Brown Sugar



Due to its natural moisturizing and exfoliating properties, Brown Sugar is used to formulate gentle exfoliating products for the skin. It is commonly used at home and spas. It helps exfoliate, moisturize, smoothen and even out skin tone. Skincare products that contain Brown Sugar include face/ body scrubs, lip scrubs, bar soaps.

INCI Name: Sucrose

Appearance: Crystalline solid (large crystals); grainy, not smooth

Colour: Light brown

Ingredient Function: Exfoliation

Storage: Store in a tightly sealed container in a dry place, away from moisture and direct sunlight

Shelf Life: 1 year

Uses in formulation: sugar scrubs, body scrubs, lip scrubs, additive to make exfoliating bar soaps, additive as foam booster for bar soaps, emulsified sugar scrubs

Usage Rate: 0.1 to 3% [Body Scrubs 0.1 to 3%; Soaps: 0.25 to 0.50%]

Properties of Brown Sugar for Skincare Benefits

  • Foam Booster additive for cold process bar soaps: Brown Sugar is commonly added to bar soaps to help increase lather and bubbles
  • Humectant and Moisturizing Property: Brown Sugar
  • Physical Exfoliant: Brown Sugar has an abrasive/ scratchy texture that helps scrub off dead/ dull skin cells when used as an ingredient in face/ body or lip scrubs
  • Mild Chemical Exfoliant: Sugar is a natural source of Glycolic Acid, which is a chemical exfoliation ingredient that helps shed off outer dull and dead skin cells to reveal new and healthier skin cells


Benefits of Brown Sugar to the Skin

  • Exfoliates Skin: Brown sugar is a natural exfoliant that helps in physical and mild chemical exfoliation. Due to it’s crystalline/ grainy texture, it acts as an abrasive when used to scrub the skin and shed off dull and dead skin cells. *Due to its Glycolic Acid content, Brown sugar acts as a mild chemical exfoliant to help exfoliate dull skin cells and reveal brighter skin cells;
  • Moisturizing: Like all sugars, Brown Sugar is a natural humectant, and so helps attract and retain moisture on the skin. leaving the skin soft and smooth


Other Uses: Brown Sugar is also used in Sapas for skin exfoliating skin/ body treatments.

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