for 5 minutes. Pour the melted shea butter into the mixing bowl, using the rubber spatula to get the remainder out of the pan. Add the olive oil and Castile soap. Pierce the vitamin E capsules and squeeze the liquid into the bowl, discarding the gel caps. Add the essential oils and stir well. Add the sea salt and blend to a uniform consistency.
  3. Spoon the mix into jars and seal tightly. The scrub is ready to use, however, the shea butter will continue to solidify the scrub as it cools over the next hour or so.

    To Store
    To preserve the freshness of this natural scrub, do not get water into the jar. Store this scrub in a sealed jar, in a cool dark place, out of direct sunlight. Best practice: label the jar with the contents and date of creation. Use up within 6 months to a year.

    To Use
    Use in place of a soap or body wash in your shower or bath.

    Castile Soap is used in this recipe as it balances the ultra-rich shea butter, leaving your skin hydrated, but not oily. The addition of Castile Soap creates a more emulsifying type of formula that rinses slightly cleaner than most typical oil-based scrubs. You will enjoy fresh, glowing skin with this clean, luxurious, ultra-moisturizing formula. 
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