Peppermint Candy Cane Sugar Scrub

homemade candy cane peppermint sugar scrub gift idea with essential oil

Looking for an easy gift idea that doesn’t involve sugar expanding your waistline?  This recipe DOES invovle sugar, but it’s used in a way that will pamper you with out 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).

Simple Peppermint Candy Cane 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 it on my legs right before I shave… in fact I love srubbing 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!

sugar scrub with fractionated coconut oil

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 3 or 4 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 seekingwellness at fabulesslyfrugal dot com, or text us at 208-907-OILS.

food coloring or pink himalayan salt for candy cane peppermint scrub

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

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. 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).

paper funnel to make candy cane 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.

candy cane peppermint layered sugar scrub

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 that the amount you use for each of your layers, will vary depending on the size and shape of your container.

This is a bit more of a dry sugar scrub – it is not overly oily and it holds the different colored layers quite well. Very exfoliating, but also moisturizing. Plus, it looks so cute! I love it and hope you do too!


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 homemade gift with peppermint oil

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

healthy lavender coconut salt scrub

You might also like this Lavender Coconut Salt Scrub.

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