How to Make Sugar Scrub Cubes to Gently Exfoliate Skin

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How to Make Sugar Scrub Cubes to Gently Exfoliate Skin
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I’ve made my fair share of sugar scrubs before. I love their impressive results when they’re so simple and easy to make! This recipe kicks it up a notch by making single-use sugar scrub cubes that cleanse, exfoliate, and soften skin all in one easy step.

Sugar Scrub Cubes: A Better Way to Use Scrub

These little sugar scrubs in cube form are not only cute but practical, for two reasons:

  1. They are single use to avoid contamination that can occur in regular sugar scrubs.
  2. They contain soap so they won’t create the mess that regular sugar scrubs do.

Sugar Scrub Cubes = No Bacteria

Water used in skincare products makes them much more prone to microbial growth. Not only that, it can be a little frustrating trying to keep water from getting into the container when you’re using it in the shower (especially when dipping wet fingers into the scrub).

By using a sugar scrub cube, only what is needed for one use is brought in the shower, and the rest stay dry and ready for the next use.

Sugar Scrub Cubes = Less Oil Buildup

Unlike most sugar scrubs, these cubes contain soap. This serves a two-fold purpose. It helps avoid oil buildup in the showers and in drainpipes. It also helps avoid buildup on the skin for people who are sensitive to certain oils.

DIY Sugar Scrub, Taken Up a Notch!

Of course sugar scrub cubes work great unscented and without added color, but there are real advantages to adding natural colors and scents. French rose clay and coconut activated charcoal add color for a pretty presentation but also have additional benefits for the skin.

Sugar Scrub Cubes + French Rose Clay

French rose clay is a naturally occurring, mild clay that actually comes from France. Not only is it a beautiful dusty rose color, it helps pull impurities from the skin and acts as a mild exfoliant to rejuvenate skin. It’s frequently used to improve the appearance of skin and improve blood and lymphatic circulation.

This clay contains a variety of minerals for better skin health, including kaolinite, iron, illite, montmorillonite, magnesium, potassium, and calcium.

Because it’s less drying than other clays, French rose clay is especially good for dry or sensitive skin.

Sugar Scrub Cubes + Activated Charcoal

I use activated charcoal in my drawing salve and to whiten teeth, but it’s also great for skin. Over the past few years charcoal has become the next trendy thing in skincare, but it was in use long before.

This light black powder pulls impurities from the skin and absorbs excess oil. It’s perfect for acne-prone and oily skin types, but it may be too drying for sensitive or mature skin.

Charcoal is oil soluble, so it combines well with this oil-based recipe. It can be very messy and it will stain clothing and white sinks, so be careful while mixing it in. This sugar scrub cube recipe shouldn’t stain the tub though, as the charcoal is diluted enough to easily rinse off.

The Recipe: Sugar Scrub Cubes

Here’s how to make these simple and adorable exfoliating cubes.



  1. Cut the melt-and-pour soap into small, even pieces to ensure even melting. If using a scale, place the glass bowl on the scale and hit the tare button. Add chunks of soap until the weight reads 5.5 ounces. Since soap cube size will vary, this recipe works much better if using a scale, as opposed to a measuring cup.
  2. Fill the pot halfway with water and place over medium heat. Perch the glass bowl on top to create a double boiler effect.
  3. Stir the soap occasionally until completely melted. The soap should be smooth and thin.
  4. In the meantime, vigorously whisk the rose clay or charcoal into the carrier oil, if using.
  5. Once the soap is thoroughly melted, whisk in the carrier oil. If the mixture clumps and seizes up, just keep the bowl over the heat until everything melts again.
  6. Stir in the essential oil, then remove the liquid from the heat and set the glass bowl on a tabletop. Stir in the sugar and immediately pour into the mold. The mixture will harden quickly.
  7. Place the mold in the fridge until the mixture is firm, about 1 hour. Pop the sugar scrub cubes out of the mold and store away from light and heat.

How to Use:

To use, simply squish one of the cubes in your hand, rub across the skin to exfoliate, and rinse off when done.

Caution: Since these contain a fair amount of oil, they can make the shower floor slippery!

Everyone appreciates a thoughtful homemade gift! These sugar scrub cubes make great gifts for birthdays and holidays. They can be gifted in a decorative glass jar with a cute personalized tag or label.

Are you a fan of sugar scrubs? Will you try this single-use option?
These adorable sugar scrub cubes are fun to make and a great way to gently exfoliate skin. My kids love using these in the bath tub too!

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About Katie Wells

Katie Wells, CTNC, MCHC, Founder of Wellness Mama and Co-founder of Wellnesse, has a background in research, journalism, and nutrition. As a mom of six, she turned to research and took health into her own hands to find answers to her health problems. is the culmination of her thousands of hours of research and all posts are medically reviewed and verified by the Wellness Mama research team. Katie is also the author of the bestselling books The Wellness Mama Cookbook and The Wellness Mama 5-Step Lifestyle Detox.


48 responses to “How to Make Sugar Scrub Cubes to Gently Exfoliate Skin”

  1. Mia Avatar

    Could you use a different type of clay like kaolin clay? I happen to have some on hand.

  2. Danika Avatar

    Love the idea of this as it would also eliminate some plastic packaging in my daily shower routine. I’m trying to naturally tackle some cellulite and was wondering about using ground coffee instead of sugar to make this more into a coffee scrub cube. Has anyone tried this?

    1. Renee Owens Avatar
      Renee Owens

      I came here looing for a similar recipe in the comments. I’d love the coffee scrub in a cube form!

  3. Karen Avatar

    I’m not sure if I did something wrong. I used Shea butter melt and poor from the same company that you listed your link, french rose clay from your link… Mine came out a light pink. What is the best way to clean up the bowls and such. I have them soaking in hot water and soap in the sink they don’t seem to be emulsifying. I am worried about chunks of soap staying in the kitchen drain. I should probably say that this is my first attempt at using melt and pour soap. I have used some of your other sugar scrub recipes in the past and absolutely love them. This one seems more trouble than it’s worth right now.

  4. Cat Avatar

    I made these and the color was off, turned out a pale pink. Really wanted the vibrant red. I am using 1/2 French Red Clay powder and 1/2 Kaolin clay powder from frontier. Other than that I used exactly the same ingredients. I know the color comes from the clay. But the dark red tone seems impossible to attain. Please advise. Thank you.

  5. Cynthia Avatar

    I followed the sugar cube recipe with all recommended products but my cubes are rock hard. Is there any way to salvage these? Remelt and add oil perhaps? Thanks.

  6. Michelle Fry Avatar
    Michelle Fry

    Hi, I had a go at this recipe this week. I was a bit worried about the sugar melting and let the soap cool down too much and got into a whole mess! The end result is a far cry form your neat cubes but I guess practice makes perfect!

  7. s.mazher Avatar

    how can i make Gentle lavender sugar scrub at home and save it for a long time

  8. Mandy Avatar

    Tried this and followed the directions to the letter but it didn’t work. Ended up with rock hard pucks that were impossible to break down in the shower…no soap, no oil and no scrub . It was more like having a block of super hard wax. What could have gone wrong?

  9. Diane Avatar

    I tried this but the end result was very hard cubes that stayed hard in shower. There was no way I could break it up in my hand. any suggestions?

  10. Yasmine Avatar

    Hi !
    I discovered your website a few days ago and I’ve been scrolling and saving recipe after recipe. So excited to try them !
    Unfortunately, melt and pour soap isn’t available where I live, but I have unsented cold process soap that I made. Could I replace it with that ?

  11. Jen Avatar

    I tried this recipe last night, but had some difficulty – the carrier oil (I used half coconut oil, half grapeseed oil), did not mix properly with the soap, no matter how much I mixed it.

    I stirred fairly vigorously, but it just didn’t seem that the soap and oils were mixing. I had already whisked the clay in with the carrier oils. I stirred for about 8 minutes before i decided to give it a try and take the soap off the heat. I poured the sugar in and poured the soap into the molds.

    THe sugar sank right to the bottom in the molds and when I took them out of the molds, the bottom layer of the cubes were pure soap + sugar and the top was just the carrier oil + glay (and I had added Jojoba beads, so this was in that top layer). This morning, the top layer was almost all but melted off and I couldn’t get that bottom layer to dissolve in water.

    Do you have any suggestions/tips on getting the oil to mix properly and evenly with the soap? I used the exact amounts specified in the recipe, and also had a scale to measure out the soap.

    I was hoping to make these as part of a homemade spa set as a gift for some family members.


  12. Maureen Avatar

    Hi . I have tried the recipe several times without success. I used exactly what you suggest to use in the recipe and followed recipe to the letter . I love the idea of these and really want to make them work. The soap and oil seem to separate at the refrigeration stage and then the oil melts quickly leaving the soap rubbery and unable to melt in the water. Would have any advice?

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