I personally do not like to add coloring to the scrub as some food safe colors can stain the skin. An alternative is to use a decorative jar or container.
Although I have not yet tried this, one option to make a colored jar from a clear mason jar I recently found in the Feb 10, 2014 issue of Woman’s World magazine lists these steps:
1 Pick a glass mason jar and a color of liquid food coloring you would like
2 Pour about an inch of Mod Podge (available at Shop.PlaidOnline.com) into the jar and add 5-10 drops of food coloring. Stir to mix – will look light and creamy but dry clear
3 Tilt the jar around to coat the entire inside of the jar – use of a brush will leave streaks and is not recommended.
4 Place coated jar upside-down on a paper plate to drain remaining liquid, about an hour. Then turn right-side up and let air dry for a day or two
If you try this idea be sure to share your feedback.
Adding an antioxidant like Vitamin E or caffeine (coffee, tea, cocoa) is not only good for the skin but can also add shelf life to your product as it prevents the oil from going rancid.
Add a half teaspoon of Vitamin E to your product (open a couple of capsules). When using cocoa powder use it sparingly as too much can stain the skin of the user.
Herbs like basil, thyme, rosemary, lavender and ginger among others can be added to the scrub to enhance the scent and lead to nice textural changes.
Do you have a favorite herb you like to add to your scrubs? Share the idea with us.