We're being battered by rain storms here on the West Coast, so it's a good time to get indoors and into the workshop!
whipped butter. They're super easy to make and look gorgeous! I recommend using shea butter if you want the product to stay creamier, but mango butter and babassu oil are great choices, too. A lovely combination would be to use 50% shea butter and 50% babassu oil. Don't use coconut oil as the base of your whipped butter as it melts really easily. If you want to use it, then consider using it as the oil part of the mix, so you would have 70% mango butter and 30% coconut oil or 50% mango butter and 50% coconut oil. Don't use it as the main amount or meltiness will ensue!
Why don't we use coconut oil in sugar scrubs?
Whipped babassu, sal, and hemp butter
This is an easy recipe to make and follow. Yes, you need some extra ingredients, but if you're planning to expand into lotions or hair conditioners, you'll use these ingredients in those applications.
EMULSIFIED SUGAR SCRUB
10% emulsifying wax (e-wax, Polawax, BTMS-50, BTMS-25 BTMS-225)
10% cetyl, cetearyl, or behenyl alcohol or stearic acid (5% cetyl and 5% stearic is very nice)
10% cocoa butter (or other really hard butter)
10% shea or mango butter (or quite soft butter - shea aloe would be great here)
1% Vitamin E (optional)
2% fragrance or essential oil (optional)
Weigh all ingredients except the fragrance or essential oil in a heat proof container and put into a double boiler. Heat and hold for 20 minutes at 70C. Remove from the double boiler and put into your fridge or freezer until it reaches 45C. Add the fragrance oil, then return it to the fridge or freezer to cool further.
When the mixture starts to harden slightly on the sides of the container and gets a thick film on the top, remove it from the fridge or freezer and start whipping it with a hand mixer with whisk attachments or your Kitchenaid with whisk attachments. Whisk until it looks like vanilla pudding - this might take a little while - then add the sugar and whisk until well incorporated. Pour into jars and let sit until hardened.
Add 140% or 140 grams of sugar for 100 grams of sugar scrub base. If you want to use another exfoliant, check out this list - exfoliants, part one or exfoliants, part two -
Christmas crafting idea: Exfoliating fun with salt & sugar scrubs
Incroquat BTMS-50 in an emulsified scrub - part one
Incroquat BTMS050 in an emulsified scrub - part two
Formulating with soy bean oil - includes recipe for sugar scrub!
Formulating for dry skin
Formulating for other skin types - sugar scrubs!
Emulsified scrub with Ritamulse SCG
Black cocoa emulsified scrub
Question: How do you know what and when to substitute? (All about emulsifiers and scrubs)
Experiments in the workshop - golden shea sugar scrub
Using behenyl alcohol in sugar scrubs
Experiments in the workshop - using behenyl alcohol in the Ritamulse SCG sugar scrub
Pumpkin seed oil: Making an emulsified scrub
Oil or emulsified scrub?
Can you tell I like emulsified scrubs? :-)