DIY No-Mess Sugar Scrub Cubes (Without Soap)

I love using homemade exfoliants like sugar scrubs. They help keep my skin smooth and healthy without harsh chemicals, or abrasive exfoliants (that do more harm than good to skin).

I wanted a sugar scrub that was less mess, more scrub, too (in the past it’s gone everywhere when I’ve applied it on), and when I discovered little sugar scrub cubes you could make at home, I thought these were the perfect no-mess solution! Plus, they’re perfectly portioned. So instead of dipping into a jar of sugar scrub (which is where the mess usually started for me 😉 ), you’ve already got a perfect, hand-held one at the ready! (It also makes the perfect travel scrub to take with you).

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They’re perfectly portioned in a ready-to-use cube (or star 😉 )

But it doesn’t stop there! I’ve coupled this scrub with some soothing, hydrating butters and oils to give a 3-in-one type experience. So instead of whipping out products for exfoliating, cleansing and moisturising, I combined all three! (Cause ain’t nobody got time for that 😉 ). I’m definitely a “less is best” type o’ gal, so when it comes to my skin care routine, I love keeping it simple, easy, and “au naturel“. (Have I sold ya on it yet? 😉 )

There are no chemicals, whatsoever, in this scrub. I’m really conscious that whatever I put on my skin, will end up in my body (as the skin is like a sponge). This scrub is scented with lavender essential oil which has many beneficial properties (i.e promotes relaxation, is believed to help relieve anxiety, fungal infections, allergies, depression, insomnia, eczema, nausea, menstrual cramps, etc.), but I love it for it’s soothing and calming properties. Whenever I smell this wonderful fragrance, I can’t help but feel a little more relaxed.

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100% natural way to exfoliate and moisturise your skin at the same time! 

However, they’re also completely customisable! So if lavender “ain’t your thang”, feel free to change up the scent to one of your favourite essential oils, and enjoy!

I’ve used white sugar for this recipe as it tends to be softer on the skin, but if you’re looking for something a little stronger, sub in organic brown or cane sugar as the granules are a bit bigger, making for a more intense scrub.

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I like using white sugar for a gentler scrub, but you can opt for organic cane sugar for a more intense exfoliating experience.

I’ve found these sugar scrub cubes to be especially effective at exfoliating out any remaining hair bulbs stuck under my skin after laser hair removal. A lot of other exfoliants I’ve tried haven’t been as effective as this one.

Aaaaalrighty, let’s get started!

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These sugar scrub cubes have been the best thing for me at exfoliating out any hair bulbs stuck in my skin after laser hair removal. 

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DIY Lavender Sugar Scrub Cubes

These soap-free, moisturising & exfoliating sugar scrub cubes are the perfect 2-minute DIY project to make, and smell amaaaazing with the fragrant lavender scent! They’re 100% natural, easy & super fun to make (and work as a wonderful exfoliant after laser hair removal). Enjoy!! XOXO ♡

Ensure you pack and press in the mix into the moulds to ensure it holds together when setting in the fridge. 

  • 1/2 cup shea butter
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil, solid (not melted)
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 40 drops lavender essential oil
  • Silicone cube tray

To make:

  1. Combine the butter and oil in a double boiler (or simply heat some water up in a saucepan on the stove top and place a bowl over the top) over medium heat and melt. Stir every so often (should only take 15 minutes or so).
  2. Pour the white sugar into a large bowl and add in the essential oil.
  3. Pour the oil mixture into the bowl of sugar and mix with a fork until all of the sugar is coated in the mix (it should be wet).
  4. Using a spoon, divide and press the sugar scrub mixture into the moulds.
  5. Place the moulds in the fridge and let set for 30 mins-1 hr.

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The lavender scent works wonderfully at promoting relaxation.

Another favourite scrub of mine is my homemade coffee scrub. It assists in stimulating lymph/blood flow, and the caffeine found in the coffee may have a tightening effect on the skin.

For a live run-through of how I make these sugar scrub cubes, see my video tutorial below!

Have you used a sugar scrub before? What’s your favourite essential oil scent? Share your sugar scrub recipe below! We love getting new recommendations on recipes to try!

Lots of love,

🖤 Vanessa


Wong, Cathy. (Updated: February 03, 2020). The Health Benefits of Lavender Essential Oil. Very Well Mind. Retrieved from,%2C%20nausea%2C%20and%20menstrual%20cramps