6.14.2013

Summer Week: DIY Moisturizing Lemonade Sugar Scrub Cubes


This week flew by for me! I'm wrapping up my third annual Summer Week with a sweet treat for your body: Lemonade Sugar Scrub Cubes

These handy cubes are just the thing to exfoliate the body for summer: think shaving, before self-tanning, at-home pedis, and more. I'm using lemon, which smells amazing and makes me think of summer. I'm also making these extra moisturizing in this recipe (from an old soap making book I used to own), but customize scents/to your liking. Oh, and my annual Beach Week is coming soon. Enjoy! 

N e e d:
1 part carrier oil
2 parts soap
3 parts sugar
Essential oil
Soap colorant
Soap making mold
Glass bowl

D o:
Grate and melt your soap, preferably over a double boiler. 

I used one bar of natural, organic soap melted in the microwave that I loosely chopped.


Carefully add and stir oil (examples: olive, coconut, sweet almond), sugar, lemon essential oil, and soap colorant. I added Vitamin E and some grapeseed oil, so it was closer to two parts oil, to make this even more moisturizing than a traditional sugar scrub cube.


Press into mold. I used old ice trays and a loaf pan. 

Ice cubes tray

Allow to set overnight and then pop out of the mold, or cut into squares, if in a loaf pan.
Keep in a sealable jar.


Rub onto wet skin to use. Or break into pieces and add water for a lather.

F Y I:
  • These Lemonade Sugar Scrub Cubes make an adorable gift, and they're portable for travel, if desired.
  • If needed, you can press the cube into sugar for extra exfoliation.
  • Depending on the oil(s) used, this could be used on the face but I suggest the body only.
  • The soap helps it to stick together, as opposed to a regular sugar scrub, and keeps you clean. Use a soap base if you prefer. 
  • The lemon brightens and exfoliates. I react to citric acid, so be warned if you have sensitive skin. Never use an essential oil without diluting it in a carrier oil first.
  • The sugar acts as an exfoliant as well. Brown sugar works too.
  • The oils moisturize, and could leave your tub slick. Be careful.
  • Do not use food coloring. Soap colorants, in liquid and powder form, can be found online and in craft stores. The same goes for soap making molds. I find them to be expensive, hence my "molds."
  • This is just one version. I'll share more variations soon. :)
Loaf pan

Have a great weekend!
Be safe, behave, and be well. Love, Elle


31 comments:

  1. mmm i love anything lemon!! i hope you have a great weekend!! xoxo jillian:: cornflake dreams stop by, i'm hosting a $50 gift card giveaway!

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  2. They look soooo good, Elle:) ...good enough to eat!

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  3. I'm loving lemon citrus scents for the summer! Totally loving this idea and because it's already in small cubes, they're easier to use! Definitely trying it out soon! xx

    Daphne | Peanut Butter and Chocolate | bloglovin'

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  4. The ice cube tray is such a good idea... would love to make these for myself or friends! And whoa... I never knew that you could melt soap.

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  5. What a great idea! I love lemon, so I will have to try these. :)

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  6. I use lemon and it has so many wonderful attributes especially for beauty. Great DIY! xx/Madison

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  7. What a great idea putting it in ice cube trays! I love lemon scent too!

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  8. What for a great idea! I never saw something like that before! Thanks for sharing it! I love skin care! Sorry I didn't come here erlier - I am solving some family things! denisesplanet.com

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  9. I need to do this! I've been using shaving gel lately to shave and it always leaves my legs so much more irritated than when I used to use an exfoliant.

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  10. Absolutely love this! So versatile and it must smell so great too!

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  11. This is a brilliant idea Elle! A great gift too, your friends are lucky to have you, your so creative! xoxo.

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  12. Such a cute and sweet gift. Your friends are so lucky.
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    xx

    Maria Speaks Prada


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  13. Brilliant idea. I might try this one!

    Kisses,
    Bex
    Personal Style Blog

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  14. Great

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  15. Im going to try this. Hoping its going to be soon.thank you for sharing

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  16. wow, this looks like the products Lush makes...lemons, I love them in summer and I think they are fab adstringents when pores are not-so-summery-fab
    MlleWanderlust Ƹ̴Ӂ̴Ʒ

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  17. HAPPY SUMMER!

    xx.M
    www.bellesandrebelles.blogspot.com

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  18. NICE DIY!
    xo
    MOSAMUSE

    www.MOSAMUSE.com

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  19. Very cool, could totally do this, great DIY!
    Ginny

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  20. I love these! They look like lemon bars (which are my FAVORITE), and they'd be so cute as a gift.

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  21. Thanks for the DIY, I should try it too! Kisses and happy Monday Elle! xo

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  22. Wauw very cool! I bet ist smells great :D


    xx

    liquoriceandpumps.blogspot.com

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  23. Wow you are so creative. I love your diy!!! I have to try this <3

    xx

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  24. wow!
    such a great idea! thx for sharing!
    s

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  26. Yummy ^^

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  27. what a great idea, putting it in ice cube trays! they're just the perfect size.

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  28. This is awesome... Thanks for sharing!

    Xoxo
    Lynn

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