This all-natural peppermint sugar scrub is one of the quickest, easiest, most frugal homemade gifts ever. And you can make it entirely out of things you probably have on hand already!
We started making our own Christmas gifts a couple years ago when money was extra tight and we had to find a way to make ends meet over the holidays. This sugar scrub turned out to be a super frugal gift idea, costing us just pennies a jar to make.
Despite being cheap to make, the end product is a decadent, all-natural, spa-worthy bath product that is more than deserving of a spot under the tree at Christmas… Or for a birthday gift… Or a bridal shower… Or just because.
It requires only three ingredients: sugar, oil and essential oils for their fragrance and therapeutic qualities. Technically you could just make an unscented version without essential oils if you were in a pinch (or looking to be SUPER frugal), but personally I think the essential oils are really what makes this gift luscious.
At Christmas time I always make a batch of peppermint sugar scrub with peppermint essential oil, but you can use any essential oils you like (provided you do your research and make sure they are safe for topical use). Some other good choices are lavender, tea tree and frankincense.
This makes a perfect gift for all the girls in my family, and even the guys who are brave enough to give it a go;)
This sugar scrub makes a great all over exfoliant that helps to get rid of dead skin while moisturizing with the oil. It’s especially nice on the soles of the feet!
Many recipes call for olive oil, but you can use pretty much any natural cooking or cosmetic oil. I like avocado oil, sweet almond oil and jojoba oil in mine, but I have even used vegetable oil before.
A Quick & Easy Last-Minute Gift For Everyone On Your List
If you’re looking for a last-minute gift out of your own pantry, you can use whatever food-grade liquid oil you have on hand. I’ve never tried this recipe with coconut oil. I imagine it might just make the end product a thicker, more solid one. If using coconut oil, I would blend it with a liquid oil to ensure it doesn’t solidify too much.
Once you have blended your sugar and oil together by mixing with a good ol’ fashioned spoon, add your essential oil(s), stir again until well blended and then scoop into clean jars. I am always a fan of using Mason jars as I usually have some on hand or can get them cheap at the second-hand store. Plus, what homesteader doesn’t have a bit of a love affair with Mason jars?
The best thing about using Mason jars is that you can also reuse old canning lids! While you should never reuse old lids when canning food, you can absolutely use them when preparing bath and body products! I always save my old lids for just this reason. I also use them for my homemade candles, cleaning products and for storing dry food in my pantry.
Add the Finishing Touch with Custom Labels
To add a pretty touch to these homemade gifts, I have created custom labels to fit both wide-mouth and regular sized Mason jar lids. To access my free printable template, CLICK HERE.
I like to print labels on these brown kraft paper labels, and my downloadable labels are made to fit perfectly on a sheet of these adhesive labels. The labels fit perfectly on a wide-mouth Mason jar lid, or can easily be cut to size for a regular jar.
Of course, you can always print on standard printer paper and glue the labels on with a glue stick. Just fill in the scent on the label and stick it on, then pop the lid on and you’re done! You can literally make this gift in under two minutes from start to finish if you have everything on hand… Which you most likely do.
So whether you’re looking for a last-minute holiday gift, a frugal birthday present or just a simple homemade gift for someone special, this sugar scrub checks all the boxes. Just be sure to make a little bit extra for yourself. After all, you should never nee a special occasion to pamper yourself:)
- 1 cup white sugar
- ¾ cup liquid oil (olive, avocado, sweet almond...)
- 10-15 drops peppermint essential oil
- Mix sugar and liquid oil in a bowl until well combined. Adjust the amount of oil or sugar depending on your personal preferences. I find that this scrub can dry out a bit so I always add a little extra oil to mine to make it a bit more liquid.
- Add 10-15 drops of peppermint essential oil (depending on how strong you want the scent to be).
- Spoon into a clean jar (if buying new, I recommend these funky wide mouth half pint Mason jars). This recipe should fill one half pint jar and leave a little extra for yourself;)
- Print off the downloadable custom labels from my free resource library and stick them to the lid of your jar.
- Give to someone special:)