A basic definition is "Sugar scrubs are made from brown, maple, or white cane sugar with skin softening body oils and scented essential oils. They are a milder alternative to salt scrubs." This is taken from www.dayspanc.com. I'd amend it to include "fragrance oils" and "butters".
In essence, a sugar scrub is an exfoliant, an agent applied to the skin to remove dead cells. Depending on what else is in the scrub, it can also soften and moisturize the skin, as well as unclog pores and keep the skin clean.
Egyptians are credited as being the first people to exfoliate their skin, but in the Middle Ages, wine was used to exfoliate, with tartaric acid being the active agent (might have worked, but I can't imagine getting in the shower with a bottle of red!).
Why white sugar in Lalalita Body Co scrubs? It's gritty and rough enough to exfoliate well and leave your skin feeling clean, but not as rough and potentially damaging as pieces of shell, or some natural and unnatural acids. Since sugar scrubs can potentially dry out your skin (especially overuse), the additions of butters resolve that problem.
In other Lalalita news, the shop has its first sale!! I'm over the moon about this, and tomorrow, "Clash of the Peanut Butter & Chocolate" Sugar Scrub will be winging its way to its new owner, ready to moisturize and exfoliate. And almost all the products (scrubs, lotions, and body sprays) are in the Etsy shop. Please stop by to see if a particular fragrance speaks to you.
Til next time!