If you like a little bit of a spa experience at home, this one is for you. These sugar scrub bars are super easy to make, require no precision whatsoever and use ingredients you probably have lying around at home. They make for a decadent pamper session for yourself, as well as a thoughtful gift item for the special people in your life.
I use regular old Olay or Dove soap bars for these. I like to use scented soap because I don’t add any additional scents into these, although you could always buy unscented soap and scent them with fragrance oils if you wanted to. Also, I mix in a little bit of brightly-coloured glycerine soap for some added colour and texture, but that is entirely optional. Alternatively, you can use food colouring to add colour to your scrub bars, but be sparing because too much of colouring can stain your skin or sink! I usually don’t add any to mine, but choose coloured soap bars instead. These bars are perfect for more delicate areas such as hands, arms and legs, but if you want more exfoliating action for rougher areas like elbows, knees or feet, substitute the sugar with salt. (I would not recommend using these on your face though!)
Here’s what you’ll need:
- Almond or other liquid oil — ¼ cup (4 tbsp)
- Bar soap, grated — ½ cup
- Sugar (brown or granulated) — ¾ cup
- A square or rectangular mould (I used a plastic tofu tub; you can also used small yogurt cups or ice cube trays)
- Food colouring (optional)
1. Grate or chop the bar soap. The finer you grate/chop, the more quickly it will melt. Mix the liquid oil with the soap, and microwave for 1 minute at 20-second intervals, stirring vigorously in between, until the soap has almost completely melted (like the picture on the bottom right below). If you wish to colour the bars, add in a couple of drops of food colouring at this point.
2. Work quickly in this step. Add all the sugar (or salt) into the soap mixture at once and stir vigorously. The mixture will seize up and appear granulated. Pop back into the microwave for another 20 seconds to get a workable consistency.
3. Pour the mixture into the mould, press into corners and flatten. Freeze for 20 minutes. Pop the block out of the mould and cut into cubes. If you use smaller moulds (ice cube tray or individual yogurt cups), you can leave them as is.
Let the bars dry for 3-7 days. To use these bars, break off as much as you need and scrub damp skin. Rinse off and you’ll be left with baby soft and smooth skin!
I like to leave a couple of these bars by the sink and give my hands a tiny bit of pampering every other day. I love how soft my hands feel afterwards, and I don’t even have to moisturize them after washing! You can also leave them by the shower; just make sure not to get any water into the container.