Step 1: Prepare Supplies and Work Space
Wash and dry molds, spatula, and mixing containers with warm soapy water and dry thoroughly. To avoid cross-contamination, be sure to sanitize your work area before getting started. You can spray the area with rubbing alcohol or a 5% bleach solution and then wipe dry with a clean paper towel.
Step 2: Prepare Liquid Ingredients
Place a small glass container on the scale and tare the weight. Weigh 3g (.12 oz) of fragrance. Set aside. Place another small glass container on the scale and tare the weight. Weigh 28g (1 oz) of sunflower oil. Have your liquid prepared ahead of time so that the soap does not start to harden as you work. It is important to use a glass container for this step. The fragrance can damage certain types of plastic and paper if it sits for long periods of time.
Step 3: Prepare Sugar
Place Pyrex or glass measuring cup on the scale and tare the weight. Weigh 226g (8 oz) granulated sugar. Set aside.
Step 4: Prepare Soap Base
Remove soap base from plastic soap tray. Chop the soap base into small chunks roughly 1” in size. Weigh 113g (4 oz) in plastic pouring pitcher on a scale.
Step 5: Microwave Soap Base
Place plastic pouring pitcher containing soap base in the microwave and heat in 20-second intervals. You want the soap base to melt but not foam. Remove from microwave and stir.
Step 6: Add Liquid Ingredients and Sugar
Add sunflower oil, fragrance, and one drop of liquid soap dye to melted soap base. Gently stir until all ingredients are fully mixed. Then add your sugar to the mixture. Mix quickly until the sugar no longer appears white. The mixture will be thick and difficult to stir.
Step 7: Scoop Mixture Into Molds
Scoop mixture with hands and push firmly into the flower molds. Remember to work quickly as the mixture will begin to set.
Step 8: Let Dry and Remove
Let sugar scrub bars dry for at least one hour before attempting to remove from molds. Do not force the sugar scrubs out of the mold. You can place in the refrigerator for up to 30 minutes if needed. After removing your sugar scrub bars from the molds, they are then ready to use! If you do not plan to use right away, wrap in plastic wrap or package immediately.
Congrats on making your very own sugar scrub bars!