After I shared my RODIN inspired Luxury Facial Serum back in June, I took a look at the rest of their product line, and their cleansing powder caught my eye. Their marketing brags about rice bran and “asea algae” (carrageenan), but the reviews mentioned lather, so there had to be a surfactant in there somewhere. $45 seemed a bit steep for something that’s basically cereal that lathers, so off I went to the DIY kitchen to see what I could whip up.
Most of this scrub is made up of ground rice. I used 100% brown arborio rice, which I chose because I realized I do not have the patience to stir a risotto for the 2 hours required to make a brown rice risotto (perhaps I should try a crock pot…). The brown rice scrub is quite scrubby courtesy of the rice bran. I like it as an occasional use exfoliating scrub, but if you’re looking for something to use on a day-to-day basis you’ll probably want to use some white rice in there with the brown, for a total of three tablespoons. If you skin is extra-sensitive you can also try using a bit of rice starch or rice flour instead of some of the whole rice.
A blend of Sodium Lauryl Sulfoacetate (SLSa) and Sodium Cocoyl Isethionate (SCI) give this scrub a lovely, slippery lather. If you’ve just got one or the other, feel free to use 3 tsp of that one, rather than a combination of the two. Both SLSa and SCI are safe, gentle powdered surfactants, but you still don’t want to inhale them (so wear your dust mask). If you don’t want to use them you can use a tablespoon or two or ground up bar soap instead—try one, see what you think, and maybe add another if you want more lather and slip.
The original also brags about “moisturizing sea algae” or “asea algae”, and while that sounds fancy, a quick poke into the ingredients list reveals that’s actually carrageenan, which isn’t nearly as fancy sounding. Carrageenan is commonly used in food as a thickener and gelling agent, but in cosmetics and skin care products we like it because it helps hydrate the skin.
The original uses a blend of jasmine and neroli essential oils. You’re certainly welcome to use a blend of those if you like, but I’m not terribly fond of the scent of either, so I went with a blend of calming lavender, bright cardamom, and juicy lemon instead. We can get away with using photosensitizing lemon essential oil here since we’re washing it right off, rather than leaving it on our skin.
After you’ve got all the ingredients, whipping everything up in a coffee grinder is all that’s left. BAM. Easy peasy. Enjoy your lovely new brown rice cleansing grains!
Brown Rice Cleansing Grains
Pop on your dust mask. Measure all the surfactants, rice, and carrageenan into your DIY-only coffee grinder and blitz everything to bits for a minute or two. Let the dust die down, pop off the lid, and give everything a good stir. Make sure you scrape around the bottom to pick up the bits that will get all caked into the bottom corners of the coffee grinder, and do that a couple times until you have a super thorough, uniform blend.
Drop in the essential oils and blitz everything together again. Transfer the scrub to a jar or bottle.To use, take about a teaspoon of the scrub in your palm, gently combine it with a wee bit of water, and scrub away, using more water as needed to make the scrub less exfoliating. Follow up with some moisturizer and enjoy!