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Sugar Soap Scrub Bars with Essential Oils

DIY sugar soap scrub bars. Yep, that’s happening here today. As the name suggests, you need sugar, a wee bit of soap, vegetable butter, and optionally essential oils. You can use this lovely homemade scrub bar on your entire body, and you get a three-in-one spa treatment: the sugar gently exfoliates, while the soap cleanses and the butter moisturizes leaving you with glowing and refreshed skin.

DIY sugar soap scrub bars are made with sugar, soap, a vegetable butter, and essential oils. Use this lovely homemade scrub bar on the entire body, and get a three-in-one spa treatment: the sugar gently exfoliates, while the soap cleanses and the butter moisturises leaving you with glowing and refreshed skin. The peeling bars are made with natural, non-toxic ingredients that replenish and nurture dry, dull skin. #sugarscrub #peeling #essentialoils #skincare #nontoxic | countryhillcottage.com

Homemade sugar scrub bars

Making the peeling bars isn’t difficult and doesn’t take long at all. Best of all you control exactly what goes into your skincare product: instead of synthetic parabens or silicones, the scrub bars are made with natural, non-toxic ingredients that replenish and nurture dry, dull skin. Read on to learn how to make DIY sugar soap scrub bars, what essential oils you can use, and how to turn the bars into cute gifts!

What ingredients and materials do I need to make DIY sugar soap scrub bars?

My sugar soap scrub bars are made with only three ingredients: soap, sugar, and a vegetable butter. The recipe is very customizable, and you can use various materials to create homemade sugar scrub bars. Here’s what you need:

Soap

Let’s start with the first ingredient: soap. You can use your fave soap bar or a melt-and-pour soap base. Those washed-down soap scrubs that you don’t want lying around in your powder room anymore but can’t bring yourself to throw out cause it was an artisan, all-natural soap? Girl. Grab those asap! Just make sure it’s a solid soap. Liquid soaps or handwashes won’t work in this recipe. Both fragranced and colored or unscented and plain soaps are fine to use. If your soap is colored, the bars might be lightly tinted as well. For stronger colors a little soap colorant or mica powder.

Sugar

Next, sugar. Any type of sugar works really. Cane sugar is relatively coarse and therefore perfect if you want a strong peeling effect (e.g. on your feet or elbows.) Brown sugar is finer and softer. The molasses contains a little moisture, which makes it an excellent ingredient for dry skin. Granulated, white sugar has good peeling qualities as well, but isn’t moisturizing, making it a good choice for regular to oily skin types.

Plant butter

The third ingredient is plant butter. Choose any type of natural, solid vegetable butter, for example, cocoa butter, shea butter, mango butter, or coconut oil. Kokum butter or sal butter are very hard and will give you solid bars, but they might be a little difficult to find. I don’t recommend liquid (carrier) oils as they won’t harden enough to give you a solid scrub bar.

Soap mold

Lastly, you need a mold for pouring the scrub bars. You can decide if you want to make big bars that you can use several times. In this case, use a soap mold for the bars as I did in this tutorial. Or perhaps you need all-natural favors for your bridal shower or thoughtful little holiday gifts. Then use an ice cube tray or a silicone mold with small cavities like I did when I made these bath bomb favours.

DIY sugar soap scrub bars are made with sugar, soap, a vegetable butter, and essential oils. Use this lovely homemade scrub bar on the entire body, and get a three-in-one spa treatment: the sugar gently exfoliates, while the soap cleanses and the butter moisturises leaving you with glowing and refreshed skin. The peeling bars are made with natural, non-toxic ingredients that replenish and nurture dry, dull skin. #sugarscrub #peeling #essentialoils #skincare #nontoxic | countryhillcottage.com

What essential oils can I use in my DIY scrub bars?

It’s entirely up to you if you want to prepare this recipe with essential oils or skip them. If you’re just looking for a nicely scented soap, try these oils: rose geranium, vanilla, lavender, or jasmine. Perfume oils are another great way to fragrance the bars and allow for even more options.

For those of you who also want to tackle specific skin conditions, use the following essential oils:

  • Dry skin: geranium, neroli, rose otto
  • Oily, acne prone skin: helichrysum, lemongrass, ylang-ylang
  • Delicate, sensitive skin: German chamomile, lavender, basil
  • Inflamed, irritated skin: lavender, tea tree, Roman chamomile
  • Damaged skin: frankincense, juniper, carrot seed
  • Eczema: lavender, cedarwood, peppermint

The recipe below states the maximum amount of EO that you can add. You can always reduce this amount if your skin is very sensitive, or mix different oils according to your specific preferences and needs.

DIY sugar soap scrub bars are made with sugar, soap, a vegetable butter, and essential oils. Use this lovely homemade scrub bar on the entire body, and get a three-in-one spa treatment: the sugar gently exfoliates, while the soap cleanses and the butter moisturises leaving you with glowing and refreshed skin. The peeling bars are made with natural, non-toxic ingredients that replenish and nurture dry, dull skin. #sugarscrub #peeling #essentialoils #skincare #nontoxic | countryhillcottage.com

Gift the sugar scrub bars

Since the bars are made with butter, I wrapped the bars first in a piece of clingfilm (plastic/Saran wrap) and then in a bit of tissue paper and gift wrap. I added a pretty ribbon and attached a silk flower.

Since Valentine’s/Galentine’s Day is right around the corner, I used these romantic gift tags from our Chelsea Blooms collection. Depending on the occasion or season, our Mother’s Day gift tags or wintery holiday tags might also be great options. 

DIY sugar soap scrub bars are made with sugar, soap, a vegetable butter, and essential oils. Use this lovely homemade scrub bar on the entire body, and get a three-in-one spa treatment: the sugar gently exfoliates, while the soap cleanses and the butter moisturises leaving you with glowing and refreshed skin. The peeling bars are made with natural, non-toxic ingredients that replenish and nurture dry, dull skin. #sugarscrub #peeling #essentialoils #skincare #nontoxic | countryhillcottage.com

How to use the DIY sugar soap scrub bar

You can use this homemade scrub bar in the bath and shower. First, wet and soften your skin with warm water and then rub the scrub bar over your body. Massage your skin, using circular motions and gentle pressure. Then shower off any excess product.

DIY sugar soap scrub bars are made with sugar, soap, a vegetable butter, and essential oils. Use this lovely homemade scrub bar on the entire body, and get a three-in-one spa treatment: the sugar gently exfoliates, while the soap cleanses and the butter moisturises leaving you with glowing and refreshed skin. The peeling bars are made with natural, non-toxic ingredients that replenish and nurture dry, dull skin. #sugarscrub #peeling #essentialoils #skincare #nontoxic | countryhillcottage.com

Shelf life and storage

When not in use, store the scrub bar in a dry and dark place. The scrub bars can be stored for several months.

DIY sugar soap scrub bars are made with sugar, soap, a vegetable butter, and essential oils. Use this lovely homemade scrub bar on the entire body, and get a three-in-one spa treatment: the sugar gently exfoliates, while the soap cleanses and the butter moisturises leaving you with glowing and refreshed skin. The peeling bars are made with natural, non-toxic ingredients that replenish and nurture dry, dull skin. #sugarscrub #peeling #essentialoils #skincare #nontoxic | countryhillcottage.com
DIY sugar soap scrub bars are made with sugar, soap, a vegetable butter, and essential oils. Use this lovely homemade scrub bar on the entire body, and get a three-in-one spa treatment: the sugar gently exfoliates, while the soap cleanses and the butter moisturises leaving you with glowing and refreshed skin. The peeling bars are made with natural, non-toxic ingredients that replenish and nurture dry, dull skin. #sugarscrub #peeling #essentialoils #skincare #nontoxic | countryhillcottage.com

Sugar Soap Scrub Bars Recipe

Yield: 4-6 soap scrub bars
Prep Time: 1 hour
Cooling Time: 3 hours
Total Time: 4 hours
Difficulty: easy

You can use this lovely homemade scrub bar on your entire body, and you get a three-in-one spa treatment: the sugar gently exfoliates, while the soap cleanses and the butter moisturizes leaving you with glowing and refreshed skin. The amounts stated in this recipe are enough to make 4 to 6 large scrub bars or 16 to 20 small ones. If you need more, just double the ingredients. Use only half of the amounts to make just 2 scrub bars.

Materials

  • 100 g (3.5 oz) soap
  • 100 g (3.5 oz) vegetable butter
  • 280 g (9.8 oz) sugar
  • 6 g (0.2 oz) essential oils of your choice (see recommendations above)

Tools

  • grater
  • silicone mold

Instructions

  1. Grate the soap. Grind the soap with a grater or in a blender.
  2. Melt the soap and vegetable butter. Put the grated soap and vegetable butter into a small saucepan and melt over medium-high heat. Stir constantly while melting, so the soap doesn’t burn to the bottom of the pan.
    Note: Soap has a relatively high melting point (anywhere from 70°C/158°F to 100°C/212°F ). So don’t be discouraged if it takes a while to melt the soap. The soap I used became foamy, and I kept on stirring until no more specks of unmelted soap were showing.
  3. Add the sugar and essential oils. Stir in the sugar and essential oil(s) until well combined.
  4. Mold the scrub bars. Fill the scrub mixture into a silicone mold and allow to harden in the fridge for a couple of hours or overnight. Unmold the bars and gift or use as described below.

Notes

How to use the DIY sugar soap scrub bar

You can use this homemade scrub bar in the bath and shower. First, wet and soften your skin with warm water and then rub the scrub bar over your body. Massage your skin, using circular motions and gentle pressure. Then shower off any excess product.

Shelf life and storage

When not in use, store the scrub bar in a dry and dark place. The scrub bars can be stored for several months.

Jennifer

Saturday 10th of February 2024

Hello! Just wondering if the soap will still lather/foam or if it is used primarily as a base to hold everything together?

Irena | Country Hill Cottage

Sunday 11th of February 2024

Hi Jennifer! The bars do lather, but not as much as pure soap due to the high content of oils and sugar. Coconut oil creates a good lather compared to other plant butters. I hope this answers your question and happy making!

Carol P

Sunday 20th of February 2022

Hi Ladies! I see your finished bars appear pinkish in color. Am I correct? Is this a result of the melt and pour soap chosen and the vegetable oil? I noticed no mica or natural color added to recipe. Thanks in advance. Can't wait to try these.

Irena | Country Hill Cottage

Sunday 20th of February 2022

Hi Carol! We used a pink soap bar, which resulted in the pink color. If you have white melt and pour soap, you can add a touch of pink mica to achieve a similar effect. Happy making!

Roxie

Tuesday 18th of January 2022

is it melt and pour soap or normal soap? Thank you

Irena | Country Hill Cottage

Tuesday 18th of January 2022

Hi Roxie! You can use both melt and pour soap or regular soap, but I recommend melt and pour for the most consistent results. Happy making!

Liz

Saturday 2nd of October 2021

hi just want to clarify the amount of essential oils in the soap mix is it 6g total of the essential oil - or 6g of each essential oil if it is 6g total isnt there an IFRA % that you should use because some oils are very strong and can cause skin irritation if used in high amounts it would be better if we were given the % per essential oil surely - so that we do not cause any adverse effects on skin thanks

Irena | Country Hill Cottage

Sunday 3rd of October 2021

Hi Liz! 6 g is the total amount of essential oils. The recipe makes 486 g of product. The essential oils make 1.25% of that, which is perfectly skin-safe.

Most essential oils are safe at a usage rate of 1%, some can even be used as high 5%. Only some spice essential oils (like cinnamon, clove bud, or anise) must be used below 1%, but I'm not suggesting those here.

I have updated the essential oil blends with drops counts to take the guesswork out- thank you for requesting this!

I hope this answer your concerns and please let me know in case you have another question. Happy making!

Bijaya chhetri

Wednesday 25th of August 2021

Thank hank you for the recipe… does the scrub bar gets soft or melts?

Irena | Country Hill Cottage

Wednesday 25th of August 2021

Hi Bijaya! The scrub bar holds up well at room temperature and doesn't melt. However, you need to store this DIY airtight because the bars will draw moisture from the air and that moisture can soften the bars. Happy making!

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