What a fantastic idea these are! I first saw a recipe for sugar scrub cubes about a year and half ago and thought the concept was really great, but I never made any. Then last week, Ambra posted on her blog about re-visiting the recipe and I realized that I had some time to try them out. The recipe is super easy, and originally came from here.
1 part = oils or butters
2 parts = CP or HP soap shreds
3 parts = sugar
I had some fresh scraps left over from making my Creamy Castile soap – perfect for this recipe since the soap is unscented. Instead of shredding them, I had a brilliant idea to push them through my meat grinder. Now I have soap pellets instead! (And it was such a mess, I really don’t recommend doing this!)
I used tablespoons for my parts, which made a very small recipe. I melted my oils and butters with the soap in the microwave, then mixed them together and added the sugar, some Strawberry fragrance like the one I used for the Strawberry Valentines soap, and a couple drops of red colorant. It was like a stiff dough. Then I mushed it down into an ice cube tray and stuck them in the freezer. Popped them out, rolled them in a bit more sugar, and here they are:
So why would someone prefer this type of sugar scrub over the “regular” kind? I can think of several reasons!
1. It’s less messy to use.
2. The ingredients will never separate (like the liquid kinds tend to do).
3. Liquid sugar scrubs can harbor bacteria more easily because of wet fingers that dip into the jar numerous times.
4. And a great benefit for me: it was so much easier to make than my regular recipe!
After trying these out myself, I’d say they work just as well as the liquid kind, with the benefit that you can hold onto it while you scrub. Since I used a castile soap, the lather is more creamy than bubbly, and my skin feels very smooth!
Tomorrow I will post a poll to get more ideas about how you might feel about sugar scrub cubes, and then give some of you an opportunity to try them! For now, here’s my first question: Do you use sugar or salt scrubs on a regular basis, and if so, what do you like about them?