today we’re going to create a lightweight exfoliating jelly. it’s fun to use and functional. it can be used on your face, body, and scalp.
*pic from Uvive Health
this scrub is super easy to make, but please note that this contains water and needs to be preserved… no exceptions. if you don’t, you have to use it within 48 hours and store it in the fridge. any more time and you’ll be putting some nasty bacteria on your face, even if you can’t see it with the naked eye.
the preservative we’ll use is pricey but a “natural” one. the company puts it on sale for 25% off every few months, if you wanna wait and see. there are cheaper options available, so feel free to research and see what works best for you.
- 2 ounces or 1/4 cup hot water
- 1 tbs ground raspberry seeds
- 2 to 4 dried hibiscus flowers or hibiscus tea bag (local store)
- 1/4 tsp powdered aspen bark extract
- 1/4 tsp xanthan gum (baking section)
hibiscus is a nice water-soluble colorant, but is also known as the “botox plant.” i posted about it a few years ago here.
- soak your hibiscus flower/tea bag in a cup of hot water until it turns a light to medium pinkish red. you don’t want it too dark because it can potentially stain counters, clothes, and light skin tones. once steeped, strain.
- add the 1/4 tsp powdered aspen bark extract and fully incorporate.
- very evenly and finely sprinkle your 1/4 tsp xanthan gum powder over the top and let it sit for at least 2 hours at room temperature. *do not stir* or it will clump into what we call “fish eyes.” once hydrated and gelled, stir well.
- stir in your raspberry seed powder.
- store in a squeezy container for easy use.
- gently scrub from head to toe and rinse with warm water. follow up with your favorite moisturizer.
easy peasy and leaves you hydrated and smooth all over!
what are your favorite all-over exfoliators?