Peppermint Citrus Scrub


If you have dry and/or itchy skin, here is a recipe I found online…I’m going to give it a try, how about you?

The sugar in this scrub gently exfoliates the skin, the cooling  sensation of the peppermint oil helps to soothe itchiness, and the oil moisturizes. Plus, the citrus/peppermint combo is totally invigorating– it will definitely wake you up first thing in the morning!

This simple homemade scrub is fabulous for gifts (Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day, birthdays, etc.) And if you don’t care for peppermint or citrus scents, there is a list of alternative oil options at the bottom of the recipe. The sky is the limit with this one!


  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4-1/3 cup oil of your choice: coconut oil (see note below), olive oil, sweet almond oil, apricot oil, avocado oil, or a combination of these
  • 2-4 Tablespoons orange or grapefruit zest (optional—adds an extra bit of exfoliation)
  • 2 Tablespoons vegetable glycerin (optional—adds extra moisturizing properties)
  • 10 drops of Peppermint essential oil
  • 10-15 drops of Orange essential oil (Lemon or Grapefruit will also work or any combination of these)


Mix sugar, oil, zest, and vegetable glycerin (if using) together. Depending on what type of oil you use, you may need to add more or less to get the proper consistency. You are looking for enough oil to make the sugar stick together, but not so much that it is floating on top.

Gradually add in the essential oils until you’ve reached the desired scent. It may take more or less, depending on the type of oils you use.

Store your sugar scrub in a glass container (check thrift shops for cute glass bottles, or use canning jars). If giving it as a gift, decorate with ribbon, stickers, or scrapbook paper.

To Use: Rub a small amount of the scrub on your hands or body, rinse with warm water.

Some other essential oil combinations:

  • Rosemary and peppermint!
  • Citrus Explosion: Any combination of orange, lime, lemon, grapefruit, and/or bergamot oils!
  • Lavender, lemon, and rosemary!
  • Cypress and white fir (a more manly option)!
  • Lavender (for relaxation)!
  • And that’s just the beginning– the possibilities really are endless!

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