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  • Sugar Body scrub formulations

    Posted by weldo on September 22, 2017 at 5:51 am


    I made a lotion with Perry Romanowski formulation and I’m really happy with the results. I want to make a body scrub with the same ingredients but I don’t know how to change the % each. I mean I want to put more oil (maybe 25% instead of 5%). If I do so should I put more emulsifier?
    (Of course it’s for the scrub base. I want to use 50% or more of sugar)

    Perry Romanowski formulation I used:

    Or if someone have an other scrub formulation ready to use I’ll be happy to try it.

    Can anyone help me?

    bita replied 6 years, 8 months ago 9 Members · 12 Replies
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  • sven

    September 22, 2017 at 6:45 am

    Do you have a list of formulations?

  • OldPerry

    September 22, 2017 at 1:00 pm

    A body scrub and a lotion are not the same product so you probably need different ingredients.  The ingredients you need will depend on the type of body scrub you want to make.  Do you want to make a body wash scrub?  Or do you want an oil-based exfoliating scrub?  Or is there something else. 

    Scrubs are meant to clean the skin so they necessarily have to be removed.  Lotions are meant to moisturize the skin so they are left on.

    @sven - There are some formulas here. https://chemistscorner.com/cosmetic-formulation-basics/  Other formulas are presented in our courses.

    Cosmetic Formulation Basics

  • weldo

    September 27, 2017 at 3:57 am

    I want to make an oil-based exfoliating sugar scrub. I thought by just putting more oil and more emulsifier to this formulas it could work

  • ozgirl

    September 27, 2017 at 7:58 am

    You will find plenty of information on sugar scrubs and how to make them at http://swiftcraftymonkey.blogspot.com

  • Zolveria

    September 29, 2017 at 12:33 am

    I agree with ozgirl. learning the HLB system and it rules is essential .. also adding polysorbate 80 if you want to emulsify some of that oil so not to leave such a greasy feel. it all depend what you want.
    I am a nurse and took chemistry course outside of what was needed. 
    you need to decide whether you want an emulsified or not.
    here is a powerful PDF you can learn and memorize. http://www.scientificspectator.com/documents/personal%20care%20spectator/HLB_Basics.pdf 

  • sven

    September 29, 2017 at 9:33 am

    @Zolveria a very nice article

  • tanelise

    September 29, 2017 at 8:38 pm

    www,theherbarie.com has several scrub recipes (among others) that you can try.

  • Zolveria

    September 30, 2017 at 3:15 am

    trying recipes is nice but formulating the and knowing what and why things are happening make all the difference..  knowing why the bond are interacting and the chemical bond that are  forming is another ..

  • MarkBroussard

    September 30, 2017 at 11:31 am


    What you’re describing is an Emulsified Sugar Scrub.  

    The base is 70% oils & 15% butters of your choice and 15% emulsifiers (Cetearyl Alchohol & Behentrimonium Methosulfate works nicely for this).  Combine the oils, butters & emulsifiers and heat until all solids are dissolved, stir briefly to make sure it is homogeneous and then let it sit until it reaches room temperature.  If you’re adding fragrance oils, do so when it drops to 40C or less.

    Then mix 3 parts sugar to 1 part base (150 grams of sugar per 100 grams base).  If you want a lighter, whipped Scrub, then whisk the base as you are adding in the sugar.

    If you want a cleansing action when the scrub is washed off, throw in 5% of a powdered surfactant when you add the sugar.

    If you notice that you get some oil “seeping” out, then increase the amount of emulsifiers you are using. 

  • komirra

    October 14, 2017 at 2:36 pm

    I have been making emulsified sugar scrubs and didnt realize that you could put powdered surfactant in them. are there certain ones that are reccommended for use? I have SCI powder at home. You think that could work at 5%?

  • MarkBroussard

    October 14, 2017 at 4:35 pm

    Yes, SCI should work just fine.  Just mix it in with your Sugar and then add to the cool base so you get an even dispersion of surfactant.

  • bita

    October 14, 2017 at 6:11 pm

    @Perry What do you mean by body wash scrub? Does it mean that we have a surfactant (for example SLES), sugar and water all together? Is there any way to prevent solubility of sugar in water?

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