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DIY Emulsified Coffee Sugar Body Scrub

DIY Emulsified Coffee Sugar Body Scrub

If you’re looking for a homemade body scrub that will jolt your skin back to life, this homemade body scrub is perfect! Made from ground coffee, silky soft rapadura sugar, and cocoa butter, it is ideal for buffing away dull skin to reveal radiant, glowing skin. So grab a fluffy robe, and indulge in a well-deserved DIY spa night.  

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What Is Emulsified Body Scrub

Unlike traditional body scrubs made mainly with butter and oils, emulsified body scrubs are creamy emulsions enriched with exfoliants such as coffee and sugar. They are much lighter, spread easily and absorb quickly to the skin without leaving an oily feeling behind. So if traditional body scrubs are not your thing, you’ll love emulsified body scrubs. 

Tip: This scrub is gentle enough to polish your lips too!

Emulsified Body Scrub Skin Benefits

Our skin sheds dead cells constantly. However, sometimes dead skin cells build up on the skin’s surface. That’s when emulsified body scrubs come in. Massaging them into your skin can help: 

  • Lift dead skin cells and grime
  • Unclog pores
  • Moisturise the skin
  • Leave your skin smoother

What Makes Sugar A Good Exfoliant

Rapadura Sugar

Sugar is a natural, wildly available and affordable ingredient! In addition, it is also a humectant that helps to draw moisture to the skin, leaving it hydrated. Pairing it with coffee, known for its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, is a winning combo!

Choosing Sugar For Emulsified Body Scrub

When picking sugar for your DIY emulsified sugar scrub, I opt for soft sugar like rapadura. It is silky in texture with a caramel-like aroma that pairs beautifully with cocoa butter’s rich scent. Rich is Alpha-Hydroxy Acids, which encourage the rejuvenation of the skin; massaging rapadura sugar into the skin helps lift dead skin cells and grime and brighten your skin, restoring your skin’s healthy glow.

About DIY Emulsified Coffee Sugar Body Scrub

DIY Emulsified Coffee Sugar Body Scrub gently exfoliates and smoothes the skin while moisturising it. The chocolaty-smelling coffee body scrub turns this simple emulsion into a spa-like concoction. The scrubbing action of the rapadura sugar removes dead skin cells and buffs the skin. Nourishing cocoa butter helps moisturise and soften the skin. 

How to Apply Body Scrub

For the best results, apply body scrub in the shower. 

  1. To begin with, rinse your skin in warm water.
  2. Scoop a small amount of body scrub onto your hand and gently massage it onto your skin in small circular motions, focusing on areas with dry skin.
  3. Scrub gently for a few seconds, rinse with warm water and pat dry.

DIY Emulsified Coffee Sugar Body Scrub Recipe

DIY Emulsified Coffee Sugar Body Scrub

Recipe by Kay GuptaDifficulty: Intermediate Formulator


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Are you tired of dull, dry-looking skin? Are you ready to reveal a more radiant complexion? Then this scrub is just what you need. DIY Coffee Sugar Body Scrub helps lift dead skin cells and moisturise your skin, restoring your skin’s healthy glow.



  • Bring 2-3 cm of water to a simmer over low heat in a saucepan.
  • Weigh out the cocoa butter, sweet almond oil, Olivem1000, and cupuacu butter (phase A ingredients) in heat resistant glass beaker and place it into the water bath to melt the ingredients.
  • Weigh distilled water (phase B) in the second glass beaker and put it into the hot water bath.
  • Mix xanthan gum and glycerine in a third beaker and set aside. 
  • Once the oil phase in the first beaker and the water phase in the second beaker reach 70°C, slowly pour the oil mixture into the water phase, stirring continually. Remove from the hot water bath and add glycerin and xanthan gum mix.
  • Continue stirring using a whisk or a milk frother until the emulsion cools down to under 40°C.
  • Add vitamin E and coffee-roasted carrier oil.
  • Check the pH of the lotion is between 4.5 to 5.5. If it’s over 5.5 or below 4.5, adjust before moving to step 8. You can check it by diluting 10% of the emulsion in distilled water (10% emulsion/90% distilled water). Suppose the pH of the emulsion is over 5.5. In that case, you can lower it using a drop or two of citric acid solution( 10% citric acid to 90% distilled water). Subsequently, you can increase pH by adding a drop or two sodium bicarbonate solution (10% sodium bicarbonate to 90% distilled water).
  • Add the Preservative Eco and recheck the ph. Adjust if needed, just like described in step 7.
  • Once the emulsion has cooled down completely, stir in rapadura sugar.
  • Transfer emulsified body scrub into a jar allowing it to thicken overnight.

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  • Apply a small amount of the product onto a clear skin patch and leave it for 24-48 hours. If your skin turns red or itchy or you experience any irritations, discontinue using the body scrub.

Shelf life and storage

The scrub should last between six months to a year. Please keep it away from direct sunlight in a dry, cool room or a drawer to extend its shelf life. If the scrub changes colour, smell or texture, dispose of it and prepare a new batch. 


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Please remember that swapping the ingredients in the formula will alter the final product. Consider how the ingredient you switch will affect the final product’s texture and smell when making changes. 

Emmolients: With so many oils and butter on the market, sometimes it’s hard to pick. However, you could swap cocoa butter with tucuma butter, mango, shea, or sal butter. Sunflower, apricot or jojoba oil are great substitutes for sweet almond oil. 

Emulsifiers: Are you looking for a beginner-friendly emulsifier? Then it would be best if you gave Olivem1000 a go. It’s easy to use and creates creamy emulsions. Alternatively, use PolyAquol™ 2W instead. 

Distilled water is hydrating and helps improve the skin’s moisture levels. Hydrosols and floral waters such as manuka floral water are great substitutes. 

Rapadura sugar: Bamboo powder or jojoba beads are well known for their gentle exfoliating effect and would make for great substitutes.


Is rapadura sugar suitable for the face?

Silky soft, rapadura sugar is a gentle exfoliant you can use for your body, including your face. If your skin is sensitive, you can replace rapadura sugar with bamboo powder, which is super gentle on the skin. 

When To Add Sugar To Emulsified Body Scrub

Add sugar in the cooling phase once the emulsion has cooled down completely to avoid melting it. Maybe cool it in the fridge for half an hour before adding sugar.

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