Blood Orange & Luffa Sugar Scrub

Recently I’ve been craving blood orange marmalade on toast, but I haven’t been able to find any good chunky marmalade in Beijing. So, I decided to just buy a few oranges to eat and then make a sugar scrub instead. ;) I wanted to use Orange Peel Powder as part of the formula since I’m making a blood orange inspired scrub. I wanted the scrub to be nice to use, so I added Luffa for contrast as well as particle size. These were the only exfoliating botanical additions that I wanted to make, so I began looking at my other ingredients.

I knew I wanted a darker red color for my scrub to show the inspiration from blood oranges. Considering my desire for color, I looked at a few options for coloring my scrub red. Then I realized that I had Alkanet Root Powder available in my cupboard of supplies. I decided to make an oil infusion with the Macadamia Nut Oil in my recipe and the Alkanet.

Want to come with me as I make this fantastic scrub? Let’s go!

Collect needed items:

Ingredients
Sugar
Colorless Jojoba Oil
Macadamia Nut Oil
Alkanet Root Powder
Ground Luffa
Orange Peel Powder
Polysorbate 20
Orchid Extract
LiquaPar Oil
Ginger Pomelo Fragrance Oil
Blood Orange Essential Oil
Equipment
Scale
Mixing Container
Spoons
Transfer Pipettes
Containers for finished product

Alkanet Infusion (Makes 1 ounce or 28 grams)

Recipe in grams:
25 grams Macadamia Nut Oil
3 grams Alkanet Root Powder
Recipe in ounces:
0.89 ounces Macadamia Nut Oil
0.11 ounces Alkanet Root Powder
Recipe in Percentages
89% Macadamia Nut Oil
11% Alkanet Root Powder

I began by making my Alkanet Root infusion. I weighed 25 grams of Macadamia Nut Oil and then added 3 grams of Alkanet Root Powder. After mixing well, I gently heated the mixture in the microwave for about 15-30 seconds. I let the mixture sit for for 30 minutes and then strained. As it took a long time to strain, I decided that next time I make an infusion with Alkanet Root Powder, I will use Heat & Seal Tea Bags!

Scrub Recipe: (Makes 4.53 ounces or 100 grams)

Recipe in ounces:
2.26 ounces Sugar
0.81 ounces Colorless Jojoba Oil
0.81 ounces Macadamia Nut Oil infused with Alkanet Root Powder
0.23 ounces Ground Luffa
0.23 ounces Orange Peel Powder
0.09 ounces Polysorbate 20
0.04 ounces Orchid Extract
0.04 ounces LiquaPar Oil
0.02 ounces Ginger Pomelo Fragrance Oil
0.02 ounces Blood Orange Essential Oil
Finished texture of the scrub.
Finished texture of the scrub.
Macadamia Oil before infusing with Alkanet Root Powder.
Macadamia Oil before infusing with Alkanet Root Powder.
Alkanet infusion before straining.
Alkanet infusion before straining.

Alkanet infusion after straining.
Alkanet infusion after straining.
Recipe in grams:
50 grams Sugar
18 grams Colorless Jojoba Oil
18 grams Macadamia Nut Oil infused with Alkanet Root Powder
5 grams Ground Luffa
5 grams Orange Peel Powder
2 grams Polysorbate 20
1 gram Orchid Extract
1 gram LiquaPar Oil
0.5 grams Ginger Pomelo Fragrance Oil
0.5 grams Blood Orange Essential Oil
Recipe in Percentages
50% Sugar
18% Colorless Jojoba Oil
18% Macadamia Nut Oil infused with Alkanet Root Powder
5% Ground Luffa
5% Orange Peel Powder
2% Polysorbate 20
1% Orchid Extract
1% LiquaPar Oil
0.5% Ginger Pomelo Fragrance Oil
0.5% Blood Orange Essential Oil

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 thought my skin felt soft and dewy, even a day later! I didn’t have any residual color or botanicals on my skin due to using the Polysorbate 20.

What do you think about this scrub? Would you try making this scrub?

Weighing the Luffa.
Weighing the Luffa.
Adding the Orange Peel Powder to the Luffa.
Adding the Orange Peel Powder to the Luffa.

Adding sugar to my liquid ingredients.
Adding sugar to my liquid ingredients.

Adding the Luffa and Orange Peel Powder.
Adding the Luffa and Orange Peel Powder.

Stirring the scrub.
Stirring the scrub.
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11 thoughts on “Blood Orange & Luffa Sugar Scrub”

  1. This looks wonderful. I love citrus scents so I’m sure this would be lovely.

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  2. I just got my orange essential oils I can’t wait to get started.

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  3. Looks lovely! Do you have to strain the alkanet root out? Or can you just leave it in?

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