Bug Repellent Lotion Bars

We’ve had another mild winter and wet spring, so the mosquitoes are starting to come out in full force.  Thankfully, I’ve got my essential oil bug spray, my “Bug Away” essential oil mason jar candles, and these essential oil bug repellent lotion bars to help keep mosquitoes, flies, gnats, ticks, and other bugs away.

I love that they’re made with organic butters, oils, and essential oil, so they’re all-natural and deet-free.

Simply glide the lotion bar over skin and rub in to help keep mosquitoes, ticks, flies, and other bugs away.

They really work, smell great, aren’t greasy, and leave your skin silky soft.

Give this recipe for homemade “bug away” lotion bars a try.  I think you’ll love them as much as I do.

If you do get a mosquito bite or two, a rash, or other summer-time itchy skin, then here’s my recipe for my favorite anti-itch sticks.  They’re all natural and made with the soothing goodness of essential oils (of course!)  Make them ahead and keep them handy in your herbal first aid kit.  Carry one of these handy sticks around with you while hiking, camping, swimming or just hanging out in your yard this summer.  Just rub over bug bite, and it will start calming skin.  Itch relief in no time.

 

DIY Essential Oil Bug Repellent Lotion Bars -- all-natural and deet-free recipe to keep mosquitoes & ticks away. smell great & non-greasy

 

What’s in my non-greasy bug repellent lotion bars?

There are a lot of blog posts with pretty much the same recipe of coconut-oil-and-beeswax bug repellent lotion bars.  I’ve tried that in the past, but they’re MUCH too oily, waxy, and greasy for my liking.  While my bug repellent lotion bars are made with a couple extra ingredients, it’s worth it to have non-greasy, non-waxy lotion bars.

beeswax – While beeswax is great for skin (softening, soothing, and nourishing), its main purpose in these solid bug repellent lotion bars is to keep them solid.  Beeswax has a  high melting point (about 144 degrees F).  When you combine beeswax with butters and oils that are liquid or have a lower melting point, the beeswax helps to keep them solid even if the temperature creeps up a bit in the summer.  So “why not just use beeswax and essential oils?”, “why do you need the other butters and oils?” you might ask.  Two reasons: (1) beeswax is, well, waxy – not the best feeling on skin and (2) you want a solid lotion bar to melt when it touches your skin (98.6 degrees F); beeswax has too high of a melting point on its own.

kokum butter – If you’ve tried my soft & silky whipped body butter or fizzing bath melts , then you know how great kokum butter is.  Kokum butter is similar to cocoa butter in that it’s a slightly brittle butter and has a high melting point (about 100 degrees F).  However, unlike cocoa butter, kokum butter has almost no scent.  Plus kokum butter is a dryer butter, meaning it absorbs more quickly into your skin and leaves a dryer, less greasy feeling — a wonderful quality in a lotion bar!! — who wants to have greasy arms and legs when you’re just trying to have some summer fun without bugs?

mango butter -This is another great, underused butter.  Mango butter is similar to shea butter in that it’s a soft, smooth, creamy butter that melts around 87-90 degrees F.  But unlike shea butter, mango butter has a very light, subtle scent.  This is a big win for those who find the strong nutty scent of shea butter outputting.

babassu oil– Babassu oil is similar in consistency and melting point to coconut oil, but babassu oil has several benefits over coconut oil that make it a great choice for this recipe.  Babassu oil is lightweight and soaks into skin faster than coconut oil, resulting in a less greasy feeling.

apricot kernel oil – While apricot kernel oil is a great moisturizer, it is a “dry oil“, meaning that it absorbs into the skin quickly and doesn’t leave much of a greasy feel.

arrowroot powder – Adding arrowroot powder to whipped body butter and lotion bars is magical!  Arrowroot powder cuts down on the greasy feel of the lotion bar and adds leaves skin feeling silky smooth.

essential oils – I give suggestions below for three different essential oil blends to keep away mosquitoes, flies, gnats, ticks, and other bugs.  Want more info or to customize a blend based on what essential oils you have on hand?  Check out my Bug Spray post – it talks a lot about which essential oils people have found to be helpful in keeping bugs away.  There’s even a handy chart showing which essential oils people have found to be best for repelling mosquitoes, flies, gnats, and ticks.

DIY Essential Oil Bug Repellent Lotion Bars -- all-natural and deet-free recipe to keep mosquitoes & ticks away. smell great & non-greasy

 

Looking for more essential oil recipes for summer?  Find my 40 favorite summer DIY recipes here – sunscreen, after-sun spray, cooling spray, deodorant, diffuser blends, room sprays, rollerballs, bug spray, essential oils for travel, and more.  Lots of easy summer essential oil recipes with step-by-step instructions and free printables.

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How to make homemade bug repellent lotion bars with essential oils?

step 1:  add 1/4 cup beeswax to heat-safe glass measuring cup or bowl

DIY Essential Oil Bug Repellent Lotion Bars -- all-natural and deet-free recipe to keep mosquitoes & ticks away. smell great & non-greasy

 

step 2:  add 1/2 cup kokum butter

DIY Essential Oil Bug Repellent Lotion Bars -- all-natural and deet-free recipe to keep mosquitoes & ticks away. smell great & non-greasy

 

step 3:  add 1/4 cup mango butter

DIY Essential Oil Bug Repellent Lotion Bars -- all-natural and deet-free recipe to keep mosquitoes & ticks away. smell great & non-greasy

 

step 4:  add 1/4 cup babassu oil

DIY Essential Oil Bug Repellent Lotion Bars -- all-natural and deet-free recipe to keep mosquitoes & ticks away. smell great & non-greasy

 

step 5:  add 2 tablespoons apricot kernel oil

DIY Essential Oil Bug Repellent Lotion Bars -- all-natural and deet-free recipe to keep mosquitoes & ticks away. smell great & non-greasy

 

step 6: Melt the beeswax, oils, and butter using the double boiler method

Place heat-safe glass measuring cup/bowl in a saucepan of simmering water over medium-high heat.

Stir occasionally.

Heat until everything is completely melted.  This could take 15 minutes.  Be sure that the beeswax is completely melted with no specs or particles remaining (otherwise the beeswax can reform and the lotion bars could be grainy).

DIY Essential Oil Bug Repellent Lotion Bars -- all-natural and deet-free recipe to keep mosquitoes & ticks away. smell great & non-greasy

 

DIY Essential Oil Bug Repellent Lotion Bars -- all-natural and deet-free recipe to keep mosquitoes & ticks away. smell great & non-greasy

 

DIY Essential Oil Bug Repellent Lotion Bars -- all-natural and deet-free recipe to keep mosquitoes & ticks away. smell great & non-greasy

 

step 7:  Once everything is completely melted, remove from heat and allow to cool for a couple minutes.

Then add 162 drops of essential oil (this is a 3% dilution) and stir well.

 

Here are 3 options for essential oil combinations to use to help keep bugs (like mosquitoes, flies, and ticks) away.

 

bug repellent essential oil blend #1

100 drops lemon eucalyptus essential oil

62 drops geranium essential oil

 

bug repellent essential oil blend #2

82 drops lemongrass essential oil

40 drops lavender essential oil

40 drops geranium essential oil

 

bug repellent essential oil blend #3

82 drops citronella essential oil

40 drops lavender essential oil

40 drops spearmint essential oil

 

DIY Essential Oil Bug Repellent Lotion Bars -- all-natural and deet-free recipe to keep mosquitoes & ticks away. smell great & non-greasy

 

step 8:  add 1/4 cup arrowroot powder and stir well, making sure there aren’t any lumps

DIY Essential Oil Bug Repellent Lotion Bars -- all-natural and deet-free recipe to keep mosquitoes & ticks away. smell great & non-greasy

 

DIY Essential Oil Bug Repellent Lotion Bars -- all-natural and deet-free recipe to keep mosquitoes & ticks away. smell great & non-greasy

 

step 9:  pour lotion mixture into silicone mold (like these cute bug-shaped silicone molds) and let them cool & harden completely.  This can take a couple hours at room temperature, or you can speed it up by placing the mold in the refrigerator.

DIY Essential Oil Bug Repellent Lotion Bars -- all-natural and deet-free recipe to keep mosquitoes & ticks away. smell great & non-greasy

 

DIY Essential Oil Bug Repellent Lotion Bars -- all-natural and deet-free recipe to keep mosquitoes & ticks away. smell great & non-greasy

 

step 10:  Beeswax is tough to clean up once it’s hardened.  Make clean up easier on yourself, by wiping out the measuring cup (and any utensils you used) with a paper towel.  Then wash as normal.

DIY Essential Oil Bug Repellent Lotion Bars -- all-natural and deet-free recipe to keep mosquitoes & ticks away. smell great & non-greasy

 

step 11:  once lotion bars have cooled and hardened, pop them out of the silicone mold.

DIY Essential Oil Bug Repellent Lotion Bars -- all-natural and deet-free recipe to keep mosquitoes & ticks away. smell great & non-greasy

DIY Essential Oil Bug Repellent Lotion Bars -- all-natural and deet-free recipe to keep mosquitoes & ticks away. smell great & non-greasy

 

step 12:  store lotion bars in handy portable tins like this

DIY Essential Oil Bug Repellent Lotion Bars -- all-natural and deet-free recipe to keep mosquitoes & ticks away. smell great & non-greasy

 

Here’s the bug repellent lotion bars recipe one more time:

add the following to a heat-safe glass measuring cup or bowl

1/4 cup beeswax

1/2 cup kokum butter

1/4 cup mango butter

1/4 cup babassu oil

2 tablespoons apricot kernel oil

melt using double boiler method

remove from heat and let cool for a couple minutes

then add 162 drops essential oil (3% dilution) and stir well

then add 1/4 cup arrowroot powder and stir well, making sure there aren’t any lumps

pour into silicone molds

allow to cool and harden completely before popping lotion bars out of molds

 

How to use bug repellent lotion bars:

  • Swipe over skin wherever you want a bug deterrent
  • Be careful not to use too much or it will be greasy
  • Rub in
  • Allow the lotion to absorb into you skin.  if it’s not fully absorbed in 2 minutes, you’re applying too much.
  • Reapply as needed

 

Where to get supplies?

beeswax buy here

kokum butter buy organic, raw kokum butter here

mango butter buy here

babassu oil buy organic, cold-pressed babassu oil here

apricot kernel oil buy organic, cold-pressed apricot kernel oil here

arrowroot powder buy organic arrowroot powder here

silicone mold get bug silicone molds here

tin containers – I got mine at The Container Store, but you can find similar tins here and here

 

Looking for more essential oil recipes for summer?  Find my 40 favorite summer DIY recipes here – sunscreen, after-sun spray, cooling spray, deodorant, diffuser blends, room sprays, rollerballs, bug spray, essential oils for travel, and more.  Lots of easy summer essential oil recipes with step-by-step instructions and free printables.

40 favorite essential oil recipes for summer - homemade sunscreen, after-sun spray, cooling spray, DIY deodorant, diffuser blends, summer room sprays, rollerball recipes, bug spray, essential oils for travel, and more. Lots of easy summer essential oil recipes with step-by-step instructions and free printables. #essentialoilrecipes #essentialoilDIY #essentialoildiffuser #essentialoiluses

 

Here are a few other essential oil posts that I think you’ll like:

Homemade Essential Oil Sunscreen {water resistant, SPF 30+, rubs in completely, and not sticky or overly greasy}

DIY Bug Spray That Really Works!

DIY Anti-Itch Stick Recipe {made with essential oil}

easy to make “Bug Away” Essential Oil Mason Jar Candles (repel mosquitoes, flies, gnats, and other bugs & insects)

Homemade Peppermint Cooling Spray

15 Summer Room Spray Recipes to Freshen Your Home

After Sun Spray {made with essential oils}

25+ Best Summer Diffuser Blends

DIY Dusting Powder Recipe with Essential Oils

Be Safe- Essential Oils and the Sun

DIY Cooling Peppermint Foot Cream {to refresh tired feet}

DIY Stinky Shoe Spray Recipe

Foaming Hand Soap in 21 Spring & Summer Scents

Best deals for essential oil supplies— diffusers cases, spray bottles, carrier oils, essential oil tools

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DIY Essential Oil Bug Repellent Lotion Bars -- all-natural and deet-free recipe to keep mosquitoes & ticks away. smell great & non-greasy

Exfoliating Sugar Scrub Cubes

I’m in LOVE with these sugar scrub cubes!  They are so easy to make, smell incredible, and leave my skin feeling silky smooth.  Here’s just a few of the reasons I’m addicted to these little sugar scrub cubes:

exfoliating– Sugar is a gentle, but powerful, exfoliator that polishes my skin, sloughs away dead skin cells, and leaves it feeling soft and silky smooth.

moisturizing– These little cubes have a triple punch of moisturizers- shea butter (one of the best moisturizers out there), jojoba oil (amazing for skin), and glycerin (which helps to keep all that great moisture trapped in my skin).

antioxidants– nourish skin and helps fight premature aging

single use— Each little sugar scrub cube is good for one use.  Just grab a cube on your way into the shower.  It couldn’t be easier.

color and scent them any way you want– Because you’re making these yourself, you can customize them however you want.  Make a batch sea blue and use a lavender, lime, and spearmint essential oils for a calming and uplifting aroma that smells like a sea breeze.  Or color them yellow with a mix of rosemary and lemon essential oils for an energizing scent that makes you looks forward to your morning shower.  Or color them a light purple and scent with lavender and cedarwood essential oils for relaxing sugar scrub to use before bed.

super cute for gifting- You can wrap up each cube individually or package up an entire jar.  Either way, your friends will love this thoughtful (and very useful) gift!

 

Oh, my! I love this! Have you tried these? Exfoliating sugar scrub cubes are so easy to make and my skin has never been smoother. But what I really love is that there are recipes for essential oil blends for cellulite, calming, uplifting, energizing, and more! I'll be making more for me and to give as gifts.

 

What’s in These Exfoliating Sugar Scrub Cubes?

melt & pour glycerin soap: Not only is this soap moisturizing, it’s what makes “exfoliating sugar scrub cubes” solid.  The soap turns it from a traditional sugar scrub into individual cubes that hold their shape.

shea butter:  Intense moisturizer for dry skin, high in vitamins A and E as well as essential fatty acids.  note:  unrefined shea is best, but be careful of which brand you buy.  Many brands of shea butter can have a strong unpleasant smell.  click here for the shea butter I buy.  It’s creamy, moisturizing, and has a nice, subtle scent.  Other brands of shea butter can have a strong, kind of “funny” smell, not this one.  If you’re not a fan of other shea butters, give this one a try.  I think you’ll love it!  I do.

skin-nourishing liquid oil (pick ONE of these):  jojoba oil, avocado oil, sweet almond oil, rose hip seed oil, apricot kernel oil, or sunflower oil

vitamin e oil: A great antioxidant, helps fight premature aging of skin, restores and rejuvenates dehydrated skin

essential oil:  Scent and great therapeutic benefits.  Depending on which essential oils you choose, you can make sugar scrub cubes that will be energizing, calming, soothing, fight cellulite, and more.

organic cane sugar:  Sugar is what provides the gentle, but power exfoliation.  Sugar sloughs away dead skin cells, polishes the skin, and leaves it feeling soft and smooth.

mica powder:  Mica powder colors soap.  It comes in lots of wonderful colors!

 

How to Make Exfoliating Sugar Scrub Cubes {with essential oils}

step 1:  cut up 1 bar (1/2 pound) of melt & pour glycerin soap into small chunks

Oh, my! I love this! Have you tried these? Exfoliating sugar scrub cubes are so easy to make and my skin has never been smoother. But what I really love is that there are recipes for essential oil blends for cellulite, calming, uplifting, energizing, and more! I'll be making more for me and to give as gifts.

 

step 2:  add the soap to a large glass measuring cup or glass bowl

Oh, my! I love this! Have you tried these? Exfoliating sugar scrub cubes are so easy to make and my skin has never been smoother. But what I really love is that there are recipes for essential oil blends for cellulite, calming, uplifting, energizing, and more! I'll be making more for me and to give as gifts.

 

step 3:  melt soap using a double boiler or melt in microwave (cook for 30 seconds, stir, then if needed, cook again for 30 seconds)

Oh, my! I love this! Have you tried these? Exfoliating sugar scrub cubes are so easy to make and my skin has never been smoother. But what I really love is that there are recipes for essential oil blends for cellulite, calming, uplifting, energizing, and more! I'll be making more for me and to give as gifts.

 

step 4:  add 1/4 cup of shea butter and stir until it is completely melted and well mixed

Oh, my! I love this! Have you tried these? Exfoliating sugar scrub cubes are so easy to make and my skin has never been smoother. But what I really love is that there are recipes for essential oil blends for cellulite, calming, uplifting, energizing, and more! I'll be making more for me and to give as gifts.

 

step 5:  add 1/2 cup of jojoba oil (or you can use another skin-nurturing oil like avocado oil, sweet almond oil, rose hip seed oil, apricot kernel oil, or sunflower oil)

Oh, my! I love this! Have you tried these? Exfoliating sugar scrub cubes are so easy to make and my skin has never been smoother. But what I really love is that there are recipes for essential oil blends for cellulite, calming, uplifting, energizing, and more! I'll be making more for me and to give as gifts.

 

step 6:  add a few drops of vitamin E oil

Oh, my! I love this! Have you tried these? Exfoliating sugar scrub cubes are so easy to make and my skin has never been smoother. But what I really love is that there are recipes for essential oil blends for cellulite, calming, uplifting, energizing, and more! I'll be making more for me and to give as gifts.

 

step 7:  add 30 drops of essential oil {use your favorite essential oil or see below for recipes for essential oil blends you may want to try– there are recipes for calming, uplifting, energizing, relaxing, and help improving cellulite}

Oh, my! I love this! Have you tried these? Exfoliating sugar scrub cubes are so easy to make and my skin has never been smoother. But what I really love is that there are recipes for essential oil blends for cellulite, calming, uplifting, energizing, and more! I'll be making more for me and to give as gifts.

 

step 8:  add 2 cups of organic cane sugar

note: once you add the sugar, the mixture will start to set up very quickly.  Make sure that you have your coloring and mold all ready to go so that once you add the sugar, you can add the coloring, mix well, and scoop into molds before the mixture sets up too much.

Oh, my! I love this! Have you tried these? Exfoliating sugar scrub cubes are so easy to make and my skin has never been smoother. But what I really love is that there are recipes for essential oil blends for cellulite, calming, uplifting, energizing, and more! I'll be making more for me and to give as gifts.

 

step 9 (optional):  add 1/4 teaspoon mica for coloring

Oh, my! I love this! Have you tried these? Exfoliating sugar scrub cubes are so easy to make and my skin has never been smoother. But what I really love is that there are recipes for essential oil blends for cellulite, calming, uplifting, energizing, and more! I'll be making more for me and to give as gifts.

 

step 10:  stir well, making sure in get down to the corners and the very bottom

Oh, my! I love this! Have you tried these? Exfoliating sugar scrub cubes are so easy to make and my skin has never been smoother. But what I really love is that there are recipes for essential oil blends for cellulite, calming, uplifting, energizing, and more! I'll be making more for me and to give as gifts.

 

step 11:  scoop sugar-scrub mixture into mold and smooth out with the back of a spoon

I used molds which are 3 inches by 3 inches by 1 inch tall (find them here or here).  You’ll see in a later step that I cut each large square into 9 little cubes which end up being 1 inch by 1 inch by 1 inch.  I think this is the perfect size for these solid sugar scrub cubes, but you can use any silicone mold that you have and cut them into a similar size.

Oh, my! I love this! Have you tried these? Exfoliating sugar scrub cubes are so easy to make and my skin has never been smoother. But what I really love is that there are recipes for essential oil blends for cellulite, calming, uplifting, energizing, and more! I'll be making more for me and to give as gifts.

 

step 12 (optional):  sprinkle a little extra sugar onto the top of each mold to give the sugar-scrub a little extra shimmer and sparkle

Oh, my! I love this! Have you tried these? Exfoliating sugar scrub cubes are so easy to make and my skin has never been smoother. But what I really love is that there are recipes for essential oil blends for cellulite, calming, uplifting, energizing, and more! I'll be making more for me and to give as gifts.

 

step 13:  let sugar-scrub cool completely and then unmold- you can speed up the cooling by popping the sugar-scrub into the freezer for about 30 minutes

Oh, my! I love this! Have you tried these? Exfoliating sugar scrub cubes are so easy to make and my skin has never been smoother. But what I really love is that there are recipes for essential oil blends for cellulite, calming, uplifting, energizing, and more! I'll be making more for me and to give as gifts.

 

step 14:  cut each sugar scrub square into 9 little squares.  To do this you’ll make 4 cuts in total, 2 cuts on each side.

Oh, my! I love this! Have you tried these? Exfoliating sugar scrub cubes are so easy to make and my skin has never been smoother. But what I really love is that there are recipes for essential oil blends for cellulite, calming, uplifting, energizing, and more! I'll be making more for me and to give as gifts.

 

step 15 (optional): roll sugar scrubs in a bowl of sugar to add more sparkle and shimmer

step 16:  store in an airtight container

Oh, my! I love this! Have you tried these? Exfoliating sugar scrub cubes are so easy to make and my skin has never been smoother. But what I really love is that there are recipes for essential oil blends for cellulite, calming, uplifting, energizing, and more! I'll be making more for me and to give as gifts.

 

Here’s the Recipe for Exfoliating Sugar Scrub Cubes {with essential oils}

1 bar (1/2 pound) of melt & pour glycerin soap

1/4 cup of shea butter

1/2 cup of jojoba oil (or you can use another skin-nurturing oil like avocado oil, sweet almond oil, rose hip seed oil, apricot kernel oil, or sunflower oil)

a few drops of vitamin E oil

30 drops of essential oil

2 cups of organic cane sugar

1/4 teaspoon mica for coloring

 

And Here’s a recap of the Step-by-Step Instructions

step 1:  cut up 1 bar (1/2 pound) of melt & pour glycerin soap into small chunks

step 2:  add the soap to a large glass measuring cup or glass bowl

step 3:  melt soap using a double boiler or melt in microwave (cook for 30 seconds, stir, then if needed, cook again for 30 seconds)

step 4:  add 1/4 cup of shea butter and stir until it is completely melted and well mixed

step 5:  add 1/2 cup of jojoba oil (or you can use another skin-nurturing oil like avocado oil, sweet almond oil, rose hip seed oil, apricot kernel oil, or sunflower oil)

step 6:  add a few drops of vitamin E oil

step 7:  add 30 drops of essential oil {use your favorite essential oil or see below for recipes for essential oil blends you may want to try}

step 8:  add 2 cups of organic cane sugar

note: once you add the sugar, the mixture will start to set up very quickly.  Make sure that you have your coloring and mold all ready to go so that once you add the sugar, you can add the coloring, mix well, and scoop into molds before the mixture sets up too much.

step 9 (optional):  add 1/4 teaspoon mica for coloring

step 10:  stir well, making sure in get down to the corners and the very bottom

step 11:  scoop sugar-scrub mixture into mold and smooth out with the back of a spoon

I used molds which are 3 inches by 3 inches by 1 inch tall (find them here or here).  You’ll see in a later step that I cut each large square into 9 little cubes which end up being 1 inch by 1 inch by 1 inch.  I think this is the perfect size for these solid sugar scrub cubes, but you can use any silicone mold that you have and cut them into a similar size.

step 12 (optional):  sprinkle a little extra sugar onto the top of each mold to give the sugar-scrub a little extra shimmer and sparkle

step 13:  let sugar-scrub cool completely and then unmold- you can speed up the cooling by popping the sugar-scrub into the freezer for about 30 minutes

step 14:  cut each sugar scrub square into 9 little squares.  To do this you’ll make 4 cuts in total, 2 cuts on each side.  This recipe makes 36 cubes; that’s enough for 36 showers.

step 15 (optional): roll sugar scrubs in a bowl of sugar to add more sparkle and shimmer

step 16:  store in an airtight container

 

How to Use Exfoliating Sugar Scrub Cubes

Use one cube per shower — Wash hair and skin as normal, then before leaving shower, rub a sugar scrub cube over skin using small circular motions.  Focus efforts on arms, legs, and back.  After scrubbing for a minute or so, I smoosh the cube in my hand.  This exposes more of the sugar and increases the exfoliation.

rinse well to remove all traces of sugar from your skin

pat skin dry with a soft towel

 

Ideas for Colors and Essential Oil Blends for Exfoliating Sugar Scrub Cubes

color them sea blue and use a 12 drops lavender essential oil, 12 drops lime essential oil, and 6 drops spearmint essential oil for a calming and uplifting aroma that smells like a sea breeze.

color them yellow with a mix of 10 drops rosemary essential oil and 20 drops lemon essential oil for an energizing scent that makes you looks forward to your morning shower.

color them a light purple and scent with 20 drops lavender essential oil and 10 drops cedarwood essential oil for relaxing sugar scrub to use before bed.

color them pink and scent with 12 drops grapefruit essential oil, 4 drops cypress essential oil, 12 drops juniper berry essential oil, and 4 drops rosemary essential oil to help improve cellulite

color them peach and scent with 10 drops orange essential oil, 10 drops bergamot essential oil, 5 drops ylang ylang essential oil, and 5 drops lavender essential oil for an uplifting aroma

 

Where to Get Supplies to Make Exfoliating Sugar Scrub Cubes

silicone molds that are 3 inches by 3 inches by 1 inch tall — find them here or here

melt & pour glycerin soap

shea butter – This is my “go to” shea butter. I love how it makes deodorants and lotions so smooth and moisturizing. Just what my dry skin needs more of!

jojoba oil , avocado oil, sweet almond oil, rose hip seed oil, apricot kernel oil, or sunflower oil  – these are the ones I use.  Most are organic, all natural, and of the highest quality while still at a reasonable price.

vitamin E oil – This is the best vitamin e oil that I’ve found.  While many vitamin e oils are only a tiny amount of vitamin e diluted with a lost cost, low quality oil.  This one is my favorite because it is a high concentration of vitamin e (15,000 IU) in high quality, organic jojoba, avocado, and rice bran oil.

mica for coloring

 

Hope you have fun making and using these sugar scrub cubes!  It’s one of my new favorite essential oil DIYs, and I think it might become one of yours, too.

 

Oh, my! I love this! Have you tried these? Exfoliating sugar scrub cubes are so easy to make and my skin has never been smoother. But what I really love is that there are recipes for essential oil blends for cellulite, calming, uplifting, energizing, and more! I'll be making more for me and to give as gifts.

 

You might also like these other recipes and posts on using essential oils…

Soft & Silky Whipped Body Butter

DIY face serum for your skin type {dry, oily, sensitive, mature, acne-prone, and normal}

3-Ingredient DIY Peppermint Foot Cream {to refresh tired feet}

31 Genius Essential Oil Tips & Hacks

How to Make Bubbling Bath Salts with essential oils

20 Favorite Roller Bottle Recipes {with free printable labels}

DIY Sugar Scrub with essential oils {for the softest, smoothest skin ever}

 

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