If you are a soapmaker, you may have some soap that doesn’t quite “make the grade” (OK, maybe it’s really ugly, but it smells great) or shreds from beveling your soap bars. If you’re like me, you hate to throw away good soap, so here’s a project that you can grate up a “cosmetically challenged” bar or use those leftover shreds. It’s so easy, you can make this with the kids – these last few weeks of summer, it’s so hot outside, and wouldn’t it be nice to pry those kiddos away from the TV and other screens?
The basis of this recipe is very simple and easy to change the size of the batch, just make sure you weigh each part with a scale:
1 part “hard” oil (coconut, mango butter, or shea butter)
2 parts grated soap (CP or HP)
3 parts sugar
I made this batch with different colored soap shreds, so the final color was mostly beige, with a few flecks of color. If you use one or more bars of soap that are the same color, you can add a bit of the same fragrance or essential oil (EO) in the oil part of the recipe, or you can mix it up and add a complementary scent. For example, if you use a lavender scented soap you could add an orange EO to the oil portion.
I have brownie bite silicone baking molds and discovered that each cavity holds about one ounce, with 24 cavities in each sheet. I’ll be using cold process soap that is already scented and colored, so I will only add fragrance to the oil portion. I want the cubes to be fairly firm and hold together, so I’m going to use a combination of coconut oil and mango butter. For a light scent, I’ll use 1% for fragrance, so the formula for 24 ounces (total) of product calculates like this:
1 oz. Coconut Oil
3 oz. Cocoa Butter or Mango Butter
2.5 grams (1/2 teaspoon) Fragrance or EO
8 oz. Soap Shreds
12 oz. Granulated Sugar
.10 - .15 CC Mica (optional)
2 to 3 oz. Sugar (optional)
Sanitize your microwave safe mixing bowl or container (1.5 – 2 quart size), large spoon, and mold by washing in a dishwasher with a high temperature setting – OR – sanitize everything with a solution of 20% bleach. Allow dishes to air dry.
Clean the work area by washing the work surface with soap and water, then spray with alcohol and wipe with clean paper towels.
Use disposable gloves while handling all materials to avoid introducing bacteria into your product.
Weigh coconut oil, mango butter, and soap shreds into the microwave safe container.
5. Melt the oils and soap in one minute bursts, stirring after each burst.
Your sugar scrub cubes are ready to package in jars or cello bags and can be used right away. To use, just grab a cube before getting into the shower or tub – each sugar scrub cube is about one ounce, just the right size for a single use.
To use, rub the cube into damp skin and continue massaging until the sugar has dissolved, then rinse and pat dry. Since this formula contains soap, it does lather a bit, but it’s a creamy, lotion-type lather that doesn’t leave an abundance of oils on the skin like more traditional sugar scrubs
Sugar scrub is used for exfoliating dry, dull, or flaky skin – but did you know that it also makes a fantastic shaving “cream”? To use for shaving, after the sugar has dissolved, shave – then rinse and dry. The oils help prevent razor burn and soften the skin for a truly luxurious experience.