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Welcome to my first DIY post! I’m so happy you’re here. Dry winter skin is no fun at all. My skin can be dry even in the summer months so in the winter moisture is a must. Enter exfoliating soap bars!

exfoliating soap bars


I had a lot of leftover lavender buds from another DIY project I was working on a few months ago. I didn’t want to toss it so I needed something to do with the remainder. Thanks to YouTube I came across a video of exfoliating bars that are super easy to make. They smell lovely and look beautiful. Since I always have essential oils on hand the only items I had to buy were the soap molds and the soap base, neither of which was expensive. Direct links to all items can be found in the video below!

lavender, sugar, coconut oil

Lavender buds, granulated sugar, and coconut oil.

lavender sugar mix

Soap base

I decided to use a shea butter melt and pour soap base because of its moisturizing properties. There are also clear, goat’s milk, and oatmeal soaps available as well.

rose sugar mix

Dried rose petals, granulated sugar, coconut oil, and bergamot essential oil.

rose petals soap mold

Essential oils

There are many essential oils to choose from for these exfoliating soap bars. I chose lemon because it pairs well with lavender and both are very calming. I also bumped up the lavender fragrance by adding a few more drops of lavender essential oil. For the second batch, I used rose petal powder which is ground dried rose petals. I then added ylang ylang and bergamot essential oils.

exfoliating soap bars

Exfoliating Soap Bars

Exfoliating soap bars made with sugar, coconut oil, and calming essential oils.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time1 min
Resting time4 hrs
Total Time4 hrs 6 mins
Course: Body & Home
Cuisine: Personal care
Keyword: exfoliating soap, exfoliating soap bars, handmade soap, soap bars
Servings: 6 Bars
Author: Shana


Lavender and lemon

  • 1 cup Soap base Melted
  • 1 cup Granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup Coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup Dried lavender buds
  • 10 drops Lemon essential oil
  • 5 drops Lavender essential oil

Oat and honey

  • 1 cup Soap base Melted
  • 1 cup Granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup Coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup Old-fashioned oats
  • 1 tbsp Manuka honey
  • 5 drops Honey fragrance oil

Rose and bergamot

  • 1 cup Soap base Melted
  • 1 cup Granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup Coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup Dried rose petals
  • 10 drops Bergamot essential oil


  • 1 cup Soap base
  • 1 cup Granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup Coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup Coffee grounds
  • 5 drops Vanilla fragrance oil


  • In a mixing bowl add the sugar, coconut oil, and fragrance base (lavender, oats, rose petals, or coffee), and essential or fragrance oils. Whisk to combine ingredients.
  • Cut the soap base into chunks and melt at 30-second intervals in the microwave. Stir after every 30 seconds. Once completely melted immediately add the soap base to the ingredients in the mixing bowl and mix with a whisk to combine well. Work quickly because the soap base starts to set quickly. if it sets before you finish mixing or pouring, microwave again at 30-second intervals.
  • Pour the sugar soap mixture into the soap molds and allow the bars to set for a few hours before removing them from the molds. I remove mine after 4 hours.
  • Gently remove the exfoliating bars from the molds and they are ready to use.


-My soap molds are 3.7 ounces each.

-I used Manuka honey but you can use any type of honey you prefer.

-I find fragrance oils to be stronger in scent so I use about half the amount of essential oils.

-If you want to see the video which inspired this post check it out on YouTube.

Final thoughts

These exfoliating soap bars are an excellent gift idea for the holidays 🎁. You can also just keep them for yourself 😄! Either way, I hope you enjoy them. If you don’t feel like making bath & body products yourself, check out one of my favorite companies! Honeycat Cosmetics makes amazing bath & body products but my favorite is their bath bombs. They make the most beautiful and creative bath bombs I’ve ever seen. Their items are made in small batches by hand in the USA and never tested on animals. Check them out for all of your bath and shower needs.

Also, check out an edible holiday favorite – my Peppermint Bark Brownies. Happy Holidays!

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