Help me not kill my friends and family with DIY sugar scrub!
February 2, 2010 2:21 PM Subscribe
How long will a homemade sugar and olive or grapeseed oil scrub last in a sealed container?
posted by faeuboulanger to home & garden (8 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I've been making skin exfoliators at home for awhile now using sugar, grapeseed or olive oil, honey, and various extracts. I've found my homemade product to be comparable to many commercial exfoliators that go for egregiously high prices and contain some dubious ingredients.
So, I've been thinking of packaging it up in jars and giving it as gifts to my friends/family for holidays and birthdays, etc. Usually, however, when I make it for myself, I make small quantities that only last for one or two uses. Since it contains no preservatives, and I know sugar is a great medium for bacterial growth, I'm a little concerned about how safe it will be to use for several months rather than several days. I'd really appreciate any insight you all might have about whether or not this is safe, and if there are any tricks I could employ to make it so. Thanks!