Skincare Recipes

How to Make an Emulsified Sugar Scrub

emulsified sugar scrub
This coffee-scented scrub has 2 T of ground cardamom added in place of 1 ounce of sugar. Click on the photo to view it on Etsy.

It’s taken me two and a half years to get around to making sugar scrubs. I’m not really sure why…maybe because “emulsified” sounded intimidating…maybe because I rarely purchased them to use myself…or it could have just been laziness. Whatever the reason, I finally kicked myself in the pants and said “get on with it already!” I decided that having mostly soap wasn’t serving my customers as well as having a variety of products would. So I’ve been experimenting and gradually rolling out some new things.

And you know what? Customers have been expressing great interest in these new things! And emulsified sugar scrubs are actually super easy to make, so I don’t know what I why I was being so stubborn. If you’ve been intimidated by scrubs, now is the time to dive in and get your hands dirty. Or clean…

Emulsified Sugar Scrub Recipe and Instructions

Slowly heat the above ingredients just until melted. Allow to cool to under 122 degrees F. Then mix in the following:

  • .35 oz (0.1% to 0.5% <– that’s point five %, not a half %) Liquid Germall Plus
  • .65 oz (1%) Fragrance or Essential Oil

At this point, place the mixture in the refrigerator until it looks thickened and the bottom of the bowl doesn’t feel warm. Blend with a hand mixer until you have a pudding consistency. Now you can add your sugar.

  • Up to 64 oz of cane sugar
  • Up to 1/2 tsp mica if you choose to color your scrub. Mix the mica into your sugar before adding to your emulsion

Stir sugar into your emulsion until well incorporated, then spoon into jars. This recipe made 10 jars of scrub (9 oz each), with about 6 ounces left over. I split the batch in two and made two different fragrances. That left enough extra to offer a small tester jar of each at markets.

This is a very thick scrub, so there is no dripping oil when you use it. Feel free to experiment with the amount of sugar you use, in case you prefer a thinner scrub. You can add other exfoliants in place of some of the sugar, as well.

Don’t want to make it yourself? You can purchase one here.

Do you have a favorite sugar scrub? What additives do you like to use in yours? I’d love to hear from you in the comments!

Skincare Recipes

The Best Aluminum-Free Homemade Deodorant

homemade deodorant
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I have tried lots of different “crunchy” deodorant alternatives, with little success. Popular brands that you can buy don’t work for me, and any deodorant recipe that has baking soda in it irritates my skin. The two things that have worked the best for me in the past were 1) straight up milk of magnesia smeared on my pits, and 2) using some leftover lanolin salve that I had made for healing cracked skin and following it up with some homemade body powder to eliminate the stickiness of the salve. The milk of magnesia really did fight odor for pretty close to the entire day, and the salve did almost as good of a job (it was just kind of gross to apply). I figured the reason the lanolin salve worked so well was the tea tree oil in the recipe, so I thought I would try adding tea tree oil to the milk of magnesia and then put it in a handy dandy applicator to keep my hands clean and eliminate waste.

And you know what? This aluminum-free homemade deodorant works like a charm! I wasn’t sure if the tea tree would mix in or just float on top, but it mixed in just fine. I like using this so much better than the lanolin salve. And it’s portable, so I think I’ll make up a second bottle for my gym bag. I may even try out a few other fragrance combinations.

The Best Aluminum-Free Homemade Deodorant (with no baking soda!)

Directions: Add your tea tree to the empty deodorant bottle and fill it the rest of the way with milk of magnesia (shake it up before you pour it). Then insert the roller ball into the top of your bottle, shake and apply. You’ll want to shake the bottle before each application, because milk of magnesia tends to separate a little.

It literally takes about 5 minutes to make this deodorant, and it works really well! This makes me happy, because I refuse to go back to store-bought deodorant with aluminum. This girl is not having any part of breast cancer, thank you very much.