Sugar Scrubs Attract Ants
Last spring, I posted about a Vanilla Sugar Body Scrub that I made for Sola. It worked great until we moved into an apartment with ants. Yikes! I never thought about ants before that as we never had them in our house! After the apartment, even once we moved into this house, I did not feel comfortable make sugar based body scrubs anymore. So I started making basic scrubs using coconut oil and epsom salts in a 1:1 ratio. That scrub worked well for Sola, but I felt that that the salts were a bit drying for my skin, which has been getting very dry since I have been going through perimenopause. So I decided to start experimenting with ingredients to make other scrubs and thought I’d start sharing the recipes with you all.
My favorite scrub so far was made using mango butter, which I had never worked with before. Thus far, I have struggled with using various butters, which are all solid at room temperature. Coconut oil is also solid at room temperature, but it whips up really easily. Not so with mango butter, cocoa butter, and shea butter. Thus far, my favorite means of working with them has been to heat up the butters just a little bit, so that they will whip and allow me to mix in exfoliants.
- 16 oz Mango Butter
- 1 cup coconut oil
- 1/2 cup Poppy Seeds
- Cut up the mango butter into approximately 1 square inch cubes. Heat the mango butter using a double boiler or microwave on low heat until the mango butter just starts to melt and is soft.
- Using an immersion blender or mixer, whip the mango butter until it is fluffy.
- Add the coconut oil and whip it into the mango butter until both are fluffy.
- Add the poppy seeds and mix until everything is combined. Store in an airtight container.
- The mixture will stiffen up by the next day, but I find that the heat from the shower warms my scrubs up enough that I am able to easily remove some from my jar. Then, body heat will warm it up as you rub it on yourself.
- Supposedly, mango butter can store for up to one year, but I always run out of my scrubs within a few months.
Do you use body scrubs? If you haven’t used them, why not give this homemade scrub a try? if you have dry skin, they are a great way to exfoliate your skin, leaving your skin feeling nice and soft.