Sugar scrub is a great way to slough away dead skin. It has it’s pros & cons I hate it when you are ( thanks for the grammar correction Julie) in the shower and as you are scooping it out you get water into the container contaminating it or drop some of it which is an awful waste. I keep seeing single use Sugar Scrub Cubes on Etsy and thought they are a fabulous idea. Thanks to some fellow bloggers I can share some recipe variations with you.
First off I will start with a recipe I found through Carolynshomework. Carolyn found a recipe that called for soap shreds and decided to give it a try.
Heat the oil and soap shreds in the microwave in short bursts. Heat 15 seconds then stir – repeat until the soap is melted. Slowly add your sugar until the mixture is like dough. Carolyn then added yellow food coloring for a lemon drop effect. At this point you would put your scrub mixture into candy forms. Since Carolyn didn’t have candy forms, she used a measuring spoon and scooped out dollops. Let dry on parchment paper until firm. I think they look lovely. Especially once gift wrapped
***PICTURE COURTESY OF CAROLYNSHOMEWORK***
I also came across these Solid Shea Butter Sugar Scrub Cubes over @ Rebecca’s Soap Delicatessen While there are a handful of recipes for solid sugar scrubs floating around, Rebecca came up with her own recipe that she’d like to share with you. It’s not greasy when applied and easy to make. It’s also gotten a lot of great feedback from her customers who shop with her online at Rebecca’s Soap Delicatessen.
*** PHOTO COURTESY OF REBECCAS SOAP DELICATESSEN***
Rebecca’s Solid Shea Butter Sugar Scrub Cubes
2.5oz Natural Shea Butter Melt and Pour Glycerin Soap
4oz. Refined Shea Butter
16oz. White Sugar
2 Tablespoons Fractionated Coconut Oil
1 Tablespoon Fragrance Oil (or 1/2 Tablespoon Essential Oil) of Choice
Pinch of ultramarine or oxide pigment (optional)
Rebecca uses her soap molds to make these. One batch fits into two molds. You can use a square baking pan or two disposable tin loaf pans instead. Line your molds with plastic wrap or food service film taping the film at the top of the mold. (Alternately you can use decorative silicone molds for this.)
Weigh out your melt and pour soap base using a scale, then melt in the microwave or a double boiler. Weigh out your shea butter and melt. Stir the shea butter into the melt and pour soap base. Measure out your fractionated coconut oil and fragrance if desired using a Tablespoon measurement and stir into the melted shea butter and soap base. In a separate bowl, weigh out the sugar. If using a pigment for color, cut in a pinch of color using a butter knife or spatula. (Keep in mind if your fragrance oil contains vanilla, your sugar scrub cubes will darken and turn brown depending on amount of vanilla content.) Finally, quickly pour the sugar into the shea/soap mixture and mix well. Scoop into your mold and level with a spatula, then place in the refrigerator until solidified.
Once your scrub has solidified, gently remove the scrub from the molds by lifting it out of the mold with the plastic wrap from the top edges of the plastic wrap. Then remove the plastic wrap from the scrub. Use a Chef’s knife to then cut the scrub into cubes. Place cubes in an airtight container until use.
To use these scrub cubes, simply crush one or two cubes in your wet hands and slather over your body.
By Nellie Lee Luhrmann