Chai Sugar Scrub Bars

Chai Sugar Scrub Cubes

In my opinion, the best beauty products are the ones you can make from stuff you already have in your kitchen. Like these chai sugar scrub bars made with coconut oil (my go-to DIY beauty staple).

The sugar in these bars gently exfoliates, the coconut oil moisturizes, and the caffeine in the chai tea helps fight cellulite (plus it smells amazing).

Chai Sugar

Start by mixing one cup muscovado sugar (for a gentler scrub, swap in white sugar), 1/4 cup brown sugar, and the contents of six chai tea bags.

Next, add 1 tbsp vanilla, 2 tbsp honey, and 1/2 c melted coconut oil (it should be liquid-y but not hot, since you don’t want the sugar to melt – I microwaved mine for about 45 seconds, then waited a couple of minutes for it to cool).

Chai Sugar Scrub

Scoop the mixture into silicone ice molds and set in the freezer for at least fifteen minutes.

Unmold your sugar scrub bars, and you’re all set!

Chai Sugar Hearts

I keep a few in a mason jar in the shower and store the rest in the freezer. You could also wrap a batch up in a pretty tin for a sweet homemade gift – perfect for Mother’s Day!

With Lovely,


PS: Which DIY beauty treatments are on your to-make list? 

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29 Comments on Chai Sugar Scrub Bars

  1. Emma
    MayMay/MonMon/2013 at 2:25 am (4 years ago)

    Thanks for the recipe! It tastes great as well :D. The quantity is just the right amount to fill two silicone molds that I have in small stars and hearts. I just made a bunch of batches as bridal shower favors. They smell fabulous and the recipe is very accurate, thanks again!

  2. maggie
    NovNov/MonMon/2013 at 4:26 pm (4 years ago)

    Could I make them now and put them in mason jars for xmas presents or do they have to be in the freezer?

    • With Lovely,
      NovNov/MonMon/2013 at 5:41 pm (4 years ago)

      Hi Maggie! I think these would make great xmas gifts! If you make them in advance, you’ll want to store them in the fridge or freezer. I’d personally recommend waiting until closer to xmas to make them since they’re so quick and easy, so they won’t be taking up space in your refrigerator, but either way will work!

  3. Asli
    NovNov/SunSun/2013 at 11:24 pm (4 years ago)

    Have you got usage directions for these? They are super cute!

    • With Lovely,
      NovNov/WedWed/2013 at 6:46 pm (4 years ago)

      Thanks! You can use these as you’d use a body scrub: rub on in the shower (you can use them everywhere but your face or just focus on dry areas like heels and knees) and rinse. I’d recommend using prior to shaving, as they help exfoliate, so you’ll get a smoother shave. Hope that helps!

    • hope
      DecDec/SunSun/2013 at 3:25 am (4 years ago)

      they taste great too:D

  4. rocio
    DecDec/SunSun/2013 at 11:37 pm (4 years ago)

    hi !! i am from argentina and i loved your craft , but i have a question , if i use erly grey tea instead of chia tea , do you think it would result ??

    • With Lovely,
      DecDec/MonMon/2013 at 5:29 am (4 years ago)

      Hi! Yes, Earl Grey tea would definitely work! Any caffeinated tea will have the same results as the chai, and non-caffeinated teas will work too, just without the cellulite-fighting properties (but they’d still work great for exfoliating and moisturizing). Hope that helps!

  5. Emily
    DecDec/TueTue/2013 at 3:27 am (4 years ago)

    hello! i was just wondering about the chai tea bags, do they soak in the oil and thats what extracts the chai or do u add something els?

    thanks :)

    • With Lovely,
      DecDec/TueTue/2013 at 5:09 am (4 years ago)

      Hi Emily! I just snipped the tea bags open and emptied the contents into the mixture to make the scrub! No steeping or extracting required :) Hope that helps!

  6. chelsea
    DecDec/ThuThu/2013 at 7:44 pm (4 years ago)

    Hi there! would it be possible to use a nonstick muffin pan as a mold for the scrub, or do you have to use a silicone ice mold? Thanks!

    • With Lovely,
      DecDec/ThuThu/2013 at 8:17 pm (4 years ago)

      Hi Chelsea! I like using silicone ice molds because they’re very easy to pop out, but I think a nonstick muffin pan should work as well. I would recommend spraying or wiping the pan with coconut oil before adding the sugar scrub mix, and tapping the pan upside down to remove the sugar scrub bars. If they’re difficult to remove, placing the pan in a roasting pan filled with hot water should loosen them up nicely.

      • chelsea
        DecDec/SunSun/2013 at 7:58 am (4 years ago)

        Excellent I will try this tomorrow! Thanks so much for the recipe and tips!

  7. rocio
    DecDec/FriFri/2013 at 8:05 pm (4 years ago)

    hello, i have a question, what is teh “c” un 1/2 c melted coconut oil ??
    thank you.

    • With Lovely,
      DecDec/FriFri/2013 at 9:01 pm (4 years ago)

      Hi! The “c” is for “cup” – 1/2 cup melted coconut oil. Hope that helps!

  8. celia
    DecDec/SatSat/2013 at 7:13 am (4 years ago)

    Do you know how long they will stay as a solid when they are not in the freezer?
    I would like to make them as gifts, but I want to make sure they will stay hard for a little while.

    • cakerella
      DecDec/WedWed/2013 at 8:26 pm (4 years ago)

      Hi Celia
      I had that problem – I made some and they went soft when they were at room temp. I followed the recipe but I think I may have done something wrong?? So I made them in mini cupcake cases, that way it won’t matter if they go soft. I’m giving them as a gift in a cupcake box with instructions to store in the fridge or freezer!

    • With Lovely,
      DecDec/WedWed/2013 at 10:44 pm (4 years ago)

      Hi Celia! It depends on what “room temperature” is in your house. If you live somewhere cool and don’t turn the heat up too high, you should be fine. If your coconut oil is solid at room temperate, your sugar scrub bars will be, too. If your coconut oil is very soft or liquid, your sugar scrub bars will likely go soft as well.

      If you (or the person you’re giving them to) live somewhere toasty, your best best would be to give them still in the mold, as cakerella suggested. You could even print out the tutorial and give that with them so your giftee can make more using the molds.

      Hope that helps!

  9. Emily
    DecDec/SatSat/2013 at 8:23 pm (4 years ago)

    Thanks for the recipe! Just made some for gifts and they smell amazing. I used a vanilla Chai tea. Also, I was low on Coconut oil, which I didn’t know until I went to mix it up so I used half coconut and half olive oil. Hopefully they stay intact.

    • With Lovely,
      DecDec/SatSat/2013 at 8:36 pm (4 years ago)

      You’re very welcome! I think the coconut oil/olive oil mixture should be fine, but you may want to keep them in the fridge or freezer, since olive oil is liquid at lower temperatures than coconut oil is. Happy holidays!

  10. wanda
    JanJan/FriFri/2014 at 1:54 am (4 years ago)

    I made these and they DO smell amazing! I love how my skin feels after using them too. I would like to find a way to keep them from falling apart though, expecially when it is warm. Im not sure if adding a little wax would work or maybe a butter? any suggestions?

    • With Lovely,
      JanJan/FriFri/2014 at 2:47 am (4 years ago)

      Hi Wanda! I’m glad to hear that you like them! If they’re falling apart during use, I’d suggest making smaller, single-use bars and storing them in an air-tight jar or wrapping them in wax or parchment paper. If they’re melting sitting out, I’d store them in the refrigerator and take them out when you’re ready to use them. You could also swap some or all of the coconut oil for cocoa or shea butter (although that would be a bit pricier). I’ve also seen a few tutorials that include soap, so you might try adding a bit of melted soap for increased stability. Hope that helps!

      • Wanda
        JanJan/FriFri/2014 at 4:26 am (4 years ago)

        Ok I will try the soap maybe. I am ok with them falling apart during use but Im worried about transporting them. I gave one to a friend and its winter right now but she said that it just sitting in her car on the drive home it melted. I want it to be more stable until ready to use. I also made one with coffee instead of the tea and it turned out really nice too. So many possibilities in my head haha. I will play around with it some more. I am hoping that I can come up with something that is maybe even sellable at some point so I will tweak the recipe if that is ok with you :) thank you so much for a wonderful starting point!

  11. lindsey
    MarMar/FriFri/2014 at 7:19 am (4 years ago)

    If you dobt have chi tea you can also use ground coffee beans

  12. Jackie
    DecDec/WedWed/2014 at 7:14 am (3 years ago)

    Is this recipe intended for smaller sizes because it melts easily in the shower? I wanted to turn this into a soap bar (2 x 3 x 1in). Thank you :)

    • With Lovely,
      DecDec/WedWed/2014 at 10:47 am (3 years ago)

      I think it would work great as a soap bar, especially in the winter when it is likely to hold together because of the lower temperatures!

      • Jackie
        DecDec/SatSat/2014 at 12:17 am (3 years ago)

        Thanks for your response! Any idea how much/many bars i could get out of this recipe?

        • With Lovely,
          DecDec/SatSat/2014 at 10:51 am (3 years ago)

          You’re very welcome, thanks for reading! I’d guess it would make 2-3 bars, depending on the size of your mold (but you could always double/triple it etc!).

  13. mellie
    MayMay/FriFri/2015 at 7:53 pm (2 years ago)

    How much glycerin soap do you recommend for a batch this size? After melting and allowing the soap to cool do i put the sugar in then rest of ingredients stir then put in molds?? This will help with it staying solidified I’m guessing? Thank you for your help this looks great and am excited to get started, love doing these kinds of things!!


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