Body Scrubs

How to Formulate Foaming Sugar Scrubs. Free Recipe Included

Foaming Sugar Scrubs are so amazing! They’re quick to make, lovely to use, easy to customize. The bulk of this kind of scrub is foaming bath whip aka foaming bath batter. Many suppliers carry it and it’s pretty affordable. However, not every batch is the same and I’ve seen people complaining about purchasing foaming bath whip which was too runny. Luckily for us, there’re a few recipes online on how to make your own whipped soap base from scratch. I have a blog post where I share the recipe I use and step by step illustrated guide on how to create your foaming bath batter.

Once you’ve bought or made foaming bath whip it’s time to play around with this white, pearly, creamy fluffiness. I am going to give you a basic recipe for foaming sugar scrub and instructions on how to make changes to my formulation and create your perfect whipped body polish. Here we go!

500 gram Batch%INGREDIENTS

As you can see from this table a minimum amount of ingredients is required to make a foaming sugar scrub. You don’t even have to use oil if you don’t want to.

Now let’s play around with the basic recipe and see what these changes are going to bring to our product.

1. Increasing the amount to oil or using a different oil/butter.
The more oil you add the less foam and bubbles your end product is going to have. However, if you or your customers are in love with low foam super creamy, moisturizing scrubs then making this change could be very beneficial.

Different oils and butter have different viscosity, skin feel, glide, color, texture, moisturizing and nourishing properties. For example, shea butter and mango butter have a very similar texture but a totally different skin feel. Shea butter is greasy and therefore perfect for dry and itchy skin, while mango butter being still very rich and nourishing, it glides smoothly on the skin and has a very light, silky satin skin feel and absorbs surprisingly quick for being a butter. Also, keep in mind that using butter will change the viscosity of your scrub making it harder.

adding shea butter will increase the moisturizing and nourishing properties of your product as well as make it harder.

2. Increasing and combining exfoliants.

If you want a scrubbier body polish you could increase the % of exfoliants. I find 60-65% of exfoliants work best for me but you should try different amounts and see how you like it.

Now, let’s take a look at exfoliants we could use in our scrubs and what they bring to a formulation.

sugar (white, brown, organic, fine, coarse)
salts (Epsom salts, Dead Sea salts, Pink Himalayan salts, black salt (aka Kala Namak)
seeds (kiwi seeds, blueberry seeds, poppy seeds, cranberry seeds, etc)
powders (ground coffee, pumice, activated charcoal, orange peel powder, walnut shell powder, rice powder, grapeseed powder)
granules (flax seed granules, jojoba beads)
clays (Kaolin Clay, Sea Clay, Rose Clay, Rhassoul Clay, French Green Clay, Bentonite Clay)

French Green Clay 227g

Kaolin Rose Pink Clay

The bulk of your exfoliants phase should be sugar or salt or a combo of both. You could add other exfoliants at a smaller % to spice up your product and make your scrubs stand out.

My favorite exfoliant combos are:

sugar+black salt/Himalayan salt
sugar + jojoba beads
Epsom salts + Rose clay
sugar/salt + pumice – perfect for foot scrubs
sugar + coffee + cocoa powder – smells like cappuccino


I’ve made a very nice, thick, moisturizing, and fragrant foaming sugar scrub with some Kaolin clay. Here’s my formula:


  1. Weigh your foaming bath batter and whip it until it has doubled in size.

2. Once your foaming whip looks like whipped cream, weigh your Kaolin clay, carrier oil, and fragrance oil and either whip shortly or use a whisk/spatula to incorporate the ingredients into your whipped base. I added a little bit of mica to give my sugar scrub that light pink hue.

3. Weigh your sugar and incorporate it into your foaming whip with a spatula or a whisk. Fill up your jars and enjoy!

NOTE: it is recommended to add a preservative. If I would sell my sugar scrubs I would definitely add one.

Liquid Germall Plus

Optiphen Plus

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