DIY Peppermint Sugar Hand Scrub

DIY Peppermint Sugar Hand Scrub ||

Looking for an easy DIY Christmas gift idea? Hand scrubs are always a hit and so simple to whip up! Hand scrubs are perfect for this time of year to get all that dry dead skin off and the added oil helps to moisturize. I’ve added peppermint to this one because the scent reminds me of candy canes, perfect for the holidays!

I basically made this scrub the same way I made my lemon sugar scrub earlier this summer with only a few changes. I added color (we’ll talk about the green coloring disaster later on…) this time around and also found a really cool alternative to peppermint oil for the scent that doubles as soap! I use coconut oil for my scrubs but this specific oil will harden a bit at room temp, which makes the scrub a bit harder. If you prefer a wetter/softer scrub I would recommend another oil such as olive, almond, or baby.

I found the tiny jars at Target, not only were they a steal but I thought they were the perfect size for a gift like this. I also purchased my coconut oil from target (way back when I made the lemon sugar scrub) and the peppermint soap can also be found there as well.

Peppermint Sugar Hand Scrub

DIY Peppermint Sugar Hand Scrub ||


– 2c sugar
– 1/3-1/2c coconut oil (olive or almond oil will work too)
– peppermint (I used castile soap but oil scent will work too)
– food coloring


1. Begin to gradually add the oil into the sugar. Gently mix the two, this works best with a knife. I used about 1/3c of coconut oil. I had to soften my oil in the microwave for 20 secs first to liquefy it. If you prefer a more wet or pasty scrub, simply add more oil. Then add the peppermint soap, I used about 1.5 tsp.


2. Separate the mixture into 3 bowls. One is for the red, one for green, and one will remain white. I recommend beginning with just 1 or 2 drops of coloring to start. I didn’t realize until this step that I only had NEON food coloring and so that is why my green is more like LIME. I am not happy with how it turned out. I began adding drops after drops to darken the color and that only kept turning the scrub an even brighter “glow in the dark” neon green. At some point I tossed that bowl in the trash and started over, using only 1 drop of neon green and the result was what I inevitably kept. It’s not the “mint” green I wanted, but it’ll work!


3. Now start adding the scrub to the jars. Use a flat surface to pack the scrub in. Use a lid with a good seal, and they are ready for gifting!

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