[Formula and Recipe] Lemongrass – Shower Scrub Bar

Formula and Recipe - Lemongrass - Shower Scrub Bar Lifehyme

LUSH were probably the first people to start selling shower scrub bars. Solid bars full of wonderful shea butter and cocoa butter that moisturize and exfoliate all at once. Take one in the shower and emerge with glowing silky soft skin!

The great thing is you can easily recreate these gorgeous shower scrub bars at home with just a few ingredients! Here is our recipe for an uplifting shower scrub bar made with cocoa butter and shea butter to moisturize, coarse sea salt to exfoliate and lemongrass essential oil to refresh and uplift (plus it’s great for boosting circulation, too). These bars are for single use. Make them in an ice cube tray so they are the perfect size!

Directions For Use

Take one into the shower and gently rub onto the body in circular motions and rinse off. Emerge with silky soft skin! Important: As they don’t contain a preservative these shower scrub bars are for single use only. It’s good to make them in an ice cube tray, then they are the perfect size for one use.

Potential Substitute Ingredients

Instead of shea butter you could use another soft butter (eg mango butter) and instead of cocoa butter another hard butter could be used (eg kokum butter). You could also swap the carrier oil (sunflower oil) and essential oil (lemongrass) for different ones.


These are best created by using silicone molds and you want each product to be a single-use size so an ice cube mold works well. Once solid, remove and store in an airtight container.

Store in a cool, dark and dry place. Approximate shelf-life: six months


Phase Ingredient INCI Function w/w%
A Cocoa butter Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter Emollient 27.5%
A Shea butter Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter Emollient 7.5%
A Sunflower oil Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil Emollient 7.5%
A Beeswax Cera Alba Increases melt point, adds stability and firmness 7.0%
B Lemongrass essential oil Cymbopogon Citratus (Lemongrass) Leaf Oil Fragrance 0.5%
C Coarse sea salt Sal Maris Exfoliating 50.0%


Ingredient Weight in grams (for a 200g batch) Weight in ounces (oz) for a 8 oz batch
Cocoa butter 55g 2.2
Shea butter 15g 0.6
Sunflower oil 15g 0.6
Beeswax 14g 0.56
Lemongrass essential oil 1g 0.04
Coarse sea salt 100g 4


  1. Weigh phase A ingredients and melt together gently in a double boiler.
  2. Once melted remove from the heat and allow to cool to 40°C (104°F).
  3. Add phase B to phase A and mix thoroughly.
  4. Add phase C and mix thoroughly. Test that the salt isn’t going to dissolve first! If the mixture is still too warm, allow it to cool more first.
  5. Spoon mixture into a silicone ice cube tray.
  6. Place the ice cube tray in the fridge or freezer and allow the bars to set.
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