For some people, certain products remind them of a particular time in their lives. When I was a little bit younger, I thought that a certain apricot seed face scrub would solve all of my teenage acne woes. Unfortunately, that product did little to soothe my spots, and, in time, I started using it as a body scrub before shaving.
In the last several months, I have been trying to reduce the amount of plastic waste that I produce. When I was looking for an exfoliating body scrub recently, I could only find liquid varieties in plastic containers. I know that switching from liquid body wash to bar soap is often an effective way to reduce plastic packaging. This got me thinking, would it be possible to create a bar of soap that had the skin-softening benefits of that popular apricot seed scrub?
After doing some sleuthing on the web, I saw that another blogger had already pioneered a recipe to do exactly that (the internet is fantastic, isn’t it?). Today’s project was inspired by Chrystal Johnson’s Exfoliating Apricot Sugar Scrub Cubes recipe on Happy Mothering.
When I tried Chrystal’s original recipe, which uses both apricot seeds and sugar as exfoliants, I found it to be a little bit overly abrasive for my sensitive skin. Today’s post will share a version of Chrystal’s recipe that I have modified for my fellow dry-skinned divas, DIY Magic Melt & Pour Apricot Seed Solid Body Scrub.
- ⅛ cup apricot oil or vegetable glycerine
- ⅛ pound shea butter melt & pour soap base
- One teaspoon ground apricot seed
- 15 drops essential oils or soap fragrances of choice
- 1/2 teaspoon powdered mica pigment or soap dye
- Small silicone ice cube tray or candy mould
- Stirring utensil
- Measuring cups
- Double broiler
Melt your soap base in a double boiler, frequently stirring, until it’s smooth.
Add the apricot oil, ground apricot seed, soap dye, essential oils or fragrances, and stir until well combined.
Pour the mixture into your ice cube tray immediately! Melt and pour soap bases set incredibly quickly, so time is of the essence. If it starts to harden before you have finished pouring it into your mould, you can put it back over the heat.
Let your soaps harden for approximately 2-4 hours. If you are in a time crunch, you can speed up this process by cooling your soaps in the refrigerator.
Once they have hardened and cooled, pop out your Magic Melt & Pour Apricot Seed Solid Body Scrub bars out of the mould and store them in an airtight container.
I hope you enjoy this recipe and that it leaves your skin nourished and silky smooth!