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RECIPE: Our Best Ever Sugar Scrub - Vanilla

This scrub recipe has been used by Debbie May for over 3 years. It has been a proven best seller for private label customers and now she has made it available to YOU! Feel free to change the fragrance and color. For those that cater to the ice cream novelty industry, it makes the perfect scoop-able "ice cream style" scrub!

Project Level: Moderate
Estimated Time: 1 Hour
Yield: (8) 8 oz. Jars


  • 1 Pound(s) Foaming Bath Whip
  • 10 Ounce(s) Premium Extra Clear MP Soap Base - 2 lb Tray
  • 1 Ounce(s) Glycerin - Natural
  • 1 Ounce(s) Vanilla Almond Fragrance Oil 624
  • 10-20 Drop(s) Stained Glass Lemon Yellow Liquid Color
  • 5 Cup(s) Sugar - White Granulated Sugar
  • 8  8 oz Clear Heavy Wall Plastic Jar - 89/400
  • 8  89/400 Black Straight Top Cap - F217 Liner


  •  Digital Scale
  •  Electric Mixer (Kitchen Aid is ideal)
  •  Metal Mixer Bowl & Cake Mixing Blades
  •  Microwave
  •  Microwave Safe Glass Cup
  •  Spatula

Recipe Directions

  1. NOTE: If you are making these products for sale, good manufacturing practices recommend you wear a hairnet, gloves and a mask. We also recommend a clean apron.
  2. Using a soap cutter (never a knife) cut soap into 1" pieces.
  3. Place microwave safe bowl on scale and tare to zero. Set scale to measure in ounces. Add 10 oz. of soap to bowl.
  4. Heat soap for 1.5 minutes or until fully melted. Do not over heat. Remove from microwave.
  5. Place bowl with soap on scale and tare to zero. Add 1 oz. liquid glycerin to melted soap.
  6. Place soap in metal mixing bowl and attach bowl to kitchen aid mixer. Begin to mix on slow.
  7. While soap is mixing, weigh 16 oz. of foaming bath whip and add to mixing bowl.
  8. Turn speed to high for 1-2 minutes. Mixture will become creamy and look like marshmallow cream.
  9. Turn mixer to medium speed and add 1 cup of sugar every 15 seconds until all 5 cups of sugar have been added.
  10. While mixer is on medium speed, add a few drops of color and 1 oz. fragrance.
  11. Continue to mix on medium speed until fully blended (about 60 seconds).
  12. Remove mixing bowl from mixer clips.
  13. Using a spatula, place mixture in plastic containers.
  14. If you wish to use this product as an "ice cream style" sugar scrub, place batch in an 86 oz. Clarified Spa Tub and allow to sit for 24 hours. You may then use an ice cream scoop to scoop scrub from tub into plastic jars.
  15. If making this scrub as an ice cream theme, it should be noted that some fragrances will thin the base so that the scoops are not perfect. If this is your case, add an additional 1-2 cups of sugar. Ice Cream Scent ideas include: Strawberry, Chocolate, Pineapple, Orange/Vanilla, Lemon, Bubble Gum.
  16. If selling this product, label according to the FDA Cosmetic Labeling Guidelines.

INCI Ingredient Label: Sucrose, Glycerin, Water, Sodium Cocoyl Isethionate, Sorbitol, Propylene glycol, Disodium Lauryl sulfosuccinate, Sorbitol, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Sodium Stearate, Sodium Myristate, Stearic Acid, Sodium Chloride, Diazolidinyl Urea (and) Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate, Triethanolamine, Tetrasodium EDTA, Benzophenone-4, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Fragrance, Yellow 5.

Wholesale Supplies Plus is not responsible for the products you create from our supplies. You alone are responsible for product and recipe testing to ensure compatibility and safety.
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"This recipe, and most of your scrub recipes, contain both oils and water in an emulsion. What preservative would qualify for water and oil scrubs and how and when would you add the additional preservative?"

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Posted By: Louise   |   August 30, 2015

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"Can I add an oil such as Almond to this receipe? If so how much should I add?"

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Posted By: Senddy   |   March 05, 2015

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"Hi, would the sugar dissolve after a while since the product contains water? thanks so much, dee"

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Posted By: Denise    |   January 27, 2015

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"I was wondering if I could use some pixie dust oxide or bath safe glitter in this recipe? I would like to have it sparkle."

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Posted By: Mary   |   December 08, 2014

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"What is the texture of this recipe supposed to be? I made this recipe today and it came out soft and rather limp. I added a sixth cup of sugar but it still looks like a melted marshmellow in the container. I'm waiting to add the color and fragence to the scrub till I hear back from you. Can this batch of Sugar Scrub be salvaged? Help! Michelle "

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Posted By: Michelle   |   November 17, 2014

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"I was thinking of using a preservative too. Would optiphen plus be good?"

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Posted By: Melanie   |   November 11, 2014

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"Hi there, I would like to use a preservative in this product. What preservative would you recommend since it will be used in the shower and how much of it would I need to use based on the amounts of other ingredients used in this recipe? Thank you :). "

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Posted By: Nadia   |   October 28, 2014

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"Hi, I find that after I use the Sugar Scrub for a little while, it takes on a gummy feel and a little runny. What can I do to prevent this from happening? I really enjoy the Scrub but would love to know how to maintain the original thick, firm texture. Thank you. Michelle "

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Posted By: Michelle   |   September 14, 2014

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