These Peppermint Sugar Scrub Cubes are perfectly portioned for 1 shower. They cleanse skin and make it silky smooth!
Hello! I hope you’re having a great week so far… hang on it’s almost Friday. 😉 For today’s post I set out to solve a major life issue… watered down sugar scrub. I know it’s not a crisis but it’s an annoyance nonetheless. See I love scrubs. Sugar scrubs for the body, sugar scrub for the lips, for whatever. I just love the feeling that a good, moisturizing sugar scrub leaves behind after it’s rinsed off. I remember using one for the first time, I was like one of those weird lotion commercials… I couldn’t stop touching my arm!
I still love sugar scrubs (we have 2 scents in our shower right now), but when they get to the point that you’ve scooped out most of the sugar and the water from the shower has infiltrated the jar then you’re just left with a slimy mess. No bueno. But now I introduce you to my new friend… sugar scrub cubes! Each one is perfectly portioned to grab on the way into the shower and BONUS! They cleanse skin too! And double bonus, they’re super easy to make.
I’ve come across many recipes for sugar scrub cubes and I formed this recipe after taking the things I liked from each of the ones I’ve tried and putting them together. The peppermint scent is so invigorating and of course leaves skin feeling so soft and hydrated!
Peppermint Sugar Scrub Cubes
Makes 3 bars (18 cubes)
Ingredients (affiliate links provided)
1 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup shea butter melt and pour soap base
1/3 cup Vitamin E oil (you can substitute grapeseed, coconut, almond or olive oil if you prefer)
3 drops peppermint essential oil
Optional: 1 teaspoon of pink (or color of your choice) mineral eye shadow or mineral blush for some color and a little bit of sheen
I used the soap mold from my lotion bars but you can use a cupcake mold, ice cube mold, or whatever you prefer as long as it’s silicone (the mixture could get stuck inside of other materials).
1. Cut 1 lb. block of shea butter soap base into 4 equal pieces (pieces will be about the size of a bar of soap and you will use 1 of the bars). If that lack of exact precision makes you twitch, you can weigh the pieces if you’d like (you will need 4 oz). Measure out remaining ingredients, cooking show style. Add drops of peppermint oil and color (optional) into Vitamin E oil and mix well.
2. Microwave shea butter soap base for 30 – 40 seconds or until melted, stirring every 10 seconds. Pour Vitamin E Oil mixture into soap base and mix well.
3. Have your mold close at hand and add sugar into soap/oil mixture. Stir well and FAST and immediately pour into mold. The mixture hardens very quickly so if it hardens before it has all been poured into the molds, you can simply spoon it into molds and press down with the back of a spoon to compact the cube together.
4. Allow to set for at least 1 hour. Turn mold upside down over a cutting board and gently press on the bottom to press out the sugar scrub bars.
5. Cut bars into cubes. It will vary depending on the size of your mold; I cut mine down the middle horizontally and then into thirds giving me 6 single-use sugar scrub cubes per bar.
And that’s it! You will want to keep them sealed in an airtight container (outside of the shower is best to avoid extra moisture) and pop one out for a pepperminty fun shower!
These make a great gift too, put them in a jar with a pretty label (you can download my free my printable label here) and you have a great hostess, holiday or birthday gift.
Hi! I really wanted to love these, I was so excited when all of my supplies arrived so I could make them. But they don’t work! When I’m in the shower I get it wet and rub and rub and rub and literally nothing happens… There are no suds at all, it doesn’t exfoliate, it doesn’t even melt… it’s like rubbing a stone all over my skin. I followed everything except I used grapefruit instead of peppermint and I used different molds (small flower shaped ones) and I didn’t add the color. But I can’t see how those things would change the way they worked? I really want to try again because I really really love the idea of these, any tips that I might be missing?
Hi Paula, I’m so sorry to hear they didn’t work! 🙁 The only thing I can think to try is adding less sugar (and make sure its fully melted and liquified when pouring it in)… I did make these once in a different size mold and it changed the texture of them. Please let me know how it goes!
Poet DeHart says
Hi! Thanks for sharing this recipe! What other light oils could be used for this? Also, instead of using MP could I use a foaming bath butter/whip? I will be making all my bases from scratch.
Hi Poet, my pleasure! Those are the only carrier oils I’ve tried so I can’t say for certain. As far as a foaming bath product, I don’t think that the cubes would hold their form as well since the melt and pour is shea based it’s very solid. Let me know what you end up trying and how it works out! 🙂
These look great Lydia! Gonna share this to our Pinterest board if you don’t mind 🙂
Thanks so much Emmy! Of course, I appreciate you wanting to share! 🙂
These are fabulous! I love the idea of making them cubes. Thanks for sharing your tutorial with us at Merry Monday this week!
Thanks so much Marie! 🙂
Great gift idea for Valentine’s Day – thank you for posting!
Thanks Lisa, good idea… I’ll have to make some more! 🙂
Rachel Griffith says
Hi! Quick question: Where could one find the tray molds that you use? Would they be at Walmart or Meijer or a more obscure store? Thanks!
God bless! ☺️
Hi Rachel! I got mine at Amazon (http://amzn.to/2hLItsE), I’ve never seen them in a Walmart or Meijer. They may have them at some craft stores too.
They’re at Michael’s too and you can use the 50% one regular price item to get it cheap. 🙂
What are the measurements (roughly) of the finished cubes from your example tray?
Hi Christina! They’re about 1″ x 1 1/2″ cubes.
I have everything to make this, can’t wait. That is a lot of sugar, it’s all going to mix in ? Hi neighbor, I’m in akron.. Love those Buckeyes
Hi neighbor! Yay, another Buckeye! 🙂 I know it IS a lot of sugar but it mixes, you just have to pour it in to the mold pretty quick! Enjoy them, and happy holidays Paulette!
Thank you for sharing!! The recipe I’ve been looking at calls for:
2lb Clear Stephenson Melt and Pour Soap Base (Crystal ST) and Unrefined Shea Butter by Better Shea Butter – African, Raw, Pure.
I see your recipe calls for what appears to me as these two things, already combined. Actually making it even easier, in my opinion. Is this correct? Would I have a different outcome if I used the two separate ingredients? Thank you for your opinion.
Hi Krisann, yes that’s right! I’m all about multi-tasking products. I can’t speak to what the outcome would be with separating the ingredients, but I love the way these turned out so I’d say it wouldn’t be necessary to buy 2 things when you can use 1. 🙂 Enjoy!
layla perry says
where do you get the shea soap base?
Hi Layla! I got mine on Amazon, if you click on it in the post (it’s a link) it will take you directly to the page. Enjoy! Lydi
Can I buy these on etsy?
Hi Sue! Unfortunately I’m not on etsy so I don’t have them available to sell. I hope you will give the recipe a try though, they truly are so easy to make. Enjoy!
How cute, fun and refreshing! Super useful and handy and yes great gift idea!