Exfoliants are popular additives for scrubs and soaps. The gritty and coarse texture sloughs off dead skin leaving the body soft and smooth. Exfoliants range from mild to rugged for a wide variety of applications. Facial scrubs would use mild exfoliants such as sugar while pumice powder would be more suitable for a mechanic’s scrub.
Annatto Seeds grow in the tropics and have a natural yellow color. They are loaded with Vitamins C, B’s, and E. They contain wonderful amounts of antioxidants which are thought to help protect the skin from environmental free radical damage.
Seeds are sterilized for bacterial control. Due to the small round grain, it is considered a “skin friendly” scrub that is unlikely to cause damage. Use this all natural, finely ground powder in your soaps, lotion bars and scrubs to gently exfoliate the skin.
Used to provide a natural botanical element to handmade products. Great for aromatic, hand blended potpourri. Fennel seeds are known to have many health benefits and can also be ground using a coffee grinder and used as an aromatic exfoliant in scrubs and soaps.
Flaxseed Powder (also called Linseed) is a rich source of omega-3, 6 and 9 essential fatty acids. It is a popular additive in soap, hair, and skin care products because those fatty acids are thought sooth itchy skin, promote hair growth, and nourish dry or brittle nails.
Oats are chopped in large pieces which provides naturally mild exfoliation properties and color variation in products. Enhance the beauty and exfoliating properties of bars of soap with these chopped oats. If a finer grade is desired, grind in food processor or coffee grinder.
Thought to provide moisturizing properties by creating a barrier against the skin. The hydrated granules of oatmeal adhere to the surface of the skin and provide a protective film attracting humidity and reducing friction.
All natural poppy seeds can be used to provide mild exfoliation properties and color variation in products. The seeds add a beautiful black spotted design to soaps and work especially well in suspended soap bases. A little goes a long way!
Pumpkin flakes come from dried pumpkin seeds and are intended to provide mild exfoliation properties and color variation in cosmetic products. The natural orange colored flakes also are known to be high in vitamin A, C and Zinc.
Walnut Shell Powder is prepared by controlled grinding of the shells of walnuts. Use this fine grain exfoliant in your soaps and scrubs to provide a gentle exfoliation that will leave skin soft and smooth.