Homemade Sugar Scrub Cubes Recipe: No Mess Or Contamination

These DIY sugar scrub cubes are perfect for avoiding getting water and germs in your sugar scrub pot. These single-use scrub cubes are so easy to use.

Homemade Sugar Scrub Cubes Recipe: No Mess Or Contamination

Whenever I’m itching to get creative with my spa treatments, I raid my pantry for ingredients to use.

One of the most versatile items I’ve discovered is sugar.

Aside from being a gentle exfoliant, it also provides moisture to the skin.

But as useful as it may be as a spa ingredient, loose sugar is such a mess to apply.

Good thing I’ve read about turning it into scrub cubes.

And my life has changed forever.

What Are Exfoliating Sugar Cubes?

Exfoliating sugar cubes are made of your usual cupboard sugar, but in the form of cubes. They are hardened into chunks to eliminate mess in the shower or tub. They slowly dissolve in water when used. Sugar scrub cubes are typically held together by a soap base. They may also come in varying scents and colors.

Homemade Sugar Scrub Cubes Recipe No Mess Or Contamination

The idea of hardening sugar is not new.

If you’ve used sugar cubes for your coffee before, that’s pretty much how scrub cubes came into view. The idea is to pre-measure the amount and avoid moisture from drying out the granules.

But don’t be fooled. Sugar scrub cubes are NOT edible.

They may look fancy with cotton candy colors and sweet-smelling scents, but they still contain soap base.

Most sugar scrub cubes I saw were made using ice cube molds. But years ago, they used to be made by cutting a chunk of molded sugar scrub into cubes.

Sugar Scrub Cubes Benefits

Homemade Sugar Scrub Cubes Recipe No Mess Or Contamination

1. Sugar Scrub Cubes Exfoliate The Skin

Sugar granules are a popular mild abrasive, which makes it ideal for exfoliation.

They carefully help slough off dead skin cells to give way to a new healthy layer.

In a cubed form, the sugar granules can effectively target the skin because they are compressed and rubbed onto a particular area.

I have also learned that sugar naturally contains glycolic acid, which is often referred to as a “holy grail” in dermatology.

It is essential in renewing skin cells, which in turn reveals a younger-looking complexion.

This is why you’ll often hear women suggest that you do sugar exfoliation after days of soaking under the sun.

2. Sugar Scrub Cubes Moisturize The Skin

Thanks to sugar’s humectant quality, you can also enjoy a moisturizing feel on your skin with every exfoliation.

Humectants are known to retain moisture on the skin upon contact. Because you’re using sugar scrub cubes, the granules gradually dissolve into your skin after massaging.

The moisturizing effect of sugar is even doubled with the presence of essential oils and the soap base itself.

This eliminates the need to lather lotion onto skin to heal occasional scratches resulting from abrasion.

3. Sugar Scrub Cubes Are Economical

Just like when placing sugar cubes into your coffee cup, you can now estimate the amount of sugar scrub you’ll use for exfoliating.

They are economical in the sense that you don’t have to scoop a lot of loose sugar. All you have to do is roll the cube onto the length of your arms and legs to exfoliate.

You’ll also get to save more because sugar scrub cubes typically last longer than loose sugar.

Kept in a cool, dry place, these cubes would be free from contamination and moisture that spoil the quality of sugar and render them useless.

4. Sugar Scrub Cubes Are Mess-Free

I used to dread using sugar scrubs because of their messy, almost-bordering-towards-slippage kind of application.

I hated having to scoop loose sugar repeatedly into my damp, sticky palms.

As much as I love sugar scrubs, there are times when I could just get away with all the mess.

Sugar scrub cubes are more convenient because you’ll only have to bring 2-4 cubes with you in the shower.

And mind you, they won’t dissolve quickly until you add water to them for lathering.

Hence, there’ll be no more exposing the sugar jar to air and moisture that makes it sticky to open and take out for application.

5. Sugar Scrub Cubes Last Longer Than Loose Granules

Because they’re bonded by a soap base, sugar scrub cubes are safe from drying out.

This means you’ll get to keep them for months without losing their quality or consistency.

Most sugar scrubs have a shelf life of only 3 weeks, one month tops.

If you’re planning to make a batch of sugar cubes in advance, you can be sure that they will last you ‘til the next season.

6. Sugar Scrub Cubes Make Perfect Giveaways and Gifts

I love making giveaways and handmade gifts for my loved ones.

That said, I was delighted to have come across several sugar scrub cube recipes that mimic the jelly candies from my childhood.

Color and scent are what makes these cubes a standout among other DIY gifts.

You’ll only need to put them inside a sealed mason jar and tie a ribbon ‘round it so that it’ll be ready for gifting.

If you like bath bombs and shower fizzies, wait until you take the sugar scrub cubes out of their mold. You’ll be sure to squeal in delight.

7. Sugar Scrub Cubes Are Gentle On Skin

You’ll never have to use only brown sugar to make a scrub that has mild abrasive.

The soap base and other oils used for the sugar scrub cube recipe will provide the cushioning effect for your skin.

This means you’ll never have to fear over-scrubbing because the other ingredients will protect your skin barrier from damage.

How To Make Solid Sugar Scrub Cubes

You’ll need a natural melt & pour soap base along with brown sugar and essential oils for making solid sugar scrub cubes. This way, your cubes will not crumble during the cooling process and will retain its consistency. The soap base will serve as the binding agent, while the essential oils will provide additional moisturization to the skin. A dedicated mold is also necessary as this will eliminate the need to cut the soap into cubes.

Homemade Sugar Scrub Cubes Recipe No Mess Or Contamination

For the recipe that I’m going to share with you, I’ve also added oatmeal to the ingredients list.

This way, the scrub cubes can be used for all skin types, most especially the ones who have sensitive, allergic, and dry skin.

While I’m not against cutting the finished products into cubes, it may ruin the oatmeal and the shape of the soap itself.

This is why I recommend that you use silicone ice cube trays for making sugar scrub cubes.

You’ll only need to push the bottom of the mold to pop out the cubes.


Can You Make Sugar Scrub Cubes Without Soap?

You can’t make sugar scrub cubes without a soap base. It is what holds the sugar mixture together into a solid shape. If you don’t have a melt & pour base, you can use beeswax instead. However, it will look and feel like a lotion bar which can be difficult to wash off with water. Use the beeswax only if you like a lotion effect after you exfoliate.


How To Use Sugar Scrub Cubes

Using your damp hands, knead the sugar scrub cube until it crumbles. Lather onto your arms, legs, and body in circular motions. After carefully massaging the granules, rinse off with warm water. Dry your skin with a clean towel after showering.

Watch the video below to get an idea of how you can use sugar scrub cubes to exfoliate.

How Long Do Sugar Scrub Cubes Last

Sugar scrub cubes can last for up to 6 months provided they are stored in an air-tight container and away from heat and moisture. Some recipes use oils and infusers which may affect the shelf life of the cubes. Such sugar scrub cubes can last more or less 6 months.

Homemade Sugar Scrub Cubes Recipe: No Mess Or Contamination


How To Store Sugar Scrub Cubes

Store the sugar scrub cubes in an air-tight container. It can be a mason jar with a metal lid or an apothecary jar with a secure cover. The important thing is to keep it away from direct sunlight and humidity or the cubes will dry out. You can still store the jar in the bathroom’s driest area for better access.

Homemade Sugar Scrub Cubes Recipe: No Mess Or Contamination


How To Add Color To Sugar Scrub Cubes

Add 2-3 drops of food coloring into the sugar scrub mixture prior to pouring into cavities of the mold. This way, the color is evenly infused throughout the batch. If you want to, you can make 2 batches of different colored cubes using preferred food coloring. Be quick to mix in the color as the sugar mixture will thicken up faster than you’d be able to pour the rest into the molds.

Homemade Sugar Scrub Cubes Recipe: No Mess Or Contamination


Homemade Sugar Scrub Cubes Recipe No Mess Or Contamination

Homemade Sugar Scrub Cubes Recipe: No Mess Or Contamination

Yield: Makes 12 cubes if using the same mold

These DIY sugar scrub cubes are perfect for avoiding getting water and germs in your sugar scrub pot. These single-use scrub cubes are so easy to use.


  1. Melt your soap base in the microwave on high for 30 seconds. If it is not completely melted, put in for another 10 seconds.
  2. Mix in the olive oil, sugar, and oatmeal. Stir well. If it is starting to thicken, put it back in the microwave for 5-10 seconds.
  3. Pour into your ice cube tray and let set for about 2 hours.
  4. Pop cubes out of tray and store in an airtight container. Each cube is good for 1-2 uses.

Sugar Scrub Cubes For Sale


In case you need to study first or be familiar with the consistency and application of sugar scrub cubes, you can buy a bottle of the product online in the meantime.

You can check out these awesome sugar scrub cubes with aloe vera and shea if you want an effective exfoliation that nourishes your skin at the same time.

Also, if you want to try out different fragrances of cubes, start with these scented sugar scrub cubes that are perfect as party favors and event souvenirs.

Get your aloe vera and shea sugar scrub cubes here.

Get your scented sugar scrub cubes here.

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Sugar scrub is a spa treatment essential that works wonders for damaged skin.

However, the traditional application often involves a messy shower and sticky palms.

Thus, sugar scrub cubes are the way to go to eliminate such headaches. Aside from being fun to make, they are 2x more efficient, economical, and long-lasting than using loose sugar.

So if you want to do away with elements that contaminate your sugar or already tired of cleaning after the mess, your best bet is to try sugar scrub cubes for a change.

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