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These little gems are a great way to gently exfoliate, and an easy and inexpensive way to transform regular soap into something cute and fun. They makes the perfect gift and is a great way to get kids involved in creative gift-making in the kitchen. The mixture isn’t too hot so they can play around with it and help you press it into moulds. Most $2 stores have affordable jars and ribbon, so the whole lot could cost as little as $5. I’d be happy with that as a birthday pressie, wouldn’t you? Enjoy!

 

Makes: 440 g | 15.5 oz (approx. 15 small scrub balls) Prep Time: < 10 min. (plus setting time)

Ingredients

200 g | 7.1 oz pure soap – roughly chopped into small pieces (see recipe notes)

60 g | 2.1 oz carrier oil (fractionated coconut oil and sweet almond oil are popular choices)

180 g | 6.3 oz sugar

20 drops of essential oils

My choice of essential oils…

My favourite essential oils in this recipe are geranium and lavender, but don’t be limited by my suggestions. Use oils that fit your budget, or those that you already have in your collection. Read here for more information.

Extra equipment required…

Silicone moulds

Method

1. Add soap to blender or food processor. Blend for 10-20 seconds on high speed until you reach a powder-like consistency. Empty into a glass bowl.

2. Add carrier oil to bowl and heat until softened. (Double boiler method– place bowl on a pot of gently simmering water and stir frequently; Microwave method– heat in short bursts on low, stopping and stirring frequently). Note that mixture will look warm and squishy but not melted to a liquid consistency. Remove from heat.

3. Add remaining ingredients and mix until combined.

4. Roll mixture into balls and press into silicone moulds, allowing to cool before unmoulding.

5. Transfer into container of choice.

Thermal Appliance Method

1. Add soap to thermal appliance bowl and mill for 10-20 seconds on high speed until fine in consistency. Leave in bowl.

2. Add carrier oil and melt: 4-5 minutes | approx. 70˚C (158˚F) | low speed. Extend time if required, until ingredients have softened. Mixture will look warm and squishy but not melted to a liquid consistency.

3. Add remaining ingredients and mix until combined.

4. Roll mixture into balls and press into silicone moulds, allowing to cool before unmoulding.

5. Transfer into container of choice.

To Use

Place in palm of hand whilst showering and scrub over body.  Scrub ball will mould to your palm allowing you to target your exfoliation.

Recipe Notes

  • Source soap as pure and fragrance-free as you can find (organic is preferable).
  • I strongly suggest you check out the blog posts under “Recommended Reading”.

Krissy Ballinger

Krissy Ballinger

Author, Advocate & Founder

With a background in health promotion, Krissy's passion is to educate and increase awareness on reducing the number of toxins that people expose themselves to on a daily basis, through an honest, simple and realistic approach.

She has sold over 20,000 self-published books and is now published as the author of Naturally Inspired, Simple DIY Recipes for Body Care and Cleaning.

Her recipes have taken her to the screen on more than one occasion, with morning TV appearances, and she received recognition as a ‘Woman Who Will Change The World’ in the AusMumpreneur business awards in 2018.

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