The 12 Days of Christmas: The Peppermint Scrub

Peppermint made with sugar and peppermint essential oil.

Peppermint made with sugar and peppermint essential oil.

I am very excited to bring to you the second annual 12 Days of Christmas. This project began last year as a last-minute gift idea guide and because it was so successful it started this very blog you are reading now! I will feature 12 different holiday gift ideas and/or recipes with instructions. I hope you enjoy them and are inspired. Have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from Hannah and Harley.

Sugar scrubs are great gift ideas. They make several containers full usually, are super easy to make, and there are so many different variations that you could make several kinds and package them together as one. The ideas for sugar scrubs are endless. (On a side note this recipe calls for red food dye. So if you have issues using the red food dye you can make it without it. It just won’t have the contrasting colors in the scrub.)

 Here’s What You Need:

  • 2 cups of sugar divided into separate cups
  • Peppermint Essential Oil
  • Carrier Oil of your choice (I used an almond carrier oil.)
  • red food dye
  • plastic or glass containers to put the mixture in (the photo above those are 4-ounce containers.)

 Here’s What You Do:

  • Add about 3-6 drops of food coloring into one of the cups of sugar. (The food coloring will go a long way. So if you don’t want a strong red color in your scrub go light on the dye. I went heavy on the dye because I wanted a strong contrast between the colors.)
  • Stir the sugar and food dye until it’s blended to your liking.
  • Add about 5 drops of peppermint essential oil and the carrier oil to the other cup of sugar and mix well. The amount of carrier oil you use will depend on the consistency you’d like the scrub to be. I went with a thicker scrub.
  • Start layering the scrub. You can start with either color. There’s no science to it, just make sure you alternate layers to give it the pepperminty look. Layer until the container is full.
  • You may want to press each firmly before moving to the next layer. This will help to keep it from settling too much later.

Enjoy.

If you use a Popsicle stick or spoon to dispense the scrub it will last a little longer. Depending upon the size of the container, the scrub is good for about 4-6 weeks. Also please make sure and use caution when in the shower or tub. There is oil in it so it may be a little slick when you are done.

Peppermint made with sugar and peppermint essential oil.

Peppermint made with sugar and peppermint essential oil.

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