I believe that there’s a little Martha Stewart in all of us. Sure we have those days where simply getting dressed in the morning is a major accomplishment. For those in the baby stage of life getting dressed in the morning is definitely a major accomplishment. And 5,000 brownie points to you if that includes NOT getting your shirt covered in spit up, or baby food, or goopy cheerios. You get the idea.
It’s hard to manage everything that’s thrown at us, but sometimes it’s nice to take a breather and do something fun. Even better is when doing that something fun results is being able to check “make awesome homemade Christmas gifts for everyone” off your list. AND you’re done in less than an hour. Unless you have an absolutely ginormous Christmas list. That I can’t help you with.
These peppermint sugar scrubs smell amazing, they’re festive and you can easily whip up a batch of 20-30 in no time. Or make a few for yourself to enjoy.
Peppermint isn’t just a great holiday scent, but it’s fresh and invigorating. According to this site it’s also great for dull skin and managing oily skin. I like using a peppermint toner in the mornings to help wake me up while I tighten my pores. I also use this whipped body butter with peppermint oil in it every day to help with my stretch marks. You can even use it in a diy room spray to help promote mental focus.
I did use food coloring for this. I tried beet root, but it didn’t really do anything except make a gritty mess. And I tried alkanet root powder, but then I had a purple gritty mess. Because I’m not eating it and it was all I had on hand, I just used the regular get-at-any-supermarket food coloring. You can also omit it for a simple yet beautiful white scrub. Another option is to use this all natural food coloring found here.
What I like about this scrub is that it won’t just exfoliate your skin, but the oil moisturizes and the castile soap will cleanse. You can literally skip all the other steps in your shower routine because this scrub does it all. Except wash your hair and shave your legs for you. Now that would be impressive.
This is nice to use on your face, especially to help wake you up in the morning. Even better I love using it on my legs. Slather it on and scrub your legs, shave and then finish with another round of the scrub. You won’t believe how smooth they’ll be!
Word of warning though. This does contain a lot of oil so be careful of your footing when used in the shower.
If you’re using this as a gift here are some labels to download. I just cut mine out and used clear tape to attach them. You could also use a hole punch and thread a cute piece of twine or ribbon through and tie it around the jar.
Layered Peppermint Sugar Scrub
- 1 cup sugar
- 4 Tbsp. oil of choice (sweet almond, coconut, olive, etc)
- 1 Tbsp liquid castile soap
- 4 drops natural red food coloring (optional)
- 4-6 drops peppermint essential oil
- 8 oz glass jar
- Combine all of the ingredients except for the food coloring and stir well until combined. Sometimes I find it helpful to mash everything in with a fork. Be aware that if you use coconut oil this will make a much more solid scrub. I usually use 1 Tbsp. coconut oil and 2 of sweet almond.
- Spoon half of the mixture into another bowl and add the food coloring. Skip this step if you’re not using the food coloring.
- Spoon some of the white mixture into your jar, then red. Continue alternating and layering the two until you’ve used all the scrub. Don’t make the layers too thin or they’ll just blend together. The half pint mason jars work perfectly for this!
If you want to make these for Christmas gifts I’ve included measurements below to make 10 at once. Make sure you have a big bowl! And unless you have a huge bowl, I would just do several batches of 10, instead of doubling the recipe, if you need more.
- 10 cups sugar
- 2 ½ cups oil
- 2/3 cup liquid castile soap
- 40 drops natural red food coloring
- 40-60 drops peppermint essential oil
- 10, 8 oz jars
Do you make your own Christmas gifts?
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