DIY Cosmetica

Sugar Scrubs Only 4 Ingredients

PhaseIngredientPercent (%)Weight (g)
Phase AEmulsifying wax2323
Sunflower oil7272
Phase BPreservative (optional)0.80.8
Fragrance oil (optional)1.21.2
Total weight (g)

Phase C - Granulated sugar 130g

*** Optional: mica colors

*** If you skip the preservative and fragrance add 2% to the carrier oil

Christmas is a great time to gift our loved ones some DIY cosmetics that can be used during this cold dry weather.

I have shared these Christmas lotion bars with embeds you can make a few days before and give them along with a sugar scrub.

This is the simplest formula you can make with only 3 ingredients: emulsifying wax, beeswax and carrier oil.

I added a cosmetics preservative, but you don't have to add it. If you make this without preservatives, add 0.8% to the carrier oil amount.


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If you don't add a preservative, make sure to scoop the sugar scrub with dry hands or a clean, dry spoon. Make sure the sugar scrub will not come in contact with water.

If you prefer an unscented scrub, you can skip the fragrance oil.

If you don't have any mica colors and you still want to create a sugar scrub with colors, you can add 10g of grounded coffee beans; this way; your scrub will have a brown natural color and a little coffee aroma.

If you have oil infusions, you can use them for natural colors.

For a carrier oil, I used sunflower oil. You can use sweet almond oil, macadamia nut oil, safflower oil, rice bran oil, hazelnut oil, grapeseed oil, or any carrier oil you like.

I used Glyceryl Stearate Citrate for my emulsifying wax. You can use any Emulsifying wax you like.


If you want a silkier texture, you can replace the beeswax with cetyl alcohol or stearic acid. You can also use 20% emulsifying wax, 3% stearic acid, and 3% beeswax, or 20% emulsifying wax, 3% stearic acid and 3% cetyl alcohol.

The formula is very basic, and you can play with it and replace some ingredients to create a more luxurious scrub.

If you want more ideas for emulsified sugar scrub, check this post here or this post with a formula for Brightening Body Scrub.

You can reduce the amount of the carrier oil to 66% and add 6% shea butter or mango butter to have a creamier consistency.

If you check this post with the basic face wash with endless possibilities, you can get more ideas for natural colors and exfoliators you can add for more texture in the sugar scrub.

I used green and red colors since they are Christmas colors, but you can play with different colors to create your version.


You can add less or more granulated sugar, depending on the level of scrubbing you want to achieve. I added 130g of sugar to 100g of the mixture; you can add up to 170g of sugar to 100g of the mixture.

You can lower the amount of the granulated sugar to 100g and add other exfoliating ingredients such as grounded coffee beans, strawberry seeds, olive pit powder, coconut shell powder or anything you like as an exfoliate.

This is a very easy formula to make. You can make it at the last minute (a day before Christmas) and gift it as a special little DIY gift.

If you made solid soaps and you are left with some soap scraps or old soaps you can also make this Whipped Sugar Scrub from Soap Scraps.

Happy holidays!


  1. Add the emulsifying wax, beeswax, and carrier oil (phase A) to a heat-resistance beaker.




  1. Place the beaker into a double boiler on medium heat to melt.


  1. Remove the beaker from the heat when all is melted.

  2. If you want to add a preservative or a fragrance oil, add them and mix them to combine.



  1. Add the granulated sugar and mix to combine.



  1. You can divide the sugar scrub into 2 or more containers and add mica color to each part. Mix to combine the colors.





  1. Pour into a container and enjoy your sugar scrub!











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