Another great emulsified sugar scrub that exfoliates your skin and then turns into a lotion when you rinse it off. The scent is orange spice for fall, but you can use it all year.
This DIY recipe is based on my first DIY candy cane emulsified sugar scrub recipe. I love that sugar scrubs are easy and inexpensive DIY recipes!
In addition to emulsified wax and cetyl alcohol you just add sugar, a carrier oil, and some essential oils (for scent) and you have a body scrub that will exfoliate your skin to help make your skin glow.
I have kept the base ingredients the same. Why change a great recipe? You can find all about the ingredients I chose by looking up the candy cane sugar scrub recipe here.
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This is an excellent DIY bath and body recipe for dry skin. When skin cells die, they rise to the top of your skin and naturally shed.
If they accumulate on top and don’t fall off, your skin will look dull and feel itchy. This orange spice scrub helps your skin in two ways.
First, the white sugar is a gentle abrasive that helps remove dead skin cells on the surface of your skin. This helps your skin look and feel better right away.
The oils and butters in this emulsified sugar scrub have fatty acids, vitamins, and minerals that help nourish and moisturize your skin.
They help hydrate your skin for hours after you rinse, so your skin gets more nourishment and moisturization than from using a regular sugar scrub.
Note Regarding Cetyl Alcohol: Cetyl alcohol can cause allergic skin reactions in those with very sensitive skin. It you are in this group, this ingredient may not be for you. Do a patch skin test using a small amount of the finished product above an elbow area and wait 15 to 20 minutes to see if you have a skin reaction prior to applying all over your body.
For a premade blend I recommend the Plant Therapy essential oil blend, Holiday Season Synergy. Another good alternative is Spiced Cider Fall Blend by Now. (It may say cider, but it has a spicy citrus scent.)
There are several ways to make a citrus or orange spice essential oil blend, so you can try one that uses the oils that you have on hand. (I used a total of 20 drops)
By the way the above orange spice blends are also great in a diffuser. Just make a master blend in a bottle. Add the amount of drops your diffuser requires. Enjoy the sweet-spicy scent.
Sugar scrubs don’t always need a preservative since they don’t have water in them. However, you can get bacteria or other microbes into the sugar scrub when you dip your hands in it.
If you are using this for personal use, you do not need to use a preservative. If you are giving it as a gift, I do advise that you add one so your recipient won’t get mold or bacteria growing in the scrub if they use their fingers to scoop it out.
I didn’t use any preservative in this recipe because I made it for personal use.
You can use Optiphen, which is a great paraben and formaldehyde-free preservative for DIY bath and body recipes that have a lot of oil in them. It protects against mold, bacteria, and fungus.
If you have never used a certain essential oil it is important to do a skin patch test prior to topically using! See my sections on topical use and other essential oil safety concerns:
Weigh, or measure, the emulsifying wax, cetyl alcohol, shea butter, coconut oil, sugar, sweet almond oil, and essential oils.
Set the sweet almond oil, sugar and essential oils aside until later.
Melt the rest in a double boiler until just melted.
When it’s melted, remove from heat and add the sweet almond oil.
Stir to bring the temperature down.
Add the essential oil blend of your choice, preservative, and colorant if you’re using them. Stir well.
Put in a glass bowl and place in the freezer for 10 minutes.
Use the whisk attachment on a hand mixer to start fluffing this cold mixture.
Add the sugar and blend well – scraping bottom of bowl as needed with spatula. You can add more sugar if you like.
Spoon finished product into a jar.
Scoop a small amount into your hands and using a circular motion rub on pre-wet areas of body that you want to exfoliate and hydrate.
As the mixture blends with the water it takes on a lotion like consistency. This makes it less abrasive and more hydrating.
Just rinse well. Pat your skin dry. Your skin should feel smooth and moisturized!
This orange spice emulsified sugar scrub recipe is a fun treat for yourself. It also makes a great gift.
Just spoon into an 8-ounce mason jar, add a ribbon to the top for a quick and easy gift that your recipient is sure to love.
These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This article is for educational and informational purposes only and does not intend to diagnose or treat any disease. It is always recommended that you seek the advise of your private medical doctor.