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About 2 years ago, I figured out that my body hates chemicals. Too much build up in my body and I end up dealing with chronic pain like you wouldn’t believe. Because of that, I’ve had to come up with a list of things to stop buy and make as much as I possibly can and homemade beauty products were one of the first things that I stopped buying. These DIY sugar scrub bars were one of the first things I stopped buying. In fact, I believe they were actually the first. It’s been years since I first made them and I still love to have them made up to use!
These DIY sugar scrub bars are perfect for exfoliating dry skin. Just wet your skin and rub the bar across it. It removes dry skin and can being new life to areas that you thought were long covered under the dry and rough skin. They are perfect for areas that are hard to keep soft such as elbows and the heels of your feet. When you make these DIY sugar scrub bars, you can make them as a homemade Valentine’s Day gift by using a silicone heart mold like this one HERE or you can make them in any shape you want so they’ll fit any occasion. I have even used square soap molds like THESE to make them in a bar shape. Cut large bars in half and you’ve got a frugal beauty item that fits in the palm of your hand!
Frugal Beauty – DIY Sugar Scrub Bars
While these are a frugal beauty item, if you’re not careful about where you get the ingredients, you can easily spend more than you need to. For these, I get the majority of my ingredients from Thrive Market and Plant Therapy. When you shop at Thrive Market, you save 20% off your first 3 orders so it can make things much cheaper than normal. I get most of my organic items from them. Plant Therapy is where I buy essential oils from. I love that the oils are 100% pure oils, but that I don’t have to pay huge prices for them. They’re the same quality oils that the more expensive companies put out.
- 1/4 cup Coconut Oil
- 1/2 cup shredded Clear Melt and Pour Soap Base
- 3-4 drops Essential Oil
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- Red Food Coloring (Optional)
- Silicone Heart Mold or any mold of your choice
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In a double boiler, melt the shredded melt and pour soap base. If you don’t have a double boiler, you can put one together by sitting a small metal mixing bowl on top of a medium saucepan of boiling water. If you’d rather not melt it on the stove, you can use a microwave safe bowl microwave it in 15 second intervals, stirring between each round until it is fully melted.
Once the melt and pour soap is melted, add the coconut oil and stir until it is melted and combined. If you microwaved your soap shreds, you’ll want to put it on the stove for this step and keep the heat on low. Once the coconut oil is melted and mixed in well, add the food coloring until you have a uniform color that is the shade you want.
Next, remove the pot from the heat add the sugar to the mixture and stir until it is well combined. It will be a slushy consistency when it is mixed enough. Once you’ve mixed in the sugar, add 4-5 drops of the essential oil scent of your choice. Lavender essential oil, peppermint essential oil and sweet orange essential oil all work very well for these. Lavender can be used at night to help calm while the sweet orange can be used in the mornings for a burst of energy.
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Pour the mixture into your molds and allow to dry for 1-2 hours before popping your bars out of the mold. If your sugar and soap mixture gets too thick, microwave and stir on 10 second bursts until you are able to pour it again.
Once they’re dry, you’re good to go! Store them in an airtight storage container until you’re ready to use!