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15 January 2019

Peppermint Mocha Emulsified Whipped Salt Scrub Recipe

This peppermint mocha whipped salt scrub recipe is made with an emulsifier, so it turns into a lotion when you rinse it off.  The scent is made from an all natural chocolate mint blend.

I've made a lot of body scrubs over the years.  I mean a lot of body scrubs.  I love making them because they are easy to use and really help keep my skin from getting overly dry in the winter.  

For as many scrubs as I've made, I had never made an emulsified scrub until recently.  Before Christmas, I made a whipped gingerbread emulsified sugar scrub.  I loved it so much, I made the same recipe for my DIY bath and body gift sets this year.


As much as I loved it, I wanted to make a whipped salt scrub because my hands are crazy dry this winter.   Epsom salts have a lot of benefits for your skin, and we will get to those in a minute.  

I decided to make this a peppermint mocha whipped salt scrub recipe.  Just before Christmas, I went to the store that sells Crafty Bubbles and picked up some of their new natural blends.  

Yes, you read that right.  This mocha mint scent is all natural!

PEPPERMINT MOCHA EMULSIFIED WHIPPED SUGAR SCRUB RECIPE


Most of my body scrubs use cup or tablespoon measurements, but this one is measured by weight.  Since you use emulsifying wax and a preservative, it's very important to weigh this recipe using a digital scale.  

You'll also need a hand mixer.  I don't use my stand mixer unless I'm making at least four of these at a time because it's just not enough liquid to get a good whip.  

EPSOM SALT


I wanted to use Epsom salt in this whipped sugar scrub for a few reasons.  My skin gets crazy dry in the winter, and salt does a better job at removing dead skin cells than does sugar.  Epsom salts also help unclog pores and improve circulation as you scrub your skin.  

Epsom salts have magnesium, which can be absorbed through the skin.  Epsom salts help flush away toxins and reduce inflammation in your skin.  Epsom salts also have minerals in them that can help improve the health of your skin.


APRICOT OIL


I used apricot oil in this recipe because it's a fairly light oil.  Since it's an emulsified scrub, the oil stays on your skin after you rinse it off.  Apricot oil soaks into your skin faster than other oils, so your hands won't be oily after you use this scrub.  

Apricot oil is high in vitamins A and E to soothe your skin and provide powerful antioxidants to your skin.  The gamma linoleic acid in the oil helps firm the skin.  

You can use any carrier oil in this recipe, but I wanted a lighter oil.  You could also use sweet almond oil, fractionated coconut oil, avocado oil, or argan oil.  

Learn more about different carrier oils and their benefits in my book Carrier Oils.


EMULSIFYING WAX


Emulsifying wax is what makes this salt scrub turn into a lotion when you use it.  It binds with both oil and water, so when you rinse off the scrub, it binds with the water and creates a lotion.  

Emulsifying wax is probably the most popular emulsifier.  There are others that you can use, but I like this.  It's inexpensive and can be used in a lot of recipes.

STEARIC ACID


I added stearic acid because it helps cleanse the skin while you scrub.  It also contains essential fatty acids, so it helps moisturize your skin.  

COCOA BUTTER


Cocoa butter is a solid at room temperature, so it helps this whipped salt scrub recipe get firmer after it sets up.  

Cocoa butter is high in antioxidants to prevent the signs of aging.  It also helps moisturize your skin to prevent dry skin.

COCONUT OIL


Coconut oil is also solid at room temperature, so it helps gives this recipe some bulk.  Coconut oil whips very well, so I like using it in whipped body scrubs.  

It's naturally antibacterial, so I like to use it when my skin is dry and prone to cracking.  

Coconut oil can penetrate deeper into the skin for longer lasting moisturizing.  The fatty acids in it help moisturize and relieve dry skin.  

PEPPERMINT MOCHA NATURAL SCENT


I've been looking for a natural chocolate scent for years, and I found it!  Crafty Bubbles just released a set of natural fragrance oils.  They are a blend natural flavors and essential oils that can be used in soaps, candles, or diy bath and body recipes.


They aren't on Amazon yet, but you can get them directly from Crafty Bubbles.  They are so new that they aren't in their catalog, but you can find more information on their Facebook page.  

VITAMIN E OIL


I added a little bit of vitamin E oil because it's a great antioxidant.  I use the Crafty Bubble vitamin E oil because it's so thick and works so well.  When my cuticles get really dry, I use vitamin E oil straight on them to heal them quickly.  

PRESERVATIVE


Technically, body scrubs don't need a preservative because they don't have water in them.  I've been adding one because I dip wet fingers into the scrub, and I don't want any creepy crawlies to grow.  

Phenonip is probably the most common preservative for sugar scrubs and salt scrubs.  It protects against fungi, bacteria, and mold.  

I used methylparaben because it's what I have in stock.  

But it's a paraben and parabens are bad, right?  

Well, so is having bacteria or mold in your sugar scrub!  

Besides, phenonip is actually several types of preservatives in one product, including methylparaben, ethylparaben, and propylparaben.  

You're using such a small amount that I feel that the benefits outweigh the risks.  

INGREDIENTS


DIRECTIONS


STEP #1


Weigh the emulsifying wax, stearic acid, cocoa butter, and coconut oil and place in a Pyrex measuring cup or other glass bowl.


STEP #2


Melt in a double boiler until completely melted.

STEP #3


Add the apricot oil and use a laser thermometer to check the temperature.  Once it's under 175 degrees F, add the fragrance, colorant, vitamin E oil, and colorant if you're using it.  


STEP #4


Set it in the freezer for 10 minutes.  The edges should start to harden.

Use your hand mixer and the whisk attachment to beat the oils until they are light and fluffy.


STEP #5


Measure the Epsom salts and add it to the oils.  Whip again or stir by hand.


This recipes makes 8.5 ounces of peppermint mocha whipped salt scrub.  I've made four batches at a time with no problems.


Looking for more body scrubs?  Check out my book Body Scrubs with 30 recipes to try.  Or try one of these:


Not ready to DIY a salt scrub?  Try one of these handmade on Etsy:
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Learn how to make a mocha peppermint salt scrub.  This diy Epsom salt scrub exfoliates while it moisturizes.  This recipe is an emulsified Epsom salt scrub, so it turns into a lotion when you rinse it off.  Learn how to make salt scrub with this peppermint mocha homemade body scrub recipe.  Mocha peppermint body scrub smells amazing!  Combat dry skin with this salt scrub diy Epsom. #bodyscrub #saltscrub #diyscrub #diysaltscrub #peppermintscrub #peppermintbodyscrub









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10 January 2019

How to Clean an Essential Oil Diffuser Without Vinegar

How to clean an essential oil diffuser to keep it working great and not putting germs into the air.

I use my essential oil diffuser almost daily, especially since we've been sick the last few weeks.  I just go through the motions of putting water and a few drops of oils in and turn it on.  

Now before we move on, you have to know that my house is surrounded by trees and there's almost no natural light in the house.  There are corners that are dark even at noon.  

So when I moved my essential oil diffuser to a new spot with better lighting, don't judge me that I didn't notice that it was kind of gross.



To be honest, I had never thought about cleaning my diffuser.  Until I saw it.  

Then I learned real quick how to clean an essential oil diffuser without vinegar.

HOW TO CLEAN AN ESSENTIAL OIL DIFFUSER WITHOUT VINEGAR


Now before we move on to the directions, I want to say that this may void your warranty.  I am currently using two inexpensive diffusers that I got for about $12 each.  I'm not worried about their warranty.

This is the exact diffuser that I bought from Amazon a few years ago.  I found my second one at a discount store.  It's a different brand name, but they are the exact same thing.


It's a great basic model.  I like the color changing feature because I use that to remind me that it's on so I can turn if off if I leave the house while I'm using it.  

If you are using an expensive diffuser or don't want to take the risk, then check with the manufacturer before trying to clean your essential oil diffuser.

Your diffuser should have come with an instruction book that will tell you how to clean it.  If it didn't or if you lost it, you should be able to find it online or call the manufacturer.

Most people recommend using vinegar to clean your essential oil diffuser.  I use vinegar a lot for cleaning, but I don't like the smell.


I use liquid castile soap to clean my diffuser instead of vinegar.  It's very gentle and has no odor, so it won't make your diffuser smell like vinegar or contaminate the scent of your oils.  

HOW OFTEN SHOULD YOU CLEAN YOUR ESSENTIAL OIL DIFFUSER?


Obviously more often that I have been!  

You should do a quick clean on your diffuser each time you change oils.  Then you won't have residual oils mixing with the other oils.


Essential oils can also break down plastic.  It may take years for your to see the effects, but it's still a good idea to clean your diffuser after each use to prevent this.  

I am guilty about not doing this.  I have one diffuser set up almost exclusively for Breathe Easy, but I do change out the oils in my other one regularly.  

But now that I know better, I have been doing a quick clean each time I use my diffuser.  

You should plan to deep clean your diffuser about once a month, depending on how often you use it.  I use mine almost daily, so I've added it to my beginning of the month chores.

HOW DO I KNOW IF I NEED TO CLEAN MY ESSENTIAL OIL DIFFUSER?


Personally, I could see grime in mine.  You might also notice that your diffuser isn't working as well as it used it.


If you notice one of the following, it's probably time for a deep clean:


  • It isn't letting off any mist.
  • Mist comes out in spurts or unevenly.
  • It makes an odd noise.
  • It becomes really loud.

HOW TO QUICK CLEAN YOUR ESSENTIAL OIL DIFFUSER


Do a quick cleaning every time you use your diffuser and when you change oils.  This will help prevent your old oil from blending with the new oil, which can change the scent or the effects.

You don't want to diffuse an awake blend along with your nighttime blend!

WHAT YOU'LL NEED


STEP #1


Unplug your diffuser.  

STEP #2


Pour out any water that's in the reservoir tank.

STEP #3


Use a microfiber cloth or cotton cloth to wipe out the inside of the diffuser.  

STEP #4


Use a cotton swab dipped in rubbing alcohol to clean the plat that's on the bottom of the diffuser.



STEP #5


Finish by cleaning the outside of the diffuser with a microfiber or cotton cloth.  

HOW TO DEEP CLEAN YOUR ESSENTIAL OIL DIFFUSER


Plan to deep clean your essential oil diffuser once a month for best results.  If your diffuser isn't working properly or is making loud noises, then you should do a deep clean.

WHAT YOU'LL NEED



STEP #1


Unplug your diffuser.

STEP #2


Remove all pieces from your diffuser and clean them separately.  

STEP #3


Add a few drops of liquid castile soap to a few cups of warm water in a bowl.  Use a microfiber cloth or a soft cotton cloth to wash all external pieces.  Be careful not to get the cord or the base submerged in water.


STEP #4


Use a clean toothbrush or a cotton swab to get into the crevices and the bottom to get it clean.  Clean the plate on the bottom of the reservoir with a cotton swab to get it clean.

STEP #5


If there are stubborn areas, use a drop of lemon essential oil to get the grime off.

STEP #6


Wipe down all parts to dry them.  Let dry and then reassemble and use as normal.

Now it looks brand new again!


 If there is a lingering odor, I've heard that wiping it with imitation vanilla will help.  The alcohol will help dissolve the oils, and vanilla is a good deodorizer.  I haven't tried it, but it sounds like it should work.

You can also clean the inside of your diffuser with a special tablet.  Just run it with the tablet, and it cleans itself.

Learning how to clean an essential oil diffuser without vinegar will help extend the life of your device.  Get into the habit of doing a quick clean each time you use your diffuser and a deep clean once a month.

Whether you are new to essential oils or have been using them for a while, here are some posts that I think you'll enjoy:

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How to clean your essential oil diffuser.  If you use essential oil diffusers, you need to clean them.  Here’s how to lightly clean your oil diffuser and how to deep clean your essential diffusers   If you use essential oils in diffuser often, then you should be cleaning it often and deep cleaning it once a month.  Having a clean diffuser will help it work better and last longer.  #essentialoils #essentialoildiffuser #diffuser #clean #cleandiffuser





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