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little exfoliating scrubbers

Homemade Exfoliating Scrubbers

  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Makes: About 12 scrubbers
  • Time: 30 mins + 30 minutes to set
  • Stores for 6 months

little exfoliating scrubbers

I just adore these little scrubbers. Usually you get your body scrub in a big pot, which probably sits in the edge of your bath tub for months. Each time you stick your hand in it, you add some water to it, which makes it go off quicker. That means your scrub needs to be full of strong preservatives to start with, and I’ve still had mold growing in it before the pot’s finished.

These scrubs are a great alternative. You can store them in a dry area of your bathroom and just use one, when you need exfoliating. They are easy to make, and they look gorgeous in the bathroom. They don’t have any preservatives, so store them in a lidded jar, and try not to get water in the jar. I’ve gone the extra mile and made them in three different scents and colours, but if you want to keep it simple, just one scent and colour will do fine.


I’m using Rose + red colour, Dewberry + plum colour and Wet Garden + green colour

Chop the cocoa butter to smaller chunks so that it melts quicker. I’m using the deodorised cocoa butter. Deodorised means that the chocolatey scent and creamy colour have been removed, so your cocoa butter is white and neutral smelling cocoa. Deodorised is better, when you’re adding colour and scent of your own.

Cocoa butter

Put the cocoa butter in a double boiler and heat until completely liquid.

little exfoliating scrubbers

I’m using avocado oil for this recipe, but any other light oil, such as sweet almond or grapeseed oil, will work fine. Add the oils into the melted cocoa butter. Also add the polysorbate. This is an optional ingredient, and you can leave it out if you want to keep your scrubbers as natural as possible. Polysorbate will help your oils wash off in the shower, which makes the scrubbers less greasy and your shower less slippery.

little exfoliating scrubbers

What’s a sugar scrub without sugar, eh? You can use ordinary caster sugar, no fancy stuff needed. I prefer sugar to salt, although salt can be used as well. However, I find that salt can be a bit stinging if you have scratches (!) or you’ve been shaving recently. (Or maybe I just need a better razor.)

exfoliating sugar scrub

Wait for the butter + oil mix too cool down a little. Once you can touch the jar without burning your hands, you’re good to go. This is because if you add your sugar in super hot oils, it will simply melt and you’ll end up with very sweet body butter truffles without much scrubbing action. Mix the sugar in quickly, it will help the oils cool further. Divide the mixture in three equal parts in separate containers.

exfoliating scrub

Now it’s time to add your scents and colours.

essential oils

I’ve added about 10 drops of fragrance in each batch, which is quite a lot. Feel free to let your nose guide you here. I’ve also just eyeballed the colours. I think each took about 5 drops of colour, but this really depends on your colours and the depth of colour that you want.

exfoliating sugar scrubbers

Spoon the mixture into molds. I’m using little chocolate molds, but you can use anything that is about the right size. Try silicone ice cube trays, especially the ones that come in nice shapes. Then let the scrubbers set. You can pop them in the fridge to speed things up. They don’t take very long.

exfoliating little scrubbers

Once your scrubbers are completely solid, pop them out of the molds. You can put them in a lidded jar which will protect them from moisture or you can just place them in a nice bowl.

To use, pick one scrubber and wet it under the shower or in the bath. Press the scrubber to make it crumble and use the pieces to exfoliate arms and legs, or wherever you feel a good scrub is needed.

Exfoliating scrubbers

handmade body mousse

Homemade Body Butter

Difficulty: Fairly easy
Makes: 4 x 200ml pots
Time: 1 hour + 5 hours for cooling
Storage: 6-9 months

Body Mousse


Ahh the body mousse, one of Peppy Galore’s most popular and most loved products. This handmade body butter version of the body mousse is wonderful for very dry skin or for any skin during the dull winter months.

The body mousse is a bit of a tricky product, which is why you can’t get it from just any shop out there – it really needs to be handmade. The success of your handmade body butter really depends on the quality of it’s main ingredient – the mango butter. As a natural product mango butter can vary in texture and colour. Sometimes it can be very creamy, and doesn’t want to fluff up easily. At other times it can be very dry and feel grainy to the touch. It doesn’t have a strong scent in itself, but sometimes it can absorb the scent of your essential oils. Talking about a moody ingredient!

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Handmade Body Buffer Bar

  • Level: Easy
  • Makes: 1 large or 2 smaller bars
  • Time: 15 mins for preparation + 1-2hrs to set
  • Stores for 6-9 months


At winter time the skin gets easily dry and dull, especially my legs tend to get really itchy and scaly. Not a good look. I created this body buffer bar to tackle just that! It’s super moisturising, with tons of cocoa and shea butter. It also contains a few oats, which give a gentle exfoliation and have skin calming properties. To make it extra delish I scented it with chocolate, so that shower times can now be a gorgeous indulgence for all senses.


  • 55g Cocoa Butter
  • 25g Shea Butter
  • 10g Oatmeal
  • 10g Polysorbate 80 (optional)
  • 10 drops of chocolate fragrance oil (optional)



Cocoa butter is widely sold in undeodorised and deodorised form. The undeodorised cocoa butter has a yellowish colour and smells faintly of chocolate. It’s actually exactly the same stuff that’s used in making chocolate. The deodorised cocoa butter has been treated to remove the colour and the scent. It’s a better choice if you don’t want that chocolatey scent in your product. I’m using undeodorised cocoa butter, as this buffer bar can smell as much of cocoa as possible. I also think that the undeodorised cocoa butter is a bit richer.

Take your cocoa butter, chop it roughly and place it in a heat proof container. Also add the shea butter to the mix. Shea butter is also available in undeodorised form, but it’s more rare. Usually you’ll get a deodorised version if you buy it from the usual outlets and that’s fine for this recipe. Place the jug in a double boiler and melt the butters until they have become completely liquid.

Give the oats a quick whizz to make them a bit finer. Just a quick one or you’ll end up with oat porridge!

Add the oats, the polysorbate and the fragrance oil into the melted butters. Polysorbate is a liquid emulsifier. It helps oils mix with water. So when you’re using your body buffer bar in the shower, it will wash off much easier and not leave your shower or tub deadly slippery. (Caution is still adviced, though). If you want to keep you body buffer bars completely natural, then feel free to leave the polysorbate and the fragrance oil out. You’ll still get a lovely buffer bar, but with just a hint of a chocolatey scent.


Pour the mixture into a mold. You can use any mold that you have around, but I’d recommend a silicone mould. It’s really easy to pop the buffer bar out of a silicone mold without breaking it. Cake molds work really well, and that’s what I’m using.

Let the mixture set until the butters have completely solidified. You can put the mold in the fridge to speed the process, but if you have a cool pantry or a particularly drafty window, I think these work better. I find that sometimes the fridge doesn’t cool the bar evenly, so it crumbles or caves in the middle, as it solidifies quicker on the outside than in the middle. But try it out if you are impatient, often it works fine. Once the butters are completely solid, pop the buffer bar out of its mold. It smells beautiful and will make your skin feel equally lovely.

To use, simply wet the buffer bar in the shower, then rub all over those scaly legs and anywhere else that your skin needs a bit of buffing and pampering. Then wash off. The butters will turn milky on your skin, as the polysorbate mixes them with water. You’ll still be left with softly moisturised skin.

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