Route One Pumpkins offers 2 different scrubs for sale, one with shea butter and a foaming sugar cleanser. The FREE recipe for the shea scrub with sugar follows and we will be posting the foaming pumpkin enzyme scrub shortly. Please read on below the recipe for more compelling reasons to vote with your wallet and leave the micobeads on the shelf.
10.5oz white sugar (organic or conventional) or turbinado sugar for a rougher scrub
3oz shea butter (far trade or conventional)
2 oz Avocado oil (organic or conventional)
.75oz e-wax or bio-mulsion wax (we use the biomulsion from Brambleberry)
.25oz essential oil (Lavender, or rosemary are nice)
Weigh sugar in bowl
In a separate, microwavesafe glass bowl or cup, weigh avocado and ewax and heat in microwave until ewax is dissolved. Do not overheat and use care with hot glass. You can also use a double-boiler.
Pour melted il over shea butter. this should be about 160-170 degrees Fahrenheit
Use blender to blend until smooth.
Add your essential oil, if desired.
Transfer to clean,sanitized bell or other jars and use within a few weeks. If you want to keep longer or gift to someone who may keep it longer, you should consider a safe, approved preservative in low dosage (1%), like Rosemary extract, vitamin e or optiphen.
Facts about microbeads:
Products like facial scrubs, soaps and toothpaste contain thousands of polyethylene and polypropylene micro-plastic particles, ranging from 50-500 microns, or ½ mm in diameter. Some products can have between 1-5% micro-beads. One product, Neutrogena’s “Deep Clean”, contained an estimated 360,000 micro-beads in one tube.
These micro-beads do not embrace the “Cradle to Cradle” philosophy at all. They are not recoverable, and are not benign in the environment. They are designed to wash down the drain and into the environment. Many sewage treatment facilities do not capture synthetic, floating particles the size of micro-beads, and during rainy days some treatment facilities let sewage overflow go right into our waterways. Micro-plastics, including micro-beads, have been found floating in America’s waters, as evidenced by findings in The Great Lakes during our 2012 expedition.
Micro-plastic particles have been found in fish, marine mammals and reptiles, and in the digestive and circulatory systems of mussels and worms. Fish that humans harvest have been known to eat micro-plastic particles.
Micro-plastics are persistent organic compounds that attract other pollutants in the environment, like DDT, PCBs, flame-retardants, and other industrial chemicals.