I posted this to my Facebook page earlier today but I thought the issue warranted a more in-depth post.
With the preponderance of DIY recipes floating around the internet during the holiday season, particularly for sugar and salt scrubs, I wanted to pass along a few things for you to consider if you are giving handmade scrubs for gifts, not only at Christmas, but any time of the year.
One issue in particular is the issue of water being introduced into the scrub. This will no doubt happen when the user takes the container into the bath/shower and/or uses wet fingers to scoop out the product. And if water is introduced into the scrub, mold and bacteria will grow. And the beginning stages it will be odorless, and you can’t see it with the naked eye. You don’t want to spread that onto your skin and chances are your friend wouldn’t either. If you are not willing to add a preservative to your scrub, then it is imperative that you place a warning label on your product, at least instruction to keep product dry and away from water.
Another issue to be mindful of is the use of essential oils in scrubs. For instance, citrus essential oils (lemon, orange, grapefruit) can cause skin to be come photosensitive (react adversely in sunlight). There are also several essential oils that should not be used by women who are pregnant. Just because something is considered natural, it does not mean that it is safe for everyone to use.
Those of us that make bath & body products for a living spend a great deal of time researching and learning about making personal care products that are safe for all to use. Many of the recipes floating around are interesting and sound great, but may not contain the right ratio of ingredients or may not fully inform the user of potential problems that may arise from using the homemade product.
If you have any questions about product you are making or the products that we provide, please feel free to contact me.