Today we’re getting our Pemberley-themed pamper on with this lightweight sugar-studded emulsified Pemberley Whipped Sugar Scrub. A creamy, self-emulsifying base is heavily dosed with granulated sugar for a sparkly, fragrant bath treat. The beautiful Pemberley scent blend is brilliant in this luxurious, fluffy scrub—I think you’re going to love it!
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Our base is comprised mostly of inexpensive, lightweight fractionated coconut oil. I’ve selected a light, inexpensive oil to comprise the majority of this scrub as it is a wash-off product. Save your expensive oils for projects that will really let them shine! For this emulsified sugar scrub we really just need something that’s a liquid oil. This can also be a good place to use up and lightweight liquid oils that are getting to the end of their shelf lives—you’ll use a decent amount, and I find whipped sugar scrubs typically get used up pretty quickly.
The fractionated coconut oil is thickened up with some cetearyl alcohol, which I find offers a very lovely fluffy body to our formulations. The emulsified part of the scrub comes from a combination of Polawax, a complete emulsifying wax, and Polysorbate 80, an inexpensive liquid solubilizer. I find I like combining complete emulsifying waxes and solubilizers in projects like this—they complement one another nicely for excellent wash-off.
We’re not including emulsifiers because this project is an emulsion; we’re including them so the product will self-emulsify with any water on your skin (in the shower or bath, most likely), instantly transforming into lotion and then easily rinsing off when you’re done. I like sugar (or salt) as an exfoliant here as it gradually dissolves into the water you’re washing with, meaning you’ve got a good scrubby kick right off the bat, but it lessens as you scrub away and introduce more water, and by the time you go to drain the tub it’s all gone—meaning less mess for you!
Our scent blend is a beguiling combination of intoxicating rose wax, spicy cardamom, juicy grapefruit essential oil, and sweet and mysterious benzoin. I’m so smitten with this stunning scent blend and I find it’s just perfect for bath time pamper-time! I highly recommend pairing this scrub with a glass of wine and some lovely music for some indulgent self (and skin) care. Enjoy!
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Pemberley 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 essential oils, and whip using electric beaters until light and fluffy.
Gently spoon into a jar—I used a 100g single wall transparent 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!
Shelf Life & Storage
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 0.2% rose fragrance oil and 0.8% fractionated coconut oil in place of the rose wax.
- 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 citrus essential oil or a citrus scented fragrance oil instead of the grapefruit essential oil. Either pink or white grapefruit essential oil will work.
- You can use a different fragrance/essential oil blend if you prefer.
- You could use salt instead of sugar.