• Difficulty: Easy
  • Makes: About 12 scrubbers
  • Time: 30 mins + 30 minutes to set
  • Stores for 6 months

little exfoliating scrubbers

I just adore these little scrubbers. Usually you get your body scrub in a big pot, which probably sits in the edge of your bath tub for months. Each time you stick your hand in it, you add some water to it, which makes it go off quicker. That means your scrub needs to be full of strong preservatives to start with, and I’ve still had mold growing in it before the pot’s finished.

These scrubs are a great alternative. You can store them in a dry area of your bathroom and just use one, when you need exfoliating. They are easy to make, and they look gorgeous in the bathroom. They don’t have any preservatives, so store them in a lidded jar, and try not to get water in the jar. I’ve gone the extra mile and made them in three different scents and colours, but if you want to keep it simple, just one scent and colour will do fine.


I’m using Rose + red colour, Dewberry + plum colour and Wet Garden + green colour

Chop the cocoa butter to smaller chunks so that it melts quicker. I’m using the deodorised cocoa butter. Deodorised means that the chocolatey scent and creamy colour have been removed, so your cocoa butter is white and neutral smelling cocoa. Deodorised is better, when you’re adding colour and scent of your own.

Cocoa butter

Put the cocoa butter in a double boiler and heat until completely liquid.

little exfoliating scrubbers

I’m using avocado oil for this recipe, but any other light oil, such as sweet almond or grapeseed oil, will work fine. Add the oils into the melted cocoa butter. Also add the polysorbate. This is an optional ingredient, and you can leave it out if you want to keep your scrubbers as natural as possible. Polysorbate will help your oils wash off in the shower, which makes the scrubbers less greasy and your shower less slippery.

little exfoliating scrubbers

What’s a sugar scrub without sugar, eh? You can use ordinary caster sugar, no fancy stuff needed. I prefer sugar to salt, although salt can be used as well. However, I find that salt can be a bit stinging if you have scratches (!) or you’ve been shaving recently. (Or maybe I just need a better razor.)

exfoliating sugar scrub

Wait for the butter + oil mix too cool down a little. Once you can touch the jar without burning your hands, you’re good to go. This is because if you add your sugar in super hot oils, it will simply melt and you’ll end up with very sweet body butter truffles without much scrubbing action. Mix the sugar in quickly, it will help the oils cool further. Divide the mixture in three equal parts in separate containers.

exfoliating scrub

Now it’s time to add your scents and colours.

essential oils

I’ve added about 10 drops of fragrance in each batch, which is quite a lot. Feel free to let your nose guide you here. I’ve also just eyeballed the colours. I think each took about 5 drops of colour, but this really depends on your colours and the depth of colour that you want.

exfoliating sugar scrubbers

Spoon the mixture into molds. I’m using little chocolate molds, but you can use anything that is about the right size. Try silicone ice cube trays, especially the ones that come in nice shapes. Then let the scrubbers set. You can pop them in the fridge to speed things up. They don’t take very long.

exfoliating little scrubbers

Once your scrubbers are completely solid, pop them out of the molds. You can put them in a lidded jar which will protect them from moisture or you can just place them in a nice bowl.

To use, pick one scrubber and wet it under the shower or in the bath. Press the scrubber to make it crumble and use the pieces to exfoliate arms and legs, or wherever you feel a good scrub is needed.

Exfoliating scrubbers