Do you have sensitive skin?
Have you tried salt scrubs but they burn or hurt?
You might need to go just a little gentler with a sugar scrub. Actually, that’s why some spas adapted the practice of using sugar instead of salt. Sugar is easier on your skin.
A scrub is used on the skin to exfoliate or remove dead skin cells from the body. This is important to help remove toxins from your body and also to prevent dead skin “piling up” and causing blemishes. This is true with oily or dry skin.
Peppermint sugar scrub makes a perfect gift. It’s easy and fast to make. It takes less than 10 minutes. And it’s REALLY inexpensive. I go into detail about how frugally you can make peppermint sugar scrub here.
Peppermint Sugar Scrub
You will need
- A pint (16oz) Mason jar (or another pretty jar)
- 2 cups of organic sugar
- Natural red food coloring (I used 3 drops of this)
- 10 drops Peppermint essential oil
- 6 tablespoons almond oil
Divide your sugar evenly into two bowls so that there is one cup in each bowl.
Add 3 tablespoons of oil to each bowl and stir to combine. Add 3 drops (or more if desired) of food coloring to one bowl. Stir until all of the sugar is a light red or pink color.
Using a spoon fill the jar ½ to 1 inch full of with the white sugar. Press down with a spoon or tamper.
Then add the red sugar on top in a ½ inch to 1-inch layer.
Continue alternating until your jar is full.
Label and/or wrap if giving as a gift. Of course, when I make this scrub as a gift I always make two. One to give and one to keep.
To use take one tablespoon of scrub and working in a circular motion apply it to your skin. Rinse thoroughly and shower or bathe as normal.
You can use any essential oils that you like (as long as they are safe for topical use). However, if you’re giving it as a gift be careful to not overdo it. The person receiving your gift may not like their scents strong.
You can use a larger grain sugar like sucanat but be aware that it might be rougher on your skin. I like using evaporated cane juice, which is even finer than regular sugar. The scrub almost feels silky in my fingers.
Be sure to not use this on your feet in a slippery shower. It has oil in it that could cause you to fall. Also be mindful of this when giving it as a gift.
This scrub has all natural ingredients in it and will be shelf stable for a good long while. However, oil does not last forever and will go rancid over time. It’s always a good idea to put a “use by” date if you’re gifting this peppermint scrub to someone.