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I have two faults that almost anyone would agree with.
Number one: Being unwaveringly frugal. . . or as my mother would say CHEAP. But is that really a fault? To me, it’s not. I just like making sure that I get the best deal possible.
And number two: As my grandmother would say, never leaving well enough alone. I can’t help it, I like improving things. I like adding my own twist to recipes or updating old tried and true ones. And I don’t discriminate. I have no problem updating my own recipes at all. Everything can always be improved upon.
For example, the recipe I posted a couple of years ago for Sugar Cube Scrubs.
My old recipe was simple and basic:
1 part melt and pour soap
1 part liquid oil (example: olive, apricot kernel, avocado, grapeseed, safflower, sunflower, etc oils)
3 parts granulated sugar
I’ve learned a little bit about scrub making in the past 2 years, and I wanted something packed with even more moisturizing ingredients. Enter the new recipe. . . .
With mango butter (you could easily substitute shea or cocoa butters) for its wonderful ability to both moisturize and protect skin and safflower oil for its easy absorption, this is my new go-to recipe for making sugar cubes.
2.95 ounces melt and pour soap
1.1 oz olive oil
.4 oz safflower oil
2 vitamin E capsules**
.35 oz mango butter
7.5 oz granulated sugar
Colorant (about an 1/8 teaspoon of hydrated chromium oxide green powder mixed with just enough natural glycerin to make sure that all of the powder is incorporated)
Lime essential oil 1/4 tsp
Lemongrass essential oil 1/8 tsp
*The first 5 ingredients are measured by weight.
**Just the cut or puncture the end of each capsule with scissors and squeeze out its contents to use.
Equipment I Use:
Microwave safe bowl
Silicon Mold similar to this one.
I start off by getting the colorant ready and mixing it with just a bit of vegetable glycerin until the powder is completely incorporated and there are no clumps. Most of the colorants that I use are natural or semi-natural, and most come from one of my favorite suppliers, TKBTrading.com. They have a huge selection of quality colorants.
Start off by weighing out the mango butter and melt and pour soap into a microwave safe bowl.
Microwave in 30 second increments, making sure to check it after each time and to never leave it unattended until melted.
Add in the liquid oils and whisk until completely incorporated. Add the essential oils and the colorant and whisk.
Now, add in the granulated sugar and stir until it’s all completely incorporated. It will probably be fairly thick, so place back in the microwave and heat in 30 second increments until the mixture is thinner and a much more easily pourable consistency.
Remove from the microwave and whisk again to make sure all of the ingredients are mixed thoroughly. Then spoon or pour into your mold.
Wait about an hour or until the cubes are completely hardened before unmolding.
The best thing about making sugar cube scrubs is that if they don’t turn out exactly how you’d like, simply pop them in a microwave safe bowl and remelt them.
To use: In the shower, smash a cube (you can use a whole cube or break one into pieces) in your hand. Rub all over dry or rough skin (they’re also great for heels that need a little exfoliating) avoiding any sensitive areas. Rinse off.
Or put them in a pretty box with mini cupcake liners, add a ribbon, and ta-da! Perfect for a Mother’s Day gift.
Don’t want to make your own? The Lemongrass Lime Sugar Cube Scrub is listed in the Etsy shop right now, along with Neapolitan, Lavender Mint, and Lemon Meringue Pie. Click here to visit the Scrub section of the shop.
Lemongrass Lime Sugar Cube Scrub
- 2.95 ounces melt and pour soap
- 1.1 oz olive oil
- .4 oz safflower oil
- 2 vitamin E capsules
- .35 oz mango butter
- 7.5 oz granulated sugar
- Colorant (about an ⅛ teaspoon of hydrated chromium oxide green powder mixed with just enough natural glycerin to make sure that all of the powder is incorporated)
- Lime essential oil ¼ tsp
- Lemongrass essential oil ⅛ tsp
- In a microwave safe bowl, weigh out the melt and pour soap and the mango butter. Heat in the microwave in 30 second increments, checking after each time and not leaving unattended, until melted.
- Whisk in the liquid oils. Then, add the colorant and essential oils, and whisk to combine.
- Add the sugar and combine.
- If the mixture is too thick, heat in the microwave in 30 second increments, checking after each time and not leaving it unattended.
- When the mixture is a thinner and pourable consistency, remove from the microwave (being careful in case the bowl is hot). Whisk again to make sure everything is well incorporated.
- Spoon or pour into the mold.
- Wait for about an hour before unmolding.