Personal Challenge: Making Hand Scrub, December 3, 2013
Sometimes I just try a new recipe or order something new at a restaurant that I frequent but other times, I search Pinterest for new things to try.
Since money is tight, I decided that I would make the majority of my Christmas gifts for friends and family. I used to buy the Mary Kay Satin Hands sets for my teacher friends and for my Mom. On Pinterest, I found a recipe where you combine Dawn dish soap with sugar to make your own version of Satin Hands exfoliating hand scrub.
I wanted to go a step a further and make it all natural, using essential oils. So I did a search on Pinterest and on the Internet looking for hand scrub and body scrubs recipes. Aside from a few comment battles on adding preservatives or anti-microbial components, I discovered that most contain the same core ingredients: sugar, salt and oils.
So I decided to play around. I used sugar, sea salt, and olive oil as my base. Then I started to add in some additional ingredients like vitamin E oil, sweet almond oil, and honey. It made for a nice, thick hand or body scrub.
Now, don’t do what I did next–just stop with the above ingredients if you want to do this at home. I wanted to make it so it could go through a hand soap pump. Then I thought that perhaps it did need soap added to make it more like the Satin Hands. So I added Dawn soap with Oil of Olay. No matter what I tried, it wouldn’t pump through the dispenser and the Dawn soap took away from my original goal to make it all natural. It wound up being more of a Dawn soap concoction so I guess this is what you would call an experiment fail.
So I went back to my original ingredients, all natural, and made up a new batch of hand/body scrub. Since I have super sensitive skin, I decided I would be my own guinea pig. If I had any bad reactions, then I would just scrap the whole idea and order from Mary Kay. So today, I used it as a body scrub and no bad reactions. Actually, my skin is super soft. So sorry Mary Kay but it looks like I am making my own gifts this year!