Instead of butter, other body scrubs employ vegetable oils as the soothing, nourishing component. They are extracted from different kinds of plants, their seeds or other parts of the plants. You can normally find these in grocery stores at very accessible prices, especially some oils, such as olive oil and almond oil.
Other oils that are less common in the kitchen (but more common in the beauty product industry) are jojoba oil, coconut oil, grape seed oil, almond oil, canola oil.
These are normally found in liquid form at room temperature, unlike the butter.
They all smell wonderful and can be used on their own too as body moisturizers.
Since they already have a natural fragrance, somebody scrub recipes do not require the addition of essential oils. Other body scrubs can be made with a combination of different oils. You can combine olive oil with almond oil or coconut oil with anything else. You can even experiment and create your own balanced combination of oils.
Normally, when making a body scrub, the oil only has to coat the coarse components, to make them easy to use on the skin and to prevent irritation. Sometimes the final product can be too dry because it doesn’t have enough oil. Balanced body scrub with oils is mostly solid, with a fine film of oil on top and no empty spaces in the container, in order to prevent the oils from becoming rancid.
An important factor to consider when using body scrubs is their durability over time. Oils become rancid earlier and they have a shelf life of about six months. So when making a batch of body scrub, make sure you make little enough that you can use it before it spoils. If you buy it, if it is certified organic, also make sure you buy a quantity that you know you will use up on time.
A small amount of the product you use is enough for a thorough scrub. The soaps will last longer and so will the butter-based body scrubs.