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 (it looks a bit like a candy cane), smells fantastic, and will make your skin feel INCREDIBLY soft, smooth, and silky (ooh la la).

Jar filled with layered candy cane sugar scrub

Homemade Peppermint 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, and this homemade peppermint scrub will feel great on your legs, arms, shoulders, neck, and well, basically everywhere!

The best part is, you can make it yourself and for cheap too! We’re going to show you how to make this AWESOME DIY peppermint sugar scrub in no time at all, and we’ll show you how to make it look nice too.

If you want, you can even 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!

PS – If you want to give them a super awesome gift, package this scrub with some DIY bath bombs!

sugar scrub mixture in glass bowl

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, and email us at cathy at fabulessly frugal dot com!

sugar scrub mixture turned pink with food coloring

Coloring Your Candy Cane 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.

himalayan salt in a glass bowl

Natural Coloring Options

Natural coloring options for this peppermint sugar scrub recipe could include 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).

transferring white sugar scrub to jar with funnel

Picking a Container for Your 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 between sugar scrub containers, 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!

Packing white sugar scrub into jar with end of ice cream scoop

How to Layer Your Scrub Nicely

Use an ice cream scoop handle or something similar to gently pack down each layer of your peppermint sugar scrub recipe. Alternate the colors and try to keep each layer about the same height for the desired candy cane look.

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

Finished jar of peppermint sugar scrub with wooden spoon

Enjoy Your DIY Peppermint Sugar Scrub Recipe

This peppermint scrub is a bit drier than other sugar scrub recipes. 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!

Layered candy cane sugar scrub in jar with twine and wooden spoon

More DIY Ideas You’ll Love:

Close up homemade peppermint scrub layered pink and white

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

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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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