As cooler weather arrives, there’s nothing I like better than a hot bath at the end of the day to warm my extremities and wind down stress. If the bath happens to smell like my favorite flower while also hydrating and refreshing my skin, all the better!
I’m all about recipes that are multi-purpose. Not only does it mean I can kill two birds with one stone, it also means I can get to relaxing sooner and enjoy my languorous bath.
These delightful rose and spearmint exfoliating cubes melt and emulsify readily as they come into contact with hot water and your skin as you use them to scrub away impurities without feeling sticky or skiddy on the skin.
They glide over the skin while also exfoliating away rough patches because they contain a lot of granulated sugar for some scrubby goodness. Plus, they smell rosy and refreshing with that little hint of spearmint. I love them, and I think you will too!
How to Make Rose and Spearmint Exfoliating Cubes
Alrighty, so let’s dive into the strange and exotic ingredients, shall we?
Here’s what you’re going to need to make my rose and spearmint exfoliating cubes:
• And silicone ice cube tray or other silicone mold
• An accurate kitchen scale like this one
• Two pyrex measuring cups
• A flexible spatula
• 20g emulsifying was NF
• 80g shea butter (or other butter of choice. If you opt for cocoa butter, use a mold with smaller spaces since they won’t dissolve as quickly)
• A few drops of pure vitamin E
• 140g granulated sugar (you can even try sea salt! The coarser the salt, the scubbier these cubes will be)
• 20-40 drops spearmint essential oil (you can sub with a different minty essential oil)
• 2-4 drops rose absolute (or 40-50 drops rose absolute in jojoba oil)
• Dried rose petals (optional, but pretty!)
Depending on the mold you use, you will most likely get a different number of cubes. I used a typical silicon ice cube tray like this one and filled about half the spaces in it to give you a rough idea.
Feel free to multiply the recipe as needed. I find that using smaller chocolate molds work really well for this.
Loving Preparation – Rose and Spearmint Exfoliating Cubes
1. Prepare a water bath by bringing an inch of water to a gentle simmer in a saucepan.
2. Weigh out your emulsifying wax and shea butter into a heat-resistant pyrex measuring cup.
3. Place the measuring cup in the water bath and allow all the ingredients to melt through, stirring on occasion to combine.
4. Once everything’s melted, carefully remove the measuring cup from the water bath, wipe the bottom of it with a kitchen towel, and place it on the counter to cool a bit.
5. Get your silicon mold prepared. If you’re using dried rose petals, start adding a small pinch to each pocket in the mold now.
6. Stir the melted ingredients occasionally as they cool. Once the mixture develops a bit of viscosity, it’s time to add the essential oils, the vitamin e, and the granulated sugar. If you add the sugar too soon, it will start to dissolve – you don’t want that! What we want is to keep that scrubby grittiness.
7. Stir to combine using the flexible spatula and see how you like the consistency. You can add a smidge more sugar if you like at this stage to make them a bit scrubbier.
8. Now pour the mixture into your silicone mold, tap to level, and pop the mold in the freezer for a good 20 minutes to set.
9. Once set, you can carefully pop them out into a mason jar for storing. I don’t recommend storing these in baggies or cellophane as they melt when in contact with any sort of heat, even body heat. In fact, if you live in warmer climates, it would be a good idea to store them in the fridge.
These make for a creamy yet scrubby experience that’s really lovely to use in the bath or shower to exfoliate the skin.
Have you ever made exfoliating bath recipes before? How do you like them?
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