Bergamot Body Polish

This is one of my favorite body polish/scrub formulas - full of emollient oils and butters and scented with Bergamot Essential Oil! There are a lot of variations and possibilities and it is a good idea to tweak the formula to make it just the way you like it. The texture and consistency of this finished body polish/scrub reminds me of homemade vanilla ice cream. To maintain that consistency, you should keep about the same ratios for solid-to-liquid fats/oils/butters, when substitutions are made. Some substitution possibilities are: cocoa butter for shea butter; cetyl Alcohol for stearic acid; extra butter for stearic acid; and other veggie oils for the jojoba and fractionated coconut oil. If unstable/more fragile oils are used - like sweet almond/grapeseed, etc., I recommend adding 1% tocopherol to the formula.

Shea Butter26% = 130 grams (2/3 cup)
Stearic Acid18% = 90 grams (1 cup)
Fractionated Coconut Oil40% = 200 grams (1 cup)
Jojoba Oil12% = 60 g (1/3 cup + 3tbs)
Bergamot EO1.0% = 5 grams (1 tsp)
AquaEm3.0% = 15 grams (2Tbs + 1tsp)
Total100.0% = 500 grams
Note: Salt 500 grams = approx. 1 cup salt

Procedure: Heat shea butter, stearic acid, jojoba oil and fractionated coconut oil until melted. Remove from heat. Stir continuously until mixture begins to solidify-I use a mixer (the type for mixing cake batter). Add salts and continue to mix. I sometimes place the pot into a container of cold water to speed up the cool-down process, but continue to stir/mix as it is cooling. When mixture is cool (less than 50C/122F), add Bergamot essential oil and AquaEm.

Please note: The salts are not calculated as part of the formulation. They are added at a 1/1 ratio (by weight) to the formulation, which in this case would be 500 grams or approximately 1 cup.

A few notes:

  • Please remember to use caution when using scrubs or body polish in the shower as the oils can make the bathtub very slippery.
  • No preservative is needed in this formulation if it is followed precisely because of the high salt content.
  • It's possible to use one of our Complete Emulsifiers in place of the stearic acid and some of the AquaEm. Sugarmulse, Xyliance, Olivem 1000 or EmBlend CA20 are possibilities.
  • AquaEm enhances the feel of the scrub by providing a "linkage" with the oils and the water from the shower to rinse off/leave on just enough oils so that it will not be too greasy. PEG 7 Olivate or Cromollient SCE can be substituted for the AquaEm.

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