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HOW TO MAKE EMULSIFIED SUGAR SCRUBS. THREE SCRUBS – THREE EMULSIFIERS

I often get asked about substituting emulsifying wax in certain products. While in many ways changing an emulsifying system can have a great impact on the final consistency of a lotion or cream, I found that in anhydrous formulations (body butter, body balm, emulsified sugar scrub) they mostly change the way the product slips on the skin.

I’ve decided to make three emulsified sugar scrubs with the same formula except for the emulsifier and fragrance oil. I used the following emulsifiers:

I was shooting for a creamy, soft, and stable scrub texture with a good amount of exfoliants. The recipe I am sharing with you today is pretty basic and easily customizable. I chose cocoa, and shea butter for their amazing softening and moisturizing benefits, stearic acid for its thickening properties, cetyl alcohol goes in here because it adds a nice slip to the final product; sunflower oil because it’s light, affordable, and has a long shelf life. You can use a different butter combination and use a different carrier oil or even a few oils. Including oil-soluble actives, extracts and infusions will bring your products to a whole new level, so feel free to play around with your ingredients. That’s how we learn best.

The formula I’m sharing with you is for the scrub base itself. Sugar and other exfoliants are not included in the formula. The thing is that we all love different levels of exfoliation, and what’s good for me might not be so good for you. However, I will give you the exact amounts of the exfoliants I used in this project, so you have a place to start.

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BASIC EMULSIFIED SCRUB

10,0%EMULSIFYING WAX
10,0%Stearic Acid
5,0%Cetearyl Alcohol
5,0%Cetyl Alcohol
7,0%Cocoa butter
7,0%Shea Butter
53,0%Sunflower Oil
1,5%FRAGRANCE OIL
1,0%Preservative Euxyl PE9010
0,5%Vitamin E

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100% 200g Batch Ingredients

10,0% 20gLotionPro 165
10,0% 20gStearic Acid
5,0% 10gCetearyl Alcohol
5,0% 10gCetyl Alcohol
7,0% 14gCocoa butter
7,0% 14gShea Butter
53,0% 106gSunflower Oil
1,5% 3gLavender Vanilla FRAGRANCE OIL
1,0% 2g Preservative Euxyl PE9010
0,5% 1gVitamin E

EXFOLIANTS for a 200g batch of Srub Base: 250 sugar, 3g jojoba beads

Purple Mica for coloring

VANILLA ME ALL OVER EMULSIFIED SUGAR SCRUB

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100% 200g Batch Ingredients

10,0% 20gEmulsifier Soft and Silky
10,0% 20gStearic Acid
5,0% 10gCetearyl Alcohol
5,0% 10gCetyl Alcohol
7,0% 14gCocoa butter
7,0% 14gShea Butter
53,0% 106gSunflower Oil
1,5% 3gVanilla Bean FRAGRANCE OIL
1,0% 2g Preservative Euxyl PE9010
0,5% 1gVitamin E

EXFOLIANTS for a 200g batch of Srub Base: 300 sugar, 20 walnut shell powder

PECAN PIE AND COFFEE EMULSIFIED SUGAR SCRUB

100% 200g Batch Ingredients

10,0% 20gEmulsiIfying Wax NF
10,0% 20gStearic Acid
5,0% 10gCetearyl Alcohol
5,0% 10gCetyl Alcohol
7,0% 14gCocoa butter
7,0% 14gShea Butter
53,0% 106gSunflower Oil
1,5% 3gPecan Pie FRAGRANCE OIL
1,0% 2g Preservative Euxyl PE9010
0,5% 1gVitamin E

EXFOLIANTS for a 200g batch of Srub Base: 250g sugar, 50g ground coffee, 10g Banana Powder

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Melt oils and butters over medium heat using the double boiler method. Stir ocassionally.

2. In the meanwhile, weigh your exfoliants.

3. Once the ingredients have completely melted, let them cool down to about 40C, stirring occasionally.

4. Add fragrance oil and preservative. Stir to combine.

5. Stir in exfoliants. Adjust if necessary.

6. Give your product about 24 hours to come to its final consistency.

I hope you enjoy these formulations and if you do try them out, let me know what your think in the comments down below, on my Facebook page, or in our friendly and supportive DIY Bath Bomb Recipes Group.

If you’re interested in making other scrubs check out these posts:

Strawberry Sugar Scrub Cubes

Winter Berries & Jojoba Foaming Sugar Scrub

Chocolate Lip Scrub

How to Formulate Foaming Sugar Scrubs. Free Recipe Included

Rose Geranium & Grapefruit Creamy Sugar Scrub

Orange &Cinnamon Gelly Sugar Scrub

Himalayan Salt Whipped Body Scrub

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