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Cranberry Fig Solid Sugar Scrub

We have a new Gift Givers class coming up next month at Otion to prepare you for giving handmade gifts for the holidays. We will make custom lip balm, bath fizzies and sugar/salt scrubs. I’m playing around with a fun solid sugar scrub idea using my favorite scent this season: Cranberry Fig! Anne-Marie has a great post about making sugar cubes on Soap Queen based on Erin Pikor‘s single use body scrubs.

They are simple to make and super luxurious!


  • Up to 1 part carrier oil (jojoba, sweet almond, avocado, etc.)
  • 3 parts white sugar
  • 4 ml of fragrance per pound of mixture
  • I used the Celtic and Fall Leaves single cavity flexible molds, which are also great for lotion bars, soap and bath fizzies!
  • Color is optional. Merlot mica was used in this example.


  1. Melt soap base and stir in carrier oil, fragrance and color.
  2. Pour sugar into melted soap and oil while stirring. If it hardens quickly, simply re-heat in microwave.
  3. Pour or spoon into molds. Place molded cubes in freezer for ten minutes, de-mold and enjoy!
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Simple Lavender Salt Scrub

Lavender is known for its soothing, calming, and relaxing properties; perfect for a nighttime bath scrub. For this easy gift idea, you will need the following ingredients:

4 oz Dead Sea Salt
1 oz Liquid Glycerin
5 drops Lavender Essential Oil
1/4 teaspoon Opalescent Mica
Lavender Buds (to your liking)

Begin by portioning your salt into a bowl and separately mix the glycerin, Lavender Essential Oil, and mica together. Add the the colored and scented glycerin to the salt and mix thoroughly. Finally, stir in the lavender buds and package your scrub in a 4 oz metal tin with a clear lid. It’s so simple and one of the cleanest projects because there are such few ingredients and steps. Also, you can try this with different types of salt, sugar, carrier oils such as sweet almond or jojoba oil, or experiment with different colors and scents. Have fun and enjoy!

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Mondo Bath Bomb!

With the new stainless steel bath bomb mold, you will end up with a fizzy so big you’ll have to save some for later. No joke, this weighs a good 7.5 ounces!

To make bath bombs, you need 1 part citric acid and 2 parts baking soda, witch hazel in a spritzer bottle, color (dried pigment or La Bomb colorant), fragrance 0.5 oz for 2 pounds, and a mold. In this example, I used cellini blue mica, ocean blue jojoba beads, and Celestial Waters fragrance.

Once the baking soda and citric acid have been thoroughly mixed together and you have added color, spritz with witch hazel as you mix until it holds its shape when you squeeze the mixture.

To create the 3D bomb, fill both sides and compact it really well (the harder you compact it into the mold, the denser and longer-lasting the fizzy), then overfill both sides and push them together. Let them harden in the mold for ten minutes or so before setting it on the table to avoid getting flat spots. That’s it! Super easy and a great addition to your product line.

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Fun for the Kids!

These fun little bath bombs were a success and fizzed for over a minute! I used Yuzu Cybilla fragrance oil and hydrated green chrome pigment. I found a flexible triangle tray mold that I used for the tablets, but I wouldn’t recommend using a flexible mold because it chipped the edges as I popped them out. A stiff, plastic mold works best, like the spaceships mold that I used for a slightly bigger bath bomb.

Basic Bath Bomb Instructions

  • Gather your ingredients:
1 part citric acid

2 parts baking soda

witch hazel

coloring of your choice

fragrance oil of your choice

bath bomb mold

  • Blend, blend, blend! Blend the citric acid and baking soda– this step is super important– if you don’t blend well, you end up with a grainy bomb. I use a whisk and then break up the remaining clumps with my fingers. We also use a mixer on our larger batches.
  • Once you’ve blended really well, add your colorant. Dry pigments or a specialty bath fizzy colorant like La Bombs work best– don’t add too much though– the color shows up once you add the witch hazel. We start with 5 ccs of dry colorant per 2 pounds of bath fizzy mix.
  • Add fragrance according to your preference. We start with 0.5 ounces of fragrance in 2 pounds of bath fizzy mix.
  • Now this is the tricky part. Spritz (with a squirt bottle) the witch hazel onto your batch while stirring with the other hand. When your batch sticks together when squished, you need to start putting it in molds– time is of the essence. If you wait too long, the mixture will get hard. If you spritz too much, the mixture will be too wet and “grow” or start the fizzing reaction.
  • Put the bombs in molds– wait a few minutes and tap them out. Let them air dry for 3 or 4 hours and voila! Wonderful, hard bath bombs. The harder you pack the bath bombs, the more dense, heavy, and durable bomb you will get. Enjoy!!

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