Now that I’m 6 months older and a savvier DIYer, I decided to pay a visit to an old friend.
I wanted to make a new batch of this shower favorite of mine. My original scrub bar only contained rice and almonds. Reading my own recipe, I realized I had actually picked up a bag of azuki beans since then during my DIY adventures. It’s a really nice exfoliant (and it gives the bar some pretty red speckles!).
What you’ll need:
- 2/3 cup of cocoa butter
- 1/3 cup of Shea butter (you can use just 1 butter if you like)
- 1/4 cup of
- finely ground rice
- finely ground almonds (or oatmeal)
- finely ground azuki beans (or any kind of red beans)
You don’t have to use all of these and you can definitely play around with the proportions a bit.
- Optional: 12 drops of lavender and/or lemon essential oil
1. Melt the butter(s) in a double boiler
You can use all cocoa butter or all Shea butter, depending what you have at home. Shea butter melts easier so it’s a great option for winter times. Cocoa butter is a great option in the summer and if you live in a warm climate.
2. Ground your dry ingredients
You’ll need 1/4 cup of dry ingredients in total. You can definitely play with the proportions a bit. Personally, I really like almonds as an exfoliant. Ground rice is just a little bit too feisty for me.
The best way I’ve found to ground your rice and beans is in a coffee grinder! You need your dry ingredients to be super fine, almost like flour.
3. Mix the melted butter and dry ingredients together
Let the mixture solidify a bit, while you stir it now and again. The dry ingredients should be ‘floating’ in the butters. It’ll look horrible, but that’s ok. Scoop the mixture in your molds. Those flexible silicon ones for giant ice cubes were my weapon of choice.
This part has never changed: wait for your butter to completely solidify. Ideally you should leave them alone overnight. If you’re not very patient, like me, you can put them in the fridge.
4. Optional: add a couple of drops of essential oil
You can add essential oils to the mixture to give it an extra kick.
Buffy contains lemon and lavender oil, but you can choice whatever your nose desires.
Great cellulite-busting essential oils for example are Grapefruit, Juniper, Fennel, Cypress, Lemongrass and Rosemary oil.
Now, scrub away!