I was having such good luck lately with my DIY skincare projects. THIS recipe is still getting a ton of traction on Pinterest, and I just made another batch of this serum that I’ve been using daily. But it seems my luck has run out because this mishap has me seriously reconsidering my hobby of inventing skincare. Check out what I did wrong so you won’t make the same mistakes should you try to Pinterest your way to better skin too.
I think Everly was trying to tell me something when she popped her little hand into the frame to eat the ground walnuts when I was trying to get this shot. She was saying ‘Mom, this is food. Turn it into cake and let’s call it a day.’ It’s a plate of ground up walnuts, oats, and cocoa powder mixed with brown sugar. I didn’t follow a specific recipe, it’s a mashup of a few different scrubs I saw on Pinterest using components I thought would work best. A greatest hits for your skin you could say. What could possibly go wrong?
But you can’t have all dry ingredients so I squirted in some aloe and jojoba oil trying to get a wet sand consistency that would spread easily with all of those gritty components. See, I totally know what I’m doing.
Once I get it looking like a scrub (it was still a little chunkier than I wanted) I re-purposed an empty container to store it. I’m celebrating myself at this point for creating this amazing new concoction that will be re-pinned to death and duplicated over and over. I’m pretty sure I’ll end up selling the recipe to a huge company or just launch my own skincare line. I mean, it’s good enough to literally eat, it smells delicious, and it’s all natural! At this point I can’t wait until bedtime when I can use it and have the perfect skin I’ve always wanted.
But when I use it I really don’t fall in love because it’s chunky and dry so it just rolls off of my skin and falls into the sink, I decide to add more liquid to it trying to get the consistency right which never actually happens. I’m so disappointed about wasting all of that time (and food) that I just forget about it for a few days before deciding to give it one last try.
You can image my surprise when I find this.
In literally 5 days, my little jar of what was supposed to be the best scrub ever has turned into a dirty petri dish of science right there in my shower. I literally gag and toss the whole thing out wondering if DIY skincare should ever be attempted.
Learn from my mistakes:
– This scrub which contains baking soda and honey worked so well because neither go bad. I think the problem here was the ground up walnut meal that turned perishable. I just assumed that because the whole walnuts can sit on my counter for weeks while we graze on them, that they’d hold up the same way broken down which wasn’t the case. I can’t imagine oat flour, cocoa, or brown sugar would mold like that, but this whole mess is making me question what I know about general things like proper food storage.
– If you’re using food (like avocado, yogurt, or walnuts apparently) then I think you have a grace period of 2 days and you should keep it the refrigerator.
– Instead of mixing together different sugar and flours, for a DIY scrub I’ll probably grab microdermabrasion crystals or just re-order THIS one that uses the crystals and honey which make a yummy smelling scrub/ cleanser that really works well and lasts 8 months.
I won’t stop completely with the DIY skincare experiments because I’m so fascinated by it, but I think for the immediate future I’ll leave ingredient sourcing to the experts and just buy things I put on my skin the same way everyone else does.
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Thank you! I’m leaving it to those who know better than me for now. Such a crazy experience!
That’s a good point. I used a scooper to get it out of the jar so I was careful not to get water in, but that just goes to show how even a little bit (if it was the water can do this and how careful people should be even when they think it’s something so innocuous as this.
It sounds like the mold/bacteria grew because of the aloe, actually. Any time you have water, you have the potential for mold/bacterial growth. I’m assuming the aloe you used had a preservative, but adding it to the other ingredients stretched that preservative beyond its abilities. Especially with the oats–they’re a source of starch that would feed the mold/yeast/bacteria quite well.
I don’t think it’s your ingredients hun, did you get water in your scrub? like use it in the shower with wet hands? If so, its the water that caused the mould…you just need to use a suitable broad spectrum preservative. I used to make and sell handmade beauty/hair products and this is common. It’s not a disaster! just a learning curve. I don’t want to add a link on here out of respect but a lady I know has a great forum on Facebook and she has a brilliant article about preservatives. Check out Jane Barber.