Sugar scrub bars are a great alternative to traditional sugar scrubs. They still exfoliate like a traditional sugar scrub bar but have less mess and clean up since they are in a solid bar form. They are also super easy to make and are a great gift ideas too:)
I made these with a Christmas Tree theme since I am gifting these at the holidays but you could easily change up how they look just by using a different mold. I scented my bars with the Good Vibes blend from Simply Earth as it has both woodsy and citrus notes in it which I think is perfect for this time of year. I have made other sugar scrub bars with Eucalyptus, Peppermint and Lemon so you really can change up the scent to whatever you like once you have the base recipe down. I used a suspension melt and pour base to help keep the sugar and oil evenly distributed throughout the bar but you could sub our another melt and pour base like shea or goats milk if you prefer.
For This Recipe You Will Need:
1 Cup White Granulated Sugar
Microwave Safe Container or a double boiler
Place your 5oz of melt and pour and your soap colorant in a heat safe container and then microwave in 30 second intervals until completely melted. You could use a double boiler instead of the microwave if you prefer.
Next add in your coconut oil and stir until melted.
Now add in your scent of choice and stir again.
Next pour in your sugar and stir to combine. This will set up extremely quick so be ready to immediately pour into your silicone mold. If the mixture becomes to thick to pour heat up slightly until the mixture is pourable. You could add less sugar or more melt and pour to your recipe to keep the base from setting up so quickly but I like a good amount of sugar in these bars for the exfoliation properties.
Pour into your mold and allow to cool for 2-4 hours before removing from the mold.
I suggest shrink wrapping any melt and pour soap projects you do to avoid glycerin dew from forming. Melt and pour soaps have high levels of glycerin in them which is a humectant meaning it pulls moisture to it. This results in glycerin dew or "sweat" which is basically just tiny droplets of water that form on the outside of the soap if it is not sealed in an airtight wrapping. The dew doesn't pose any risk, it's just effects the look of the bar.
Here is a link to the shrink wrap bags I use. If you plan to do a lot of projects using shrink wrap, I would also suggest investing in a heat gun and a heat sealer. If you will only be doing the occasional shrink wrap project, you can just fold over the top of the shrink wrap bag and tape it down to close the bag and then use a hair dryer to shrink the bag.
I hope you give making this recipe a try. If you do, leave a comment below on how it turned out for you:)
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