This amazing homemade Peppermint Foaming Sugar Scrub recipe can cleanse, exfoliate, and moisturize your skin in just one simple step.
Because this peppermint foaming sugar scrub contains emulsifying wax, it rinses cleanly away without leaving an oily residue on skin.
However, if you prefer not to use emulsifying wax, or if you don’t have any on hand, you can simply substitute the wax with either kokum butter or refined cocoa butter.
This peppermint foaming sugar scrub can be layered for a unique and very pretty appearance, and it is perfect for giving as a gift during the holidays.
Plus, it only uses a few simple ingredients, many of which you probably already have in your home.
Not a fan of peppermint? I’ve got a suggestion for a lavender and lemon-scented foaming sugar scrub in the notes below. Or check out my 21 Sugar Scrub Recipes for inspiration.
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PEPPERMINT FOAMING SUGAR SCRUB RECIPE
12 oz. white granulated sugar
4 oz. unscented liquid Castile soap (like Dr. Bronner’s)
1 oz refined shea butter
.3 oz. emulsifying wax
30-40 drops of peppermint essential oil
pinch red or pink mica powder, optional
Using a digital scale, weigh out the shea butter and emulsifying wax.
Combine in a large glass Pyrex measuring cup and heat in the microwave at 40% power until melted. Alternately, you can also use a double boiler for this step.
Next, weigh out the liquid Castile soap and stir into the melted butter and wax.
Follow with the peppermint essential oil: add between 30-40 drops, depending on how strong of a peppermint scent you want, and gently stir it into the wet ingredients.
In a separate container weigh out the sugar. Then pour the sugar into the wet ingredients and mix to combine.
If you aren’t planning to layer your sugar scrub, pour into your container of choice. (This recipe will fill two 6 oz. jars.) Otherwise, proceed to the next step.
Now divide the sugar scrub evenly between two containers. In one container, add a pinch of your red or pink mica powder or red oxide pigment powder to suit.
Mix well with a fork until the color is evenly distributed throughout the scrub.
Pour your first layer of the sugar scrub in your color of choice into your jar(s). Place the jar(s) in the freezer.
Then, put the other containers of unpoured sugar scrub into the refrigerator.
Once the peppermint foaming sugar scrub in the freezer is firm, remove from the freezer.
Then, take an alternate color of your scrub from the refrigerator and gently spoon a layer into your container(s) on top of the first.
You can then gently pour more of the alternate color on top of the thin layer you just added.
(Spooning a small layer on top of another layer first ensures that the next layer you pour doesn’t sink into the first layer. This in turn gives you clean layers.)
Repeat these steps until your jar(s) is full. Then package and label your peppermint foaming sugar scrubs as desired for personal use or gifting.
You can also recreate this peppermint foaming sugar scrub recipe in a fresh lavender & lemon scent for spring or summer.
Simply weigh, melt and combine the sugar, shea butter, emulsifying wax and Castile soap in a large container.
Next, divide the sugar scrub into two parts. Add .1 oz. of lavender essential oil and a pinch of violet ultramarine pigment powder to one container. Then add .1 oz. of lemongrass essential oil and a pinch of yellow iron oxide powder to the other.
Mix well, then layer in the same way as the peppermint foaming sugar scrub.
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Rebecca Dawn Dillon is a soapmaker, DIY-er and blogger whose life is controlled daily by a dachshund. Find more of her homemade skin care and soap recipes at her blog, Soap Deli News. You can subscribe to Soap Deli News blog here for updates on future DIY projects and skin care recipes.