I was trying to think of something quick to make this morning, so after seeing Rustic Escentuals post on sugar scrub cubes, I decided to give them a try with what I had available at home.
I still had some melt and pour soap cubes from a prior project, granulated sugar, some epsom salts, and some eucalyptus massage oil that I never had a reason to use.
Before starting anything melting, I wiped the insides of an ice cube tray with some olive oil so that the cubes would pop out after they had set.
I figured three cubes should be enough for this project. Toss them in a measuring cup and melt them in the microwave at 30 second intervals until melted. It just took me a minute and they were ready.
I added 3/4 cup of granulated sugar to the glycerin soap base.
Then I added two tablespoons of the massage oil and 1/4 cup of epsom salts for my exfoliant.
This was getting super thick, really fast so I popped it back in the microwave another 10 seconds to get it a little more liquid. Probably should have put it in for another 30, but hopefully I’m learning from this experience.
I “poured” it out onto the ice cube tray and smushed the mixture into it.
Three cubes of pour and melt soap were enough to fill nine places in the tray. I tried to push the mixture into the cubes a little bit.
While waiting for the cubes to set, I figured I needed some place to store the finished product. Thanks to an obsession with Bath and Body candles, I had an empty container available. I also had some extra decorative cord from making Renaissance costumes a few years ago.
I started by super gluing the end to the mid back of the jar.
A few wraps later, I cut the cord off and glued it in place.
After about half an hour, I plopped my cubes out of the ice cube tray. They probably could have been smushed down a little more into the tray, but I think they’ll work fine. If I would have pressed them in too hard, I don’t think they would have worked as well in the tub.
I put eight of the cubes into the jar and took the other one with me to try and relax in a hot bath. The cubes worked wonders on my gnarly elbows and I came out smelling really nice:) It probably would have been more relaxing without the cat trying to play with the bubbles in the tub compliments of some eucalyptus bubble bath!