Learn how to make a flower filled shower scrub bar to polish and smooth skin.
Today I’m sharing a recipe from my newest print book, The Big Book of Homemade Products for Your Skin, Health & Home!
What’s a shower scrub bar?
A shower scrub bar is like a lotion bar that you use in your shower, only it has scrubby bits to help polish and exfoliate your skin.
These bars also contain a small amount of emulsifying wax, so you’re not left with a thick greasy feel on your skin, just a nice layer of moisturizing softness.
If you don’t have emulsifying wax, you could leave it out, though the bar will leave a heavier layer of butter on your skin and may make the shower floor more slippery.
Baking soda and cream of tartar softens water and adds extra scrubbing power. However, sensitive skin types may find the combination too abrasive, so both of those ingredients can be omitted if you’d like a gentler bar.
You can use any type of dried wildflower such as elder, dandelion, daisies, violets or yarrow. Or you might want to try garden favorites such as lavender, cornflowers or roses.
The type of flowers used is very adaptable!
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- 1/4 cup (45 g) cocoa butter
- 1 1/2 tbsp (5 g) coconut oil, *optionally infused with flowers or herbs
- 1/2 tbsp (4 g) emulsifying wax (optional)
- 3 tbsp (21 g) rolled oats
- 2 tbsp (2 g) dried flowers, or herbs
- 2 tsp (11 g) baking soda (optional)
- 1 tsp (3 g) cream of tartar (optional)
- 1/4 cup plus 2 tbsp (84 g) granulated sugar
- 8 drops lavender essential oil
- 8 drops sweet orange essential oil
* For an example of how to infuse coconut oil with flowers, check out my article on Whipped Dandelion & Coconut Oil Moisturizer.
The mold shown is a “6 Cavity Beehive Silicone Mold” from Bramble Berry.
Directions to Make
Combine the cocoa butter, coconut oil and emulsifying wax in a half-pint (250-ml) canning jar.
Set the jar down into a small saucepan containing 2 to 3 inches (5 to 7.5 cm) of water, then place the pan over a medium-low burner until the butter and wax have melted.
While the butter combination is melting, grind the oats, dried flowers, baking soda (if using) and cream of tartar (if using) together in a coffee grinder to form a fine powder. Combine with the granulated sugar and stir until completely incorporated.
Remove the melted butter mixture from the heat.
Stir in the essential oil and combination of dry ingredients. Mix well.
Pour into small silicone candy molds or ice cube trays to create individual scrub bars, or into larger molds for larger bars.
Place the molds in the refrigerator for 30 to 45 minutes, or until firm. To use, rub a bar over your skin while showering, then rinse with warm water.
Use larger bars up within 1 to 2 weeks after their first use, or make them in smaller single serving sizes that will stay fresh as long as no water is introduced into their storage container.
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