The only downside? They're really messy - and sugar scrubs in jars require a preservative to prevent bacteria and mold growth.
Here is a simple-to-make variation of the sugar scrub that uses melt and pour soap along with the sugar and oil to make an easy-to-use, single serve sugar scrub. I originally saw this idea on the Bramble Berry Soap Queen blog and wanted to try it myself. Soap Queen, Anne-Marie had seen it at Erin Pikor's Naiad Soap Arts. (Take a look at her soaps...they really are works of art!)
Now, for this recipe, you're going to need:
- 6 ounces of clear or white melt and pour soap base
- 6 ounces of a light oil like almond, jojoba, sunflower or grapeseed
- 18 ounces of white or turbinado sugar (a nice natural brown sugar with larger crystals than white sugar) [Yes, you can also use salt in this recipe.]
- soap safe colorant (if desired)
- approx. 60 drops of fragrance or essential oil
- large measuring cups
- a mold of some sort to mold the cubes in - a small soap mold or a soap mold that you can cut the "bars" in several pieces, an ice cube tray, silicone muffin or candy molds, or, like I'm using here, mini muffin tins
- knife, spoons, measuring spoons, scale, cutting board, paper towels, etc.