Scrub with Yuzu and Pink Pepper Salt: an aromatic exfoliating treatment based on pink salt from Bolivia
When a massage therapist combines their well-honed techniques for relaxing tight muscles while a slippery scrub exfoliates your skin - well, it doesn't get much better than that. Or does he do it? Perhaps the addition of a luxurious salt scrub, handcrafted from superb ingredients and infused with natural aromas, would take this experience to a whole new level. Our Yuzu Salt and Pink Pepper Massage Scrub is meant to inspire such a feat.
Bursting with the juicy scent of yuzu and the uplifting aroma of pink pepper, this simple yet spectacular salt-shine massage scrub is perfect for removing stress layers and dead skin cells. Organic Brazil Nut Oil is a medium thickness carrier oil that provides excellent lubrication for mineral rich Bolivian Pink Salt which provides essential exfoliation to the scrub.
Because this recipe is meant to be used as a salt massage scrub, we formulated it with more carrier oil than we would for a typical body scrub. This provides the massage therapist with the extra oil they will need to relax stiff muscles as they work. This formula could easily be changed to behave like a body scrub by reducing the amount of carrier oil to something closer to 60-120ml. Just be sure to cut back on the amount of essential oil used as well if you're cutting back on the carrier oil. Try to keep the maximum essential oil ratio below 2%, keeping pink pepper essential oil on the low side as it has the potential to irritate the skin.
We have chosen not to include a preservative in our trial formula, but we recommend adding one if this recipe is used to create a finished commercial product. Good storage and professional challenge testing are best practices, even for the smallest cosmetic manufacturer, as they can help protect both the manufacturer and the consumer. For more information on using preservatives, see the following article in our information library, Using preservatives to extend the shelf life of your products, and discover our Conservatives section to learn more about the use of individual ingredients.
About the ingredients
This pink-colored salt is harvested by hand from an ancient seabed in the Andes. The salt has a naturally pink color that contains subtle speckles and variegation that make it even more gorgeous. As well as being incredibly visually appealing, Bolivian pink salt also has a very impressive mineral content. Among other things, Bolivian pink salt contains a wealth of calcium, magnesium, iron, and potassium, all of which are highly sought-after minerals for skin and hair care products.
Honey has been used in natural skin care recipes for ages. The soft, sticky substance is a natural humectant. This means that it sucks up moisture. Honey can help moisturize and hold the skin. Honey can also help stabilize emulsions. Our dehydrated honey powder offers formulators a useful alternative to liquid honey. Honey powder can be used in dry formulations as well as in oil-based formulations without the complications of introducing an aqueous substance.
Brazil nut oil has a slightly richer texture than camellia, which adds body to scrubs, body oils, and massage blends. It is deeply hydrating and works well in hair and body care products. Brazil nut oil provides a smooth, slippery base for massage and is an excellent carrier for essential oils and Co2 extracts.
This delicate Asian citrus fruit has a captivating sweet and sour aroma that evokes sensations of warmth and sun. In aromatherapy, Yuzu is often used to promote feelings of happiness and joy. Yuzu is a great addition to skin and hair care formulations as it is a particularly robust citrus oil. Its scent lasts longer than other citrus oils and it is not known to be phototoxic. This makes it suitable for a wide range of applications including lip balms.
Although pink pepper and black pepper are botanically very different, the two plants have many similar benefits and components. Perhaps the most remarkable of these characteristics, especially when used in massage products, is the presence of monoterpenes including a-Phellandrene, Myrcene, Limonene, B-Phellandrene and a- Pinene. Pink pepper has an abundance of monoterpenes - about 30% more than black pepper. These components are responsible for the reputation of pink pepper as a stimulating and invigorating essential oil.
Massage scrub with salt and yuzu salt and pink pepper
makes three 120 ml (4 ounces) jars
- Combine Brazil nut oil, honey powder, and essential oils and mix well to form a porridge. Break up the lumps of the powder.
- Add salt and mix again, breaking up any lumps in the salt.
- Add preservative, if necessary, and transfer to clean, sterile jars.
Use and packaging
- We like to wrap body scrubs in our 4 oz PET Plastic Flat Jars with White Lids. The wide opening of these jars allows massage therapists to easily access the product. The crystalline walls of the jars allow customers to see the magnificent color of the scrub.
- Too much use, mix well, then apply a generous spoonful of scrub to skin before gently massaging in a slow, circular motion. Salt massages are best performed by professional massage therapists who understand the right amount of pressure that needs to be applied during this type of treatment.
Shelf life and stability: Please note that formulations shown here on The Natural Beauty Workshop have not been tested for stability or shelf life and may not be suitable for commercial use as is. For more information on the shelf life, stability and use of preservatives, see the following article in our information library.
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We spoke with dermatologists and top beauty experts to put together a list of some of the best skincare tips. From choosing the right cleanser for your skin type to the importance of cleaning your makeup brushes, these easy tricks — plus some top-tested product picks from the Good Housekeeping Institute Beauty Lab — will help guide you to glowing skin ASAP.
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Dr. Tzu says figuring out how to avoid touching your face is very important. It doesn’t just spread bacteria and cause breakouts — it can lead to scarring, an increase in wrinkles, and even the flu or other viruses.
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A balanced diet is important, but there’s more than one way to give your skin vitamins. There are also topical antioxidants, which are serums and creams that contain ingredients that nourish the skin ( think vitamin C serum ! ).
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If you’re not keen on downing a shot of the stuff, chlorophyll supplements can be found at many drugstores and health food stores. She also advised drinking green juices with lots of veggies in them : ' It will transform your skin in a matter of days — and it helps oxygenate the skin and stimulates lymphatic drainage, so it’s de-puffing, too. '
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to fight épidémie and clogged pores, Dr. Prystowsky recommends washing concealer and foundation brushes once a week. For brushes you use around your eyes, she recommends twice per month, and for any other brushes, once a month is fine.
Here’s how : Put a drop of a mild shampoo into the palm of your hand. Wet the bristles with lukewarm water. Then, massage the bristles into your palm to distribute the shampoo into the brush. Avoid getting the metal part of the brush wet/or the base of the brush hairs because the glue could soften and the bristles could fall out. Rinse the shampoo out and squeeze out the water with a towel. Lay the brushes on their side with the bristles hanging off the edge of the counter to dry.
' Many people feel they only need to protect themselves on sunny days or when visiting the beach, ' says Dr. Palmer. ' But the truth is that we need to protect our skin even when we’re driving a car, flying in an airplane, or course errands. It’s the daily ultraviolet exposure that contributes to the visible signs of aging. ' What kind of sunscreen is best ? Choose a broad-spectrum sunscreen with a SPF of 30 or greater — and remember that it needs to be reapplied every 2 hours.
We’re talking SPF makeup, sunglasses, and broad-brimmed hats. ' Preventing sun damage is a million times better for your skin than treating it after the fact, ' says Dr. Prystowsky.
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