Homemade gingerbread sugar scrub cubes – a great under $5 Christmas gift idea.
My favorite type of gifts to give for Christmas and birthdays are sugar scrubs. They’re perfect for sharing a little spa-like treatment with a friend and also an inexpensive gift to mass produce. With Christmas only a few weeks away I thought I would share new sugar scrub recipes and other homemade spa gifts. Today I’m venturing past the traditional sugar scrub recipe with these adorable gingerbread sugar cubes. If you’re not familiar with sugar scrub cubes they’re basically an easier, more convenient sugar scrub alternative. Sugar scrub cubes make individual uses easier to grab-and-scrub without worrrying about getting water in your scrub, which would shorten it’s lifespan. Not only are these gingerbread sugar scrub cubes adorable they smell like a gingerbread cookie too!
Sugar scrubs make a great homemade remedy for removing dry skin, especially during the cold winter months. The brown sugar acts as an exfoliate while the almond oil replenishes and locks in moisture. If you’ve never tried a sugar scrub before you’ll be surprised by how soft your hands feel afterwards. This is a result of removing dry skin cells and the moisturizing properties in the almond oil. The best part about this sugar scrub recipe is that the majority of the ingredients can be found right in your kitchen. Two main ingredients you’ll need are almond oil and shea butter soap base. I’ve added Amazon affiliate links below to get an idea of the products I use.
Gingerbread mold – I found mine at Michaels in the holiday baking display. If you don’t have a store near you this Wilton Gingerbread Mold is a great alternative.
Step one: melt shea butter soap base over a double boiler. Add almond oil and stir until completely melted.
Step two: in a medium bowl combine brown sugar, ginger, cinnamon, allspice, and ground cloves. Play around with the spices to your liking. That’s the great thing about customizing scrubs, you can add or remove any scents you don’t have a preference for.
Step three: once soap is melted remove from stove and stir in vanilla extract. Allow to cool for one minute.
Step four: combine soap with sugar mixture. Use you hands to press mixture into mold. You’ll need to work quickly to avoid having the sugar harden. Once your mold is filled you can place it in the freezer for 15 minutes or allow to harden overnight. This recipe makes 15 gingerbread sugar scrub cubes.
My advice when trying a new sugar scrub, especially with spices is to test a small area of skin first. Just to be safe and ensure you’re not allergic to any of the ingredients. :)
More recipes you may like: