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DIY Peppermint Coconut Oil Sugar Scrub
I’m all about easy DIY projects and gift ideas. I was recently planning a bridal shower for a friend and I wanted to give everyone who came a special favor to take home with them. After researching many different items that I could purchase, I decided that a DIY project would be cost effective and would add another layer of personal touch to the party. Those are the events leading up to our coconut oil sugar scrub.
I made 24 jars of these sugar scrubs and they were a huge hit among all the guests! My three younger daughters also had a blast helping me make them and we’ve decided to try different oils next time so that we can have a large collection of different scented scrubs.
What is a Sugar Scrub?
Sugar scrubs are a body treatment that exfoliates the skin, taking off the dead layer without causing any pain. Sugar scrubs are a great alternative to salt scrubs because they are very gentle on the skin.
Once you’ve used a sugar scrub you’ll love how soft your skin is! Of course, not all sugar scrubs are created equal. There are many variations to sugar scrub recipes. However, we like using essential oils as an alternative to other fragrant options. See the benefits of sugar scrubs here.
How To Make The Sugar Scrub
Making your sugar scrub is very easy and a small batch will go a long way. Have air tight containers ready for storing the scrub once it’s complete.
Mix your coconut oil with granulated sugar. You’ll want to add just enough oil so that the sugar is fluffy and lightly coated in oil. It is possible to add too much oil so slowly add it. The texture should feel a lot like fresh snow.
Next, add 2 drops of peppermint essential oil. Be careful not to add too many drops, too much oil can result in a burning feeling on the skin.
Now its time to add color! You can easily transform this sugar scrub by adding food coloring to it. It only took 2 drops of red food coloring to turn the sugar into this bright red color.
Finally, take a jar and fill it one layer at a time. I started with a white layer, followed by a red one, and finishing with a final white layer.
To add the final touch, I printed out labels to match the theme of the party. The completed project was easier and more fun than I had anticipated. Now I make these as gifts for friends and family.
I was so excited about the outcome of this project that I’ve decided I would love to create different scents. Next time I plan to try lavender with purple sugar and lemon with yellow sugar!
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar (for the white layer)
- 1/4 cup granulated sugar (for the red layer)
- 2 tsp oil (almond or coconut oil) for the white layer
- 1 tsp oil (almond or coconut oil) for the red layer
- 4 drops of peppermint essential oil (for the white layer)
- 2 drops of peppermint essential oil (for the red layer)
- 2 drops of red food coloring the the red layer (you can also use a red raspberry juice as a substitute for the red food coloring.)
- Make each layer seperatly.
- Mix sugar, oil and essential oils together. Add red food coloring to the red layer.
- Combine all three layers starting with the white layer, followed by the red layer and then finish with the final white layer.
Make sure to store these in a well-sealed container. Like other scrubs use clean utensils or hands when scooping out the sugar. The scrub should last 2-3 month.
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