Formulating Creamy Sugar Scrub Part 2

Thursday, 10 January 2019


So for the purpose of making the creamy suspended sugar scrub; i decided to not put any ‘water phase’ inside. I needed something that doesn’t ‘dilute’ the sugar; but at the same time isn’t oily.

From my post yesterday; I’ve mentioned that using oil is the only way sugar doesn’t melt in scrub; however it becomes too oily and disgustingly greasy! Plus after sometime it will separate and you will have a layer of oil and sugar separated. I didn’t want that so i decided to reformulate and put in another alternative.


So i tried sorbitol. The reason i added sorbitol is because its 70% sugar content. Its probably ‘tepu’ with sugar so adding in more sugar it wouldn’t dilute it. 
Together with it i added beeswax and shea butter to make it a little like a balm texture. Bare in mind that by right; i know this is wrong. But just for the fun of it; i wanted to experiment and show you guys how wrong it is like in the picture!
Just FYI: beeswax is not an emulsifier, to mix water phase (sorbitol) and oil phase (shea butter) you need an emulsifier not beeswax! You will see a lot of ‘lotion’ recipe using beeswax as emulsifier. Well.. its wrong. Over time things will separate like in the picture

So anyways initially when everything was heated up; it did mix and become creamy texture. Was wonderful. And so i added the sugar and left it for 48 hours; and it separated! Sucks!

Then the same experiment; i changed the sorbitol to hydrogenated castor oil. 

Hydrogenated castor oil is actually a mild emulsifier and its and oil that easily emulsifies with water when you are showering and it will be removed easily from your skin. I did the same recipe; hydrogenated castor oil, shea butter and beeswax. Guess what? Same thing! Separation!

So heres the part 2 of the creamy sugar scrub formulation. Ill update part 3; the ‘real’ recipe hopefully (finger crossed as I’m still waiting for possible separation) soon. Wish me luck! So far it hasn’t separate. But I’m waiting before revealing to you guys! 


Thanks for reading:

 Nisha 

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