solubility. Sugar and salt are soluble in water, which means you won't have a scrub with sugar in it, you'll have some water with lots of sugar or salt dissolved in it. Besides, the goal of a sugar scrub is to exfoliate and leave behind a nice oily layer on our skin after rinsing. Water based ingredients won't stay on our skin - they'll rinse off with the water.
As an aside, when I say water, I mean anything that could take the place of water in a recipe. So aloe vera, coconut milk, peppermint hydrosol, and everything else watery are counted as water because they are water with a little something added. I am aware that it is possible to make a gelled sugar scrub with water, but that's a discussion for a different post.
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Here are a few recipes you might consider trying. As a note, if you don't have black cocoa butter or golden shea, try using regular cocoa butter or shea. Or try mango butter or another butter you love. Isn't that why we make products? (There are other scrub recipes on the blog, but I'm a bit rushed this morning!)
Experiments in the workshop: Black cocoa in a sugar scrub
Emulsifiers: Ritamulse SCG in a sugar scrub
Experiments in the workshop: Behenyl alcohol in my Ritamulse SCG scrub
Experiments in the workshop: Golden shea sugar scrub
Formulating for your skin type: Sugar scrubs for dry skin
Formulating for dry skin: Making an emulsified scrub
Formulating for your skin type: Sugar scrubs for other skin types
Question: How do you know what and how to substitute?
Chemistry of our nails: Oil based scrubs (manicure)
Body scrubs - oil based
Back to basics: Oil based scrubs
Back to Basics: Modifying the oil based scrub