One recipe I’ve been meaning to post for a long time is how to make Sugar Cube Scrub. Like a lot of people, I have those annoying little bumps on the backs of my arms and thighs. Called Keratosis pilaris (but you may know it better as ‘chicken skin’), it affects 40% of adults and 50-80% of adolescents and is caused by an overproduction of keratin.
I tried our Foot Scrubby Soap, which my mother swears by, hoping it would slough off the bumps. While it did work somewhat, it didn’t quite leave my skin as bump-free as I wanted. Then, I read about sugar cube scrubs and figured, ‘Hey, why not make them and see if they really work’. Well, guess what, they actually do work so much better, and they’ve become one product that I don’t want to ever be without.
1 part melt and pour soap
1 part oil (such as olive, sweet almond, avocado, jojoba, apricot kernel, etc)
3 parts granulated sugar
Fragrance or Essential Oil (optional)
Any Other Additives (such as poppy seeds, jojoba beads, dried calendula petals, etc)
So, a typical batch for me is:
3 ounces by weight melt and pour soap
3 ounces by weight olive oil
9 ounces by weight granulated sugar
2-3 Vitamin E capsules (to extend the shelf life of the oil)
Fragrance or Essential Oil
Equipment I Use:
Large Mixing Bowl
Silicone Loaf Mold
4 ounce jars and lids for storage
1) Melt 3 ounces of melt and pour soap. You can do this by using a double boiler, a crock pot, or in the microwave (which is how I do it). Once the melt and pour is completely melted, combine it and 3 ounces of oil in a large mixing bowl. Make sure to stir together well so that it’s completely combined.
2) This is the best time to add the vitamin E and any fragrances, colorants, or other additives. Once you’ve done that, mix 9 ounces of sugar into the oil/soap mixture. You’ll most likely have to use your hands to make sure it’s completely combined together.
3) Scoop the mixture into your mold (I use a silicon loaf mold, but a wooden or metal one is perfectly fine as long as you line it with freezer paper) and pat it down. Allow the mixture to set for at least an hour, then unmold and cut into cubes.