Citrus Sugar Scrub Cubes

04 March 2021 by Natanja

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    These colorful sugar scrub cubes in citrus scents, leave your skin feeling smooth and hydrated.

    Pastel yellow and orange sugar scrub cubes with citrus scents on a white plate

    Sugar scrub cubes are a treat I have only discovered recently. For the longest time I’d make my scrubs the more common way – combining all the ingredients in a jar. There are, however, benefits to making solid scrubs, as I explain further down. With spring right around the corner, I wanted to make different citrus versions and experimented with lemon, grapefruit and sweet orange fragrances. These cubes smell refreshing, light and are the perfect wake-me up for morning showers!

    Citrus sugar scrub cubes on a white background next to lemon slices and flowers

    Sugar scrub cubes vs. loose scrubs 

    Why take the time to make a solid scrub when you could dump all your ingredients in a jar and call it a day? First off, sugar scrub cubes are easier to apply, since you can take a few cubes in the shower with you and not the entire batch of your scrub. With loose scrubs you need to be careful to not introduce any water into your jars, otherwise this can cause mold. Secondly, sugar scrub cubes make really pretty gifts and feel a little more luxurious than loose scrubs.

    It depends what you are going for. If you are short on time and quickly need a scrub, I recommend my brown sugar vanilla scrub, which comes together in seconds. If you want something a little more extravagant, I recommend trying these citrus sugar scrub cubes. 🙂

    Citrus sugar scrub cubes in pastel colors in a little white bowl

    How to use sugar scrub cubes

    Take 2-3 cubes into the shower with you, crumble them up in your hands and scrub away! It’s best to use them at the end of your shower, so that the oils stay on your skin. Due to the oils not washing off completely, your skin gets the hydration it needs and there is no need to apply any extra body lotion afterwards. A two-in-one so to say! 

    Closeup of the Pastel yellow and orange sugar scrub cubes with citrus scents


    You should be able to substitute the shea melt and pour soap base for any other melt and pour soap base. (Though I have not tried this myself.) The essential oils can also be swapped for other kinds, although you may want to use less or more drops, depending on the scent. The vitamin E oil is optional, as it provides extra skin-beneficial properties but doesn’t impact the texture of the cubes. 

    If you do not have any square ice cube trays at home, you can use any other molds you have. Just make sure that they are silicon so you can easily remove the cubes after they have hardened. 

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    citrus sugar scrub cubes on a white plate

    Citrus Sugar Scrub Cubes

    • Prep Time: 20 minutes
    • Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
    • Yield: 15 cubes 1x


    Colorful sugar scrub cubes in citrus scents that leave your skin feeling smooth and hydrated.



    Lemon Sugar Scrub Cubes


    Grapefruit Sugar Scrub Cubes


    1. Cut the melt and pour soap base into small chunks and melt together with the shea butter in a double boiler**.
    2. Remove from the heat and stir in the soap colors, vitamin e oil and essential oil. 
    3. Combine it with the sugar. 
    4. Press the mixture into ice cube molds and freeze for 45 minutes until firm.
    5. Demold, let them sit out a bit until the moisture evaporates and then store in an airtight container.


    *or orange essential oil

    **To create a double boiler, cover the bottom of a pot with water and bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer and place a heat-proof bowl on top (the bowl should not touch the water). Melt the ingredients in the bowl over the steam.


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