Today we’re making a fluffy pot of oh-so-happy mango scented whippy bath time fun in the form of an emulsified Mango Mango Whipped Sugar Scrub. This soft scrub is packed with sparkly, scrubby sugar, decadent mango scent, and skin-loving goodness. It comes together wonderfully quickly, and is the perfect thing to perk up your bathroom and possibly even get yourself feeling amped up for shorts season!
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This scrub has two parts—the base, and the sugar. The bulk of the base is inexpensive, lightweight fractionated coconut oil. You could easily use a different lightweight, inexpensive oil, or something you’ve got on hand that should be used sooner rather than later to ensure it doesn’t go rancid sitting in the pantry. I intentionally did not include mango butter in this formula because it seems silly to wash something like mango butter down the drain when the significantly less expensive fractionated coconut oil works just as well—you wouldn’t even notice mango butter in this recipe!
I’ve combined Polawax and Polysorbate 80 to create the emulsified part of the sugar scrub; the part that lets you happily scrub away in the bath and then easily rinse those oils down the drain. Not only does this make for better skin rinse-off, but it also makes you significantly less likely to end up with a concussion in your local ER smelling of mangoes (your tub will rinse out well so you shouldn’t slip on an oil slick).
The whole lot is thickened up with some fluffy cetearyl alcohol, coloured orange with some vibrant sea buckthorn fruit oil, and mouth-wateringly scented with the beautiful natural mango fragrance oil from Essential Wholesale. The scrubbiness comes from sugar, but you can choose to blend sugar and salt, or use all salt if that’s what you have. I did run out of sugar part way through the last batch of this and a blend of the two has worked nicely!
When you’re making the base it can be tempting to leave it to sit overnight before adding the sugar and whipping, but I know from experience that you won’t want to do that. Leaving it sit undisturbed results in a much harder top forming, and no amount of whipping got those hard bits to properly re-incorporate. Instead, you’ll want to stir the mixture a few times as it cools—you could speed things along with an ice bath or some freezer bursts, or just place it somewhere in your home you are likely to pass it every twenty minutes or so, allowing you to give it a quick stir as you go about your business. Once it’s fairly viscous you’re ready to whip!
The final scrub is fluffy, fun, and smells fantabulous. Highly recommended!
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Mango Mango Whipped Sugar Scrub
Prepare a water bath by bringing about 3cm/1″ of water to a bare simmer over low to medium-low heat in a small saucepan.
Weigh the heated phase ingredients into a medium sized, deep, heat-resistant mixing bowl. Place the bowl in your prepared water bath to melt everything through.
Once the mixture has melted, remove it from the heat and leave it to cool, stirring occasionally. You can speed this along by using an ice bath if you wish. The aim is to not allow the mixture to cool completely undisturbed, otherwise a harder layer will form on the surface and you won’t get a thorough, even blend.
When the melted mixture is mostly cool and is quite viscous, but not fully solid, add the sugar, vitamin E, and mango fragrance, and whip using electric beaters until light and fluffy.
Gently spoon into a jar—I used a 100g single wall white jar from YellowBee for my 100g batch, and that worked well. To use, portion out a small amount of scrub into a shower-safe container, and take that container into the shower or bath with you. Massage small amounts of the scrub into your skin and rinse off. Enjoy your lovely soft, exfoliated skin!
Because this scrub does not contain any water, it does not require a broad-spectrum preservative (broad spectrum preservatives ward off microbial growth, and microbes require water to live—no water, no microbes!). Be sure to keep it dry to ensure it lasts as long as possible—don’t let any water get into the container and it should easily last a year. I highly recommend portioning out the amount you want to use into a small shower-safe container for use so you are never taking the master batch into the bath/shower, where it is very likely to become contaminated with water as you’ll be dipping into it with wet hands. If you plan on giving this scrub away, please include 0.5% liquid germall plus (USA / Canada).
As always, be aware that making substitutions will change the final product. While these swaps won’t break the recipe, you will get a different final product than I did.
- As I’ve provided this recipe in percentages as well as grams you can easily calculate it to any size using a simple spreadsheet as I’ve explained in this post. As written in grams this recipe will make 100g.
- To learn more about the ingredients used in this recipe, including why they’re included and what you can substitute them with, please visit the Humblebee & Me Encyclopedia. It doesn’t have everything in it yet, but there’s lots of good information there! If I have not given a specific substitution suggestion in this list please look up the ingredient in the encyclopedia before asking.
- You can use a different complete emulsifying wax instead of Polawax.
- Olivem 300 or Cromollient SCE will work instead of Polysorbate 80, but Polysorbate 80 is cheaper.
- You can use a different inexpensive lightweight carrier oil instead of fractionated coconut oil.
- You can use a different orange oil (like buriti or sea buckthorn seed oil) instead of the sea buckthorn fruit oil, or you can replace it with more fractionated coconut oil (this will eliminate the orange colour).
- If you replace the sea buckthorn fruit oil with a non-orange oil you can try using 0.75% non-orange oil and 0.25% orange mica to keep the colour.
- You could try a blend of stearic acid and cetyl alcohol instead of the cetearyl alcohol. I’d probably start with 50/50 and see how that works.
- You can use a different fragrance if you prefer.
- You could use salt instead of sugar.
The natural mango fragrance oil was gifted by Essential Wholesale. The sea buckthorn fruit oil was gifted by SIBU. The plastic jar was gifted by YellowBee.