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« on: March 10, 2007 08:20:56 AM »

Has anyone tried out this recipe or a recipe like this?

Breakfast for your Skin - (Oatmeal & Brown Sugar Scrub)
Exfoliates and is very moisturizing but doesn't leave a greasy feeling. Before you turn off your shower scoop a small handful of scrub into your hand. Rub gently onto your skin. Rinse.

3/4 cup Brown Sugar
1/2 cup ground oatmeal (not instant)
1/4 cup pure honey
3/4 to 1 cup (or to total saturation)
Oil of choice - I use Jojoba, Grapeseed or Sweet Almond
1/4 tsp Essential or Fragrance oil of choice (optional) Vanilla works nicely. Though this smells great on it's own.

Mix the brown sugar & oatmeal together in a large bowl. Now add the honey. Drizzle the oil over the mix. Mix well. When all your mix is saturated and sinks to the bottom of the bowl and you have oil on top you're done. Add your essential oil or fragrance oil. A six or eight ounce wide-mouthed jar works nicely. Spoon mixture in.

(from http://www.teachsoap.com/recipes.html)

I'm wondering how long it will last?  Would this stuff go bad?  I'm thinking of making it for a gift, so if it goes bad I'd like to put a warning on it.
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« Reply #1 on: March 12, 2007 01:38:52 PM »

I would guess that it wouldn't spoil very quickly .. but then I'm not sure with that much honey ... if I was going to make it to give away I'd add some preservatives.

Looks like a good recipe though .. I might have to try it myself!
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« Reply #2 on: March 12, 2007 01:46:25 PM »

I would guess that it wouldn't spoil very quickly .. but then I'm not sure with that much honey ... if I was going to make it to give away I'd add some preservatives.

Looks like a good recipe though .. I might have to try it myself!

Thanks for the info!  What kind/brand of perservative would you suggest?
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« Reply #3 on: March 12, 2007 01:54:09 PM »

honey is almost 100% sugar and, as a result, very few microbes will grow on/in it. honey by itself is virtually unspoilable and a natural anti-microbial, but i don't know about the rest of the ingredients.
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« Reply #4 on: March 12, 2007 01:58:16 PM »

If the honey isn't a big deal as Kholbert says, then as long as this mixture doesn't get wet it should be fine.

The only real concern with the oils is them going rancid, and you have to have this stuff last a while for that.   The oatmeal should be fine as long as it's dry and sealed away from bugs.

Personally, I put a preservative in anything that goes in the shower as water can/will get in and thats when icky things can happen.

I use phenonip for most of my preservatives, but some people have issues with it.  I have another preservative that I was using .. Germbane or something like that ... the bottle is at home and I haven't been using it long.
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« Reply #5 on: March 12, 2007 11:54:19 PM »

honey by itself is virtually unspoilable and a natural anti-microbial, but i don't know about the rest of the ingredients.

Actually, honey is the *only* food that *never* spoils. They've found honey in tombs in Egypt that is still edible. Impress your friends at Trivial Persuit!

But to the point, I make CP soap and a lot of the recipes use "Grapefruit seed extract" to prolong the shelf life of soap because it has antiseptic, antibiotic, and antioxident properties (say that three times fast). I imagine a little dab would prolong the life of this scrub, too. You can sometimes find it at Whole Foods, Wild Oats, or other organic food markets. Smiley
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« Reply #6 on: March 04, 2009 01:45:25 PM »

Hello!
Almond oil goes rancid easily. How don't know how long does it take, but I would use another oil (jojoba would be better).
About Grapefruit seed extract, it works because of the preservative it has, so I would better not use it.

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« Reply #7 on: March 04, 2009 02:41:45 PM »

I made something similar (all except the oatmeal) using grapeseed oil. I made up little cosmetic-like sets for the holidays last year and gave them out to friends.

4 months now, and haven't heard any negative reports back. Honey lasts just about forever, so I wasn't too worried. If you want to sell it to people outside of friends/family, however, I'd look into preservatives a bit more. For personal use, it should be fine.

Someone mentioned that water from the shower can cause the little nasties to grow...I wasn't to sure about this for aforementioned gift sets, so I bought up a bunch of little plastic top pots (like little tupperwares, but smaller and less durable - came in a pack of TEN for $1...go go Dollar Store!) and put the concoction in there, which is about a 2 use portion (one use if you're using it all over the body)...

As far as shelf-life, indefinite. Check it before you use it (I don't know anyone that WOULDN'T look at something before smearing it on their flesh, but...), and it should be good!
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