With Mother’s Day right around the corner I thought this would be the perfect time to revisit one of my most popular posts for 2011 on how to make solid sugar scrub cubes as they would make lovely homemade gifts. However, this time around, I’m also including free printable labels for your homemade solid sugar scrub cubes – both in black and white and color – so they are even easier to craft, then gift.
Solid Shea Butter Sugar Scrub Cube Recipe
© Rebecca D. Dillon
2.5oz Crafter’s Choice Natural Shea Butter Melt and Pour Soap Base
4oz. Refined Shea Butter
16oz. White Sugar
2 Tablespoons Fractionated Coconut Oil (You can also sub with any other carrier oil such as olive oil, jojoba oil, sweet almond oil, olive squalane oil, argan oil or whatever you have on hand that is liquid at room temperature.)
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)
Cut your your melt and pour soap base into chunks then weigh out amount needed using a digital kitchen scale. Next, melt the glycerin soap base about half way in the microwave or a double boiler. Now, weigh out the shea butter needed and add to your mostly melted soap base and continue heating until thoroughly melted. Once these ingredients are melted, use a Tablespoon measurement to measure out the fractionated coconut oil and your choice of fragrance. Stir these ingredients into the melted shea butter and soap base.
In a separate bowl – I use a large one quart Pyrex measuring cup — 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(s) and level with a spatula, then place in the refrigerator until solidified.
Once your scrub has solidified, gently remove the scrub from the mold(s). If you opted to use a loaf mold, take a Chef’s knife and gently cut the scrub into square cubes. Place your finished solid sugar scrub cubes in an airtight container until use. I used Clear 8oz. Heavywall Low Profile Plastic Jars with lids. Now simply download the labels here, print onto sticker paper and apply the labels to either the lid or the bottom of the jars.
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.)