|Recently I’ve been craving blood orange marmalade on toast, but I haven’t been able to find any good chunky marmalade in Beijing. So, I decided to just buy a few oranges to eat and then make a sugar scrub instead. I wanted to use Orange Peel Powder as part of the formula since I’m making a blood orange inspired scrub. I wanted the scrub to be nice to use, so I added Luffa for contrast as well as particle size. These were the only exfoliating botanical additions that I wanted to make, so I began looking at my other ingredients.
I knew I wanted a darker red color for my scrub to show the inspiration from blood oranges. Considering my desire for color, I looked at a few options for coloring my scrub red. Then I realized that I had Alkanet Root Powder available in my cupboard of supplies. I decided to make an oil infusion with the Macadamia Nut Oil in my recipe and the Alkanet.
Want to come with me as I make this fantastic scrub? Let’s go!
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Alkanet Infusion (Makes 1 ounce or 28 grams)
I began by making my Alkanet Root infusion. I weighed 25 grams of Macadamia Nut Oil and then added 3 grams of Alkanet Root Powder. After mixing well, I gently heated the mixture in the microwave for about 15-30 seconds. I let the mixture sit for for 30 minutes and then strained. As it took a long time to strain, I decided that next time I make an infusion with Alkanet Root Powder, I will use Heat & Seal Tea Bags!
Scrub Recipe: (Makes 4.53 ounces or 100 grams)
Carefully weigh all dry ingredients into a bowl and remove all lumps. I like to pour the dry ingredients into a bag and reuse the container for weighing the liquids. Next weigh the all liquid ingredients (including fragrances and preservatives) into a bowl. Mix the liquid ingredients together. After the liquid mixture is completely mixed, add the dry mixture. This helps prevent dry spots on the bottom of the bowl because you are adding the dry ingredients on top of liquid ingredients. Stir until completely mixed. Once the scrub is completely mixed, it will be smooth and easy to transfer to your desired containers.
Scrub Notes: This lightweight scrub feels very nice on the skin. I thought my skin felt soft and dewy, even a day later! I didn’t have any residual color or botanicals on my skin due to using the Polysorbate 20.
What do you think about this scrub? Would you try making this scrub?