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. Jodi Avatar

    I love the way your cubes turned out perfectly. Can you link to the molds you used? Thanks!

  2. Bee Avatar

    Can african black soap be used for the melt and pour soap? I love all your recipes. Thanks for doing this!

  3. Nicole Bagley Avatar
    Nicole Bagley

    I have tried this five times with no success. What type of m&p are you using. I’ve tried two different types and they behaved very different from each other. I tried Aloe and the other was Coconut Milk. The coconut one siezed on me after I put the sugar in so I couldn’t reheat the batch. Any suggestions.

  4. Nicole Bagley Avatar
    Nicole Bagley

    Thank you so much! I can pack these individually, in small poly bags, with Scent name and Slippery Floor Warning labels. Then, those will go in a larger size bag, where I will put the main product label & ingredients.

    So, it’s both, sanitary and convenient. And I can mix various selections of scents, in a single bag. I LUUUV this idea! Thanx for the recipe!!! And concept! Much Appreciation!

  5. Margaret Avatar

    What I’m looking for is an anti itching cream it’s made with some oils and coconut oil and I would like to have the recipe that’s all I’m asking for if anybody could please help me thank you

  6. Abby Avatar

    I am not a mama (yet) but am so excited to try out some of these DIY beauty posts for myself! These cubes look AWESOME. Thanks for the helpful (easy to follow) post! You have definitely inspired me to try out some different DIY’s.

  7. Christina Avatar

    Can I use Bentonite clay instead of rose clay or activated charcoal?

  8. Deanna Avatar

    Do you know what size jar you used in the photo? I’ve been looking for something like that, but the ones I’ve seen on Amazon seem like they’d be too small. Also, how large are the cubes, approximately?

  9. Christy Avatar

    Don’t use stevia you’re not going to eat this. Try Epsom salt, dead sea salt,or Himalayan salt

  10. Carol Anne Avatar
    Carol Anne

    Can any melt & pour soap base be used, or only goat’s milk?

  11. Gina Avatar

    Hi Katie, Are these cubes ok for face and body? Thanks…Gina F

  12. Fabianna Laby Avatar
    Fabianna Laby

    Could you use a Dr. Bronner’s type soap for these cubes? Thanks!

    1. Renee Owens Avatar
      Renee Owens

      Supposedly the Castile soaps, that is any soap made with vegetable oils and not animal fats, will work for melt and pour. I am testing it out myself.

  13. Laura E Wasserman Avatar
    Laura E Wasserman

    Is there any way to do these with my homemade soap? Melt and por ones seem to be full of nasty stuff or very expensive

  14. Petria Delucca Avatar
    Petria Delucca

    I don’t have any melt and pour soap base, but I do have a big bulk box of castile bar soap. Is it possible to use store bought bar soap instead of melt and pour base? If I can use it, should I add extra oil or something different or might I be able to use it as-is? Thanks for any thoughts you may have on this.

  15. Dominica K Menon Avatar
    Dominica K Menon

    Yes a wonderful website with practical and clearly explained recipes. Easy to follow and understand. Heads up to you Katie!

  16. Lavina Avatar

    I love our website, it is very informative and easy to understand. I am trying to avoid sugar in any form due to candida, is there any substitute for sugar?

    1. Christine Toner Avatar
      Christine Toner

      Baking soda aka Sodium bicarbonate would replace sugar in this recipe. It makes a very finely textured scrub. Skin feels very smooth.

      1. Cairo Avatar

        You might not want to use baking soda, the pH is bad for the skin. You could try using salt…

    2. Joan Avatar

      Are these silicone ice cube trays safe for making ice to put in our drinks? I want to find a healthy alternative to our refrigerator ice maker.

  17. ANITA Avatar

    Hi katie, Love You, Love your website, I’ve been following you for years. The thing is, I’m not that handy. rather buy then make things. Your cubes sound amazing, any chance you’ll be selling them soon.????? just asking. Lov Ya.

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