I’ve made my fair share of sugar scrubs before. They’re simple and easy to make, but the results are impressive. This recipe kicks it up a notch by making single use sugar scrub cubes that cleanse, exfoliate and soften skin all in one easy step.
A Better Way to Use Sugar Scrubs
Since these are in a single serve size, they’re not only cute, but practical for two reasons:
- They are single use to avoid contamination that can occur in regular sugar scrubs
- They contain soap so they won’t create the mess that regular sugar scrubs do
Single Use Sugar Scrub= No Bacteria
Water used in skincare products makes them much more prone to microbial growth. When a typical sugar scrub is used in the shower, the risk of getting water in the container is high. Especially if wet fingers are routinely dipped into the scrub. By using a sugar scrub cube though, only what is needed for one use is brought in the shower.
Soap to Reduce Oil Buildup
These cubes also contain soap, unlike many sugar scrubs. This serves a two-fold purpose. It helps avoid oil buildup in showers and in pipes. It also helps avoid buildup on the skin for people who are sensitive to certain oils.
Adding Natural Color to the Sugar Scrub Cubes
These work great when unscented and without added color. You can add natural colors that also add additional benefits for the skin. French rose clay and coconut activated charcoal show up well in the final product, and have additional skin benefits. Rose kaolin clay is the same color as French rose clay, but their makeup and health benefits are different.
Benefits of French Rose Clay
French rose clay helps to pull impurities from the skin and acts as a mild exfoliant to rejuvenate skin. It’s frequently used to improve the appearance of skin, and improve blood and lymphatic circulation. This clay contains a variety of minerals for better health, including kaolinite, iron, illite, montmorillonite, magnesium, potassium, and calcium. French rose clay will work for normal skin types, but it’s especially good for dry or sensitive skin.
Benefits of Activated Charcoal
I use activated charcoal in my drawing salve and to whiten teeth, but it’s also great for skin. Over the past few years charcoal has become the next trendy thing in skincare, but it was in use long before our time. This light black powder pulls impurities from the skin and absorbs excess oil. It’s perfect for acne and oily skin types, but it may be too drying for sensitive or mature skin.
Charcoal is oil, not water soluble, so it combines well with this oil based recipe. This powder can be very messy and it will stain clothing and white sinks, so be careful while mixing it in. The sugar scrub cubes with charcoal shouldn’t stain the tub when used though, as the charcoal is diluted enough to easily rinse off.
Sugar Scrub Cubes
Here’s how to make these simple and adorable exfoliating cubes.
Sugar Scrub Cube Ingredients
Sugar Scrub Cube Instructions
- Cut the melt and pour soap into small, even pieces to ensure even melting. If using a scale, place the glass bowl on the scale and hit the tare button. Add chunks of soap until the weight reads 5.5 ounces. Since soap cube size will vary, this recipe works much better if using a scale, as opposed to a measuring cup.
- Fill the pot halfway with water and place over medium heat. Perch the glass bowl on top to create a double boiler effect.
Stir the soap occasionally until completely melted. The soap should be smooth and thin.
- In the meantime, vigorously whisk the rose clay or charcoal into the carrier oil, if using.
- Once the soap is thoroughly melted, whisk in the carrier oil. If the mixture clumps and seizes up, just keep the bowl over the heat until everything is melted again.
- Stir in the essential oil, then remove the liquid from the heat and set the glass bowl on a tabletop. Stir in the sugar and immediately pour into the mold. The mixture will harden quickly after the sugar is added.
- Place the mold in the fridge until the mixture is firm, about 1 hour. Pop the sugar scrub cubes out of the mold and store away from light and heat.
How to use the Sugar Scrub Cubes
- Squish one of the cubes in your hand and rub across the skin to exfoliate. Rinse off when done.
- Since these contain a fair amount of oil, they can still make the shower floor slippery.
- These sugar scrub cubes also make great gifts for birthdays and holidays. They can be gifted in a glass jar with a cute tag or label.
Are you a fan of sugar scrubs? Will you try this cleaner and the more effective option?