Lemon Poppy Seed DIY Sugar Scrub Cubes

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Simply Divine Lemon Poppy Seed DIY Sugar Scrub Cubes

These lemon poppy seed DIY sugar scrub cubes are simply divine, made with one of the best essential oils for sugar scrub recipes. They’re a body scrub in bite-size form! 

I love making scrubs, lip scrubs, face scrubs, hand scrubs, body scrubs, hair scrubs. I’ve made them all and use each on a regular basis. So if this is your first time learning how to make your own sugar scrubs, you’re in the right place!

What’s a sugar scrub cube? A DIY sugar scrub cube is basically a body scrub in bite-size form. Yep,  you get all the benefits of exfoliation, be it dry skin or dull skin, as well as the skin-nourishing benefits of moisturizing ingredients in the simplicity of a cube.

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Why Use Sugar Scrub Cubes?

I think it’s fair to say, most of us are after a natural glow these days versus a dark suntan. We all know the dangers of too much sun on our skin, some of us know first hand. But, with warmer temperatures and a new sundress, it’s only natural to crave that glowy summer kiss of our youth. These lemon poppy seed sugar scrub cubes will help you achieve just that, without ever laying poolside.

Often overlooked in skincare routines, exfoliation is the quickest way to a natural glow. It is key to brighter, smoother skin no matter the season. You see, the body sheds skin cells rapidly and if we don’t exfoliate, the dead skin cells can pile up clogging our pores, congesting the skin, and resulting in an overall dullness. Definitely, not the glow we’re after. 

And as for creams and body butter, neither will reach their full potential to hydrate the skin without exfoliating first! Exfoliation is basically your prep work to prime the skin for moisturizing

A quick search on Pinterest for an exfoliating scrub will result in an endless scroll of possibilities. However, it’s best to opt for simple ingredients from the kitchen like coffee grounds, sugar granules, poppy seeds, and fine grain salts to reveal smoother skin and stimulate elastin production. 

So, if you were thinking the poppy seeds in these DIY sugar scrub cubes were for decoration, it couldn’t be farther from the truth! They are very effective at exfoliating the skin. And they set these sugar cubes apart from others that just contain sugar as an exfoliant. 

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What’s with the cube?

Whether you are making these DIY sugar scrub cubes for yourself or a gift, trust me the cube is more fun! And certainly preferred by those who don’t like to get messy. When your skin needs refreshed and exfoliated just reach for one cube before stepping into the shower or slipping into the bathtub. 

You can use any mold to make sugar scrub cubes, but a silicone mold is the easiest to use. They will pop right out without any effort. Find a list of my favorite silicone molds for soap making and more here

What's in a DIY sugar scrub cube?

What are the best essential oils for sugar scrub cubes?

Each sugar scrub cube not only will exfoliate the skin with ease, but they smell divine and help brighten the skin too thanks to lemon essential oil. You see, lemon is one of the best essential oils for sugar scrub recipes. It’s packed with antioxidants from Vitamin C that provide a brightening and “glowy” effect to the skin. 

Lemon essential oil can also help delay the signs of aging, improve hyperpigmentation, and brighten dark patches. In addition to balancing and toning the skin as a natural astringent. Altogether helping us to achieve the natural glow we’re after! 

Truth be told, you can use any skin-safe essential oil you prefer to create your favorite recipe for sugar scrub with essential oils. Here’s a great list of essential oils for sugar scrub cubes at Oily Chic. I choose lemon for its energizing aroma and revitalizing properties... 

It’s also a great oil for my combination skin type. You can pick one based on your skin type too. Don’t know your skin type? Take our quiz!

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How long do sugar scrub cubes last?

They typically last 2 to 3 times longer than a homemade body scrub recipe. Why? By storing DIY sugar scrub cubes in an airtight container and only taking just one sugar scrub out of the container at a time before stepping into the shower or bath – you are keeping water out. Thus greatly reduce the chance of bacteria to grow. 

And when you use a carrier oil such as coconut oil with a shelf-life of at least 6 months you can expect these sugar scrub cubes to last that long. For this reason, I don’t recommend using carrier oils such as grapeseed that has a much shorter shelf life. 

And can you use regular sugar for a sugar scrub? Actually, yes you can! Granulated sugar works well in homemade sugar scrub recipes. 

How do you make DIY sugar scrub cubes at home?

How do you make sugar scrub cubes?

This sugar scrub cube recipe is relatively easy, especially if you’ve made melt and pour soap before. And you can make them with the microwave in minutes or in a double boiler. Either way these lemon poppy seed sugar scrub cubes won’t disappoint.  This sugar scrub recipe makes 15 cubes.

Sugar Scrub Cube Ingredients:

Instructions to Make Lemon Poppy Seed Sugar Scrub Cubes:

  1. (Make all of your measurements ahead because the soap sets up quickly during the process.) In a small bowl combine ¼ cup coconut oil and 20 drops of lemon essential oil. Stir to incorporate scent and set aside.
  2. Fill another small bowl with 1 tablespoon lemon zest with 1 tablespoon poppy seeds. Stir and set aside. 
  3. Chop ½ cup of goat milk melt and pour soap base into cubes that are approximately ½” to 1” in size using a soap knife.
  4. Scoop the sliced goat milk soap base into a large glass measuring cup. Place it in the microwave and melt the soap base in 30 seconds intervals, stirring intermittently to avoid burning for approximately 1 minute.
  5. Promptly remove the melted soap base from the microwave and add the lemon coconut oil blend from the 1st bowl you set aside. Blend together with a non-stick silicone spatula.
  6. Working quickly, add the 2nd bowl of lemon zest and poppy seeds. Stir once more then add ¾ cup of granulated sugar. The sugar will absorb the creamy coconut goat milk lemon mixture fast and a scrub will form as you stir. 
  7. Scoop the scrub mixture into each square of the silicone mold. Press the mixture in each square down with the back of a small spoon or spatula. Allow to set for 1 to 3 hours before removing from the mold.

Stash your sugar scrub cubes in an airtight container such as a glass apothecary jar or mason jar with a good seal. 

These lemon poppy seed DIY sugar scrub cubes will help you achieve a natural glow without ever laying poolside. Made with one of the best essential oils for sugar scrub recipes.

How to Use Sugar Scrub Cubes:

  • Remove one sugar scrub cube from your airtight container.
  • Then start with clean damp skin in the shower or bath. Gently crush the cube in your hand a bit to soften. 
  • Next, massage it over your skin in small circular motions focusing longer on rough areas. Providing a gentle, yet effective exfoliation. Buff away dead skin cells and reveal smoother skin underneath. 
  • Rinse with warm water and pat dry. 

Follow up with your favorite moisturizer. I love using my green tea homemade body butter after this lemon poppy seed DIY sugar scrub! 

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These lemon poppy seed DIY sugar scrub cubes will help you achieve a natural glow without ever laying poolside.

Lemon Poppy Seed DIY Sugar Scrub Cubes

Yield: 15 sugar scrub cubes
Active Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Difficulty: Easy

These lemon poppy seed DIY sugar scrub cubes smell so good and are an effective way to exfoliate without the mess of standard body scrub.

Materials

  • ½ cup goat milk soap base
  • ¼ cup coconut oil
  • 20 drops lemon essential oil
  • ¾ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon lemon zest
  • 1 tablespoon poppy seeds

Tools

  • 1 square ice cube style silicone mold
  • soap knife

Instructions

  1. (Make all of your measurements ahead because the soap sets up quickly during the process.) In a small bowl combine ¼ cup coconut oil and 20 drops of lemon essential oil. Stir to incorporate scent and set aside.
  2. Fill another small bowl with 1 tablespoon lemon zest with 1 tablespoon poppy seeds. Stir and set aside. 
  3. Chop ½ cup of goat milk melt and pour soap base into cubes that are approximately ½” to 1” in size using a soap knife.
  4. Scoop the sliced goat milk soap base into a large glass measuring cup. Place it in the microwave and melt the soap base in 30 seconds intervals, stirring intermittently to avoid burning for approximately 1 minute.
  5. Promptly remove the melted soap base from the microwave and add the lemon coconut oil blend from the 1st bowl you set aside. Blend together with a non-stick silicone spatula.
  6. Working quickly, add the 2nd bowl of lemon zest and poppy seeds. Stir once more then add ¾ cup of granulated sugar. The sugar will absorb the creamy coconut goat milk lemon mixture fast and a scrub will form as you stir. 
  7. Scoop the scrub mixture into each square of the silicone mold. Press the mixture in each square down with the back of a small spoon or spatula. Allow all to set for 1 to 3 hours before removing from the mold.

Notes

Stash your sugar scrub cubes in an airtight container such as a glass apothecary jar or mason jar with a good seal.

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These lemon poppy seed DIY sugar scrub cubes smell so good, hence divine, each is an effective way to exfoliate without the mess of standard body scrub. And compared to buying them in the store it is quite inexpensive to learn how to make your own sugar scrubs. Considering this recipe makes 15 cubes you’ll have yourself an inexpensive, yet luxurious refreshing handmade gift when you’re done too! 

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