Get soft, exfoliated skin with ease when you make these homemade lilac sugar scrub cubes! Made in just a few minutes, the soft scent of lilac will calm and relax you while the sugar scrub restores and rejuvenates dry, flakey skin.
Plus, they’re easy to make and let’s be real. We all love easy things.
I also love cheap things and frankly, since sugar scrubs are so simple to make, there is no reason to pay the extra cost of buying them in store. That’s one of the reasons I make so much on my own!
It’s cheaper and healthier!
What Do Sugar Scrubs Do For You?
Sugar scrubs have quite a few benefits for your skin, but the two biggest are that sugar scrubs exfoliate and moisturize your skin. The gentle abrasion of the sugar helps to remove dead skin cells while the oil in the ingredients helps to moisturize.
The abrasion not only exfoliates. It can also help to remove ingrown hairs caused by shaving. So, if you’re looking for smooth, silky legs after you save, this homemade lilac sugar scrub is perfect!
What Ingredients Do You Need to Make Sugar Scrub?
The ingredients in a homemade sugar scrub are pretty simple. You need an oil base such as sweet almond oil or organic coconut oil, white granulated sugar and fragrance oil or essential oils. That’s it!
It’s one of the reasons that I love these types of recipes! They really are super simple!
What Essential Oils are Best for Sugar Scrubs?
Any essential oil that has benefits for your skin will work great in a sugar scrub! For this one, we will add a few drops of lavender essential oil. Lavender oil has great skin properties and is fantastic for acne or helping to heal small knicks that you may not know about.
Other essential oils that you may want to look into would be peppermint essential oil, ho wood, frankincense, rosemary, geranium or grapefruit. All are great for skin and are generally okay for all skin types.
Is Coconut Oil Good for Scrubs?
While this recipe uses sweet almond oil, you can substitute whatever oil you have on hand. I prefer almond oil because of its skin soothing and moisturizing abilities.
However, if you would prefer, you can use fractionated coconut oil, grapeseed oil, avocado oil, or even olive oil!
How Do You Add Color to Sugar Scrub?
For this recipe and a lot of other DIY beauty recipes, mica powder is used to color the product. However, not everyone is comfortable using mica. In this case, you an look at natural dye options such as beet juice for purples.
However, natural dyes are typically used for fabrics and I am not certain how well they would work in a sugar scrub.
Does Homemade Sugar Scrub Go Bad?
Yes. Homemade sugar scrub will go bad; eventually. Sugar in itself is a natural preservative so what actually happens is the oils go rancid over time. You will know this has happened if your sugar scrub has an off smell.
To keep your sugar scrub fresh for longer, store it in an airtight container in a cool, dark and dry place. Light is the enemy of oils and as such, if it’s left in direct light, it will go rancid much faster.
You can help extend the shelf life of your sugar scrub though by adding a few drops of vitamin E oil. Vitamin E oil acts as a preservative in homemade beauty products plus it has the added benefit of helping to soften your skin!
How to Use Homemade Sugar Scrub Cubes
To use your DIY sugar scrub cubes, massage the cube in a circular motion onto wet skin. Because they are an exfoliant, do not use them on dry skin. You could cause skin abrasions if you do.
Do I Have to Make Cubes?
Nope. If you prefer a loose sugar scrub, simply skip the goats milk soap base and pouring the mixture into a silicone mold. Instead, add all other ingredients – sugar, oils and colorant (if using) to an airtight jar such as a mason jar and shake vigorously to combine.
Use a small amount in the palm of your hand to massage the area you want to exfoliate the next time you hit the showers.
DIY Lilac Sugar Scrub Cubes
- Cut soap base into 1" cubes and microwave in 30-second increments until melted. Stir well after each heating cycle.2 1×1" cube Goats Milk Melt & Pour Soap Base
- Add sugar, sweet almond oil, fragrance and mica (if using) and stir well. Heat again if necessary to thin the mixture out so it is pourable.1/2 c. Granulated Sugar, 2 Tbsp. Sweet Almond Oil, 30 drops Lilac Fragrance Oil, 1/2 tsp Golden Purple Mica Powder
- Pour into silicone mold. Let rest to cool 15-20 minutes.
- Remove from the mold and store in an airtight container until ready to use.
- Mica powder may be skipped if you are not comfortable using it. Your sugar scrub will be white.
- 17 cubes is what I got from the recipe. You may get more or less depending on the size of the silicone mold you use.