Making body products at home is one of my favorite things to do. I love that I know exactly what ingredients are going into my products, I love customizing them with my favorite scents, and I adore having extras to give away as handmade gifts.
I recently taught a class for tween and teenage girls on how to make homemade body products. In the class we made peach lip balm and cotton candy sugar scrub. The room that we were in smelled so good by the time our class was done.
One area of handmade body product making that I haven’t tackled yet is soap making. I’ll confess, making soap 100% from scratch scares me a little bit, but I’m fairly certain that it’s a project that I will tackle one day soon. In the meantime, I was recently gifted some shea butter melt and pour soap base and I’m having a lot of fun experimenting with it.
My most recent creation combines silky soft shea butter soap with my favorite exfoliater– Sugar scrub! Use this soap in the shower to moisturize and exfoliate at once, or on your hands and feet before a manicure and pedicure for ultra soft skin!
Coconut is one of my favorite scents and I think it’s perfect for summer. I scented this with coconut, but you could use whatever scent you love. One of my favorite teas has lavender and coconut in it, so I also added lavender buds to the mix. Not only does it smell heavenly, it also adds to the exfoliating power!
Best of all, these are super easy to make and a great way to enter the world of DIY body products!
Read on for my instructions on how to make DIY Lavender Coconut Sugar Scrub Bars.
DIY Lavender Coconut Sugar Scrub Bars
- 8- 1 inch cubes of shea butter melt and pour soap base (or your other favorite soap base)
- 1/4 cup of coconut oil
- 1/4 cup of lavender buds
- 1 cup of sugar
- Coconut fragrance oil or your favorite scent of essential oils
- Silicone Soap Molds
- Pot or saucepan
Step 1: Over medium low heat melt your shea butter melt and pour soap base. Add the coconut oil and stir until everything is melted. Remove from heat and add your fragrance oil 10 drops at a time until it reaches your desired fragrance level. If your base starts to solidify during this process, but it back on the stove to melt down again.
Step 2: Pour your sugar and lavender buds into the melted soap base.
Fold ingredients together. At this point you will need to work quite quickly because your soap base will start to cool and harden.
Step 3: Spoon your sugar scrub bar mixture into your silicone molds and press down firmly so that the ingredients pack into a bar. Set aside to cool for 1 hour to overnight.
Step 4: Remove your DIY Coconut Lavender Sugar Scrub Bars from the silicone molds. Your bars are ready to use! Store extra bars in a airtight bag or container until ready to use.
I hope that this post will inspire you to start making body products at home! It’s such a fun hobby and they make great handmade gifts!