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DIY Mint Sugar Scrub: A Great Holiday Gift
By Nicole - November 17, 2014

DIY Mint Sugar Scrub: A Great Holiday Gift

I love giving gifts to people.  I especially love giving handmade gifts, like this refreshing DIY mint sugar scrub! Every year, starting in the fall, I start to browse through the magazines and look online to see which DIY gifts I can make to give away to friends and family for the holidays.  There are always 3 things I look for in a DIY project to determine whether or not it's a winner.

DIY Gift Requirements:

  1. Is the project actually doable?/Will it work?
  2. Is it worth it money-wise?
  3. Does the finished product look appealing?
This mint sugar scrub recipe fits all three! It leaves your skin feeling soft and smooth, it costs very little money to make, and it looks great when it's done. This scrub is definitely a winner in my book! The great thing about this recipe is that you can tweak it to make it exactly how you want.  The recipe is just a guideline and you can change the ratios as much or as little as you want to make the perfect sugar scrub!  You can also double, triple, or quadruple the amounts if you want to make a bigger batch all at once and then divide it out among several containers.  So, here's the recipe:

Mint Sugar Scrub Recipe:

  • 1/4 c. White Sugar
  • 1/8 c. Sweet Almond Oil
  • 1/2 T. Peppermint Herb
  • 5 drops Peppermint or Spearmint Essential Oil
Mix sugar and herbs together in a small bowl.  In a separate bowl, mix the almond oil and essential oils together.  Pour oil mixture over the dry ingredients and mix well with a fork until thoroughly combined.  Transfer to another container and store for several months.  This recipe, if packed loosely, will fill a 4 oz. jar.  Decorate the jar with cute labels and ribbons or whatever suits your creative fancy!

A few notes about the recipe:

  1. I used regular white sugar in this recipe, but you can use all-natural sugar or even salt if you'd like.
  2. I chose to use sweet almond oil because it's an oil that is good for sensitive skin.  It also doesn't turn the mixture yellow or brown since there's very little color to the oil. However, feel free to sub in another oil if you'd like.
  3. Peppermint essential oil should not be used with pregnant women (it can inhibit milk production) or young children.  Substitute spearmint oil instead.
  4. If the oil settles to the bottom of the mixture, just give it a quick stir to disperse it evenly again.  
Now, I know this recipe was specifically for a Mint Sugar Scrub, but feel free to substitute other herbs and essential oils in the recipe. What about a citrus scrub, or lavender, or even coffee?  The possibilities are endless!
So tell me, do you like to make homemade scrubs?  What other combinations do you think would make a great scrub?  Share with me in the comments below!


  1. Children of Eve
    I sugar scrub regularly, never thought to add mint. I will definitely give this a go!
  2. jennifer lura
    I am so excited to try both versions of your recipe because ive always wanted to try making a scrub and I already have all of the ingredients!
  3. Janis
    Would fractionated coconut oil be okay?
    1. Meagan
      That would work well Janis.
  4. jennifer lura
    When you mentioned citrus scrub, could you offer an idea? I have my young living oils and I accidently ordered 2 bag's of lemon peel from bulk herb this month instead of one. What else can I use my lemon peel for besides tea and specific recipe's?
    1. Meagan
      Just replace the mint herbs with your lemon peel and replace the mint oils with lemon. Just be careful and look into photosensitivity with the oils you have. Citrus oils are notorious for that, but it varies depending on the oil and how it was extracted.