DIY Peppermint Sugar Scrub Recipe

diy peppermint sugar scrub recipe with candy cane stripes

Simple DIY Peppermint Sugar Scrub Recipe

Looking for an easy gift idea that doesn’t involve sugar expanding your waistline? This DIY peppermint sugar scrub recipe DOES involve sugar, but it’s used in a way that will pamper you without packing on the calories!

Plus it’s pretty to look at, smells fantastic, and will make your skin feel INCREDIBLY soft, smooth, and silky (ooh la la).

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DIY peppermint sugar scrub recipe

If you have never tried a sugar scrub NOW is the time! A good sugar scrub will totally exfoliate and moisturize your skin.

I LOVE using this peppermint sugar scrub on my legs right before I shave… in fact I love scrubbing my arms, shoulders, and neck too! The best part is, you can make it yourself and for cheap too!

You can whip up a batch and make some to give away as a fun gift in a cute jar. Wrap some twine or ribbon around it and include a cute little wooden spoon!

I’m planning to give homemade body scrubs to my friends, sisters, and mom for Christmas this year! An easy, cute, and useful gift! While I’m at it, I’m going to make some more for myself too!

How to Make Your Own DIY Peppermint Sugar Scrub

diy peppermint sugar scrub recipe

DIY Peppermint Sugar Scrub Ingredients:

You can use fractionated coconut oil or almond oil for this recipe (I use fractionated coconut oil). Coconut oil is such a nice addition – it is very moisturizing! Just add it slowly to the sugar until the mixture is soft, but not too oily. Then add 4 or 5 drops of pure therapeutic grade peppermint essential oil.

If you want to learn more about the essential oils we use and recommend, read this essential oils blog post, email us at cathy at fabulessly frugal dot com!

diy peppermint sugar scrub recipe with pink and white coloring

Coloring Your DIY Peppermint Sugar Scrub:

Split the sugar mixture in half so you can have two colors. There are lots of different ways to color the sugar for the candy cane layered look. You can add 1 or 2 drops of red food coloring for a nice pink color.

Note: If you keep it to no more than the 2 drops, you won’t need to worry about the coloring staining your skin.

diy peppermint sugar scrub recipe with pink himalayan salt

Natural Coloring Options:

For natural options… You can use a red-colored fruit juice, like pomegranate or juice from raspberries. You can also get a natural red food coloring from dried hibiscus flowers steeped in a bit of hot water until cooled. Cranberries and beets might also be possibilities.

Note that you don’t want any smells that will overpower the peppermint. Also, consider that some natural food coloring may go bad sooner than other options.

Using half sugar and half pink Himalayan salt is an option too (I bought mine online). The color isn’t quite as bright as the food coloring, but it is a nice natural option you can try (see photo above).

peppermint candy cane body scrub

Picking a Container for Your Peppermint Sugar Scrub:

Once you’ve got your white sugar mixture and your colored mixture ready to go, you can start layering them into a jar or container.

When choosing a container for the scrub, consider where you will store it and if you need it to be waterproof, shatterproof, etc. I like glass containers, so I need to be extra careful not to drop it if it gets slippery.

Look around your home and see what you have that might work – you can find some great jars at craft stores and online too!

peppermint candy cane sugar scrub

How to Layer Your Peppermint Sugar Scrub Nicely:

Use an ice cream scoop handle or something similar to gently pack down each layer. Alternate the colors and try to keep each layer about the same height.

Note: The amount you use for each of your layers will vary depending on the size and shape of your container.

Enjoy Your DIY Peppermint Sugar Scrub

This is a bit more of a dry sugar scrub – it is not overly oily and it holds the different colored layers quite well. It’s very exfoliating, but also moisturizing. Plus, it looks so cute!

Like I said before, this is a really great homemade gift you can give to your friends and family during the holidays. They’ll love how personal and unique it is, and once they try it out they’ll love it even more! To make it look really nice, make sure to wrap some twine or ribbon around it and include a cute little wooden spoon!

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This sugar scrub recipe is slightly adapted from The Idea Room. I found the red food coloring alternatives here.

DIY Peppermint Sugar Scrub Recipe

Ingredients

  • 2 cups granulated sugar, divided
  • about ¼ cup almond oil or fractionated coconut oil, divided
  • about 5 drops doTERRA Peppermint Essential Oil
  • 2 drops red food coloring (or raspberry juice)

Instructions

  1. Place the sugar in a medium bowl, slowly add the oil to the sugar until the mixture is soft, but not too oily. Then add 4 or 5 drops of doTERRA pure therapeutic grade peppermint essential oil, add more or less depending on your preference.
  2. Transfer half of the sugar mixture to a separate bowl. Mix 1 or 2 drops of red food coloring into the sugar in one of the bowls. Now you have one white mixture and one pink! (See blog post for natural coloring options.)
  3. Alternate the colors in a jar or container, trying to keep each layer about the same height. Use an ice cream scoop handle or something similar to gently pack down each layer. Note that the amount you use for each of your layers, will vary depending on the size and shape of your container.
  4. To use: Scoop out a small amount and use your fingers to scrub it on your damp or wet skin in circular motions. Rinse.
  5. Should last up to 3 months if kept in a well sealed container and scooped with a clean utensil or hands.
Types: Remedies, Adult, Teen
Categories: Beauty, Essential Oils, Frugal, Gift, Natural, Christmas

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