12 DIYs: Peppermint body scrub

photo by Anna Wright

photo by Anna Wright

Anna Wright

This delicious smelling seasonal scrub will leave your skin soft and glowing throughout the harsh cold of the winter months. It makes a great holiday gift idea or you can make it as a treat for yourself this Christmas season.

Inspiration: apumpkinandaprincess.com

Total Cost: $2.97 plus household ingredients

photo by Anna Wright
Photo by Anna Wright

Assembly time: 10 minutes


1 ½ cups sugar

¾ cup coconut oil

4-6 drops peppermint oil or mint extract

1-2 drops red food coloring

Small glass jar ($1.97)

Decorative ribbon ($1.00)

Mixing bowl


Step 1: Microwave the coconut oil, which comes solid and room temperature, for 30 seconds until it has fully melted or is soft enough to stir into liquid form.

photo by Anna Wright
Photo by Anna Wright

Step 2: Add peppermint oil or mint extract to the melted coconut oil. Stir the liquids together until they are fully blended.

Step 3: Add the red food coloring to the mixture. I chose to add only a small drop, in order to give the scrub a light pink tint, but you may also dye it a deeper red or split the scrub into two bowls, dying only one bowl red and layering the scrub to look like a candy cane.
Step 4: Scoop the peppermint scrub into the glass jar, seal the lid on tightly and tie a ribbon around the top for decoration. If you like, you may add a bow and a gift tag like I did and give  scrub to one of your friends as a festive, girly gift idea.
By Anna Wright