Using oil in a body scrub

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I have decided that I would like to make my own sugar body scrub.

Has anyone done this? Most recipes I find say to just mix oil and the sugar of your choice.

My questions are:

Do you add more than just oil and sugar?
What oil is best to use?

My concern is that I do break out easily on my chest so the oil that is used should on the lighter side I guess.
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I mix a small bottle of baby oil, small bag of sugar and a few scoops of coffee and keep in a tupperware container in my shower. Seems to wash off easily, no oily residue like I was getting with olive oil.
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Ha! I just had a post about this like a week ago! I use two cups of sugar and one cup of olive oil. It does get oily but I'm no more oily with that than I was with the Lush Buffy Bar. When I towel off the oil mostly rubs in or is rubbed away with the towel.


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Whenever I was making mine, I read that coconut oil was a good one to use.

I couldn't find coconut oil, so I used olive oil... Yuck! The smell grossed me out, and like CurlyCanadian said, it left a weird residue on my skin. I think I'll stick to using olive oil for cooking!

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I was hesitant about olive oil due to the smell and the heaviness. I know I can't use baby oil, it clogs pores and breaks me out.

I read about the coconut oil as well. I wonder if I could fine it....

I was beginning to think maybe grapeseed oil, or jojoba oil but I don't know if I could find them in large enough quantities on the ground.

I was also wondering if I could make it with a shea or mango butter.
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I was also wondering if I could make it with a shea or mango butter.
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Now THAT sounds like it'd be awesome!

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I use almond oil, but only a small amount. I also use aloe and honey as the moisture portion of the "recipe". Its really not very oily at all the way I make it. Almond oil is great for your skin too.

For the dry part I use a mix of white sugar and brown sugar, and just a little oat flour.

I guess my recipe is more work than a lot of others, but I love what it does for my skin!

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I use almond oil, but only a small amount. I also use aloe and honey as the moisture portion of the "recipe". Its really not very oily at all the way I make it. Almond oil is great for your skin too.

For the dry part I use a mix of white sugar and brown sugar, and just a little oat flour.

I guess my recipe is more work than a lot of others, but I love what it does for my skin!

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Care to share the recipe? I'm interested!
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I don't mind sharing at all, but the recipe isn't very exact. I don't measure very carefully. I just kind of throw it together. Here are my general ratios.

For the moisture part I use about 2 parts aloe to 1 part honey. (The aloe offsets the stickiness of the honey.) Then I use a few tablespoons or so of almond oil.

For the dry part I use about 2 parts brown sugar to 1 part white sugar. I find that the white sugar is a little too scratchy alone or in bigger quantities. I also use a couple tablespoons or so of oat flour. I usually use 2 parts dry mix to 1 part of the moisture mix.

Like I said I just kind of throw it together and sometimes experiment with ratios, but this is my general formula. It smells good and leaves my skin soft and fresh. I leave a little tupperware bowl of it in my shower. I am careful never to get water in it or it will get nasty. It usually keeps for a couple weeks.

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This is obvious, but easy to forget: Products with a lot of oil will make the floor of your shower very slippery. So be careful if you use it.
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I should add, the same goes for products with a high proportion of butters and so on. Slippery stuff that's not water-soluble is a problem, basically

Anyway, I wanted to suggest using a salux cloth instead of scrub. Salux cloths aren't as glamorous, but if all you're looking for is effective exfoliation than the cloth is probably the better option. You can read Makeup Alley reviews here.
The ones I made had apricot oil, grapeseed oil, olive oil, and jojoba oil.
If you go to www.thesage.com, they have body scrub recipes. It's on the left-hand side listed under recipes. They've recently revamped the site, so I don't know what section it will be under when you hit the recipes, sorry. They have a bunch, so if you find some that require stuff you don't have, keep searching, they have simpler ones. They all (I think) will have some ingredient for product preservation...I've found that if I use it quickly, I can skip it. You can substitute any oil you want and almost any oil you desire can be found in a health food store, though the ones they sell on their site are top quality (food quality) and pretty cheap when I've done comparison shopping when looking for my lotion supplies. They also have containers you can purchase to put the scrub in if you wish.

I like sesame seed oil for my scrubs. It's nice and light and doesn't seem to clog my pores. I do also like grapeseed oil and almond oil (almond oil is a little more thick and tends to stick on your skin more. I use it more during winter because I live in such a dry environment I need the extra moisture). I've never used coconut oil, but it's pretty easy to find. I found a jar over by the pharmacy section of my grocery store. You'd have to heat it up first to liquify it and mix the scrub well and quickly before it cools and becomes a solid again.

Also, I prefer salt to sugar when making scrubs. The sugar seems to melt so easily I wasn't getting a good exfoliation. So I either use regular or kosher salt, depending on how exfoliating I want the scrub, and to counteract any possible drying effect (though honestly I haven't ever noticed a difference in sugar vs. salt scrubs in a drying factor), I might use a slightly heavier oil.

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Wow that site has great prices on containers! I haven't ever bought legitimate containers because they are usually expensive, so I just use raggedy tupperware bowls. Perhaps its time to go more upscale.

If you go to www.thesage.com, they have body scrub recipes. It's on the left-hand side listed under recipes. They've recently revamped the site, so I don't know what section it will be under when you hit the recipes, sorry. They have a bunch, so if you find some that require stuff you don't have, keep searching, they have simpler ones. They all (I think) will have some ingredient for product preservation...I've found that if I use it quickly, I can skip it. You can substitute any oil you want and almost any oil you desire can be found in a health food store, though the ones they sell on their site are top quality (food quality) and pretty cheap when I've done comparison shopping when looking for my lotion supplies. They also have containers you can purchase to put the scrub in if you wish.

I like sesame seed oil for my scrubs. It's nice and light and doesn't seem to clog my pores. I do also like grapeseed oil and almond oil (almond oil is a little more thick and tends to stick on your skin more. I use it more during winter because I live in such a dry environment I need the extra moisture). I've never used coconut oil, but it's pretty easy to find. I found a jar over by the pharmacy section of my grocery store. You'd have to heat it up first to liquify it and mix the scrub well and quickly before it cools and becomes a solid again.

Also, I prefer salt to sugar when making scrubs. The sugar seems to melt so easily I wasn't getting a good exfoliation. So I either use regular or kosher salt, depending on how exfoliating I want the scrub, and to counteract any possible drying effect (though honestly I haven't ever noticed a difference in sugar vs. salt scrubs in a drying factor), I might use a slightly heavier oil.

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Use olive oil, because I have tried this and if I used anything but olive oil I used to get a lot of pimples.
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You can use light olive oil. its not as strong and potent as evoo. also less likely to clog the pores. i usually use a mix of oils and butters. what ever i have in teh house along with some type of suger, which ever i have the most of.
U should defiantly try sugar with olive oil the softness is unimaginable I do it once a month it's amazing
There are different types of oil that perfect on your body like Olive oil it is advisable to use as body scrub and good as moisturizer.
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I use grapeseed. It's cheap and it's not heavy and doesn't leave a thick residue.
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I use sugar and grapeseed oil. Add essential oil to scent it.

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