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Making Body Scrubs from Lisa's Cupboard

This week I’ll be continuing my work on the “What is in your cupboard? Challenge.” I’ll tackle three different cupboards this week. After I finish with these cupboards, I’ll have two more cupboards to finish and then I can start on making projects that our readers have requested!Today, we will start with Lisa’s cupboard. She asked me for a recipe or two that would allow her to something other than soap with the limited ingredients in her cupboard. Here are the ingredients in her cupboard.

After looking at Lisa’s ingredients, I decided that I wanted to start with making a body scrub. I (virtually) raided both her kitchen and soap making cupboards for this recipe, but I think this is a fabulous scrub. It does have a higher percentage of oils, so if you prefer a scrub that has less oil I would recommend reducing the oils and increasing the sugar or salt. Let’s head off to the blog kitchen and have fun!

Collect needed items:

Jojoba Oil OR Fractionated Coconut Oil
Almond Oil
Dead Sea Salt
Peppermint Essential Oil
Lavender Essential Oil
Oat Flour
Optiphen Preservative
Mixing Container
Food Processor
Transfer Pipettes
Containers for finished product (I used the 1 oz Jar Set.)


Recipe in ounces:
7.05 ounces Jojoba Oil or Fractionated Coconut Oil
6.35 ounces Almond Oil
10.58 ounces Dead Sea Salt
8.82 ounces Sugar
0.11 ounces Peppermint Essential Oil
0.25 ounces Lavender Essential Oil
1.76 ounces Oat Flour
0.35 ounces Optiphen Preservative
Recipe in grams:
200 grams Jojoba Oil or Fractionated Coconut Oil
180 grams Almond Oil
300 grams Dead Sea Salt
250 grams Sugar
3 grams Peppermint Essential Oil
7 grams Lavender Essential Oil
50 grams Oat Flour
10 grams Optiphen Preservative
Recipe in Percentages:
20% Jojoba Oil or Fractionated Coconut Oil
18% Almond Oil
30% Dead Sea Salt
25% Sugar
0.3% Peppermint Essential Oil
0.7% Lavender Essential Oil
5% Oat Flour
1% Optiphen Preservative

Before making the scrub, you should make your oat flour. This can be done by grinding dry oats in a food processor or blender. In this scrub I used a fine oat flour that I had made for adding to soap. The oats add a great skin soothing quality to this scrub.

Weigh the liquid ingredients into the mixing container. With recipes that you weigh like this, I like to add my fragrance oil, extracts and preservative to the fixed oils before I add the dry ingredients. Now, add the salt and sugar and stir well. Once the mixture is completely blended, slowly add the oat flour and stir until all the clumps of oat flour have been broken. Fill containers with mixed scrub. Stir the scrub mixture frequently while filling the jars to keep an evenly filled jar.

Yield: This recipe will fill 2 of the 16 oz Clear Deep Jars, 4 of the 8 oz Clear Low Profile Jars OR 30 of the 1 oz Jar Sets.

Notes: If you don’t want to use the Optiphen as a preservative, LiquaPar is the other preservative we would recommend for this recipe. If you want to make a single time use scrub, then a preservative is not necessary. We do recommend using a preservative if you will be selling or giving this scrub away to help prevent yeast, mold and/or bacteria.

While Lisa’s cupboard contains Jojoba, I wanted to show that you could use another oil while Jojoba prices are so high. I used Fractionated Coconut Oil instead for this recipe since these two oils have very similar textures in a scrub.


Finished srub in jars.

Weighing the liquid ingredients.

Adding the salt and sugar.

Mixing the salt, sugar and liquid ingredients.

Adding the oat flour to the mixture.

Stirring the finished scrub.

Close up view of the scrub.

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