Peppermint Presents

Just in time for a cold blast of winter air, I ran out of my Pumpkin Spice Sugar Scrub.  It really helped moisturize my skin, a must with the cold outside and the dry heat outside.  So what's a girl to do? Well, make another batch- this time with seasonal favorite- Peppermint! 

There are a lot of recipes for Peppermint Scrub on the internet. Based on these recipes and what I learned when I made the Pumpkin Spice Scrub,  I decided to start from scratch and adjust the recipe as I needed.  Here are the ingredients: 

1/3 cup Coconut Oil
Peppermint Essential Oil (NOT Peppermint Extract!) 
1-2 cups sugar
Red Food Coloring (Optional)

  1. Melt the coconut oil in the microwave in a microwave safe bowl (I just used my glass measuring cup) for about 30 seconds, Stir.  If not completely melted, microwave for another 10 seconds and stir again.  
  2. Pour oil into a medium sized mixing bowl and stir in 1 cup of sugar.  Sample the mixture by rubbing some of it between your fingers. If it feels too oily, add more sugar in 1/4 cup increments, stirring after each addition until the texture feels good to you, but is not too dry.   
  3. Once sugar and oil are mixed together, add about 10 drops of Peppermint Oil and stir completely.  If the mixture is not "Pepperminty" enough for you, add more drops about 3-5 drops at a time until you reach the desired level of peppermint scent.  
  4. If desired, add a small bit of red food coloring to create a light pink color.  You can also split the batch in two and only add red food coloring to half, then layer the colors for a candy cane effect. This requires a larger container than I am working with right now. 
  5. Scoop the mixture into a container for personal use or small jars for gift giving.  

A few notes: You can purchase Peppermint Essential Oil at your local health food store. After I made my first batch of Pumpkin Spice Scrub, I discovered that you can buy a cosmetic grade coconut oil at the health food store as well.  I just use the plain old grocery store variety that works very well for me. 

As I mentioned in my post on the Pumpkin Spice Scrub, I am a little reluctant to use glass in the bathroom, but I am giving it a try with this batch.  I found these little jars in the canning section of Walmart and decorated them with some peppermint striped ribbon I found at Michaels.  

I used a Wilton gel food coloring.  I was concerned that it may stain my skin, but it did not. Some of the recipes I found used berry juice of various types.  I would be concerned that some types of juices would stain. 

This Sugar Scrub would be a perfect little gift or stocking stuffer, especially if combined with Peppermint Soap that we will be making next time! 

Thanks for stopping by today! 



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