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With spring finally here, it’s time to banish dry, flaky skin from your body and get it glowing. One way to do this is by using homemade Lavender Oat Body Butter Scrub Bars. They help remove dead skin cells, slough off rough patches, and reveal brighter-looking skin. Today I’ll show you how to make your own lavender scrub bars using simple natural ingredients.
Table of Contents
- What are Lavender Oat Body Butter Scrub Bars?
- How do Lavender Oat Body Butter Scrub Bars Work?
- DIY Lavender Oat Body Butter Scrub Bars Ingredients
- How to Use Body Scrub Bars
- DIY Lavender Oat Body Butter Scrub Bars Recipe
- Looking for more recipes?
What are Lavender Oat Body Butter Scrub Bars?
Lavender oat body scrub bars are a cross between lotion bars (aka massage bars) and body scrubs designed to remove dull, dry, flaky skin from your body while moisturising the skin at the same time. While finely ground oats help remove dead skin cells from your body, a blend of butter and oils in the formula helps moisturise and soften the skin.
How do Lavender Oat Body Butter Scrub Bars Work?
During winter, our skin is exposed to the harsh weather, central heating and low humidity of our homes and offices, which can make it feel dry, irritated and flaky. The best way to get rid of this dry, dead skin on your body is by using body butter scrub bars.
Body scrub bars are brimming with nourishing wax, butter, oils, and essential oils that help nourish, soften, lubricate the skin and prevent dryness. In addition, finely ground oats in the formula help remove dead skin cells from the body’s surface, buff the skin and stimulate blood flow.
DIY Lavender Oat Body Butter Scrub Bars Ingredients
Our skin protects our bodies from the external environment. Its primary function is to keep our skin moisturised and protect it from bacterial infection, microbes, and other environmental stressors. However, that function can sometimes be compromised, leading to dry skin.
Oils and butter, such as shea butter, cocoa butter, safflower oil, are the ultimate moisturising ingredient for dry skin. They help restore the natural moisture balance of the skin and soften it.
Moisturising oils and butter
Cocoa butter: Lightweight, fast absorbent with a moisturising effect, cocoa butter keeps the skin soft, smooth and moisturised, making it a perfect choice for dry skin. In addition, cocoa butter adds a frame to the bars making it an essential ingredient.
Shea butter: Softening and hydrating, shea butter helps improve the skin’s natural barrier and protect it from environmental stressors. It is known for its rich, creamy texture that melts quickly on the skin. If you find it too oily, swap it for drier mango butter.
Safflower oil: Rich in essential fatty acids, this is a lightweight, moisturising oil that leaves even diest skin soft, supple and moisturised.
Beeswax: The primary function of beeswax is to act as a barrier to moisture loss, helping to keep skin healthy and moisturised. It also has exfoliating qualities, working double duty to improve the appearance of the skin.
Exfoliating with body butter scrub bars is a great way to improve the skin’s health and overall appearance. It helps remove dead skin cells, stimulate collagen production and revitalise the skin. Plus, exfoliating unblocks pores, allowing the moisturiser to absorb better into the skin.
Finely ground oatmeal: Soothing, cleansing and moisturising, this effective natural ingredient has been used for centuries to relieve dry, itchy skin and the appearance of redness. Gentle on the skin, colloidal oatmeal helps remove dead skin cells from your body, leaving it soft and smooth.
Essential oils can offer more than just a pleasant scent to the formula. As it turns out, some of the most common essential oil, such as lavender essential oil, can also help relieve dry skin.
Lavender oil is known for its soothing aroma and calming effects on the skin. Whatsmore, it can also help improve dry skin by reducing inflammation, redness, and itching while improving moisture levels in the dry skin by regulating sebum production.
Cedarwood essential oil: the dry, rich, woody scent of cedarwood blends beautifully with the floral scent of lavender. What’s more, its anti-itch properties make it perfect for dry skin.
I love adding dried flowers, seeds, and herbs to the scrubs to make my body scrub bars pretty. Dried lavender and rolled oats are some of my favourite decorative ingredients as they add texture to the bars and make them pop.
How to Use Body Scrub Bars
Step 1: Wet your skin in warm water to soften it.
Step 2: Gently rub the scrub bar in circular motions around your body, paying extra attention to the dry skin on your elbows, knees, and heels. Do not scrub for too long, as over-exfoliation can leave your skin red and irritated.
Step 3: Rinse with warm water and pat dry.
Step 4: You can apply a nourishing moisturiser to reduce dryness and protect the skin from environmental effects.
Use scrub bars once a week to prevent dry skin from building up and keep your skin soft.
DIY Lavender Oat Body Butter Scrub Bars Recipe
Now that you have the basics understanding of what lavender oat body scrub bars are and how they work, it’s time to make your own.
DIY Lavender Oat Body Butter Scrub BarsDifficulty: Beginner Formulator
Banish dry, flaky skin from your body and get it glowing with homemade Lavender Oat Body Butter Scrub Bars.
- Bring 2-3 cm of water to a simmer over low heat in a saucepan.
- Weigh out the beeswax, cocoa butter, and shea butter in a heat-resistant glass beaker and place it into the water bath to melt the ingredients.
- Weigh ground oats and dried lavender in another beaker and set aside.
- When fully melted, remove the oil mixture from the water bath and stir until it cools down a little. Add ground oats and dried lavender and continue stirring to prevent graininess in the bars.
- Once the mixture’s temperature drops below 40°C, add vitamin E, safflower oil, essential oils, vitamin E and preservative Eco.
- Keep stirring until you notice the trace building up. Pour the mixture into the mould and allow the bars to set overnight.
- Once firm, remove them from the mould, label and store them in an airtight jar.
Skin Patch Test
- Carry out a skin patch test first before incorporating scrub bars into your skincare regimen. Although they may be well-tolerated by most, some people may be sensitive or even allergic to some of the ingredients. Apply a small amount of the product onto a clear patch of skin. Somewhere you can leave it alone for 24-48 hours. If your skin turns red, itchy, or you experience any irritations, discontinue using the product.
round or oval silicone mould
Shelf life and storage
If stored well, lavender oat body scrub bars should keep well for six to twelve months. Keep them away from direct sunlight in a dry, cool room or a draw. If they change colour, smell or texture, dispose of them and prepare a new batch.
Please remember that swapping the ingredients in the formula will alter the final product. Consider how the ingredient you switch will affect the final product’s texture and smell when making changes.
Waxes: Candelilla or rice bran wax are beautiful vegan waxes that you can use instead of beeswax.
Butter: Cocoa butter is a unique butter that is difficult to swap, but you could try switching it with tucuma butter instead. In addition, you can swap shea butter for another soft butter, like mango or sal butter.
Safflower oil is a perfect oil for dry skin. Fast absorbent and rich in linoleic fatty acids, safflower oil help soften, moisturise and replenish dry skin. You can swap it with grapeseed oil, sunflower oil, or apricot kernel oil.
Exfoliants: Finely ground oats are gentle exfoliants you can replace with finely ground almonds, jojoba beads or bamboo powder.
Essential oils: Calming scent of lavender essential oil and its antibacterial properties make this oil a great pick. Can you swap it? Yes, you can, but you won’t be making lavender scrub bars anymore. Before switching essential oils, be aware some can cause sensitisation. You can learn more about the safe use of fragrance ingredients by visiting https://ifrafragrance.org.
Are body butter scrub bars worth the effort?
While you can use a standard body scrub or body wash to remove dead skin cells, they won’t moisturise the skin, as well as body butter scrub bars. Plus, you’ll be able to customise the scent of your body scrub bars to your liking.
How can I make body scrub bars harder?
If you live in a hot climate, you might like to replace a small percentage of cocoa butter with beeswax or candelilla wax. It will harden the scrub bars and prevent them from softening.
How can I make body scrub bars less greasy?
If you don’t like the greasy feeling on the skin, you might want to replace shea butter with dry butter, like mango butter. Also, include fast-absorbing oils and arrowroot powder. It will make the bars less likely to leave a greasy residue on the skin.
Looking for more recipes?
If you are looking for even more scrub bar ideas, I have put together a handy ebook with 20 recipes you’ll find on Amazon. To purchase, click the link below.