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« on: September 25, 2004 02:41:50 PM »

Hey gang,

I wanted to know if anyone had tried  making a sugar scrub before and if someone had a recipe to share or knows a good place to find one.   I'm looking for one that won't go bad in a short period of time... any advice anyone has would be greatly appreciated !


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« Reply #1 on: September 25, 2004 03:42:11 PM »

I've made sugar scrubs that lasted easily for a month. Maybe that's not term enough? If ya want 'em to last, artificial ingredients/additives are what keep most products shelf stable for long periods of time.

My basic formula is:

2 Cups of bulk raw/turbinado sugar (.20/pound in the bulk bins)
sweet almond or sunflower seed oil
few drops of grape seed extract or vitamin E or both
20-30 drops of essential oils <I usually use a blend of rosemary/sweet orange/lime/and/or peppermint>

I like my scrubs to be pasty rather than oily. That way I can glob up a bit and roll it over my body as opposed to slipping it around my skin. I tried some brand of sugar scrub at a frienda house and I felt like I stuck my hands in an oil vat. I felt greasy and gross long afterwards. My scrub recipe leaves me feeling silky soft, smooth, and refreshed...
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« Reply #2 on: September 25, 2004 09:03:31 PM »

what i do is pick one of my prettiest smelling lotion and add sugar in it .stir.and there you go.
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« Reply #3 on: October 02, 2004 08:31:33 PM »

If you don't add the oils until you plan to use it, the dries can last for years.  I use plain granulated sugar, stir in dried herbs (lavender and roses work great), and store in an airtight container.  When I'm ready to use some, I grind it in a spice grinder, and add the oils of my choice.
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« Reply #4 on: October 04, 2004 03:33:00 PM »

If you are using oils, use a cheap, vegetable base oil (for example, grapeseed - this is the cheapest) and add 10-15% of wheatgerm oil. Wheatgerm is a natural antioxidant and is used in aromatherapy to preserve oils for as long as possible.
You could also use honey as a base, as it is a natural exfoliant.

If your skin is too sensitive for sugar, you could try using oats.

If you want to use natural products, they won't last a great deal of time.

Any sorry to be a kill joy, but as an aromatherapist, I would urge you to be extremely careful when incorporating e.os into your homemade cosmetics as some can be toxic when not used properly!
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« Reply #5 on: October 07, 2004 09:09:35 AM »

I make a similar scrub to missmichigan's.  I use plain old table sugar instead of brown, and I add a bit of liquid castile soap (specifically, Drr. Bronner's Hemp soap for babies -- mild and fragrance free).  Probably two parts oil to one part soap.  I don't like too much oil in scrubs, and the soap makes a nice rich lather, so my skin winds up soft and smooth instead of greasy.  I like using grapefruit EO for a nice clean scent, though I also make one with peppermint for my feet.  I love it.

Experiment with different kinds of oil and scents, and the proportions you use.  I love that I can make a scrub that exactly suits my needs and preferences.  And it's soooo much cheaper than buying the over-priced stuff at the Body Shop and other places.
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« Reply #6 on: October 09, 2004 05:13:29 PM »

(try 1/4 C . brown sugar, 1/4 C. white sugar, and 2 T olive oil)

Just tryed that with a tablespoon of lavendar flowers. . .only I left the oil out till I was ready to use it. . .1/2 tablespoon of the sugar for my hands plus just enough oil so I could masage the scrup into my hands.  They are now as smooth as a baby's. . .ahem. . .

I'm looking for one that won't go bad in a short period of time...


Sould keep easily till you add the oil. . .
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« Reply #7 on: October 09, 2004 05:36:05 PM »

I just recently started using a sugar scrub because with the cold weather starting my skin was a dry mess.  So far all I've done has been to pour sugar into a little tubawear container, and then carry my sugar and olive oil off to the bathroom with me.  I don't mix the oil and sugar until I'm ready to use it.

As far as it lasting a long time, you would deffinetly have to wait to add the wet ingredients.  Sugar thats gotten moist will make a bactrial mess, not good for your skin, and yummy to house hold pests.

Another reason to wait to add the wet ingredients.  Sugar does disolve, I've found that if I don't use my scrub quickly, the sugar keeps disolving and I'm left with more oil than sugar.  (And I only add enough to make a paste)

Something else I tried putting in my sugar scrub was oat meal, I thought it might work better for more sensitive skin areas such as face.  It was less scratchy and did remove dead skin.

Dried herbs sound like something fun to add. 

I suppose you could add some essential oils to whatever oil you are using.  Just remember not all essential oils are goodf or your skin, some can be quite damaging.  And remember.... a little goes a long way.
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« Reply #8 on: October 09, 2004 05:42:18 PM »

you know what would be cool? you  could have a container of *dry stuff* in the shower, and a liitle quirt bottle (or more) that has the oil.
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« Reply #9 on: October 09, 2004 09:17:07 PM »

what i do is pick one of my prettiest smelling lotion and add sugar in it .stir.and there you go.
remember:wash it off Grin

That is such a good idea! How much sugar would you use? I guess you can just add it until it feels good to you, I suppose! Cheap, too since I have all kinds of yummy lotion around here. Does it leave your skin feeling all filmy?
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