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Sugar Scrub Bars

If you love Lush body "scrubees", you'll love these DIY sugar scrub bars, made with a blend of nourishing oils and exfoliating brown sugar.
Active Time25 mins
Cooling Time3 hrs
Total Time3 hrs 25 mins
Course: Bath and Body
Cuisine: DIY
Keyword: body scrub, holiday gifts
Yield: 6 bars
Author: Stephanie Pollard
Cost: $15


  • Silicone mold
  • small microwave-safe bowl


For the Brown Sugar Stripes

For the Shea Butter Stripes


Make the Brown Sugar Stripes

  • Combine the cocoa butter, shea butter and coconut oil in a small bowl. Microwave in 30-second intervals until completely melted.
  • Add the brown sugar and stir to combine. The mixture should be a loose sand texture and not overly soupy. Add more sugar if needed.
  • Spoon the sugar mixture into your silicone molds (it might not be enough to fill all the cavities in your mold, which is fine since you'll be cutting it up and evenly splitting the stripes among all the cavities). Place in the refrigerator for 30 minutes, or until solid.
  • Remove the solid sugar scrub bars from the mold and slice each one into approximately 6 segments. Place the segments back in the mold with plenty of space in between each one. Put the mold in the freezer while you make the shea butter mixture.

Make the Shea Butter Stripes

  • Combine the remaining 3/4 cup cocoa butter, 3/4 cup shea butter and 2 tablespoons coconut oil in a clean bowl. Microwave in 30-second intervals until just barely melted. Add the honey and bergamot oil and stir to combine. (If the honey sinks to the bottom, keep stirring until the mixture begins to cool and come together.)
  • Let the shea butter mixture cool for about 10 minutes. Then remove the mold from the freezer and pour the shea butter mixture into each of the cavities, making sure to cover and surround all of the sugar segments. Use your fingers to adjust the stripes should they start to shift. Let cool either on the counter or in the refrigerator.
  • Remove the scrub bars from the mold and store in an airtight container in the fridge.


After about 6 or so uses, you might have a hard time keeping the layers of your bar together. At that point, I just use my hands to compress it into a ball shape. It won't be as pretty but it should hold together well enough for you to get several more uses out of it.
These bars should last forever if stored properly. I keep mine in the refrigerator and pull them out one-by-one when I'm ready to use one. I have kept the spares in the fridge for up to a year without any issues,
Make sure not to let them sit in standing water in the shower. And don't hold them under hot running water for too long or they'll fall apart.
The melted oils may leave a slippery coating on the floor of the shower, so be careful when getting out!