Citrus Delight Creamed Sugar Scrub

I think I can confidently say that my mother has an addiction to creamed sugar scrubs. She is a fond user of a rose scrub I made, and was heart broken when she ran out.

As I have decided to step away from the business side of skincare and take a bit of a break from creation (which I may at some point write a post on), she’s been left without a sugar scrub for quite a while now. Every time I see her she will ask if I have gotten around to making a new batch, and as I have been quite positively skincare’d out, I haven’t.

So yesterday, feeling inspired to get out of my skincare rut, I did some formulating and crafted a new take on my usual rose creamed sugar scrub – a citrus and mango version!

With mango butter, coconut and watermelon oil, and a tropical fragrance blend, you can’t get much more exotic than this.

If you haven’t discovered the wonder of emulsified sugar scrubs yet, let me break them down for you. They are very similar to a typical oil based scrub except have the addition of an emulsifier (in this case emulsifying wax NF), which allows them to magically transform into a beautiful lotion on contact with water.

So no oil grease in your shower, no thick layer of oil on your skin, just a sweetly fragranced layer of lovely lotion on nicely scrubbed skin!

It also photographs beautifully!

Citrus Delight Creamed Sugar Scrub

Heated Phase:

  • 9.5% E-Wax
  • 9.5% Cetearyl Alcohol
  • 19% Mango Butter (Can be substitued with Shea Butter)
  • 18% Apricot Seed Oil
  • 23% Watermelon Seed Oil
  • 13% Virgin Coconut Oil
  • 1% Seabuckthorn Oil
  • 5% Moringa Oil

Cool Down Phase:

  • 1% Optiphen Plus
  • 1% Fragrance or Essential Oils (I used a blend of Grapefruit EO and Birds of Paradise Fragrance and did not use the full 1%).
  • Up to 140% Caster Sugar or Normal Sugar (140g sugar per 100g base)

For an easy 100g, just read the % symbols as grams and make away! If you would like to create a larger or smaller batch, or convert it into a different measurement, use this batch calculator.



  1. Prepare and sanitize your area.
  2. Measure the heated phase into a pyrex (or similarly heat proof bowl).
  3. Creating a water bath, melt your heated phase. To ensure sterilization, you can heat up to 75 degrees celsius and hold for two minutes.
  4. Once the heated phase is fully melted and combined, remove from the heat and allow to cool till a solidified layer has formed on the top. This can be sped up by placing your bowl in the fridge or freezer.
  5. Whip the partially solidified mixture and until fluffy, then begin whipping in the sugar till your desired scrubbiness is reached (I usually use the full 140%).
  6. To finish, add your desired fragrance and preservative. While this product does not contain water, I highly recommend adding a preservative as it is very easy for this product to come into contact with water.


And there you have it!

3 thoughts on “Citrus Delight Creamed Sugar Scrub

    • Kimberley (Naturally Nourishing) says:

      Hi Kar, yes stearic acid can definitely be substituted at equal rates for cetearyl alcohol, it just might change the texture and skin feel slightly by making it a bit heavier.

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