Neopolitan Sugar Scrub

In this episode of Soap Queen TV, I show you how to make Erin Pikor’s (of Naiad Soap Arts) wildly popular solid sugar scrub soap. The original post on how to make these solid sugar scrubs is a classic project that our readers keep coming back to.

In the video, I put my own little twist on this project by taking inspiration from Neopolitan ice cream. I made cubes of Strawberry, Chocolate and Vanilla. Yum!

Make Solid Sugar Soap Scrub from Soap Queen on Vimeo.

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Here’s what you’ll need to make this project!

For Strawberry scrubs:
3 oz Shea Melt & Pour Base
2 oz Sweet Almond Oil
6 oz White Granulated Sugar
20 drops Strawberry Jam Fragrance (from the Soapylove Delectable Desserts kit)
20 drops Vanilla Color Stabilizer (from the Soapylove Delectable Desserts kit)
1 drop Tropical Hot Pink LabColor (undiluted)

For the Chocolate Scrub:
3 oz Clear Melt & Pour Base
2 oz Sweet Almond Oil
6 oz White Granulated Sugar
20 drops Chocolate Fudge Fragrance (from the Soapylove Delectable Desserts kit)
2 mini scoops Cappuccino Mica

For the Vanilla Scrub:
3 oz Shea Melt & Pour Base
2 oz Sweet Almond Oil
6 oz White Granulated Sugar
20 drops Vanilla Frosting Fragrance (from the Soapylove Delectable Desserts kit)
20 drops Vanilla Color Stabilizer (from the Soapylove Delectable Desserts kit)

Heavy Duty Slim Rectangle Mold



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42 Comments

  1. Steven says

    I have been using this scrub recipe,with several different scents and colors to make great gifts for teachers and friends. Most recently with the strawberry FO that was sent as a extra in my order. Added blueberry seeds and pink mica and it is the color of this pages background. 8-) Just a note though. The little strawberry bottle leaked as it was not taped shut like the oils and FOs. Leaked just enough to make the box smell interesting. Keep up the great Videos. Me and the 13 year old girl watch them to decide what to make next!

    • Anne-Marie says

      Oh, I’m sorry that the free sample leaked =( That’s a big ‘boo hiss’. I’m sure that made the Fed Ex man’s truck smell sweet and fresh for a few days. =)

      We’re filming more videos this weekend – including one soap project that I’m betting your 13 year old will get excited about.

      Thanks for being a customer – and a SoapQueen reader =)

  2. Theresa says

    I looooooooove this recipe!! I can’t wait to try it! I’m going to make my first set of sugar scrub cubes this weekend :) Couple of quick Q’s if I may… Can you use the 12 bar silicone square mold or does it have to be a regular plastic mold? I have both… Can you use lab colors that have already been diluted? and lastly, Can you use brown sugar? Thanks!!

    • Anne-Marie says

      Yes, you can definitely use the 12 bar silicone square mold.

      Yes, you can use Labcolors.

      I’d skip the brown sugar. It doesn’t work as well as the typical white sugar.

  3. Candy says

    Hi, I just made a batch and mine never got pourable. It just was gloppy. I put in microwave for a bit but still was the consistency of dough. I stirred fast, honest I did, but there seemed to be more sugar than liquid. Was wondering too about using raw turbinado cane sugar. I have used that in an oil based scrub. I like a more coarse scrub that the white sugar turned out to be. Any advice?

    • says

      Definitely experiment with different sizes of sugar and see what works best for you. I would suggest getting your melt and pour a little bit hotter so it doesn’t cool as quickly when you add the sugar. Make sure you mix in your colorant and fragrance oil before adding the sugar- that will be your very last step. But I agree…it does happen quickly so you must me organized and ready to move =)

      Good luck!

      Courtney from Bramble Berry

  4. says

    I have a question? I wanted to make 1/2 & half bar. One side sugar scrub soap and on the other side shea butter soap. Have you made any like this. I was wondering if it would hold up or fine or if the sugar part would just crumble or not adhere to the soap part. Any suggestions or advice please.
    Thanks :)

    • says

      You may just want to add sugar to a plain melt and pour soap. The sugar will sink to the bottom so you’ll have sugar on the bottom and soap on the top. I’m worried about the layers sticking together if you try to layer the sugar cube and the melt and pour soap. I would say make a small batch and test it out. I’ve also seen people embedding the sugar cubes inside the soap, which is really cute too. Good luck and keep us posted =)

      Courtney from Bramble Berry

  5. Donna says

    I have another question but it doesn’t pertain to this soap scrub but i didn’t find any comments or recipes that could help me . OK i bought bramble berry’s goats milk shower base and bramble berry’s bees wax lotion base they are very thick and i am having a hard time getting them into the bottles. when do i add fragrance and color? so i melted the shower gel and i think i melted it to much because it is like water now. i don’t want to ruin my lotion or other shower gel bases Help me is there a certain temp it should be at?

    • says

      We like to put our soap in a double boiler and heat it up to about 150 or 160 degrees. Then add your fragrance oils. If you think it’s too thin you can add a 20% salt water solution to thicken it back up (so 20% salt to 80% warm water, then add a couple ml of that mixture to the soap).

      The lotion is a little bit of a different story. You run the risk of killing the preservative if you heat the lotion up above 140 degrees. I like to put it in a plastic bag like in this tutorial…way easier to get into the bottles http://www.soapqueen.com/bramble-berry-news/2009-stocking-stuffer-lotion-2/

      Good luck =)

      Courtney from Bramble Berry

  6. Donna says

    OK I HAVE A FEW QUESTIONS. FIRST HOW CAN I MAKE ONE FULL BAR BUT 2 DIFFERENT COLORS? AND THIS IS PROBABLY A STUPID QUESTION BUT DO YOU JUST RUB THE SOAP DIRECTLY ON YOUR SKIN TO USE?

    • says

      I would pour the two colors at the same time into the mold. I fear that the layers would not stick together if you poured one on top of the other…we have not experimented with that before. And yes, just apply directly to the skin in the shower. It will last a couple of uses.

      Courtney from Bramble Berry

  7. says

    I love your recipe for this solid sugar scrub, but I have a question. Does the scrub HAVE to be packaged in an airtight container? I have an awesome ideas for packaging my scrubs.

    • Anne-Marie says

      Melt and pour is prone to sweating and with the extra oils in it, it tends to be prone to more sweating BUT if you pop the soap out and run it under a fan for a few days, that should wick away any excess moisture and allow you to package in a non-airtight container. That said, do a small test batch before you decide to put say, 100 on store shelves =)

  8. says

    Because there is melt and pour in the recipe it will still have a little bit of lather…but we added so many other ingredients that you’re not going to get a lather like a normal bar of soap. You’re not doing anything wrong =)

    Courtney from Bramble Berry

  9. Gail says

    Are these suppose to have a good lather or a light lather because it’s a scrub? I made a batch but they lathered light I’m wondering if I did something wrong 

  10. Anne-Marie says

    Each recipe will make two soaps that you can cut into cubes so if you make each “flavor” you’ll have 6 soaps…er scrubs.

  11. Helen says

    when I make them I just mix the mica directly into the oil/soap mixture before adding the sugar. It blends up really well after the sugar goes in. No need to pre-mix the dry mica with anything in my experience.

  12. guest says

    how did you incorporate the cappucino mica for the chocolate one? did you mix it with a little alcohol?

  13. Erin Pikor says

    Wow! This is a great video. I like that you used a different oil – it really illustrates that you can take the recipe and really make it your own by getting creative with oils, scents and colors!

  14. Anne-Marie says

    I was just experimenting with the recipe and liked having a little more time to work with the mixture before it solidified. It’s always fun to mix it up!

  15. Helen says

    I noticed that you increased the amount of m&p soap base from the original recipe from 2 oz to 3 oz (original recipe is 2 oz each M&P soap base and almond oil and 6 oz sugar)
    Just curious about the reason for the change?

    They look so cute!

  16. Donna Maria Coles Johnson says

    Fun project. Love how they turned out. Need to get me one of those cool orange microwaves. LOL!

  17. Anne-Marie says

    They are shockingly easy considering how cute they are. You really do need
    to work fast. The one in the video was made ahead of time and you can
    clearly see (the pink one, upon pop out) that it wasn’t quite made quickly
    enough. But the final “beauty shots” were the ones I made on camera and they
    turned out perfect! YAY!

  18. TeresaR says

    I wish, wish, wish I had the time to make this for holiday gifts for my neighbors. I think after my schedule settles down after the holidays, I’ll attempt these for myself. That way, I’ll know in advance how easy or hard it will be to try and make them as gifts next year. :) Thank you!

  19. Courtney Beard says

    This makes me want Neopolitan Ice Cream very badly. Which is horrible because Ice Cream and I don’t get along at all. Balderdash!