Creating a pumpkin seed & orange oil degreasing foaming bath butter scrub

In yesterday’s post, we used foaming bath butter (aka foaming bath whip) to create some lovely exfoliating scrubs with jojoba beads. Today, let’s look at how we can use foaming bath butter, jojoba beads, and pumice to create a garden or kitchen scrub.

As a note, I’m still in bed in pain, so I apologize for the lack of pictures. You’ve seen this one before, so it’s not exactly what you’d make here, but it’s close.

When it comes to cleaning up after a day of creating in the workshop or kitchen, I always think of using d-Limonene, which you might find as “orange oil” in some products. It’s amazing at de-greasing, which means it can remove aromatic oils like our fragrance and essential oils as well as things that might stay on your hands, like garlic or onion.

If you’d like to read a more in-depth article about d-Limonene, please click here to see my article in Handmade magazine

Normally, when we add an oil to a surfactant blend like foaming bath butter, we need a solubilizer like polysorbate 80 so it won’t weep out later. Foaming bath butter can handle up to 5% oils, so that’s not necessary here. I find 1% is more than enough, but you could increase to 2% to create a really de-greasing product for after working on cars and oil and such.

If you don’t have d-Limonene, you can make this with orange, lime, or lemon essential oil at up to 1%. 

For this one, I used 10% jojoba beads – orange ones kinda stay with the theme or orange oil, while green is great for gardener’s scrubs, but you can use any colour you choose – along with 5% finely ground pumice. You can increase one or both of these exfoliants, if you wish. Any size beads will work well, but given I have both the 40/60 for lips and face and 28/60 for body products, I used the larger ones.

As I’m scrubbing and de-greasing, I need more lovely hydrating ingredients in the mix so I don’t scrub them raw! I used 3% glycerin and 3% sorbitol in my version, but you could use propanediol 1,3 (scroll down) or another humectant you like in their place. Every skin type could use a little hydration, so I consider them pretty essential. If you only want to use 6% glycerin, then have at it! These humectants not only make bubbles bigger, they increase the mildness of the cleanser, too.

You could add a titch of oil to this – up to 4% – to act as an emollient. I like pumpkin seed oil as it is inexpensive and offers lots of lovely fatty acids to moisturize as well as phytosterols to reduce inflammation, but you could choose the one you love the most. As we’re washing this off, there’s really no reason to use a more expensive oil here, but you could do that, if you wished.


74% foaming bath butter

10% jojoba beads

5% finely ground pumice

4% pumpkin seed oil

3% sorbitol

3% glycerin

1% d-Limonene

Weigh all the ingredients into a container and mix well with a hand mixer for 3 to 5 minutes or until it has increased in volume. Scoop into a jar, label, and rejoice!

Unsure how to read a formula and convert it into something you can measure by weight? Click here! 

Related posts:

How to use d-Limonene in your cleaning products

My favourite dish soap with d-Limonene

Foaming bath butter scrubs with jojoba beads