DIY Natural body scrub challenge

Hello my budding formulators,

How did you enjoy using your body/hair butter from this post? So in a coming post, I’ll be talking about why we need to exfoliate regularly. In order for you to enjoy the post and understand what I’ll be raving about, I need you to experience it. I know… thank me later so we can dive in!


  • Coconut oil
  • Shea butter or coco butter
  • White or brown sugar (I prefer brown but you can use what you have)
  • Preservative 

Using a preservative is optional only if you’ll use up your formulation in 2 days tops or ENSURE that no water gets in. You can’t even wet your fingers before using them to scoop out your product. Better still, use a scoop. Now that thats out the way, lets move on!

I hope you remember the process from the last challenge. To make a 100 g batch of scrubby goodness, you can measure out:

70g sugar

10g coconut oil

17.5 g shea or cocoa butter

2 g essential oil

0.5 g preservative 

If you are working without preservatives, use 18 g shea or cocoa butter. Melt the oils and butters (except essential oils) in your double boiler. Leave to cool and add your sugar, essential oils and preservative. I made mine with lemon essential oil for the refrehsing scent of lemons and extra exfoliating benefits since lemon can lighten up areas with minor hyperpigmentation like the knees, elbows and inner thighs. You can use what essential oils you can find brecause chances are, it’s still works out great. If you would like more thickness, add more sugar, and use butters instead of oils and vice versa.

Let me know how you get on! X

Penetration enhancers

The skin is evidently the largest organ of the body. Amongst other functions, it prevents transepidermal water loss (TEWL). As good as the skin is at preventing dehydration through TEWL, it is even better at keeping things out. Things like water too. This sounds a little strange but imagine you absorb water everytime you take a bath or got rained on, think about the myriad of substances that get on the skin by accident or on purpose, what about bacteria and other grimy things that touch us from time to time. Our skin is highly resilient and resistant to external forces.

With this said, the skin does allow some compounds through based on: Continue reading “Penetration enhancers”

Studying the human skin – part 1,  intrinsic and extrinsic aging.

In order to make the best skin care products, it is very important to understand how it operates. The skin being the largest organ of the body (16% of total body weight), protects the body from physical, chemical, and infectious attacks and plays a role in several biological and biochemical processes like excretion and temperature regulation.  Continue reading “Studying the human skin – part 1,  intrinsic and extrinsic aging.”

Inner thoughts about natural cosmetics that no one ever speaks about – part one.

As a realist and scientist, certain truths or doubts make themselves known in the quest to look at things as they really are. I question my beliefs from time to time and even though during these supposed down times, I do not see the benefits, in hindsight, I see how far challenging these ideologies has brought me. I may as well, still remain oblivious to some more of the benefits and drawbacks. For you to love a thing or person, you have to learn about everything, the good, bad and neither, in order to make an informed decision.

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When it comes to natural cosmetics, Continue reading “Inner thoughts about natural cosmetics that no one ever speaks about – part one.”

My luxury day spa experience – Spa Naturel. 

I remember it ‘just like it was yesterday’. I had been to a quite a few massage parlors and was a frequent mall massage receiver by the time I found an offer on UK Groupon for a couple’s (they didn’t specify genders) spa day at only £12 pounds. My birthday was coming up (March 20) and I wanted to have a spa day with my friends so I bought 5 of the tickets (birthday giveaway, I guess). I invited 6 friends on the 19th day of March, 2013, using only 3 of the tickets.

I should mention that the spa is Continue reading “My luxury day spa experience – Spa Naturel. “

When you cannot do without preservatives. 

Hey people,

So in the spirit of naturalness (is that even a word?), some people are opposed to including preservatives in their formulations. I am all for the good cause, swear down, and will definitely not include it in formulations that do not require any preservation i. e. Anhydrous products.

With that said, for all formulations that incorporate water and other hydrophilic ingredients, preservation is Continue reading “When you cannot do without preservatives. “

Anhydrous body butter formulation challenge

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Hello my lovely readers, 

In order to encourage you to try making your own products, I’m challenging you to a formulation task. This will also get you used to my formulation method. I’m not really a fan of following recipes to the letter so feel free to tweak this to your satisfaction, as long as you follow the rules. 

  1. Always measure your ingredients by weight and weighted percentages. This will not only be more straightforward, you also can be sure of the reproducibility of your creations. 
  2. Melt your butters using a double boiler or bain marie (i.e. a pot on a pot) because you do not want to degrade the many great but heat sensitive compounds in your oils and butters. 
  3. Keep it simple when starting out and adjust as you get better. 
  4. Start with small quantities until you get comfortable with formulating.
  5. Write down your formula and method before hand (I have done this for you but you can reproduce it for future formulations). 
  6. Label your product (with the date) after transferring to your preferred container. 
  7. Bask in your formulation success. Very important!! 

This is an anhydrous body butter (i. e.  It contains no water or hydrophilic substances), therefore it doesn’t need any preservation.

  • Shea butter 70%
  • Almond oil 27%
  • Lavender essential oil 3%

To make a 100 g batch of soothing, sensual lavender body butter, you’ll need to measure out;

  • 70 g of shea butter
  • 27 g of almond oil 
  • 3 g of lavender essential oil


    • Heat the all oils and butters (except the lavender essential oil) in your double boiler until melted. 
    • Stir your mixture and place in the freezer until it starts to solidify at the top. 
    • Bring it out and start whipping until it becomes fluffy like whipped cream. 
    • Add the essential oil and whip it, whip it,  like the coco! I’m sure you know that song LOL. 
    • Don’t eat it! 

    That’s it! Easy right? You can substitute any of the oils and butters with what you prefer or have available. Just make sure you keep to the percentages. For example you can use lemon essential oil instead of lavender to get the therapeutic benefits and fresh scent of lemons, as long as you keep it to 3%. You can also go without essential oils if you like the nutty smell of shea butter. In fact, you can tweak it however you want. 

    Let me know if you did it and how you liked your very own formulation, you superstar! You can also use this in your hair to keep it soft, moisturized and lustrous.

    Until next time, happy formulating.