Of all the body scrubs I’ve made, this has to be one of my favorites. Not only does it exfoliate, it moisturises too!
Unlike a regular sugar or salt scrub, this has the addition of an emulsifier. When applied to damp skin it creates a lotion-y effect that leaves your skin beautifully moisturised and silky smooth.
For this recipe, I chose to use organic raw sugar as the grains are larger than refined sugar and I wanted a coarser scrub. If you prefer a more gentle scrub you can substitute the raw sugar for regular refined sugar or a mixture of both.
You can also replace the oils and butters with some of your favorites or whatever you have available. I chose a mixture of light oils as I didn’t want my scrub to be too greasy. I would normally only use two oils but added three as I had a little bit of Camellia oil left – and I love it!
Lets take a look at some of the ingredients we will be using and what each of them bring to the party!
Sweet almond oil (INCI: Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis oil) is high in essential fatty acids and offers good skin cell regeneration, softening and moisturising qualities. It helps to restore skin barrier function and is hydrating for dry, itchy and chapped skin. It is a good moisturiser that doesn’t feel too heavy or greasy.
Macadamia oil (INCI: Macadamia Ternifolia oil) is one of my favorites. It’s a light/medium, non-greasy oil and is fantastic for mature, dry and sensitive skin. It’s moisturising, softening and soothing which can benefit chapped and cracked skin as well as help reduce itchy, red and irritated skin. It offers anti-bacterial, anti-oxidant and skin cell regeneration qualities and helps to restore skin barrier function and reduce trans-epidermal water loss (TEWL).
Camellia oil (INCI: Camellia Sinensis oil) is a light, dry feeling oil and absorbed well by the skin. It is astringent, anti-inflammatory, softening, moisturising and has good skin cell regeneration qualities. It is good for damaged (cracked, irritated, inflamed), dry, sensitive and mature skin.
Cocoa butter (INCI: Theobroma Cacao), (unrefined), is a slight yellow colour and has a delicious mild chocolate scent. It is a hard butter offering anti-inflammatory, skin softening, moisturising and cell regeneration qualities. It forms an occlusive layer on the skin protecting it from the elements and reducing trans-epidermal water loss (TEWL). It stimulates collagen increasing flexibility and skin repair and can help reduce fine lines associated with aging.
Shea butter (INCI: Butyrospermum Parkii) is a soft butter with a high healing fraction. It is anti-inflammatory, protective, regenerative, softening and moisturising. It reduces irritation, redness and stimulates healing. Shea butter forms an occlusive layer on the skin but unlike cocoa butter does not clog the pores so would be a better choice for acne sufferers.
Vitamin E – (INCI: Tocopheryl) is a powerful anti-oxidant that not only helps prevent the oxidation of oils and the rate in which they go rancid but offers many benefits to our skin. It protects the skin from environmental pollution, is an excellent moisturiser, has incredible wound healing properties and its anti-oxidant action can prevent the signs of premature aging.
Preservative – even though this is an anhydrous (containing no water) scrub we will still need to add a preservative as the introduction of water from wet hands will make it susceptible to water borne bacteria and microbial growth.
So, lets get creative and have some fun!
Start by measuring out all of your ingredients.
|Emulsifying wax NF||10||25|
|Sweet almond oil||28||70|
|Essential Oils (I used Lavender & Lemongrass)||2||5|
|Preservative (I used Liquid Germall Plus)||1||2.5|
|Organic raw sugar||150|
In a large heat proof container, combine your oils (sweet almond, macadamia and camellia), emulsifier, cetyl alcohol and cocoa butter and place into a bain marie to melt.
Once the oils have melted, remove from the heat and add the shea butter allowing it to melt gently in the oils.
When the shea butter has completely melted place the container into the fridge or freezer to rapidly cool. This will help prevent the shea butter from becoming gritty.
As soon as the oils start to set and form a skin on the top remove from the fridge/freezer and add your vitamin E, essential oils and preservative. Mix with an electric hand mixer or kitchen aid until it becomes light and fluffy.
Add the sugar and fold into the mixture using a spatula. When well combined, spoon into wide mouth jars and leave to cool completely before lidding.
Initially this scrub will be fairly soft and becomes firmer over a couple of days. Even though it’s firm you can still scoop it out of the jar easily. If you prefer your scrub to be softer try increasing the oils a little and reducing the cocoa butter. The beauty of making your own skincare is that you can get creative and play around with the ingredients to suit your preferences.
- 25g emulsifier (I used emulsifying wax NF)
- 25g Cetyl Alcohol
- 20g Cocoa Butter
- 70g Sweet Almond Oil
- 40g Macadamia Oil
- 30g Camillia Oil
- 30g Shea Butter
- 5g Essential Oils (I used Lavender & Lemongrass)
- 2.5g Vitamin E
- 2.5g Preservative (I used Liquid Germall Plus)
- 150g Raw or Refined Sugar
- In a large heat proof container, combine your oils (sweet almond, macadamia and camellia), emulsifier, cetyl alcohol and cocoa butter and place into a bain marie to melt.
- Once melted remove them from the heat and add the shea butter and allow to melt gently in the hot oils.
- When completely melted place the container into the fridge/freezer to rapidly cool. Remove from the fridge/freezer when a skin starts to form on the top.
- Add your vitamin E, essential oils and preservative and mix with an electric hand mixer or kitchen aid until it becomes light and fluffy.
- Add sugar and mix using a spatula until well combined then spoon into wide mouth jars and leave to cool completely before putting on the lid.
- To use: Scoop a handful from the jar and apply in a circular motion all over your body. As you rinse the scrub starts to emulsify and turn into a lotion leaving beautifully exfoliated and silky smooth skin.