Sunday, July 21, 2013

Sugar Scrub Cubes

I made these rosemary mint sugar scrub cubes as christmas gifts last year for the ladies in my life.  They smell so good, it made me want to eat them!!  The rosemary added that luxurious herbal smell and the vanilla added warmth and sweetness.  The cubes are nice to use in the shower for exfoliating, they are less messy than the scrubs you dip out of a container.  One cube is the perfect amount of scrub.  And the shea butter and coconut oil leave your skin feeling silky smooth.  

Solid Shea Butter Sugar Scrub Cube Recipe

2.5oz Natural Shea Butter Melt and Pour Glycerin Soap
4oz. Refined Shea Butter
16oz. White Sugar
2 Tablespoons Coconut Oil
1 Tablespoon Fragrance Oil (or 1/2 Tablespoon Essential Oil) of Choice

I used a square baking pan. You can use soap molds as well if you want a different shape.  I liked the cubes. Line your molds with plastic wrap.

Weigh out your melt and pour soap base using a scale, then melt in the microwave or a double boiler. Weigh out your shea butter and melt. Stir the shea butter into the melt and pour soap base. Measure out your coconut oil and fragrance if desired using a Tablespoon measurement and stir into the melted shea butter and soap base. In a separate bowl, weigh out the sugar. (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 and level with a spatula, then place in the refrigerator until solidified.

Once your scrub has solidified, gently remove the scrub from the molds by lifting it out of the mold with the plastic wrap from the top edges of the plastic wrap. Then remove the plastic wrap from the scrub. Use a Chef's knife to then cut the scrub into cubes. Place cubes in an airtight container until ready to use.

I put mine in these airtight jars from hobby lobby.  I added a pretty mint colored ribbon and made labels that I attached to the front with double sided tape.  I think a pretty presentation and packing always makes a gift that more special.  It shows you took that extra little effort to make a thoughtful gift!

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