Homemade Organic Brown Sugar Scrub Bar

I’m not a big fan of taking jars of sugar scrub into the shower with me. Water gets into handmade items and can cause all kinds of grief.  Instead, I love bringing a Homemade Organic Brown Sugar Scrub Bar with me.   Super simple to make, I just break off a piece of the bar and take that with me  into the shower.

Organic Brown Sugar Scrub Bar

What Makes Our Organic Brown Sugar Scrub Bar Terrific?

The exfoliation from the brown sugar smooths the way for the avocado oil to sink in and soften and nourish skin.

The combination of scents from the organic brown sugar combined with vanilla extract and orange essential oil is a favorite of mine. I also used a honey based melt and pour soup. Don’t hesitate to skip the vanilla extract and replace the orange with your favorite essential oil blend.

Ingredients For Organic Brown Sugar Scrub Bar

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1/3 Cup Avocado Oil

1.5 Cups Organic Brown Sugar

1/2 Cup Honey Melt and Pour Soap Base

5 drops vanilla extract

20 drops Orange Essential Oil  ( Here’s how you can order Young Living Essential Oils)

Silicone Soap Mold

 Organic Brown Sugar Scrub Bar

Method For Organic Brown Sugar Scrub Bar

1. Melt soap base in microwave safe container (I use a Pyrex Measuring Cup) 20 seconds at a time, stirring well, until it’s melted. Watch carefully as scorched soap stinks, and you can’t scent over that.

2. Stir in Avocado Oil until well blended.

3. Continue to stir soap until it cools to the point of thickening. This is the hard part to explain. If you add your brown sugar to soap that is too hot, it will melt the brown sugar.

The soap needs to be cool, but still moldable. I stir until a skim starts to form, then I add just a bit of brown sugar and watch to see if it melts. If it stays pretty much solid, pour in the rest and then add vanilla extract and orange essential oil.

4. Scoop mixture into your silicone mold. Allow your organic brown sugar scrub bar to totally firm up. Remove bar from mold, and allow to dry out for at least a day before you use it.

PRO TIP: Depending on your skin type you may want to increase the oil to 1/2 cup or decrease it to 1/4 of a cup. After I add in the brown sugar, vanilla extract and essential oil, I have to scoop the mixture into the mold, it is too thick to pour. Play around with it until you hit your perfect mix of oil and brown sugar to meet your moisturizing needs.

 Organic Brown Sugar Scrub Bar

Like Making Your Own Bath And Body Stuff?

I love making my own bath and body products, along with my own skin care items. I like knowing exactly what is in them. Custom blends are a must for me too. So, if you like making your own stuff too, here are some other essential oil recipes I think you will really like!

Homemade Herbal Milk Bath Essential Oil Recipe

Simple DIY Facial Toner With Essential Oils 

Homemade DIY Gardener’s Soap With Essential Oils

How To Order Young Living Essential Oils

Simple DIY Facial Toner With Essential Oils

A simple DIY  facial toner needs to  be in everyone’s  skin care regimen.   Because you don’t want chemicals in your skin care, we use only truly natural ingredients in this recipe.  Our simple, make your own recipe, not only works, it saves money too!  Woot!

Simple DIY Facial Toner With Essential Oils

Why You Need An All Natural DIY Facial Toner With Essential Oils

A good quality  toner helps to restore natural skin pH. Facial toners can also help shrink pores and balance oil production.

When used under makeup, toners can provide a protective barrier on the skin to prevent impurities from makeup and pollutants in the air from penetrating  the skin.

Simple DIY Facial Toner Ingredients

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2 Ounce Spray Bottle  I love these blue spray bottles!  So pretty!

2 Ounces Witch hazel  This is my favorite brand of Witch Hazel.

1/2 teaspoon Vitamin E

3 drops Young Living Cypress Essential Oil

3 drops Young Living Geranium Essential Oil

2 drops Young Living Frankincense Essential Oil (optional)

3 drops Young Living Tea Tree Essential Oil (optional)

Here’s how you can order Young Living essential oils.

How To Make Our Homemade Facial Toner

Fill 2 ounce bottle with Witch Hazel, and then add essential oils and vitamin E.  I use *affiliate link a small metal funnel to make things easier.   Shake well before use.  That’s it!  Pretty easy, eh?   Told ya so!

Pro Tip: During the summer I LOVE to put my Simple DIY Facial toner in the fridge. Then, when I come in from spending time in the garden, or working out, I grab my chilled toner, spritz and refresh!  That’s on of my favorite Summer tips!

Here Are a Few Other Essential Oil Posts I Think You Will Like:

Embossed Soap Making Tutorial

Lavender Charcoal Soap DIY Homemade Soap Recipe

How To Make Your Own Manuka Honey 

Frugal Laundry Hacks: Wool Dryer Balls

PS: Here’s how you can order Young Living Essential Oils!

Embossed Soap Making Tutorial

What if I told you that my most intricate melt and pour soap design was actually the easiest of them all?  No, really,  It’s true.  Embossed soap, using melt and pour soap base, is the easiest bar of soap you will ever make.  It’s the perfect bar of handmade soap for gifts and for the guest room.  It’s the perfect bar of soap for the beginning soap maker as well as the advanced soap maker.  Most importantly, it is the perfect bar of soap for you.

Embossed Soap Using Melt and Pour and Texture Mats Tuorial

 

Why Make Your Own Embossed Soap?

Let’s face it, life can be hard.  Money is tight.  Naturally, the opportunity to turn some time in the tub into a mini vacation, a self therapy session, a moment to simply relax, can go a long way to recharging our batteries.  All of this for the cost of a simple bar of handmade soap?  Well, count me in.

Customize Your Embossed Soap Using Essential Oils

Aromatherapy is a well known stress relieving, mood enhancing, science.  If I were making this melt and pour embossed soap in the summer, I might choose a scent to help me unwind after a long day in the garden.

Because my family is facing a few unexpected challenges right now, I’m choosing Young Living’s Stress Away.  Due to it’s  happily calming blend of Lime essential oil and Vanilla is just the thing to help me find my zen.

Happily, Young Living’s Starter Kits include not only Stress Away, but  9 others of their best selling essential oils!

ProTip:   Here’s how to order Young Living Essential Oils. AND Get a $25.00 REBATE!

Let’s Get to Soapin’  Here’s What You Will Need


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1 pound of goat milk melt and pour soap base

Lisa Pavelka’s 4 1/4 x 51/2 inch Texture Stamp ‘Tooled Leather’  Or  any texture stamp of your choice.

3×2 Rectangular Soap Mold  (This recipe makes four bars of soap using this mold.)

Young Living Essential Oils of your choice.   I chose Stress Away and added 4 drops of oil per bar of soap. Here’s how to order Young Living Essential oils.

Small Spray Bottle filled with Rubbing Alcohol

Pyrex Measuring Cup
Spoon
Scissors

1. Take your texture stamp and cut it to the size of your soap molds.  You will want a good pair of scissors to do this with.  If you choose the soap mold I listed above, the size of your texture mat will be  4 1/4 x 5 1/2  inches.    I then cut this texture mat into two pieces of 3 x 2 inches each to fit into two of my soap mold cavities.    This gave me the ability to make 2 embossed soaps at a time.

Texture Mats for Making Embossed Soap With No Lye Melt and Pour Soup

2. Chop up your goat milk soap base into chunks and place them in the Pyrex measuring cup.

3.  Next, pulse your soap in 30 second increments in the microwave, stirring in between each pulse.

4.  Use a bit of that melted soap base as a ‘glue’ to glue the texture mats to the bottom of your soap molds.  This will help to keep the soap base from flowing UNDER your mats when you go to pour your soaps.

Texture mats in melt and pour soap molds for embossed soap

5.  Let the soap ‘glue’ dry.

When To Add The Essential Oils

6.  Check the rest of your melted goat milk soap base to see if you need to pulse it in the microwave again.  If it is still pourable, add your Young Living Essential Oils, 4 drops of Stress Away per bar of soap.

You do NOT want your base to be super hot when adding your oils.  Due to their nature, essential oils will ‘burn off’ when added to soap that is too hot.  Remember, if you can’t let you finger comfortably rest in the melted soap base, it’s too hot!

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Pouring The Soap Bars

7.  Now it’s time to pour the soap base into the molds with your texture mats.  You don’t want your soap to be too runny, as that will make it easier for it to run under the texture mats.  A little thicker, cooler soap is what you want.  Hence, if you can’t let you finger comfortably rest in the melted soap base, it’s too hot!

Additionally, you can use your finger to hold down the texture mat inside the soap mold too. This will help keep the soap from flowing under that texture mat.

However, if something does go wrong, it is very easy just to re-melt your base and try again.  I told you this was the easiest bar of embossed soap you will EVER make!

8.  Once you have poured your soap bars spritz them with the alcohol in your small bottle.  This will remove any bubbles on the back of the soaps.  Don’t move the mold until the soap has set up.  Just let it all hang out on your counter and firm up.

9.  Once your soap is very, very, very, very solid, pop out the bars and peel off the texture mats!

10.  Using a sharp knife, or vegetable peeler, clean up the edges of your soap if you would like.

11.  Viola’  Beautifully intricate, wonderful smelling soap!   Time to to peel off those clothes and hit the shower or tub!  heh.

Embossed Soap Tutorial

While we may not be able to avoid all of the stresses life throws our way, there are things we can do to keep the damage as minimal as possible.  Something as simple as a beautiful, easy to make, embossed bar of  sitting at your sink waiting for you to wash you hands, can go a long way in making life a little bit kinder.

Don’t forget to check out our other melt and pour soap recipes using Young Living Essential Oils!

Lavender Charcoal Soap DIY Homemade Soap Recipe

Lavender Charcoal Soap is the perfect blend of a few of my favorite things. Charcoal is terrific for oily skin, with the ability to pull both oil and dirt from pores.   Because the charcoal can be drying for some skin types, I’ve chosen to add a bit of shea butter to a goat milk base,  to help balance this bar.

Lavender Charcoal Soap DIY Recipe

Supplies:

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2 1/2 pounds of white Goat Milk Melt & Pour Soap.  I chose goat milk melt and pour soap for it’s extra skin softening abilities.

Activated Charcoal.  I prefer to use the capsules.  I have a fear of an open bag of charcoal being overturned somewhere in my house.  (shiver) But if you rather go with the loose stuff, I like this brand.

Young Living Lavender Essential Oils  I choose to use only Young Living Essential Oils.  You can go here to learn more about my favorite oils! 

Shea Butter (optional)  I chose refine shea butter because unrefined comes with a scent that is hard to cover.

Silicone Soap Mold

Small Spray Bottle of Alcohol

Heat-safe glass measuring cup

Thermometer (optional)

Scale (optional)

Ingredients To Make Lavender Charcoal Soap

Let’s Get Started Making Lavender Charcoal Soap!

Set aside 2 pounds of the goat milk melt and pour soap.

Cut 1/2 pound of the goat milk melt and pour soap into 1/2 inch cubes and place in heat safe glass measuring cup.

Melt the 1/2 pound of melt and pour and  1/4 teaspoon shea butter in the microwave for 30 seconds, stir, and repeat until soap is completely melted.

Allow to cool for a minute and then add 5-10 drops of Lavender Essential Oil.

Make Your Own DIY Lavender Charcoal Soap

Slowly add in 5 capsules of charcoal(opening each capsule and adding the charcoal, and disposing of the actual capsule)  and stir until it is entirely incorporated into the soap.  The soap should be black.  If it isn’t dark enough for your liking, add in another capsule.

Pour this now melted black soap into two of your soap molds in different thicknesses. (You can put it back in the microwave for a few seconds if it’s set up too much.)  Spritz with alcohol to get rid of the bubbles.  Allow to set up and dry.

Lavender Charcoal Soap

Pop out the soap and then cut it into different sizes of rectangles and squares.  You’ll need to make sure that your sizes fit into your molds.

You can use a small kitchen knife to free hand the heart inside of your square, or you can use a fondant cutter in the shape of a heart.

Give Your Black Soap Shapes Time To Dry

I  recommend allowing your shapes to dry for at least a few hours to over night before continuing on with the recipe.  This will help your black shapes not to melt into your melted white base.  However,  if you are in a hurry, we can proceed now.

Creating The Soap Design For Your Lavender Charcoal Soap

Place your black shapes into each mold in the design of your choosing.  Having some shapes placed horizontally  and some shapes  vertically (going UP the sides of your mold)  will give more visual interest to your soap.

Press the shapes in so that no air is between the shape and your mold.

Melt The 2 Pounds Of Melt And Pour Soap You Set Aside

 

Take the 2 pounds of goat milk soap and cut it into half inch cubes.  Add 1 teaspoons of shea butter.   Microwave in 30 second bursts, stir, and repeat until your base is melted.  Allow your soap to cool for a minute and then add in 25 drops of Lavender Essential Oil.

Pay Attention To The Temperature Of Your White Soap

Pouring HOT white soap over your black shapes will melt your black soap pieces.

You’ll need to pour the soap at a temperature that won’t melt your black soap.  That means your white soap needs to be about 125-130 degrees, or liquid enough to pour, but not hot enough to melt.

If your soap is too hot to put your finger in, it’s too hot to pour.  If you soap is lumpy when you go to pour it, it has set too long.

Pour ONLY enough soap to cover the bottom of the mold, but NOT the shapes of your charcoal lavender soap.   Basically, you don’t want to be able to see the bottom of the mold.

Lavender Charcoal Melt and Pour Soap

Then, press down the black pieces to create a seal so that as you continue to pour, the white soap doesn’t flow under you black pieces.

Next, spritz your soap with a bit of alcohol to remove any bubbles, and continue to fill your mold with your white goat milk soap.  Fill it to the top of your mold, because as your soap sets, it will shrink down some.

Allow to completely set up and become hard before popping your Lavender Charcoal Soap out of the mold!

Charcoal Lavender Glycerin Melt and Pour Soap DIY Recipe

Ta-Da!  You’ve Made Lavender Charcoal Soap!

To celebrate your success, why don’t you draw up and warm bath and take your soap for a test drive!

Getting Started With Young Living Essential Oils

If you are looking to get started with essential oils you can purchase a Young Living Premium Starter kit that includes the Lavender Essential Oil I used in making my Lavender Charcoal Soap.   You can learn more about Young Living Essential Oils and my Top Ten Essential Oils for Preppers here.

Young Living Premium Starter Kit