Subbing sugar for salt in scrub recipe changes recipe?

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I've been wanting to play with scrubs and did a bunch of research...I thought. I followed a recipe on WSP's site http://www.wholesalesuppliesplus.com/handmade101/how-to-make-recipes/salt-scrub-scoops-melon.aspx for a salt scrub but subbed in sugar, thinking it couldn't be *that* different. The resulting mix is ....mush? There's no way you could cut it into cubes! So, is the recipe no good or can you not just swap the two? I don't want to waste the foaming whip on too many more attempts LOL...
 

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Have you tried MP soap with Sugar?
Super easy, once you figure out how the MP melts (I had an issue with that lol)

I poured them in little ice cube tray with a design. Them popped them out in an hour
 

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I found those recipes using foaming bath whip to go mushy whether using sugar or salt
Okay, well, that changes things. I have Barclay's book for Anhydrous products, I think I'll go through that and see what recipes she has in it. Save the whip for something...whipped? (Waiting for my mixer to come in). *grumble*.....Well, at least I halved the recipe to test and I can use up what I made in the next few months LOL. Glad the sugar wasn't to blame!

Lin, I was considering doing that but I was looking for a one time use thing...and the mp soap doesn't dissolve *that* fast from my experiments...so the piece size would be too hard to hang onto in the shower!

Soaper, BTMS is one of the few ingredients I don't have lying around to test with LOL....but yea, I'll look into alternate recipes after that mess....
 

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"...So, is the recipe no good ... ?"

You can't know that, because you didn't make the recipe as written. Not that I've ever done that. ;) ;) ;)

"...can you not just swap the two?..."

No, because sugar and salt are different chemicals and they behave differently when mixed with water. Sugar is a lot more soluble in water than salt is, so most or all of the sugar you added dissolved into sugar syrup. A lot less salt can dissolve in the same amount of water to make a salt brine -- some of the salt will remain in solid form. That means your scrub will be mushy/wetter with sugar and firmer/drier with salt, all other things being equal.

Like the others are mentioning -- I much prefer making an anhydrous emulsifying sugar scrub -- one that, at its simplest, is a blend of fats, sugar, and emulsifier. The scrub rinses off cleanly when you use it, but there's no water in the container to mess up the texture.
 
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"...So, is the recipe no good ... ?"

You can't know that, because you didn't make the recipe as written. Not that I've ever done that. ;) ;) ;)

"...can you not just swap the two?..."

No, because sugar and salt are different chemicals and they behave differently when mixed with water. Sugar is a lot more soluble in water than salt is, so most or all of the sugar you added dissolved into sugar syrup. A lot less salt can dissolve in the same amount of water to make a salt brine -- some of the salt will remain in solid form. That means your scrub will be mushy/wetter with sugar and firmer/drier with salt, all other things being equal.

Like the others are mentioning -- I much prefer making an anhydrous emulsifying sugar scrub -- one that, at its simplest, is a blend of fats, sugar, and emulsifier. The scrub rinses off cleanly when you use it, but there's no water in the container to mess up the texture.
Thanks! I mean I expected a bit of difference but it keeps getting mushier and mushier. I'm looking for something I can make without buying someone else's "secret" (foaming whip) ingredient anyway, this was just a test. I do have some emulsifiers around. Currently poking through the book to see whats in there as well as online. I swear I read you can just sub salt and sugar on someone's site but who knows if thats tested!
 

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"...I swear I read you can just sub salt and sugar..."

I don't doubt that, if only that bloggers don't always test the recipes they write about. I suspect you could use salt or sugar in an anhydrous product without too much trouble, but I've only used sugar. I prefer sugar because it won't sting if you have an irritation or cut -- I use my emulsifying scrub on my hands to clean them up and I get lots of scratches and abrasions.
 
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