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Lemon Sugar Scrub Recipe and Gift Idea

This lemon sugar scrub recipe is made into cubes making gift-giving easier or just making less of a mess when you need a good exfoliating pampering. It’s one of our favorite DIY sugar scrub recipes of all time!

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The Argument for Exfoliating Cubes

This recipe for lemon sugar scrub cubes is so much better than a scrub tucked into a jar. Let me tell you why…

I make all of our bath products here at Ruffles and Rain Boots – we share a lot of DIY bath and beauty and a TON of sugar scrub recipes. The sugar scrubs we make smell divine, exfoliate the skin, and…

Tend to get everywhere!

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When made in cubes, however, I don’t have to worry about dumping scrub on my counter or the rim of the tub. I also don’t have to worry that I’ve left any moisture inside the jar with the scrub because I get a cube out before I get in the shower or bath.

Whether you’re making these lovely lemon cubes for yourself or another, trust me that the cube is a better option.

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Supplies for Lemon Sugar Scrub Cubes 

You can use any mold for your lemon sugar scrub cubes, but make sure it is silicone. This cube mold is what we used and the cubes just pop right out!

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  • 1/2 cup Shea Butter Soap Base (shredded)
  • 1/3 cup Coconut Oil
  • 10-12 drops Lemon Essential Oil
  • 1 tablespoon Lemon Zest
  • 1 cup Granulated Sugar
  • Yellow Soap Colorant (we use this)
bright yellow lemon sugar scrub cubes with sugar topping in hermetic jar with a jar of scent and a large flower

How to Make Exfoliating Sugar Scrub Cubes 

Written Instructions

  1. Shred or cut the shea butter into very small pieces and place it in a microwave-safe bowl with the coconut oil. Microwave in 30-second intervals until melted.
  2. Add the lemon oil, zest, and soap colorant. Mix well. A note about coloring: adding white sugar will lighten the mix considerably. If you want a bright yellow sugar scrub, add a generous amount.
  3. Next, add in the sugar and mix quickly. The liquid will harden once the sugar is added.
  4. Freeze for 1 hour to let the cubes harden. Release the exfoliating sugar cubes from their molds. Store in an airtight container.
step by step tutorial to make sugar scrub in cube form for ease of use and gifts

How to Use Sugar Scrub Cubes

Remove 1 or 2 from an airtight container. Gently crush them in your hands – you don’t need to crush them completely.

Massage the mixture over your skin in a small, circular motion. Rinse with warm water and pat dry. Follow up with your favorite moisturizer.

How Long Will Sugar Scrub Cubes Last? 

As long as you don’t change the oil I used in the recipe, they should last at least 6 months with no change to scent or texture when stored in a completely airtight container.

A general rule of thumb is that a non-water-based sugar scrub has a shelf life of the carrier oil used. For example, if you were to use hazelnut oil the scrub would only last 3 months maximum.

Gift Ideas

If you are making these for yourself, good job. But if you happen to be making them for someone else, here are a few ways to package up and gift your sugar scrub cubes. Note: if you’re gifting these, include a note with the instructions for use above.

Lovely Lemon Gift Basket

Once you’ve made the sugar scrub cubes, stash them in an airtight container. We love keeping ours in apothecary jars with an airtight seal. Pair them with our easy to make lemon vanilla bath bombs. Place all items in a small basket with a loofah and some lemon pound cake tea. Oh my goodness, this tea is divine!

very close up picture of bright yellow lemon sugar scrub in cubes with wood round and essential oil bottle

Swoon-Worthy Packaging 

Mason jars are the crafter’s Swiss Army knife. Buy a mason jar and a small fabric swatch from the fabric store. You can either buy what’s called a “fat quarter” or peruse the fabric in the stacks and get 1/8th of a yard cut.

Either way, cut a circle 50% larger than your mason jar lid and tuck it over the top and under the ring. Put a coordinating ribbon on that thing and you have a swoon-worthy presentation done in minutes.

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Yield: 12-18 cubes

Lemon Sugar Scrub Recipe and Gift Idea

Lemon Sugar Scrub Cubes

This lemon sugar scrub recipe is made into cubes making gift-giving easier or just making less of a mess when you need a good exfoliating pampering.

Active Time 15 minutes
Drying Time 1 day
Total Time 1 day 15 minutes
Difficulty Easy
Estimated Cost $3

Materials

  • 1/2 cup Shea Butter Soap Base (shredded)
  • 1/3 cup Coconut Oil
  • 10-12 drops Lemon Essential Oil
  • 1 tablespoon Lemon Zest
  • 1 cup Granulated Sugar
  • Yellow Soap Colorant

Tools

  • microwave-safe bowl
  • spoon to stir
  • square mold

Instructions

  1. Shred or cut the shea butter into very small pieces and place it in a microwave-safe bowl with the coconut oil. Microwave in 30-second intervals until melted.
  2. Add the lemon oil, zest, and soap colorant. Mix well. A note about coloring: adding white sugar will lighten the mix considerably. If you want a bright yellow sugar scrub, add a generous amount.
  3. Next, add in the sugar and mix quickly. The liquid will harden once the sugar is added.
  4. Freeze for 1 hour to let the cubes harden. Release the exfoliating sugar cubes from their molds. Store in an airtight container.

Notes

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Cindy Vela

Tuesday 4th of August 2020

I made these, and they did not harden up at all. THey all crumbled, so now they're in a bowl which will be body scrub. Does it matter what kind of soap? I used Kirk's unscented. It feels as though there's too much sugar, but I followed the recipe to a t.

Sarah Nenni-Daher

Friday 7th of August 2020

I've made these more than 20 times in addition to all the reader photos I get and the recipe is sound. I've not used Kirk's, but from what it looks like, that is a processed soap, not a soap base. They will not perform the same.

I've used quite a few different soap bases for these scrubs - goat's milk, glycerin, and shea butter are a few - and they've all performed the same. Please try with a soap base instead of a processed soap bar.

Lisa D.

Sunday 2nd of August 2020

I'm allergic to coconut. What would be the next longest lasting oil i could use? These look so zingy I want to make them now!

Sarah Nenni-Daher

Friday 7th of August 2020

Olive oil might be your best bet or maybe grape seed oil. I'm not sure if you're allergic to only nut oils. If they are allergens as well, try going to Brambleberry - I know they have safe bases.

Jen

Friday 7th of June 2019

I made these and they're great! Just wondering if after they are stored, are they supposed to be moist or more of a dry texture?

Sarah Nenni-Daher

Wednesday 19th of June 2019

Jen, They are supposed to be dry and hard to the touch. If they are still wet, there could be two issues: 1. they need to sit on a counter and dry out. If you're in a humid environment, position them so a fan will blow on them or pop them in a very low warm oven and check on the frequently. 2. too many "wet" ingredients were used. They could never fully dry out. If they are very wet, break them apart, add more sugar and mold them again.

Let me know how it goes.

Leslie

Saturday 18th of May 2019

Fir your lemon sugar scrub cubes what kind of coconut oil did you use ? Does it have to be fractionated ?

Sarah Nenni-Daher

Monday 20th of May 2019

Leslie, It doesn't have to be fractionated. You can use what you have. ;)

Sindy

Wednesday 6th of February 2019

How long do these last before you would consider them expired? I'm thinking Christmas this year for gifting.

Sarah Nenni-Daher

Thursday 7th of February 2019

Sindy, I'll add some information to the article to make sure to answer it for everyone. As long as you don’t change the oil I used in the recipe, they should last at least 6 months with no change to scent or texture when stored in a completely airtight container.

A general rule of thumb is that a non-water-based sugar scrub has a shelf life of the carrier oil used. For example, if you were to use hazelnut oil the scrub would only last 3 months maximum.

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