I love a good sugar scrub, but I don't like how they leave an oily film in the tub. It's slippery and a mess to clean up. The solution? Emulsified sugar scrubs! You achieve this by adding emulsifying wax to the mixture. Basically this creates a lotion without the water. When you are in the shower, the scrub mixes with the water and becomes almost a lotion and rinses off.
- 100 grams of refined shea butter
- 285 grams of apricot kernel oil
- 100 grams of emulsifying wax
- 1/2 teaspoon lavender mica
- 600 grams of white sugar
- 5 grams of Optiphen preservative
- 10 grams of lavender essential oil
- five 8-ounce jars with lids
In a microwave safe dish, add the shea butter, apricot kernel oil and emulsifying wax. Heat in 30 second increments, stirring until the oils and wax are completely melted and mixed together. Stir in the mica.
Place the dish in the refrigerator. We are just trying to speed up the cooling here or it will take forever to whip up. Let the top set, but not the entire mixture. It will still be slightly warm.
Scrape this mixture into a mixing bowl with a whip attachment. Here is what I mean about not fully hardened. I think you can see this better:
Now turn the mixer on high and whip, stopping to scrape the sides and bottom of the bowl periodically. Whip until you reach a nice pudding-like consistency.
You can adjust your color here as well as it does lighten in color as you whip it up.
While the mixture is whipping, measure out the Optiphen and essential oil into a small cup:
Add the sugar and the scent/preservative to the bowl:
Now turn the mixer back on high and whip it up again until fluffy, scraping down the bowl. Spoon into jars. You should get five 8-ounce jars from this batch, plus a little extra depending on how much you whip it.
This will firm up just a bit after it cools completely, but is still scoopable.
To use: Just scoop some out while in the shower and rub in a circular motion over your skin. It will scrub and emulsify and then wash off. Easy peasy!
- Even though there is no water in this product, it will be in a wet environment, which is why the Optiphen is included. The preservative is up to you if you want to make a small batch and use the scrub for personal use, but if you give it to others, the preservative is a good idea.
- INCI ingredient list: Sugar, Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Kernel Oil, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Emulsifying Wax NF, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Phenoxyethanol (and) Caprylyl Glycol), Mica
- You can substitute different oils and butters, but keep in mind the consistency of the scrub will change depending on the oil used. For example, using cocoa butter instead of shea will yield a much firmer scrub.