Handmade Beauty Box: Jojoba Bead Scrub
Okay, so, let's get started on our next product and then when we're all done, you guys, I've got a little bit of water and I was gonna show you how much this lathers. But I'm gonna do it after, I'm gonna get my hands dirty after I finish the next project. So, this next project is a really fun one because it uses those jojoba beads. Remember I was talking about jojoba beads earlier and how jojoba beads are biodegradable, they are usually colored with oxides, every so often they'll be colored with an FD&C color, so, check the ink key or the international nomenclature or that name when you buy them. But they are usually all-natural and they are biodegradable, which means they are not going to go down the drain and that drain to stream, get eaten by the fish, get plastics in our fish, eat the fish, eat the plastics, that toxic cycle. So, jojoba beads are fantastic and they come in so many different colors, which I love. This is a sugar scrub and so, in our scrub section we talked about...
sugar and how it often was not my favorite for body scrubs because sugar really does dissolve down really quickly in water-based products. And so, with this particular scrub you could use sugar or you could use salt. If you use sugar, it's gonna have a shorter shelf life than if you use salt because the salt is gonna be bigger, it's gonna be grittier, so, you could use the sugar and the salt interchangeably. And, with this, I kind of already whipped it up because you already saw me really dominating my hand mixer earlier and I didn't figure you needed to watch that again. So, the ingredients for this, again, this is proportions, so, when you're thinking, hey, how can I make this my own when I'm at home, it's proportions that you really wanna be thinking about. So, it usually one to one for the foaming bath whip or the foaming bath butter to the exfoliant. In this case, it's two pounds, 32 ounces of foaming bath butter to two cups of the white sugar. And all you need to do is add your white sugar into here. And you can then add your beautiful, well, you know, I'm gonna add them in a minute 'cause they're so pretty when they go in after everything's been mixed. And then you put this guy in, all the way down, you turn on really low. And you just start blending everything together and it starts to get pretty thick pretty fast so, we'll end up switching to a spatula really quickly but this, at least, gets some of the work done for us so we don't have so much elbow grease. And if you want to scent this, you absolutely could scent it with a fragrance oil or an essential oil and you would be using 0.7 ounces or six milliliters of fragrance oil in this. Now that this sugar is mostly mixed in and it's really nice and fluffy. Just gonna let that go like that, there we go. Now, we're going to scrape down gently on the sides. It's really an important part of when you're crafting with the foaming bath butter or the foaming bath whip, is you wanna scrape down on the sides and get some turnover 'cause I can see on the bottom that we don't have any sugar down here, so, I really wanna make sure that I'm using some elbow grease to get the sugar all the way down to the bottom. And I don't know how many of you guys have seen the tubs of whipped sugar scrub in the store before, they're so much money, they sell for like $24. It's a lot of money and so I'm so excited that we're doing this project right now so you can learn how to do them and all of these ingredients are available as Creative Live kit from brambleberry.com or it'd be something similar to what a Handmade Beauty Box would also be doing as a project. So, here, we've added our jojoba beads and at this point, I would also be adding my fragrance if I was doing fragrance but, in this case, I heard a rumor that someone here that I'm gonna be giving samples to has an allergy, so, I'm giving these away afterwards, so, just in case I wanna give this to them, I'm not gonna use any fragrance in this particular one. You just whip this in and you notice how light and fluffy this has all gotten. I think this looks so appealing. It is so pretty. And the way you use this... And the way you use this in the shower is you just scoop a little bit out, mix it with some water and lather it up like you would, really, any sort of soap product, like a liquid soap or one of those cream soaps and so, to fill the jars, you just take a slightly better filling tool than that. And fill your jars up until they're full all the way to right about here 'cause remember our little seal goes in. And that is the jojoba sugar scrub. So easy, right?
Like crazy, insane easy.
Kinda matches your shirt.
Yeah, that's what I just gonna say!
Kinda matches my shirt!
We're all commenting on it matches your shirt.
So pretty and light and fluffy and it stays this light and fluffy unless it gets accidentally hot and since this is a scrub, it's probably not gonna be sitting in your car, getting hot. So, it'll actually stay this nice and fluffy the entire time that it is in your bathtub or shower, which won't be very long 'cause you will love it so much, you will use it quickly. I'm gonna show you guys how to use this as a shaving soap. So, this is a shaving brush. You don't need a shaving brush but they really help to kind of get some good lather going and shaving is such, I don't know if you guys have noticed, but shaving has really kinda come into vogue again, with guys using the actual, what are they called, strap razors? It's like a thing now! And there's entire companies that love everything about shaving, they've really just specialized in making shaving soap and so, this is literally how you use a shaving soap. You just build up a really good lather and as soon as you have a really good lather and some really, really, really good foam going, that's when the razor is going to slip the best over it. And so, it's good for face or, again, it's good for legs or really anywhere that you are shaving and with all of that olive oil in there, it's going to really leave your skin feeling moisturized and conditioned and cleansed all at the same time, which is awesome. So, shaving soap and you have you whipped sugar scrub from the same product, which is fantastic. Hmm, I could kinda do this all day, it's a little (laughs) obsessive-making. I'm gonna have the cleanest hand ever. Yeah (laughs), do we have any questions?
We do, we do. We'll just let you do that
Yeah, I'm just gonna, yeah.
as I ask you questions. No problem.
So, Katy H...
Look at that, so pretty!
Katy H. had asked what is the shelf life of the foaming bath butter?
The shelf life of the foaming bath butter is three years or indefinite. If you are making this, I'm so sad to wipe this gorgeous lather off 'cause it is beautiful, but if you are making this and you are adding product to it, so, it's three years if it's just sitting on a shelf, right, you haven't taken it out of it's packaging, it's just sitting on a shelf and if you are adding product to it, like lotions and scrubs, it is the shelf life of your shortest life product that you added. So, in the first recipe, the shaving soap recipe, we used olive oil which kind of lasts forever. I mean, I think on brambleberry.com I claim that it lasts for three years. I've personally never seen olive oil go bad but it's the shelf life of your shortest product that you have added to it. So, if you were going to use flaxseed oil in this, you'd have a three month shelf life because flaxseed oil has a ridiculously short shelf life.
I have a question about fragrance oil, I feel like you see it everywhere you go now, even at the dollar store, there's fragrance oils, so, if you're not getting it from Bramble Berry,
A reputable supplier
which I'm sure you recommend, yeah, what do you look for to get a good quality fragrance oil? 'Cause I've bought some really bad ones before.
Good question, so, what do you do to make sure that the fragrance oil you're buying is quality if you're not buying it from a reputable vendor? So, the first thing you're looking for is, is it a perfume-grade oil, do they claim it's perfume-grade, which is usually a key for, hey, you know what, this is probably skin-safe because perfume is meant to be used on the skin. You look for, is it diluted? Do they say it's diluted or do they say it's 100% pure? Pure isn't regulated, it doesn't mean anything but usually that's another indication. You look for, is it a potpourri fragrance? If it's a potpourri fragrance that is a dead giveaway that it's not skinsafe and it's probably very, very, very overpowering smelling, right, 'cause potpurri fragrances, they're designed to fill an entire room with scent. That's not anything you want on your body. Candle fragrances, same thing, those are often not skin-safe because there's a whole variety of ingredients that can go into fragrance oils that aren't skin-safe, so, it's very important that you're buying a fragrance oil that is considered skin-safe. Say you're walking down the mall, you see The Body Shop, you're like, oh, they have perfume oils. You look and see what they suggest you use it for. If they say, hey, you can add this to lotions, you know what, good news, it's skin-safe. If they say you can add this to potpurri and candles or room diffusers or something like that, not skin-safe, so, you really wanna be looking for skin-safe. And then taking it one step further, if you're making cold process soap, which, oils, lye water, chemistry, chemistry, chemistry. Anything, any extra chemical you add can really throw that process off. So, for example, for every one fragrance that brambleberry.com carries, we've tested 150 fragrances because most of them don't work in cold process soap. Cold process soap is so finicky with that high pH, the high heat and that whole chemistry thing, so, there's a whole different level of fragrance oil quality that you need for cold process soap. For instance, like this stuff, you know what, you can add pretty much any skin-safe fragrance oil or essential oil to this, it's gonna be great. You might not like the smell but it's gonna be great, it's gonna work and it's not gonna irritate your skin as long as you're staying within safe usage rates. Cold process soap, liquid soap, whole nother level of complexity and so, that's where you really need to watch out for, is this fully soap-safe, is this fully tested for soap. So when you're at the dollar store and you're like, that looks good, it's a dollar, it smells good, just look, candle, potpurri, nope, nope, nope. Says it's pure perfume oil, definitely use it, go for it.
Great question, great question. Alright, this question is from Cameo Mathews who said, can you use this everywhere on your body, will you use a toner after shaving and that was back when you were making the shaving lotion.
So, can you use with shaving, absolutely. There's nothing special about shaving cream for your face versus shaving cream for your legs versus shaving cream for other places. It's all hair, it all needs a razor to cut it, it's all the very same kind of concept, so, you can use this everywhere. The gentle pH means it's gentle enough for every region for your body. Do you need to use a toner? So, some people have ingrown hair issues, which is why they like to use toner, right? 'Cause toner is, essentially, an alcohol, something that dries nicely and closes the pores, that's really why toner ends up working and helping to make sure that you don't have any ingrown hairs. But if you're using a toner, what happens to all of the olive oil that we just laid down on your skin to make sure you're feeling nice and moisturized? It really depends on your skin. If you run oilier and you run more prone to having irritated skin that either breaks out easily, doesn't love the oil or you end up getting ingrown hairs really easily, absolutely, use a toner. You can make your own toners so easily using witch hazel and a little bit of essential oil or using witch hazel and a little bit of water and a little bit or rose water and essential oil, you can make your own toners so easily. Or, sure, you can buy 'em and that way, that would take away all the extra oil that was here, it would close your pores and it also helps if you end up getting ingrown hairs. For those of you with more dry skin, or who don't want to have to, say you've just shaved your legs and you're like, I don't wanna have to put a lotion on, I am in a hurry this morning, I just wanna get to work, don't be using a toner, don't be closing up your pores. You want that olive oil to really stay on your skin and just moisturize it and make it feel really luscious and smooth. So, it's a very, very good question.
Question had come in Autnis Vut, who said, if we're using essential oils instead of fragrance oils how many drops do you suggest?
If I'm using essential oils versus fragrance oils, the same usage rate, so it's just about 6 milliliters in two pounds of product. This product is basically chemically inert, there is no force in this product that is acting in a negative way on your fragrance oils or your additives. So, your fragrance oils and your essential oils don't have to be extra strong or extra super powered to overcome a high pH or a high heat because this is the final product, it is what it is. So, you don't need to use very much and especially if this is a shaving soap. Remember, anything that goes on your face gonna irritate your eyes if it's too strong, gonna really irritate your mucous membranes, your nose, if it's too strong. So, about 6 milliliters for two pounds is a good one. You can go all the way up to 5% fragrance, which is crazy high for this, but you could put up to 5% fragrance in there. It'll take that much. So, that's to answer your technical question versus what you should do.
Question came in from Donna Kline, who said can you replace sugar with Xylitol? So, would there be a reason to use a non-sugar sugar?
A little birch.
So, can you replace the sugar in the scrub with Xylitol? Yeah, you totally can. You will triple the cost of your scrub and it won't provide any meaningful scrubby difference. However, if your big thing is like, I'm vegan, I'm sugar-free and I'm gluten-free and I'm fair trade source, absolutely, definitely, you can use Xylitol. Xylitol is distilled from wood, from birch and when you eat it, it doesn't spike your glycemic index, which is why some people really like to use it in their coffees and the like. It is very expensive, it is literally three to four times the cost of using sugar, but you absolutely could use that. If she's getting at the whole concept of, well, I've heard that sugar causes yeast infections with women, I could understand wanting to put Xylitol in there. I will say, you would have to be doing some extraordinary things with this scrub to give yourself a yeast infection, though. So, I definitely wouldn't worry about that as a possible side effect to using a sugar shaving scrub or a sugar scrub.
Well, do you have any final words for us today? This has been so much fun. It's really amazing how you've laid out, not just the telling us what to do, but all of the beforehands, the whys, the preparation, the science, these words don't have to be scary anymore. The thought of making a lotion doesn't have to be scary. What are your final thought for us?
First of all, thank you for having me, it's just been such and honor and this course, the day has gone by so fast, the course has gone by so fast and I feel really inspired and excited about everything we've been able to create. I have been crafting since I was 16 years old, I started making it in my kitchen, started selling it when I was 18 years old as a way to put myself through college while working another job and love seeing people learn the art and the craft of do-it-yourself beauty products, that's why I do what I do. I love to see people really get excited about this and never be without a gift again or decide they want to take it into a business, right? Burt's Bees started in their kitchen, Estee Lauder started in the kitchen, Mary Kay, Procter and Gamble, all of those giant brands started in their kitchen. So, really, there are so many amazing ways that you can take what you've learned today and turn it into a great hobby, turn it into something you do with your kids when you homeschool or turn it into a small business. And if you are thinking to yourself, this is really awesome, I wanna make stuff right now, remember, I put the kits together at brambleberry.com, they're just under Creative Live kits or you can subscribe to a Handmade Beauty Box so you get a do-it-yourself crafting kit every single month, so that you are accountable to yourself to have fun and craft and do something with your hands every single month. And remember there are so many free resources for you online, at the library, in my books. I blog everyday at soapqueen.com, I'm /brambleberry on Facebook, I am so happy to answer questions, my team is happy to answer questions and I'm on Twitter and Periscope @brambleberry, so hit me up if you have questions. Really, this is my entire life, I love soap, I've been doing it for 20 years, I love D.I.Y., I love female entrepreneurs, I am all about talking soap and body all the time. So, hit me up, I'm here to help you after this class is over.