|Whipped Tea Tree Salt Scrub|
with activated charcoal
Nope, no puddles of oil here. Because there is so much shea butter, it tends to stick to the skin after rinsing along with the charcoal powder. Did you know that activated charcoal powder can absorb many times its weight in toxins and gases? I would recommend scrubbing onto the skin in a soft, circular motion, rinse, allow the shea butter, organic tea tree oil and charcoal to nurish, moisturize and detoxify, then washing with your favorite handmade soap. My skin felt amazing afterwards. No need for my skin salve or moisturizer after towel drying which is pretty amazing in this weather.
Tea tree oil is a natural antibacterial, antifungal, antimicrobial, and antiseptic pressed from the Australian tea tree, Melaleuca alternifolia. I know not everyone likes the smell as much as me, so the scent in this scrub is not too strong but also not too light. Tea tree has a fresh and clean smell, but can also be described as somewhat astringent smelling. I think that astringent smell comes from lesser quality oil. The oil used in this scrub is organic tea tree purchased from Bramble Berry, so you know it's a quality product.
Salt was added when the oils were still pretty warm in hopes that it would cool the oil quickly. Not quick enough, so I put the bowl outside. Not cold enough, so I made an ice bath. After the oils were thick, I whipped the oil/salt mixture with an electric mixer. After a little fluffing, it was spooned into my cool amber plastic jars (#1 recyclable plastic). Now I'm just waiting for my first waterproof labels to arrive before I can print, stick, and list.
I have a Word template made for my large jar labels, but does anyone know of an easy to use label making program? Avery has a free program on their site but I'm feeling kind of eh about it. Thanks in advance, my fellow soapers and trusty readers.