Tools and Supply Lists
The key to success with all herbal preparations is getting all of your supplies in order.
There are the items you will need to order to be ready to go!
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Supply recourses list & links
Herbal Infused Oils: if you do not have any of these on hand, be sure to enroll in the prerequisite for this course Making Your Own Herbal Infused Oils to learn how to make your own beautifully infused botanical oils.
- Creating homemade infused oils is a bit time consuming, as the oils are best infused for 2-6 weeks. If you feel you do not have the time to make your own infused oils and still have your gifts ready in time for the holidays, have not fear! We have ready-made infused oils for sale in our herb shop!
Carrier Oils: Carrier oils are discussed in depth in our Infused Oils course, but some of the best for a sugar scrub are as follows:
- Safflower oil
- Sunflower oil
- Apricot oil
- Almond oil
- Jojoba oil
- Olive oil
- Sesame oil
- Fractionated coconut oil
- Some of my favorite suppliers:
Bowl & Spoon/Whisk: any will do, whatever you have on hand. In the follow-along video in lesson 4.1 I use a 4 cup pyrex measuring cup with pour spout.
Sugar: there are lots of fun options here as there world of extracted sugars seems to grow everyday. I typically use a raw organic fine grain sugar as I like using small sugar granules on my skin. But I encourage you to try out different types of sugar and granule size to determine what your skin likes best. Most of these options will be available in the baking aisle at your local natural grocery store. You can choose from:
- Cane sugar from most fine to least fine
- Brown sugar
- Raw pure cane
- Turbinado sugar
- Coconut sugar
- Maple sugar
- Date sugar
Ground Herbs & Clays: Your sugar scrub recipe is activated with herbal powder plant intelligence and detoxifying clays that also turn the scrub a lovely rust color. We will discuss these in more detail in lesson 2.2, but here are some of my favorite herb and clay suppliers:
- Dry herb powders
Essential Oils: the world of essential oil suppliers is vast and crowded. Keep in mind that many essential oils are all grown and extracted by a few small collectives in specific areas of the world where specific plants grow – Madagascar vetiver, or Australian sandalwood for example. Typically, the price of an essential oil reflects its quality, and if you find a large bottle of essential oil that seems affordable, it is probably because it is adulterated in some way. Also, know that ‘therapeutic grade’ essential oils is simply a marketing claim that has no regulatory body to back its validity. I have worked in the natural product development space a long time, and I have seen a lot of scams. Here is a list of suppliers that I either know through the herbal/wellness community, or who are personal friends. I have vetted these sources and trust the integrity and quality of their oils above all others:
Cosmetic Jars: the Achilles heel of making your own products, as it can be very challenging to source a jar you love at affordable prices for making small batches. Honestly, with sugar scrubs, a 2 or 4 ounce mason jar is a lovely choice, which you can get in a 12 or 24 pack at your local grocer or hardware store. But if you want to do the deep dive into packaging suppliers, some of the most consistent smaller quantity suppliers are Berlin Packaging, Containers and Packaging, and SKS. I have also been surprised by the prices and options at Mountain Rose Herbs and if your already there shopping for carrier oils, herbal powders, and clays, you might as well take a look.