Note: I am not a doctor, herbalist, aromatherapist or chemist. I am just an everyday mom trying to figure out how to live naturally. This recipe is one that works for myself and my family. Please consult your doctor before using any diy recipe or essential oils to confirm that they are safe for you. This holds especially important if you are currently pregnant.
Homemade Orange Lemon Sugar Scrubs + An Epic Fail
An easy, DIY recipe to both exfoliate and moisturize your skin. These homemade sugar scrubs are simple to whip up and combine two birds with one stone.
These little sugar scrubs are perfect us busy moms whose skin needs a little pampering. While I do make a lot of my own homemade sugar scrubs, they don’t always get used.
It sounds silly but I truly don’t have time to dig out a jar, scoop a bunch of stuff in my hand and exfoliate in the shower only to follow it up with ten minutes of moisturizing with homemade body butter. I also forget.
The reason that these sugar scrubs are such a win with me is partially that they BOTH exfoliate and moisturize (winning for cutting out a step!) but they also come in individual portions… so much easier.
The Most Hilarious Fail
Now, there’s actually quite a story regarding these citrus DIY sugar scrub cubes. A hilarious story that I can’t help but share. If you’re just looking for the recipe JUMP to the bottom of the page. But if you’re looking for a bit of a laugh stay with me.
I’ve never made DIY sugar scrubs before. So when I set out to try I purchased a block of goats milk melt and pour soap (something that was not easy to get a hold of) which is recommended for so many sugar scrubs recipes. Everything I read about recipes for sugar scrubs said how easy they were- so I set out!
I’ve never used any soap making products before so I had no idea what to expect. With my first batch, I put the ingredients into a jar in the toaster oven to melt- we don’t have a microwave and for some reason, I didn’t think to use a double boiler. I made the mistake of thinking I could grab the jar with one oven mitt.
And proceeded to pour the mixture all over my toaster oven.
It’s okay! I kept going.
I got through the end of the recipe but when it came time to pour into the molds it was like effing cement glue. Honestly, it was terrible. It solidified almost instantly and everything looked crappy.
So the next day I tried again. Only I forgot I spilled the soap in the toaster over and proceeded to practically light it on fire. It was smoking and reeked of burnt soap (which is gross by the way). I actually had to tell my training client to “come in and ignore the smoke”. Yes. It was lovely.
In the third attempt I switched to a double boiler and tweaked the ratios a bit. I always use the same jar in a pot of water. Halfway through melting the jar cracked and broke. ARE YOU FREAKING KIDDING ME. It’s fine it’s fine! I scooped it out determined to get these damn “simple” sugar cubes.
Attempt four, I used a measuring cup in the pot. When I went to add the sugar the cup was too small and it overflowed blue tar-like stuff all over my stove and floor. Oh joy.
At this point, I truly despised these damn lemon sugar scrub cubes. Really. Truly. Hated them.
But I preserved. My biggest hatred of them was consistency. I found it took thick, hard to work with and crappy once made.
So on my fifth attempt instead of using pour soap, I used a bar I had in my cupboard and grated it.
And here we are. A much, much better, way more moisturizing type of sugar scrub. I have now made a total of eight batches for this blog (insanity). My poor clients have been bombarded with all the fails- well honestly I’ve now made sixty-four cubes what the hell was I supposed to do with them all!?
But I now have a DIY sugar scrub recipe I like.
And after so many damn fails, these little citrus sugar scrubs are easy to work with and simple to make.
What the DIY Sugar Scrubs Do:
I love the consistency and the silky smooth feeling on my skin. So finally (!) I got it right. If there’s one thing I’ve learned with making your own DIY beauty products it’s that it’s not always an easy, mess-free process (this do’s and don’t list helps too!). I think my husband was just happy that it was soap this time and not beeswax I’d melted and exploded all over the kitchen 😀
Side note: if making your own body lotion is still a bit overwhelming (even though this is literally four ingredients + oils) or if you’re just too lazy to make some this second. Primally Pure has some wicked beauty products this almond vanilla body butter. It smells effing AWESOME and Primally Pure uses only natural, chemical-free ingredients. Seriously, I can pronounce and buy them all. #win If you do end up on their site, use fitasamamabear to save yourself 10% off your entire first order!
Soothing DIY Face Mask
Another awesome option is this easy soothing face mask. Made with just five ingredients this diy face mask is super gentle on the skin but helps exfoliate.
It uses chamolie and lavender essential oils which both help relieve inflammation and calm both the skin and mood. Which is why this diy face mask recipe can be so beneficial!
Orange Lemon Sugar Scrub Ingredients
- 1/2 cup grated shae butter soap (you can find this at your local health food store or bulk barn)
- 1/4 cup coconut oil, measured solid
- 1 cup white sugar
- 1 tablespoon cane sugar (for topping), optional but makes them pretty!
- Zest of one lemon
- Zest of one orange
- 15 drops lemon essential oil (only if not using zest!)
- 10 drops orange essential oil (only if not using zest!)
Note: Grate the soap. Don’t skip this step.
Not sure where to grab ingredients? Here’s a roundup list of my favorite products (and brands) for diy beauty products and where to buy them!
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How To Make Orange Lemon Sugar Scrubs
Combine the soap and oil in a double boiler over medium heat and begin to melt. Add in half the orange and lemon zest.
Stir every so often but know that the soap won’t melt solid. You’ll know it’s done (about twelve to fifteen minutes) when the oil is melted but the soap still looks slightly “chunky”.
While the mixture is melting, divide the tablespoon of cane sugar into the bottom of the molds. You just want a light sprinkle.
Then pour the white sugar into a large bowl )if using essential oils and not zest, add them into the sugar and mix well). Add in the remaining zest.
Once your oil mixture is melted pour the it into the bowl of sugar and mix with a fork until all of the sugar is coated and wet. This is where you can add any color you like too.
Using a spoon portion and press the sugar scrubs into the molds (press down hard so they hold together).
Place the molds in the fridge for thirty minutes to set.
Makes 12 cubes depending on the molds.
Tip: I’ve used regular white sugar for the bulk of this recipe as it tends to be softer on the skin. But if you like something a little more intense sub it for organic cane sugar as the granules are a bit bigger.
Don’t forget to pin these orange lemon sugar scrubs
Tip: I've used regular white sugar for the bulk of this recipe as it tends to be softer on the skin. But if you like something a little more intense sub it for organic cane sugar as the granules are a bit bigger. Makes 7-10 scrubs depending on mold. Not sure where to grab ingredients? Here's a roundup list of my favorite products (and brands) for diy beauty products and where to buy them!
DIY Citrus Sugar Scrub Cubes
Tip: I've used regular white sugar for the bulk of this recipe as it tends to be softer on the skin. But if you like something a little more intense sub it for organic cane sugar as the granules are a bit bigger. Makes 7-10 scrubs depending on mold.
Not sure where to grab ingredients? Here's a roundup list of my favorite products (and brands) for diy beauty products and where to buy them!
So there you are a homemade moisturizing, exfoliating orange lemon sugar scrubs recipe perfectly portioned and ready to go (finally). They’re quick, simple and smell deliciously of citrus. They make it easy for busy moms to pamper themselves and work great as gifts for other mamas too!