You may know how to make a sugar scrub but do you know how to make a solid one?
The natural glycolic acid from the sugar used in this recipe will help reveal youthful glowing skin. Yes, exfoliating aids such as sugar can slough off dead skin, blemishes and allow your moisturizer to be absorbed easier.
What you'll need from Bramble Berry
16 oz Clear Melt & Pour Soap Base
8 oz Sweet Almond Oil
18 oz White Sugar
0.7 oz of Essential Oil
1/2 Fired Up Fuchsia Colorant (optional)
1/2 Fizzy Lemonade Colorant (optional)
Rectangle Molds with Lids (BPA Free)
What you’ll need from home:
2 Small Heat Safe Containers
Plastic Wrap, Cellophane Bags, or a Wide Mouth Jar (for storage)
Prep: Unwrap the block of soap and carefully cut it into 8 equal parts. Eyeball it the best that you can (each soap chunk should weigh about 2 oz). Next, cut each colorant triangle into 4 equal parts. Again, eyeball it the best that you can (each colorant chunk should weigh about 1 gram). Lastly, lay out the rectangle molds so they are ready for action.
ONE: Into a small heat safe container, add one chunk of soap (2 oz), 5 tablespoons of Sweet Almond Oil (2 oz), 1 chunk of yellow colorant (1 gram), and 2 ml of Fresh Bamboo Fragrance Oil.
TWO: Melt the ingredients in the microwave for 35 seconds or until the soap has melted. Stir the oil and soap mixture until the colorant is fully incorporated.
THREE: (time sensitive step) Add 12 tablespoons of white sugar (6 oz) and stir FAST until the sugar is fully incorporated with the soap and oil mixture. You have about 10 seconds to stir before the mixture starts to harden. TIP: We recommend pre-measuring 12 tablespoons of sugar ahead of time. Adding the sugar all at once will give you a longer mixing window.
FOUR: Pour the mixture into two rectangle molds and let cool for approximately 2—3 hours or until solid.
TIP: We use the term “pour” loosely in this step. Depending on your temperatures, it will most likely be a “glop” into the molds. This project is all about timing. If the mixture hardens before you get a chance to “glop,” don’t panic. Just pop it back in the micro- wave for 15 seconds to soften it back up. Try not to reheat too many times as we don’t want the sugar to dissolve.
FIVE: Unmold and cut each bar into 6 equal cubes. Wrap in cellophane bags or plastic wrap and add a cute label. To add the labels, cut out the desired shape, peel off the back, and apply the sticker.
SIX: Repeat using the fuchsia colorant OR combine both colorants for a pretty orange hue.
We sent you a little extra soap, colorant, sweet almond oil, and fragrance oil just in case you want to experiment with your own recipes. Here are some ideas:
1) Make soap. Melt the remaining 4 chunks of soap (8 oz) in the microwave on 30-second bursts. Add 4-6 ml of fragrance oil, 2 ml of sweet almond oil, and a chunk of colorant. Stir the mixture and pour the soap into the remaining molds. Let cool for 4-6 hours then unmold. Check out these soap layers and swirls for inspiration.
2) Make a facial scrub by combining 3 tablespoons of sweet almond oil with 3 tablespoons of brown sugar from your pantry and 4-7 tablespoons of honey from your pantry. Mix well. To use, gently massage into your clean, damp face. Rinse with warm water.
3) Or make more sugar scrub cubes using white sugar from your pantry and the recipe above. If you run low on sweet almond oil, olive oil is a good substitution.
This project was adapted from the Soap Queen Blog and was designed by their friend Erin Pikor.