DIY Sugar Scrub Cubes With Oatmeal

Last Updated on March 1, 2024 by Ellen Christian

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DIY Sugar Scrub Cubes With Oatmeal for Exfoliating

DIY Sugar Scrub Cubes

Now that summer is here, you’re probably shaving a lot more than you were during the winter. And, shaving more can lead to ingrown hairs that are inflamed and sensitive. Finally, exfoliating can help prevent ingrown hairs.

This DIY Sugar Scrub Cubes recipe is simple enough for even a beginner to do successfully. I love making my own beauty products. It’s a great way to pamper aging skin on a budget.

But, I don’t want anything that’s too complicated or has too large a margin for error. So, if you’re wondering how to make solid sugar scrub cubes, keep reading for the simple recipe at the end of the post.


How do you color sugar scrub cubes naturally?

I’m not a big fan of using artificial coloring in my beauty recipes. This DIY Sugar Scrub Cubes recipe is naturally colored off white from the oatmeal and the soap. So, there is no coloring used at all. If you did want to use coloring, I recommend a vegan soap colorant.

That way you don’t need to worry about the ingredients. Or, you can use products that are naturally colored like turmeric in this turmeric soap recipe.

DIY Sugar Scrub Cubes With Oatmeal

What are exfoliating sugar cubes?

If you’ve used a body scrub before, you’ll probably know that it’s a combination of sugar or salt and moisturizing oil. An exfoliating sugar cube is basically sugar or salt along with moisturizing oil and a soap base to make it firm.

You will then pour that mixture into a mold like an ice cube tray. Then, you pop the cubes out and use them in the bath one at a time to moisturize and exfoliate your skin while you wash.

white granulated sugar

Is sugar a natural exfoliator?

Sugar is a natural exfoliator because it has a rough texture. But, sugar is also a natural source of glycolic acid which is a natural hydroxy that can improve cell production for glowing skin.

These two factors make it a great exfoliator which is why it’s used in these DIY sugar scrub cubes.

body scrub bars on a soap dish

How do you make a body scrub bar?

So, these DIY Sugar Scrub Cubes are meant to be single use (or just about). But, if you want to make a body scrub bar, you would just need to use a larger mold and allow for slightly more drying time.

Check out this easy sugar scrub bars recipe.

DIY Sugar Scrub Cubes With Oatmeal

Do sugar scrubs really work?

They definitely do work for me. They are a great solution to sooth away dry skin and help protect against ingrown hairs. And, unlike salt scrubs, they don’t sting if you have a cut.

When hairs are ingrown or you have razor burn or a shaving nick, salt scrubs are not a great choice. Sugar scrubs work great!

DIY Sugar Scrub Cubes With Oatmeal for Exfoliating

Are body scrubs necessary?

Define necessary. It’s important to exfoliate away dead skin cells otherwise your skin will be patchy, rough, and dull. You can do that with a loofah if you like.

But, these DIY sugar scrub cubes will also clean and moisturize at the same time. So, you don’t “need” them. But, they are a wonderful way to pamper yourself on a budget.

sugar scrub cubes in a blue dish

How often should you exfoliate?

You should really only exfoliate two or three times a week. Too much exfoliation can irritate sensitive skin. So, it’s best to alternate every other day or so when using these DIY sugar scrub cubes.

You can always cut back a bit more if you do find they irritate your skin. Or, if they don’t bother your skin at all, you can try to use them more often.

ingredients to make sugar scrub cubes

DIY sugar scrub cubes supplies

So, you will need a few basic supplies to get started making these DIY sugar scrub cubes. You probably already have olive oil, oatmeal, and white sugar in your pantry.

And, you should have a glass measuring cup that is microwave safe. And, you’ll need to have a microwave to melt the soap base. You will also need to get these things:

So, if you love making your own moisturizing beauty products, check out these moisturizing scrubs to restore your spirit or try a few of these homemade beauty products.

Now, don’t forget to try these DIY sugar scrub cubes!

Check out all my homemade soap recipes!

Yield: 12

DIY Sugar Scrub Cubes With Oatmeal for Exfoliating

DIY Sugar Scrub Cubes With Oatmeal for Exfoliating

DIY Sugar Scrub Cubes With Oatmeal for Exfoliating

Prep Time 10 minutes
Active Time 15 minutes
Additional Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 25 minutes
Difficulty easy
Estimated Cost $15.00


  • ⅛ cup olive oil
  • ⅛ pound (2 cubes) mango & shea glycerin melt & pour soap base
  • ½ cup pure cane sugar
  • 1 tablespoon ground oatmeal
  • Small round ice cube tray
  • Glass measuring cup


  • microwave


  1. Grind your oatmeal in a blender or Ninja.
  2. Melt your soap base in the microwave on high for 30 seconds. If it is not completely melted, put in for another 10 seconds.
    ingredients to make sugar scrub cubes
  3. 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.
  4. add sugar and mix
  5. Pour into your ice cube tray and let set for about 2 hours.
  6. pouring sugar scrub into mold
  7. Finally, pop DIY sugar scrub cubes out of tray and store in an airtight container. Each cube is good for 1-2 uses.
  8. DIY Sugar Scrub Cubes With Oatmeal


So, you are going to love these easy DIY sugar scrub cubes!

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