Frugal Beauty – DIY Sugar Scrub Bars

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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!


DIY Sugar Scrub Bars - Looking for that spa feeling at a fraction of the cost? These DIY Sugar Scrub bars are the perfect answer! They'll leave your skin feeling spa soft and your budget happy too!

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.



Related: Homemade Coconut Milk Shampoo



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.


Related: Homemade All-Natural Shave Cream 




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!

DIY Sugar Scrub Bars - Looking for that spa feeling at a fraction of the cost? These DIY Sugar Scrub bars are the perfect answer! They'll leave your skin feeling spa soft and your budget happy too!


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Stacy Williams is a 37-year old wife to a USAF Gulf War Veteran, mother of two teen girls and fur-mamma to a rescued pit bull. The face and brain behind the frugal living and lifestyle blog Six Dollar Family, she also owns and manages Long Haul Wife, Republic Preparedness, The Genealogy Queen and a handful of others sites. By the age of 30, Stacy had overcome a drinking problem, a drug addiction, divorce, survived domestic violence, and had built a life for herself and her daughter after spending 10 months in a homeless shelter. Stacy is passionate about homeless advocacy and addiction education.  Her first book, also called Six Dollar Family is available on Amazon.

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  1. How many pounds of the melt and pour soap do you think I would need to make 60 hearts? (Bridal shower favors)

    • This recipe made me roughly (8) bars. There are 4oz in a 1/2 cup and 16oz in a pound…so you’re going to get (4) batches of this recipe (roughly 30 bars) from 1lb of soap…give or take. Based on that I say 2lbs, but 3lbs to be 100% sure you’re safe?

  2. Can you get the soap anywhere else besides amazon?

    • You could check your local craft stores Joy. They may have it. I’ve always just grabbed it from Amazon though so I’m not 100% sure.

  3. Jean Tierney says

    Does this scrub make suds or lather as you use it?

    • Jean. I don’t get a lot of suds but I also have hard water so I’m not entirely sure how a softer water would affect it.

  4. Stacy I have pure glycerin soap but it doesn’t say melt and pour, can I use that. It is from Hobby Lobby. I am a newbie on soap

    • Nancy, I’m not honestly sure? You could always melt it down and find out. I would think that it would but since I’m not 100% sure, I won’t say a definite yes.

  5. What size mold did you use the 6 hearts or 12 cavity? I’m planning on making these for a brunch with 6 friends showing up.

    Thank you

    • Gilda, I linked to the one I used in the ingredients to make it easier for you guys to find instead of having to search everywhere. It is the 6 count Wilton Mini Mold.

  6. I just made three batches of these heart soap sugar scrubs. I did one recipe, to see how they turned out, and then doubled the recipe. I used the larger and small heart molds and they came out perfect.

    I do a lot of different crafts, and have to say, this is the fastest and easiest craft I’ve done. I am having guests for Feb 14th, a brunch, and plan on giving them away as small gifts. I will definitely, be making more of these throughout the year. Thank you for sharing.

    Question, is it best to let them sit out and dry harder, or place in a zip lock bag till I want to wrap them.

    • Gilda, I would wrap them up then store them in a baggie. This should keep them from getting broken or chipped. Glad you liked the post!

  7. Lynn Behnke says

    Kathy is the 1/2 cup of the soap the amount after it is shredded? Sorry dumb ? But this sounds lovely!

  8. Lynn Behnke says

    I am sorry should have said: STACY. PLEASE forgive me?

  9. Kim Fansler says

    Stacy, how long does one bar last? Also, I am planning on making these for a Valentine Pop-up store, what would be a fair price to sell these for? Thanks.

    • Stacy Barr says

      Hey Kim, the best way to shred the soap is with a regular old cheese grater that you keep specifically for soap. As for how long each bar will last, it will depend on how heavily they are used.

  10. Kim Fansler says

    Also, what is the best way to shred the melt and pour soap?

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