Ohhh Pinterest. You have so many solutions to things, and so many aesthetically imaged epic fails.

If you know what you don’t want though, Pinterest can be a value filled website to narrow down a product or process via blogs that have done it in real life so you don’t have to waste hours finding out a solution through your own process and error.

In my case finding a nut free, vegan, gentle, simple, and unscented scrub was not as hard to narrow down as I’m seeing making a lotion will be for my salon 😛 I’m thinking it might be less of a headache to make a deep absorbing, lightweight carrier oil with some extra nourishing oils, as discussed in this self described granola crunchy blogger’s blog: DIY oils

Ok so let’s talk about what I used and why:

Dar’s “Easy There Tiger” Scrub

  • 1/4 cup and 2 Tablespoons white sugar
  • 1/4 cup 100% Organic Jojoba Oil

Mix it up in a ramekin. Taa daaaa. I know, so complicated. Pinterest had every smell under the sun in their recipes, which is ok if you want to wash and make yourself hungry at the same time, but half of my clients are male and don’t want to smell like a fruit basket, a bakery item, or a floral arrangement. Plus essential oils irritate a lot of skin types, which is why they book at my salon; to not have that crap in their products used. After I use up this batch, I’m going to put a bit more oil in the next batch so it won’t be so crumbly when I apply it.

Pinterest did help me evaluate different oils with their pros and cons in a scrub setting. For example, lots of people love coconut oil or olive oil, but it doesn’t absorb into the skin well at all. It’s cheap, but it lays on you cheap and slimes you up when you try to rinse it/wash it off. They also have a short shelf life, you only have a year to use it up. Most food product oils are like that, but jojoba oil has a super long shelf life because it’s actually a wax, not an oil. You won’t have to add preservatives to add shelf life, or emulsifiers to make it not slime coat your skin. I want to buy as few ingredients as possible that in a pinch I can buy at a local store if we’re out of it. Other than online, I have no idea where to buy preservatives or emulsifiers.

I’m going to mention here – if you use unrefined Jojoba oil, it does smell like nuts. It can also have pollen in it from bees and maybe some little accidentally crushed up bee parts, a.k.a. allergens, so for my client niche I am going to use refined, organic Jojoba oil. When it’s organic, its documented where the jojoba is sourced from, eliminating ‘made in countries that have scary food product business practices’ factor for you. The refinement, while bad for eating right, will ensure a very tiny percentage of allergens can creep in there. I’m going to check for gallon sizes of it at Premiere show in June, and then report back a link to the company I decide to buy in bulk from.

I also use super fine organic white sugar because it’s very gentle on sensitive skin, and rinses off much better than larger grained sugars or salt. You lose valuable time rinsing that stuff down the drain when you could just be using a product that rinses easily. When you look at sugar vs. salt under a microscope, Salt has a lot more jagged surface area than sugar, so it’s more abrasive. I have yet to find anyone that needs that jackhammer level of abrasiveness to have smooth skin.

This is what happened to my skin when I used cold pressed, extra virgin olive oil:




I seriously could not get this slime coat off me for 15 minutes. I felt like I just stuck my hand in a vat of petroleum jelly.







Jojoba mix on the left,  olive oil mix on the right



Olive oil has an odor to it that your clients might not like either.





My high tech workshop, lulz.


I needed this scrub to be simple for my technicians to be able to make it without me being there or making it all myself. I need it to have as few ingredients as possible so there is a really next-to-nothing chance of someone having a reaction to it, and to be easy to refill.

It’s starting to look like making an in house vegan lotion will be a lot more complicated….I’m seeing a lot of double boilers getting used and it’s scary. Another option would be to apply oils during massage and wrap the legs in a warm moist towel to help it seep into the skin. That way no one would have slimy, slippery feet when they leave the salon either, reducing the possibility of a slip and fall accident.

Another reason why I spent a little more to get jojoba oil is that after I did a service with it, my clients skin felt soft and silky without feeling sticky or slimy, even after they showered..up until a couple days after their service. Even in Florida!

This has me excited because if everyone has this result after a service, it would be worth marketing to people about. I mean, I used to go straight home after a pedicure to wash that junk off my legs before I’d get a rash, or start to itch 🙁 Better yet, if I bottle it people could take it home and have that nice feeling on their skin in between appointments!

So far it hasn’t made any of my products lift; hard gels, soak off gels and polishes have stayed on just fine.

Are there any DIY scrubs that made a difference at your salon? Let me know in the comments! I really want to know, I’m starting to think I’m just talking to myself every post hahaha 😉