Rose Sugar Scrub Recipe with Essential Oils for Glowing Skin
Discover how to make a rose sugar scrub recipe with essential oils. This rose body scrub is made without coconut oil, and is naturally scented with essential oils to create a homemade body scrub for glowing skin.
Rose Body Scrub
Learn how to create a sugar scrub for your body with this simple sugar scrub recipe for glowing skin. Scented with rose absolute, an affordable alternative to rose essential oil, this DIY sugar scrub exfoliates and moisturizes skin with just 3-ingredients and an optional colorant. Following I cover the best carrier oils to make a simple sugar scrub recipe without coconut oil. I also provide several rose inspired essential oil blends you can use to give your rose body scrub a natural fragrance to ease stress and calm anxiety.
Rose Sugar Scrub Benefits
There are a number of benefits to using a rose sugar scrub. Benefits include the following:
- The sugar in homemade body scrubs naturally exfoliates skin to remove dead skin cells and encourage cellular turnover.
- Non-comedogenic carrier oils work to moisturize, hydrate and soften skin.
- As sugar scrubs exfoliate skin, they can help to unclog pores. This in turn may help to prevent ingrown hairs.
- The exfoliating action of homemade body scrubs helps to smooth and brighten skin, giving it an even texture.
- A rose sugar scrub helps to relieve dry skin and can soothe eczema.
- This simple sugar scrub also doubles as a natural lip scrub to smooth and exfoliate dry lips.
- As this rose sugar scrub recipe is naturally scented with essential oils, you also enjoy the aromatherapy benefits of rose essential oil.
What is the Best Oil to Use in a Sugar Scrub?
Non-comedogenic carriers oils, or oils with a rating of 0-1, work best for making sugar scrubs for body care. These oils are not likely to clog pores, which can lead to acne. It’s also why I chose to make my sugar scrub recipe without coconut oil. Coconut oil has a comedogenic rating of 4, meaning there’s a fairly high probability it may clog pores in skin. That’s definitely not what you want if you have acne prone skin.
Following are the best oils to use in a sugar scrub, due to their low comedogenic rating:
- Argan oil: Comedogenic rating of 0. Suitable for all skin types.
- Babassu oil: Comedogenic rating of 1-2. Suitable for all skin types.
- Camellia seed oil: Comedogenic rating of 1. Suitable for all skin types.
- Grapeseed oil: Comedogenic rating of 1. Suitable for all skin types.
- Hazelnut oil: Comedogenic rating of 1. Suitable for all skin types, as well as sensitive and acne prone skin.
- Hemp seed oil: Comedogenic rating of 0. Suitable for all skin types.
- Meadowfoam seed oil: Comedogenic rating of 1. Suitable for oily, acne prone and sensitive skin.
- Pomegranate seed oil: Comedogenic rating of 1. Suitable for all skin types.
- Raspberry seed oil: Comedogenic rating of 0-1. Suitable for very dry skin.
- Rosehip seed oil: Comedogenic rating of 1. Suitable for oily/acne prone skin.
- Safflower oil: Comedogenic rating of 0. Suitable for all skin types.
- Shea nut oil: Comedogenic rating of 0-2. Suitable for very dry skin.
- Sunflower oil: Comedogenic rating of 0-2. Suitable for all skin types.
You can use carrier oils with a comedogenic rating of up to 2, which have a moderately low chance of clogging pores, if you don’t have oily or acne prone skin. Or if you need a heavier, more moisturizing scrub for occasional use.
I recommend this comedogenic chart for future reference. This printable chart that includes the comedogenic rating of carrier oils along with their absorption rate, viscosity and shelf life. It also includes information which skin type is best for each oil.
Do Sugar Scrubs Clog Pores?
Sugar scrubs can potentially clog pores when used for body care. If you use a carrier oil with a high comedogenic rating, such as coconut oil, there is definitely the potential that your body scrub may clog pores and lead to acne. Therefore, I recommend using only carrier oils with a low comedogenic rating, such as those listed above, when formulating your homemade body scrub recipes.
As previously mentioned, coconut oil has a comedogenic rating of 4. That means there’s a fairly high likelihood that coconut oil will clog pores when used in a sugar scrub. Which is why I made my sugar scrub recipe without coconut oil. However, if you prefer to use coconut oil for your body scrub recipes, I recommend using fractionated coconut oil in place of regular coconut oil. Fractionated coconut oil is liquid at room temperature and has a slightly different makeup than regular coconut oil. It also has a lower comedogenic rating of 2.
How Do You Make a Sugar Scrub Without Coconut Oil?
Making a sugar scrub recipe without coconut oil is easy. You simply need to use a different carrier oil in place of the coconut oil. If you have an existing body scrub recipe that calls for coconut oil, you can substitute the coconut oil for a non-comedogenic carrier oil.
How Do You Make a Simple Sugar Scrub?
You can make a simple sugar scrub by combining a carrier oil with sugar. You can use regular granulated white sugar to make a sugar scrub. Simply mix the sugar into the carrier oil until it reaches the desired consistency. If desired, you can also add a fragrance oil or essential oil to scent your homemade body scrub.
You can find more information on how to make homemade body scrubs here. This post contains tips and tricks for formulating your own homemade body scrub recipes for glowing skin. It also includes information on ingredients you can incorporate into your scrubs, usage rates for fragrance and essential oils, when to preserve your products, plus two simple body scrub recipes.
How Long Do Sugar Scrubs Last?
There are a lot of factors that determine how long a sugar scrub will last. These include the shelf life of the ingredients used, how it is stored, and whether or not you used a preservative. Sugar scrubs can and do go bad. Typically this is because the oils used to make the body scrub go rancid over time. Alternately, if a sugar scrub is exposed to water, then bacteria and mold can grow inside the product.
In general, however, most sugar scrubs last up to 6 months. Unopened and unused, your body scrubs will have a longer shelf life. The best way to determine shelf life is by the shelf life of the ingredients you chose for the recipe. Typically, your products will last as long as the ingredient with the shortest shelf life. Fresher ingredients, and those with a long shelf life, mean a longer lasting scrub. The manufacturer or supplier of your ingredients should be able to provide you with the shelf life for their products.
The best way to extend the shelf life of your sugar scrubs is to avoid contamination. Removing the desired amount of scrub for use before use, using clean hands or a utensil, will keep water from being introduced into your scrub. This will allow you to avoid using a preservative for your homemade body scrubs, as there’s little chance of water being introduced into the product allowing bacteria or mold to grow.
If you prefer to extend the shelf life of the oils used to make your rose sugar scrub, you can add an antioxidant such as vitamin E oil or rosemary antioxidant. These ingredients are not preservatives. However, they will help to extend the shelf life of the ingredients and help to prevent rancidity.
Do You Need a Preservative in Sugar Scrubs?
So when do you need a preservative in sugar scrubs? This answer depends on how you’ll be using your scrubs. If you are making homemade body scrubs for personal use, and your ingredients don’t include any water based ingredients, dried fruits or botanicals, you don’t need a preservative for sugar scrubs. However, it is important to not introduce water into your sugar scrub container during use to prevent growth of bacteria or mold. This means removing the desired amount of rose body scrub prior to using it in the bath.
However, if you are selling your rose sugar scrubs with essential oils, I highly recommend using a preservative. There is no way to guarantee how your homemade sugar scrubs are used after being sold. Therefore, using a preservative in your body scrubs will preserve the integrity of the product if water is introduced by preventing the growth of bacteria, mold and fungus.
Rose Essential Oil Blends
You can make a rose sugar scrub with essential oils. I used rose absolute for my rose sugar scrub recipe to help cut costs. However, you can also use one of the following rose essential oil blends with rose essential oil to make this rose body scrub:
- Rose & Ylang Ylang: 5 parts rose absolute + 3 parts ylang ylang
- Lovely Rose Blend: 2 parts rose absolute + 1 part patchouli + 1 part Australian sandalwood
- Rose Blooms: 2 parts rose absolute + 3 parts lavender + 4 parts rose geranium
- Romance Blend: 5 parts rose absolute + 3 parts ylang ylang + 2 parts patchouli + 2 parts bergamot
- Sweetheart Blend: 5 parts neroli (or petitgrain) + 3 parts rose absolute + 2 parts jasmine absolute (or ylang ylang)
- Rose & Orange: 1 part rose absolute + 1 part sweet orange
- Sunshine & Roses: 5 parts patchouli + 3 parts lemongrass + 2 parts rose absolute
- Lavender & Rose: 2 parts lavender + 1 part rose absolute
- Spring Meadow: 1 part lavender + 1 part cedarwood + 1 part jasmine absolute + 1 part rose absolute + 1 part ylang ylang
- Relaxation Blend: 5 parts sweet orange + 4 parts lavender + 3 parts rose absolute + 3 parts ylang ylang
In addition to these rose essential oil blends, you may also like my spring essential oil blends for your sugar scrub recipes with essential oils. Or try the relaxing essential blends from my aromatherapy shower steamers.
To make your rose sugar scrub with essential oils, simply add the rose absolute or rose essential oil blend to the carrier oil and sugar when mixing. I recommend adding no more than 12 drops of essential oil per ounce for a wash off product. However, for essential oils with lower usage rates, or strongly scented oils, you should reduce this amount.
Rose Body Scrub Ingredients
These are the ingredients you need to make a homemade rose body scrub for glowing skin:
- White granulated sugar: Sugar provides natural exfoliation for skin.
- Carrier oil: You will mix the carriers oil with the sugar to create a simply sugar scrub. I used grapeseed oil for my rose body scrub. However, you can substitute it with a carrier oil of your choice.
- Essential oil: Rose absolute or a rose essential oil blend gives this body scrub a natural fragrance.
- Rose mica powder: Mica powder is used to give this sugar scrub recipe without coconut oil a pink tint. This ingredient is optional.
DIY Sugar Scrub Tools:
You will need the following tools to make this DIY sugar scrub without coconut oil:
- Measuring cups and spoons
- Large glass bowl
- Utensils, such as a fork, whisk or spoon
- Airtight container
- Glass dropper or graduated transfer pipette
How to Make Rose Sugar Scrub with Essential Oils
Here is how to make a rose sugar scrub with essential oils:
- Measure out the sugar using a measuring cup, then place in a large glass bowl.
- Use a measuring spoon to measure out the mica powder, if using. Then add the mica to the granulated sugar.
- Mix the sugar and mica together until evenly combined, using a fork or whisk.
- Next, measure out the carrier oil with a measuring cup. Stir the oil into the sugar mixture.
- Now add the rose absolute or rose essential oil blend you chose for this recipe, using either a dropper or graduated transfer pipette. Mix well to combine.
- Spoon the rose sugar scrub into an airtight container of your choice, until ready for use.
Storage and Usage
To use a rose sugar scrub, remove desired amount from the container. Then massage the scrub onto damp or wet skin in the bath or shower after washing. Massage onto skin in a circular motion for 1-2 minutes, then rinse off. Pat dry.
If you have sensitive skin, I recommend using this rose sugar scrub 1-2 times per week. For normal skin, you can use this homemade body scrub 2-3 times per week for glowing skin. Alternately, this sugar scrub without coconut oil may be used 3-4 times per week if you have oily skin.
Store your rose body scrub in an airtight container when not in use, away from excess heat, for up to 6 months. I don’t recommend storing your homemade scrub in the shower.
More Homemade Body Scrub Recipes for Glowing Skin
If you like my recipe for making a rose sugar scrub with essential oils, then be sure to try these other homemade body scrub recipes for glowing skin:
- Whipped Sugar Scrub Recipe
- Murumuru Sugar Scrub Recipe
- Moisturizing Jackfruit & Kiwi Sugar Scrub
- Blueberry Sugar Scrub Recipe
- Cucumber Mint Sugar Scrub Recipe
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