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Coffee Body Sugar Scrub

PhaseIngredientPercent (%)Weight (g)
Phase AGlyceryl Stearate Citrate (emulsifying wax)1616
Stearic acid2.52.5
Berry wax22
Sunflower oil76.576.5
Phase BPreservative Cosgard (INCI - Benzyl Alcohol, Dehydroacetic Acid, Aqua)11
Coffee fragrance oil22
Total weight (g)

Phase C

*** Grounded coffee 2.5g

*** Granulated sugar 120g

Sugar body scrubs are an effective way to exfoliate and rejuvenate the skin. These scrubs typically consist of small sugar granules, which are natural and gentle exfoliants. They work by removing dead skin cells from the surface of the skin, revealing the smoother and softer skin.

If you are a scrub fan, check out these Brightening Body Scrub and Emulsified Body Sugar Scrub formulas.

If you like to make a sugar scrub that is also a cleanser, check out this whipped soap base formula.

Sugar granules offer a naturally soft and non-irritating means of exfoliation, ideal for most skin types, including those with sensitive skin. Unlike harsher synthetic exfoliants, sugar's gentle scrubbing action aids in the removal of dead skin cells without causing irritation. With regular application, sugar scrubs can significantly enhance skin texture, yielding a smoother feel. They are also effective in gradually improving skin tone, especially with consistent use over time.

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Integrating ground coffee into a sugar scrub elevates its exfoliating efficacy. The slightly coarser texture of coffee grounds makes them adept at tackling more persistent areas of dead skin, enhancing the overall exfoliation process. Moreover, the act of massaging a coffee sugar scrub onto the skin promotes increased blood circulation to the skin's surface. This enhanced blood flow not only aids in the skin's natural healing mechanisms but also contributes to a more vibrant and healthy-looking complexion. Since ground coffee is more abrasive than sugar., its granules are coarser and offer a more robust scrub, which is perfect for the elbows and knees.


The great benefit of combining these two exfoliators is that sugar granules have a higher water solubility than coffee grounds. As a result, sugar scrubs tend to become milder when the granules dissolve during usage. This gradual dissolution allows for a softer exfoliation over time. In contrast, coffee grounds retain their granular structure during exfoliation, ensuring a steady, uniform level of abrasiveness from start to finish. This difference in solubility and texture stability between sugar and coffee grounds leads to distinct exfoliating experiences with each. The added grounded coffee also adds to the overall coffee scent of the scrub. This formula uses a high percentage of emulsifying wax, which turns into a lotion-like consistency when mixed with water, providing both exfoliation and moisturization. Emulsified sugar scrubs are less messy than traditional scrubs. They are easier to apply and rinse off cleanly, leaving no sticky residue on the skin or in the shower. I combined an emulsifying wax with stearic acid, berry wax and sunflower oil in this formula, for a creamy and smooth consistency.


The inclusion of berry wax can improve the shelf-life of sugar scrubs. Its natural stability and resistance to rancidity help preserve the quality and effectiveness of other ingredients in the scrub. The berry wax adds to the creamy texture of the scrub, and the stearic acid also contributes to the creamy texture and thickness of the scrub.

If you don't have berry wax, replace it with cetyl alcohol or cetearyl alcohol.

I used sunflower oil as a carrier oil. You can use other carrier oils such as sweet almonds, grapeseed, hemp, macadamia, hazelnut, safflower, or olive oil.

You can use different emulsifying wax.

You can replace the stearic acid with cocoa butter.

You can add granulated sugar between 100g and 130g sugar to 100g base product, depending on the exfoliating intensity you want in the scrub.


  1. In a heat-resistant beaker, add phase A ingredients, start with the emulsifying wax and stearic acid, then add the berry wax and the oil.





  1. Place phase A into a double boiler on low-medium heat to melt.



  1. prepare phase B ingredients in a different container. Set aside.



  1. Remove phase A from the heat, and make sure it is completely melted. Stir to ensure phase A is mixed well.



  1. Add phase B into phase A and mix to combine.



  1. Add phase C and mix to combine. First add the granulated sugar and then the grounded coffee.









  1. Pour it into a container and enjoy your creamy coffee body scrub.






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