- 6 ounces of clear or white melt and pour soap base
- 6 ounces of a light oil like sweet almond, sunflower or grapeseed
- 18 ounces of white or turbinado sugar (a nice natural brown sugar with larger crystals than white sugar)
- soap safe colorant (if desired)
- approx. 60 drops of fragrance oil or essential oil
- large measuring cups
- a mold of some sort to mold the cubes in – a small soap mold, break away clamshell, an ice cube tray, silicone muffin or candy molds.
- knife, spoons, measuring spoons, scale, cutting board, paper towels, etc.
- The first thing to do is melt the melt and pour soap base.
- I like to divide this recipe in three parts. It makes the ingredients easier to mix together…and it lets you choose different colors and fragrances to use. But…if you have a big bowl…and want to use just one fragrance and color…just use the whole amounts in the recipe.
- For this first third of the recipe, melt 2 ounces of soap in a measuring cup. You can use either white or clear soap base. (Clear soap base is going to allow deeper colors – white is going to make more pastel colors).
- Melt the soap in the microwave for 30-40 seconds.
- To the melted soap, add 2 ounces of the light oil. (Remember, this is just 1/3 of the whole batch.) Stir well.
- These scrubs are just fine white…and you may prefer a more natural look to them.
- But if you want some color, add in a few drops of liquid colorant, or, as I’m doing here, about 1/4 tsp. of mica. Stir the mixture well.
- Now is the time to add in the sugar.
- Add 6 oz. (1/3 of the whole batch) sugar to your measuring cup and begin to stir.
- The soap is likely going to harden quickly, so you’re probably going to need to put it back into the microwave for 10-15 seconds. Just enough to get it smooth and stir able again…but not hot enough to start melting/dissolving the sugar.
- When the mixture is re-heated, stir well.
- Spoon the mixture into the mold of your choice. Here I’m using small mini muffin tins. Each of these scrubs ended up being about one ounce. You could use a larger soap mold…and just cut them into cubes…or for that matter, just use an ice cube tray.
- Set the scrubs aside to cool in a safe, clean place
- When the scrubs are completely cooled, they’ll feel like soft bars of soap. Easy enough to handle, but soft enough to mold/squish/dent.
- Put them into a jar or plastic container and when you want to exfoliate and moisturize, take one out. Get it wet with some warm water and rub it on your skin like you would a bar of soap. The soap, oil and sugar will start to dissolve and coat your skin. Rub the sugar into your skin to exfoliate gently…and rinse!
- The great thing about these scrubs is how portable and easy to use they are. The other great thing is that the soap ends up making the oil really easy to rinse off and clean up. No oily mess!
Note: Sugar scrubs in jars require a preservative to prevent bacteria and mold growth.