Sugar Scrub Soap Making Tutorial

by Rustic Escentuals

This tutorial will show you how to make a Solid Sugar Scrub Soap, which will provide you with a wonderful exfoliating. moisturizing lather. These are helpful to have on hand both summer and winter when the skin can get dry from the sun, wind, and being outside for extended periods of time. Coordinate the scents with matching colors for beautiful soaps!

solid sugar scrub soap tutorial

Supplies and Equipment Needed
Sharp knife to cut soap base into cubes
2 Microwave safe containers
Spray bottle with rubbing alcohol
Butter knives for stirring soap
Rubber gloves
Digital Scale (not shown)
6 ounces sugar
Silicone Mold of choice *
Sweet Almond Oil (2 oz)
UltraClear Melt & Pour soap base (7 oz)
White Melt and Pour soap base (2 oz)
Soap Fragrance Oil
Gel Soap Colorant in Lemon Yellow
Disposable pipettes

* Please note: since this tutorial was originally published, we have discontinued the mold shown. We can recommend any of the silicone cavity molds we carry. Your choice!

basic supplies required


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Step 1
Using a scale, weigh out the following ingredients:

2 oz of White Melt and Pour soap base
2 oz of Sweet Almond Oil
6 ounces of sugar

Step 2
Using a microwave safe container, melt 2 ounces of White Melt and Pour soap base in a microwave for approximately 15 seconds. Repeat at 10-second increments if necessary.

Step 3
Add 3 drops of Lemon Yellow Gel Colorant to the melted soap base and stir.

add colorant

Step 4
Using a disposable pipette, add 2 ml of soap Fragrance Oil and stir. For this soap making tutorial, we chose Lemon Curd fragrance oil to match the beautiful yellow soap colorant!

add fragrance oil

Step 5
Add 2 oz of Sweet Almond oil to the melted soap base and stir to fully incorporate the oil into the soap.

add sweet almond oil

Step 6
Stir in 6 ounces of sugar with a fork. At this stage you need to work fast because the mixture will set up quickly. A fork works much better than a butter knife for stirring this textured mixture.

add sugar and stir with fork

Step 7
Pour the scrub mixture into the Basic Square soap mold approximately 3/4 of the way up. This amount will fill 2 cavities.

Note: If the scrub mixture sets before you can pour into the mold, zap it in the microwave on 50% power for 10 seconds. You can repeat if necessary.

pour scrub into the mold

Step 8
Set aside to fully cool and set. Approximately 1 hour.

let set until cool and firm

Step 9
After the scrub has set, turn the mold over carefully and slowly press on the bottom of the cavity to release.

remove, trim, cut into 4 pieces

Step 10
Trim the sugar scrub on two sides to ensure that it will be smaller than the original cavity size. After trimming, cut the sugar scrub into 4 pieces and set aside.

Making the Soap

Step 1
Cut up approximately 7 ounces of Ultra Clear Melt & Pour soap base into small cubes using a sharp knife.

Step 2
Using a microwave safe container, heat in a microwave using 30-second bursts until melted. Do not burn or boil, this will result in a poor quality rubbery soap. If there are any small chunks of soap left, stir slowly; the heat of the soap will melt these small chunks.

Step 3
Add 3 drops of Lemon Yellow Gel Colorant to the melted soap base and 2 ml of Lemon Curd Fragrance Oil – stir in slowly.

add gel colorant and fragrance oil to melted base

Step 4
Add a small amount of the melted soap base into the bottom of a cavity in the Basic Square soap mold.

pour small amount into the bottom of each cavity

Step 5
Spritz with alcohol to remove any bubbles and allow to set approximately 5 minutes.

spritz with rubbing alcohol to remove bubbles

Step 6
Place 4 pieces of the solid sugar scrub cubes into the soap mold cavity and spritz lightly with alcohol. Make sure you have gaps between the cubes.

place cubes into cavity


spritz with rubbing alcohol

Step 7
Take the remaining melted soap base and pour into each cavity. You can either pour in between the sugar cube scrub pieces leaving the scrubs exposed or pour a thin layer over the top. The thin layer of soap will help protect the scrubs if you will be packaging them for a gift or for sale, it will wear away quickly when first used.

Each cavity should take 3 or 3.5 ounces of soap.

pour remaining soap into each cavity

Step 8
Set aside and allow to set 3 hours or overnight. Release from mold when set and enjoy!

let set 3 hours


release from mold and enjoy!


This tutorial on how to make soap has been sponsored by Rustic Escentuals. Rustic Escentuals has been offering wholesale candle making supplies, wholesale soap making supplies, lip balm ingredients, wholesale fragrance oils, and specialty craft supplies since 1999. Learn how to make candles, how to make soap, how to make lip balm, how to make bath bombs and more at Rustic Escentuals. We hope you shop with us for your wholesale candle supplies and soap making needs. Quality ingredients for a quality finished product!
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