Peppermint Sugar Scrub

This homemade peppermint sugar scrub recipe is super easy to make and works so well on dry skin. Made with natural ingredients, this natural body scrub is great for a holiday gift or any time of year.

hand holding a jar of peppermint sugar sugar scrub over a wood cutting board with dried lavender spread on the board

During the winter months, my skin gets so dry. A perfect way to naturally exfoliate the skin is by making your own DIY peppermint sugar scrub. All you need is a handful of ingredients and like two minutes. Peppermint is 

It also makes a great last minute homemade gift for this holiday season, extra bonus it smells like candy canes or peppermint candy. Making it even more festive.

Homemade peppermint sugar scrub in a glass mason jar on a wood cutting board surrounded by lavender. A jar of oil is in the background

Benefits Of Homemade Scrubs

Sugar is a great exfoliator in scrubs. It helps remove dead skin cells, clean clogged pores, and make your skin feel soft. It is very versatile and used in face scrubs, body scrubs, lips scrubs, and food scrubs.

Sugar helps draw moisture from the air to the skin and doesn’t isn’t as harsh and drying as say salt. It contains glycolic acid which encourages cell turnover and can help reveal smooth skin, and is great for mature skin (source).

Oil on the other hand is super nourishing and hydrating to the skin.

Why you will love this recipe:

Rejuvenating: Peppermint oil is very invigorating. It can help boost energy levels, help reduce joint and muscle pain, and reduce stress. (source)

Smooth Skin: Reveal smooth, nourished, and super soft skin. Perfect for dry hands, elbows, and other parts.

Perfect gift: Not only is this a joy to use, but it is also beautiful making it a great gift.

Great for all skin types: Especially for dry winter skin. It can help nourish and moisturize skin.

Easy: Making your own sugar scrub is really easy to make. 

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peppermint sugar scrub in a small mason jar on a wood countertop with a bottle of peppermint essential oil in the background

Tips For Making Homemade Sugar Scrub:

  • Use 100% peppermint essential oil and skip any fragrances. These are highly toxic and contain endocrine disruptors.
  • Avoid using mineral oils or refined vegetable oils. They are not healthy.
  • This recipe is great for the whole body.
  • I like to use a little less than a half cup of oil per cup of sugar, but if you want it really moisturizing then use a 1/2 cup oil.
  • Double or triple this recipe to make for gifts. Make sure to use a large bowl if you make a large batch.

Tools and materials you may need:

Bowl

Measuring cups and spoons

Mason jar (jelly jars are a great size) or another jar with a lid. Or any tiny glass jar with a lid.

Best Sugar To Use For A Sugar Scrub

  • Pure Cane sugar  (like this one): Plain white sugar is great for all areas of the body, including the face. Great exfoliator. I love using organic cane sugar (Costco has the best price FIY)
  • Brown sugar: Is better for more sensitive skin and sensitive areas like the face because it is finer than the other options. Find my brown sugar scrub recipe here.
  • Raw Sugar (like this one): Good choice for a body scrub as it is much more coarse. Wouldn’t recommend using it on your face.
Jars of sugar, oil, and bottle of peppermint essential oil on a wood cutting board with fresh lavender

Main Ingredients:

Sugar: Choose the best sugar option listed above for what you plan to use it for.

Peppermint Essential Oil (optional)- Pick the highest quality, pure essential oil. I use DoTerra. Plant Therapy, Young Living, and others are good options.

Vitamin e oil (optional) – (I use this kind) Vitamin E is an essential nutrient for skin health. It helps to protect skin cells from damage caused by free radicals, which can lead to premature aging. It can also help to reduce inflammation and hydrate skin, leaving it looking smooth and supple. (Source)

Oil:  Pick an oil that works for your skin. Olive oil is great to moisturize while reducing inflammation. Jojoba oil is rich in fatty acids, antioxidants, and vitamins.

Coconut oil has lots of vitamins, minerals, and is naturally antibacterial and antifungal. Find more oils and their properties, check out this post.

Mix and match oil to make it custom to you. I like using olive oil, almond oil, and jojoba oil. Example: Use about 1/4 cup of olive oil, with about 1/4 cup of coconut oil.

How To Make Peppermint Sugar Scrub:

adding olive to sugar in a white bowl on a wood cutting board

In a small bowl, mix together oil of choice and sugar.

sugar scrub being mixed together in a white bowl on a wood cutting board

Add 5-10 drops of peppermint essential oil to the sugar mixture and stir. (You could also add your favorite essential oils if desired).

overhead photo of peppermint sugar scrub on a wood cutting board with fresh sprigs of lavender

How To Use A Sugar Scrub

This is easiest to do in the shower. Take out 1-2 tablespoons (or a small amount) of scrub, wet skin, and then rub sugar scrub in a circular motion all over your body focusing on dry spots and rough skin.

Rinse with warm water.

Pat dry and apply body butter (I like this one with shea butter), or your favorite lotion.

jar of peppermint sugar scrub on a wood cutting board with sprigs of fresh lavender. A bowl of the remaining scrub is in the background

Storage:

Store in an airtight container in a cool dry place away from any moisture. DIY sugar scrubs will last for up to a year as long as they are stored properly. Don’t forget to label the top of the jar with what it is so everyone remembers.

For gifts: I like to place it in smaller jars and tie them with a pretty ribbon.

small jar of sugar scrub on a wood cutting board surrounded by fresh sprigs of lavender

Variations:

Peppermint Chia Scrub

Peppermint Lavender Scrub: Add a few drops of lavender essential oil to the mix. This combination is one of my favorites.

Salt Scrub: Replace the sugar with dead sea salt, pink Himalayan salt, or epsom salts.

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overhead photo of peppermint sugar scrub on a wood cutting board with fresh sprigs of lavender

Peppermint Sugar Scrub

Peppermint sugar scrub recipe is super easy to make and works so well on dry skin. Made with natural ingredients, this refreshing body scrub is great for a holiday gift or any time of year
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Course: Skincare
Keyword: skincare, sugar scrub
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 1 jar
Author: Amy

Ingredients

  • 1 cup sugar
  • <1/2 cup oil I like to use a little less than a half cup but if you want it really moisturizing than use a 1/2 cup
  • 10 drops peppermint essential oils optional
  • few drops vitamin e optional

Instructions

  • In a bowl, mix together sugar, oil, and peppermint essential oil.
  • Place in an airtight container.

To Use:

  • Take out 1-2 tbs (or a small amount) of scrub, wet skin, and then rub sugar scrub in a circular motion all over your body.
  • Rinse with warm water. I like to do this in the shower since it is the easiest to wash off.

Notes

  • Use 100% peppermint essential oil and skip any fragrances. These are highly toxic and contain endocrine disruptors.
  • I like to use a little less than a half cup of oil per cup of sugar, but if you want it really moisturizing than use a 1/2 cup oil.
  • Double or triple this recipe to make for gifts. Make sure to use a large bowl if you make a large batch.
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