DIY Peppermint Sugar Scrub Recipe


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Looking for a great homemade sugar scrub? This DIY peppermint sugar scrub recipe with essential oils uses all-natural ingredients and makes a quick, easy and frugal homemade gift for any occasion. This DIY peppermint sugar scrub is one of the quickest, easiest and frugal(ist?) homemade gifts ever. Plus you can make it entirely out of things you probably already have on hand!

We started making our own Christmas gifts a few years ago when money was extra tight and we had to find a way to make ends meet over the holidays. This homemade sugar scrub turned out to be a super frugal gift idea, costing us just pennies per jar to make.

Despite being cheap to make, the end product is a decadent, all-natural bath product that is more than deserving of a spot under the tree at Christmas… Or for a birthday gift… Or a bridal shower… Or just because.

Sugar scrub requires only three ingredients to make: sugar, carrier oil and essential oils.

Technically you could even make an unscented version without essential oils if you were in a pinch (or looking to be SUPER frugal), but personally I think the essential oils are really what make this gift spa-worthy.

Not to mention, it takes under a minute to whip together! So if you’re in need of a great last-minute gift idea (that doesn’t actually seem like you made it at the last minute), this sugar scrub might just be the thing that saves the day!

 

What is sugar scrub?

In short, a sugar scrub is a bath product that you use to exfoliate your skin during a bath or shower.

Use your hands or a washcloth to apply the sugar scrub and rub it all over your body. Not only will the coarse sugar granules exfoliate your skin, the carrier oil moisturizes your skin and you get the aromatherapy benefits of the essential oils too.

Technically you could just purchase sugar scrub from the store and spend upwards of $20 for a jar… I’ve even seen some name-brand sugar scrubs that retail for more than $50! But making your own homemade sugar scrub is so quick and easy that you’ll wonder why anybody pays the price for store-bought.

Plus, while I can’t say for sure what’s in those commercial body scrubs, I can tell you that this homemade sugar scrub recipe is 100% all-natural and safe for most skin types. (Always do a patch test first just in case).

In fact, I made up a fresh batch of peppermint sugar scrub yesterday and licked the spoon I used to mix it with! While I don’t recommend this (you should always be very careful with ingesting essential oils), it just goes to show that this homemade peppermint sugar scrub recipe is natural enough (and smells good enough) to eat!

Looking for a great homemade sugar scrub? This DIY peppermint sugar scrub recipe with essential oils uses all-natural ingredients and makes a quick, easy and frugal homemade gift for any occasion.

 

How to make peppermint sugar scrub with essential oils

For this recipe, I use plain ol’ white sugar, some sort of carrier oil –olive oil, avocado oil, fractionated coconut oil or sweet almond oil are my favourites, but any liquid carrier oil will work– and some essential oils. In the past I’ve just used peppermint essential oil, but nowadays I like to add in a few drops of vanilla essential oil too. I find it gives it a bit more of a candy cane scent.

You can use any essential oils you like, however. If you’d rather make a sugar scrub with a different scent, some good options are lavender, grapefruit, chamomile or tea tree. I get all of my essential oils from Plant Therapy (whom I highly recommend for both their price and quality), but you can use any essential oils you like.

You can also substitute any type of sugar (brown sugar, organic cane sugar, coconut sugar, etc.) or you could even use salt instead!

As you can see, this is a very flexible recipe. Have fun with it!

To make your sugar scrub, add the sugar, carrier oil and essential oil(s) to a mixing bowl. Mix together until well combined, then transfer to a clean jar.

As always, Mason jars work great. Plus you can reuse your old Mason jar lids.

Looking for a great homemade sugar scrub? This DIY peppermint sugar scrub recipe with essential oils uses all-natural ingredients and makes a quick, easy and frugal homemade gift for any occasion.

 

Add the finishing touch with custom labels 

To add a pretty finishing touch to these homemade gifts, I created custom labels to fit both wide-mouth and regular sized Mason jar lids. I’ve got Peppermint Sugar Scrub labels in both sizes, as well as generic sugar scrub labels if you decide to make a different scent or use different essential oils.

You can find and download all of my printable labels from the “Labels” section of my Free Resource Library.

I like to print labels on these brown kraft paper labels, and my downloadable labels are made to fit perfectly on a sheet of these adhesive labels. The labels fit perfectly on a wide-mouth Mason jar lid, or can easily be cut to size for a regular jar.

Of course, you can always print on standard printer paper and glue the labels on with a glue stick. Just fill in the scent on the label and stick it on, then pop the lid on and you’re done! You can literally make this gift in just a couple minutes from start to finish if you have everything on hand… Which you most likely do!

So whether you’re looking for a last-minute holiday gift for someone else or you’re in need of a little extra pampering yourself, this sugar scrub will do the trick.

Pair it with homemade bath salts and homemade whipped body butter for the ultimate spa-at-home package. Maybe even add a homemade scented candle too!

 

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This DIY peppermint sugar scrub uses essential oils and other all-natural ingredients and makes a quick, easy and frugal homemade gift for any occasion. Homemade sugar scrub recipe for gifting, self-care and natural skincare.

All-Natural Peppermint Sugar Scrub

Yield: one cup
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Mix sugar and carrier oil in a bowl until well combined. Adjust the amount of oil or sugar depending on your personal preferences. I find that this scrub can dry out a bit so I always add a little extra oil to mine to make it a bit more liquid.
  2. Add 10-15 drops of peppermint essential oil (depending on how strong you want the scent to be). Add 5 drops vanilla essential oil, if using. Mix well to combine.
  3. Spoon into a clean jar. This recipe should fill one half pint jar and leave just a little extra to sample yourself;)
  4. Print off the downloadable custom labels from my free resource library and stick them to the lid of your jar.
  5. Gift to someone special or enjoy the next time you take a shower or bath!

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5 Comments

  1. Kayestes

    How long will this last. want to make some ahead for Christmas.

    Reply
    • Anna Sakawsky

      I would make this closer to Christmas. I do find that as the oil absorbs into the sugar, it can begin to dry out a bit so I would just keep the ingredients on hand and mix it up a week or 2 before. It only takes a couple minutes to mix it if you have everything else ready. You can even get your jars ready now with the labels and everything. Then it should last on the shelf for several weeks, but I like to gift it “fresh” so I tend to mix mine up close to the time when I’m going to be gifting it:)

      Reply
  2. Debbie

    I Love all sugar scrubs Thanks for the recipe Merry Christmas

    Reply
  3. Gillian

    Just quickly put a peppermint sugar scrub together for first time. Wow, super easy. In the bit left for me I have also added tea tree oil and rosemary to replicate a commercially produced scrub I used to use. Tried a bit and super impressed, hands very clean, feel soft and smell wonderful.

    Ideal for getting hands clean after a busy day outdoors

    Reply
  4. Lynda Lu Gibb

    Busy Busy Busy..run run Rudolf.. !!

    Reply

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As a teenager, I was the girl who drove around town with punk rock music blaring from my car, Misfits sticker on the back and studs around my wrists. I felt misunderstood and angsty and like I desperately didn’t fit in with the world I grew up in.

I always knew in my soul that I wanted something different; Something more.

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She also said I would have a boy who would be much more introverted and in tune with nature and with his own intuition. That’s yet to be seen, but I’ve always had this unwavering vision of a son and a daughter that fit these descriptions, and my heart has been set on a son ever since we had Evelyn.

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After pushing to see several specialists last year (after our most recent loss), and being told once again that there was “nothing wrong with me,” I finally got another opinion and found out I had something called Chronic Endometritis: A low-grade infection in my uterus that I believe in my heart was caused by my c-section with our daughter; A c-section I didn’t want and probably didn’t need, but felt I needed because I was under pressure to make a decision before the surgeon went off duty.

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We’re living through interesting times. Many people have even used the term “unprecedented times,” and while that may be true in that there has perhaps never been another time in history when we’ve faced so many existential threats all at once (ie. a global pandemic, climate change, political divisions, AI advancing at an incredible rate, cyber attacks, nuclear threats, globalization, food shortages, supply chain issues, hyperinflation, social media and the age of information/misinformation, etc. etc. all converging at once). But despite all of this, we are not the first generation(s) of humans to face hardships and threats of great magnitude, and in fact we’ve had it better than any other previous generations for most of our lives, especially here in the west.

The fact is, there are lots of things we can do to ensure we’re not sitting ducks when these threats come knocking at our door. But it takes action on our part, not waiting around for someone else to fix things or take care of us.

In the Summer issue of Modern Homesteading Magazine, I sat down with The Grow Network’s Marjory Wildcraft to talk all about the realities of our current climate, including worsening inflation and looming global food shortages, as well as what every day people like you and I can actually DO to improve our food security, become more self-sufficient, care for our families and communities and ensure our own survival and wellbeing even in difficult and uncertain times like these.

While I don’t believe in fear mongering, I do believe in acknowledging hard truths and not burying your head in the sand. That being said, things may very well get worse before they get better, and we would all do well to start learning the necessary skills, stocking up on essential resources and preparing now while there’s still time.

Check out the full interview in the summer issue of Modern Homesteading Magazine. Link in bio @anna.sakawsky to subscribe or go to www.modernhomesteadingmagazine.com to subscribe or login and read the current issue.

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