Solid Shea Butter Sugar Scrub Cube Recipe

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Solid Sugar Scrub Cubes have become the new trend and are now taking the place of traditional sugar scrubs. One of the main reasons is that these scrubs are in a solid form so there’s no separation and less mess. It also means it’s less likely that you will transfer water into your sugar scrub during usage since you are simply removing one or two cubes at a time for use and then resealing the container before use.

While there are a handful of recipes for solid sugar scrubs floating around, I came up with my own recipe that I’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 my customers who shop with me online at Rebecca’s Soap Delicatessen.

Here’s what some of my customers have had to say about my Solid Shea Butter Sugar Scrub Cubes:

Cucumber Solid Shea Butter Sugar Scrub Cubes

My mother LOVES this!!! She opened up the container and said the cucumber smelled like she had just cut one up. So fresh and clean. Like me she uses her hands a lot and they’re very rough. One use and they’re now baby soft. Thank you so much for the pretty packaging. She actually giggled when she opened it.

Natural Lavender Solid Shea Butter Sugar Scrub Cubes

These are the most amazing bath item I have ever used. I am a macrame artist and have very rough hands. After a single use my hands felt like silk. AMAZING! I used them on my feet and legs and they are baby soft. HIGHLY RECOMMENDING THESE! I have sensitive skin and there is no negative reaction, which in my case is very rare. When I run out I’m ordering them again. THANK YOU!!!!

Love these sugar scrub cubes!

Great lavender scent, I love how these are softer and squish easily in the shower. Thanks again!

If you’re interested in buying my Solid Shea Butter Sugar Scrub Cubes, you can shop for them online at Rebecca’s Soap Delicatessen. Otherwise, here’s the recipe for you to enjoy for your personal use.

Solid Shea Butter Sugar Scrub Cube Recipe

© Rebecca’s Soap Delicatessen


2.5oz natural shea butter soap base
4oz. Refined Shea Butter
16oz. White Sugar
2 Tablespoons Fractionated Coconut Oil
1 Tablespoon skin safe fragrance oils (or 1/2 Tablespoon essential oils) of Choice
Pinch of cosmetic mica or oxide or ultramarine pigment powder (optional)


I use my 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.

If you prefer to use natural, organic ingredients in your recipes, then I highly recommend Mountain Rose Herbs. They supply a variety of certified organic soapmaking and bath and body ingredients for the highest quality projects.

Rather try a kit? Then check out Crafter’s Choice Best Ever Vanilla Sugar Scrub Kit! It makes 8 jars of sugar scrub with everything you need included – perfect for gift giving, wedding favors, or even a craft night with friends!

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About Rebecca D. Dillon

Rebecca Dawn Dillon is a soapmaker, DIY-er and blogger whose life is controlled daily by a dachshund. You can find more of her amazing skin care recipes at The Nourished Life blog as well as right here on Soap Deli News. Or subscribe to Soap Deli News blog here in order to receive email updates.


  1. I love this recipe! What a great idea for a gift or a girl’s spa night.

    Thank you for linking it up to the Weekend Warrior!


  2. This looks awesome and moisturizing!

  3. Looks amazing! I will definitely be trying out this recipe. My flip flop heels are dying!

  4. Michele says:

    do these need to be refridgerated so as not to melt? I am new to soaping, silly question but what is fractionated coconut oil?

  5. Oh my God this looks so good and i`m sure that it is delicious too. I think it is not a very difficult recipe so i will give it a try, thanks a lot for sharing.

  6. No need to keep in the fridge after making. Fractionated coconut oil is a liquid type of coconut oil and is light and non-greasy.

  7. How I wish I can learn to make this! Your bars of soap are so delightful, especially the red currant 🙂 I’m so grateful that you linked up in this week’s Creative Bloggers’ Party & Hop 🙂 This awesome post totally rocked the party!

  8. This looks really cool. Thanks for sharing.


  9. Looks so great! Pinned it. =)

  10. Thanks for posting this recipe. I can’t wait to try it!

  11. Awwwww, call me wrong but this looks YUMMY!

  12. Awesome! Thank you for linking up last week at Sew Woodsy! Please come back tomorrow and link up your most recent project!

  13. Anonymous says:

    Hi, the testimonials look great! How long can you store these for though?

  14. If you’re using fresh ingredients, up to 12 months.

  15. i really want to try this but i’m not sure where to get the ingredients at stores around me.:(

  16. I can rarely find quality supplies much less most of the supplies I need to make b&b locally. I buy most of my supplies online now except for my lye which I purchase from a chemical supply store.

  17. can this recipe be made with mango butter m&p and mango butter instead of shea? I hope so cause I have mango butter m&p but no shea!

  18. Yes, you can sub butters of the same consistency. If you were to use a solid butter, however, like cocoa butter, you’d need to add more liquid oils and experiment to adjust the recipe.

  19. Hello, Thanks for the fun recipe. Can the sugar be switched to salt? I have also liked a good salt scrub better than sugar as I feel the salt crystal last and scrub longer than sugar. Thanks!

  20. I have not tried salt but you could try a small batch and see how it goes. I’m not sure why it wouldn’t work.

  21. Where can I get the Natural Shea Butter melt and pour Glycerin Soap?

  22. Thanks Rebecca for sharing this.
    My girls recently had a spa party for their birthday and I made these to put in the goody bags.
    They were a huge hit.
    Thanks again.

  23. Where do I find the Natural Shea Butter Melt and Pour Glycerin Soap? I couldn’t find in on MRH.

  24. Found you from a Pin. Lovely place you have here. It keeps calling me back… I was wondering if I could use another oil instead of Fractionated Coconut Oil for these pretty cubes – of course, it’s one oil I don’t have on hand. I’ve never had a need for it before. I thank you in advance for your reply.

  25. You can sub any carrier oil for the fraction coconut oil.

  26. Nice recipe. I’m glad you included essential oils since they are much better for your skin than artificial fragrances.

  27. Rebecca,

    If you wanted to use SALT instead of sugar in this recipe, how much salt would you add?

  28. Hi i loved ur cubes. But don’t know where to get soap base.

  29. Going to give this a try. Thanks for linking the products too. Very helpful and these cubes are so cute!

  30. Rebecca – is there another term for soap base I should look for? I do not see this on the Mountain Herb website you recommended and I’m interested in using organic/natural ingredients. Thank you!

  31. Good morning Rebecca! Well, I made my first batch. I did 4 times the recipe and was able to fill 2 soap molds. I substituted the sugar for fine sea salt and it feels amazing. Here’s where I’m at… I just cut one mold (3X3 squares) and a couple of the larger squares begin to crack. As I cut them into smaller cubes, it happened as well. I thought I’d ask before I began cutting the second mold. Thank you for the tips and lovely recipe! 🙂

    • I’ve never made squares that large. You may need to cut these sooner, however the sea salt could have something to do with maker them harder than normal. You can always remelt and add a touch more coconut oil to make them softer.

      • I see… So the takeaway here is they need to be soft when you cut… Got it! Thank you. They look super cute in the jars!

        • I let mine harden completely but if the salt is making them harder you’d need to cut sooner or adjust the recipe. Plus different m&p bases can act different ways. Some are much softer than others. M&P bases with SLS won’t harden completely with the addition of salt and make it sort of mushy while natural bases don’t react that way.