Orange Peel Sugar Scrub

Let me start by telling you that I am not the Queen of Scrubs (that is Taylor’s title)! That being said, I like using scrubs on occasion. I was personally wanting a sugar scrub because my skin has been very dry and flaky as the weather changes to spring. When testing the scrub, I had forgotten one tiny detail. Let’s go see if you can discover my little problem. :)I wanted a scrub that was not just a simple sugar scrub. I wanted to make something with a little extra oomph. With that in mind, I started perusing the catalog and I decided I wanted to use some of the new(er) botanical powders in the catalog. I had remembered reading an ingredients listing for a scrub that I once found in my grocery store that had Orange Peel Powder as one of the exfoliants. I got my inspiration from that scrub and I decided that the Orange Peel Powder was the place to start.

Now I had an idea of the botanical addition to my scrub, but I needed to decide on my main oil for this scrub. I chose Macadamia Nut oil for the light weight feeling that matches the changing weather of spring. Since I was using Orange Peel Powder, I wanted an orange color for the sugar scrub. I added Sea Buckthorn Oil to give color.

I was so excited to test my new scrub as soon as possible, I headed off to the bathroom to take a shower. As I was in the shower and I applied to scrub I found myself laughing at my own mistake. Do you know what my mistake was?

I had forgotten that oil scrubs leave a coating of oil on the skin as a way to trap water. Unfortunately for me, the Sea Buckthorn Oil left a orange tint to my skin that looked like the failed tan that Anne Hathaway received in Bride Wars. ACK! It took me three times of scrubbing to be able to wash off the oil by using a net scrubbie and soap.

After my little adventure in the shower, I decided I should consult with Taylor for her advice as she is the Queen of Scrubs. I had considered adding some Liquid Hand Soap to help, but Taylor gave me a better recommendation of using Polysorbate.

I adjusted my test batch and found that using the Polysorbate helped prevent the “failed tan” appearance. Let’s go make this fantastic scrub!

Collect needed items:

Macadamia Nut Oil
Orange Peel Powder
Sea Buckthorn Oil
Polysorbate 20
LiquaPar Oil
Vanilla Cream Fragrance Oil
Mixing Container
Transfer Pipettes
Containers for finished product

Recipe: (Makes 4.53 ounces or 100 grams)

Recipe in ounces:
2.26 ounces Sugar
1.63 ounces Macadamia Nut Oil
0.32 ounces Orange Peel Powder
0.18 ounces Polysorbate 20
0.04 ounces Sea Buckthorn Oil
0.04 ounces LiquaPar Oil
0.04 ounces Vanilla Cream Fragrance Oil
Recipe in grams:
50 grams Sugar
36 grams Macadamia Nut Oil
7 grams Orange Peel Powder
4 grams Polysorbate 20
1 gram Sea Buckthorn Oil
1 gram LiquaPar Oil
1 gram Vanilla Cream Fragrance Oil
Recipe in Percentages
50% Sugar
36% Macadamia Nut Oil
7% Orange Peel Powder
4% Polysorbate 20
1% Sea Buckthorn Oil
1% LiquaPar Oil
1% Vanilla Cream Fragrance Oil
Finished texture of the scrub.
Finished texture of the scrub.
Weighing the liquid ingredients.
Weighing the liquid ingredients.
Adding the sugar and Orange Peel Powder.
Adding the sugar and Orange Peel Powder.

Mixing the scrub.
Mixing the scrub.

Carefully weigh all dry ingredients into a bowl and remove all lumps. I like to pour the dry ingredients into a bag and reuse the container for weighing the liquids. Next weigh the all liquid ingredients (including fragrances and preservatives) into a bowl. Mix the liquid ingredients together. After the liquid mixture is completely mixed, add the dry mixture. This helps prevent dry spots on the bottom of the bowl because you are adding the dry ingredients on top of liquid ingredients. Stir until completely mixed. Once the scrub is completely mixed, it will be smooth and easy to transfer to your desired containers.

Scrub Notes: This lightweight scrub feels very nice on the skin. I used this scrub and thought my skin felt moist and elastic instead of tight, dry and itchy. I’ll be making this again!

Would you want to try this scrub? What would you change?

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10 thoughts on “Orange Peel Sugar Scrub”

    1. Polysorbate is a weak emulsifier that helps bond oil and water to keep the skin from being too oily. I would recommend using a liquid soap or Polysorbate 80 to help with this. You can also omit the Polysorbate 20. I hope this helps!

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      1. My favorite scrub uses liquid soap. It keeps you from feeling oily, but still allows your skin to feel soft.

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  1. Thanks Andee for sharing your mistakes as well as this good looking recipe

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  2. Orange peel powder.. I have got to try that. This sounds wonderful.

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