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« on: November 05, 2009 12:52:27 PM »

Will sugar scrub turn? (olive oil and sugar with essential oil)
Should it be kept in the fridge?

I want to make a batch but also don't want to end up losing it bc i did something silly like keep it on the counter.

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« Reply #1 on: November 05, 2009 06:51:03 PM »

 Keeping it in the fridge will help. Vitamin E is an antioxidant that will extend the shelf life of the oil so it doesn't go as rancid as quickly, something like germoben or phenopip are preservatives that will inhibit growth of bacteria/mold and other ickies.

If you are just using it for personal use, if make a small batch and keep it in the fridge you should be able to use it up before you have any problems, as long as you're starting with oil that isn't old to start with.  Smiley
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« Reply #2 on: November 07, 2009 07:22:59 AM »

Thanks MareMare, I've done some searching on other boards and have seen salt and honey help too. So I did the trifecta- hopefully that will hold some for christmas presents Smiley
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« Reply #3 on: November 07, 2009 05:30:29 PM »

Adding to what MareMare said...

From a scientific point of view, vitamin E is not a "preservative". It might gently (by a week or so?) extend shelf-life, but at the end of the day, it won't actually "preserve" it because it doesn't prevent or kill bacteria. Nor will honey. (A plain honey & salt scrub will still go bad.) In scrubs you're not so worried about the oils going rancid (what anti-oxidants can help) so much as the bacteria from your hands, exposure to water, etc. Sugar/salt scrubs are generally breeding grounds for bacteria because they are wet, they have oil, you're constantly put your hands in them to use them (and let's face it, humans are germy creatures) ... you need a preservative. Especially if you're giving them as gifts. My personal favorite is Optiphen which is an alcohol-base preservative that is paraben- and formaldehyde-free.

Also, be sure to note that once you put a scrub in the fridge, it must stay in the fridge (except when you're using it). Without preservatives, scrubs typically have a 2-3 week shelf life. With a preservative you're probably looking at 4-6? I always fridge my scrubs when I'm not using them because the cold discourages bacteria growth.

And as a final note, even when using preservatives, because of the nature of scrubs, I tend to make them a week or so before gifting them. No more because no one wants to get a rotten scrub for a gift (which I have, in the past, lol).  Smiley
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« Reply #4 on: November 07, 2009 06:00:42 PM »

Thanks Nymeria, i might have just made way too many ahead of time.....crap. i'll def look into Optiphen for future batches
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« Reply #5 on: November 08, 2009 05:33:47 PM »

I've been toying with the idea of making salt and/or sugar scrubs for Christmas gifts, and would like to use only ingredients that most people would have on hand in the kitchen (I don't want to spend a lot of money).

However, I'm told sugar/salt scrubs normally only keep a week or so, and I'd like to extend the life of whatever I end up making. I'm looking for some sort of preservative I already have on hand, and the only suggestions that I can find are lemon juice and alcohol, but I can't seem to find anything terribly specific about it. My questions are:

What type of alcohol are they talking about? The type you put on cuts, or vodka or something like that?
How much lemon juice and/or alcohol should I put in?
How much longer will the scrub keep with these in the recipe?

Or if you happen to have a recipe for a scrub that will keep for at least a month using kitchen and household ingredients, please post that.

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« Reply #6 on: November 08, 2009 07:11:33 PM »

In my opinion, no. Smiley I've heard a few people claim that alcohol can make the product last longer, but half of the reason I make my own products is because I don't want alcohol in them (the other half of the reason is to avoid petroleum!) Alcohol is really drying...

Preservatives don't have to be expensive, 1 oz is around $3-4 on this site and would be more than enough for your needs.  http://www.brambleberry.com/Ingredients-C40.aspx They carry germaben, phenopip, and optiphen.

Go ahead and experiment and see what works for you though!

About halfway down this post there is some more info on preservatives: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=296483.msg3375469#msg3375469
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