DIY Peppermint Sugar Scrub Bars

peppermint-sugar-scrub-barsCan you believe Fall is here, Thanksgiving is just a few weeks away and Christmas is right behind that? I love this time of year, and all of the scents that come along with it. One of my favorite holiday scents (and flavors) is peppermint!

My real weakness is peppermint mochas, but I also love peppermint in my beauty products! That’s why I’m so excited to share this recipe for DIY Peppermint Sugar Scrub Bars with you. Whether you’re looking to treat yourself or you’re embarking on a DIY project for Christmas gifts this year, these sugar scrub bars are sure to please.

You can also substitute your favorite essential oil in this recipe to create a scent that is appropriate for every season and every person.

DIY Peppermint Sugar Scrub Bars



  1. In a double boiler, melt your shredded soap (this can take over an hour, so be patient). If you do not have a double boiler, microwave in 15 second intervals, stirring in between until melted.
  2. Mix in your coconut oil until combined and add your peppermint essential oil.
  3. Separate into two separate bowls, adding your mica into one bowl and mix until color is uniform.
  4. Add ½ cup of sugar to each bowl, doing one bowl at a time. Mix until well combined. You are looking for a slushy like consistency.
  5. Pour into your silicone molds and allow to dry for 1-2 hours before unmolding.

*If your sugar and soap mixture gets too thick, microwave on 10 second bursts until you are able to pour.


If you’re giving these peppermint sugar scrub bars out as gifts, you’ll want to adorn them with cute labels! You can download to use – there are 6 to a sheet.

  • Download a PDF.
  • Download a JPG.

 What are your favorite handmade gifts to give?

Update: This post previously had a link to the brand of essential oils I use, but I can no longer mention that brand on my blog due to FDA regulations. If you’d like to learn more about the only brand of essential oils I recommend, please fill out the form on this page and I’ll get back with you. I do NOT recommend buying essential oils from I’m happy to share why with you.

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  1. Brenda Green says

    I would love to make these but when I looked up the prices of the items you recommended, I was floored. $27 for soap and coconut oil was $20 is quite a lot to pay. Is this right?

    • says

      You would only be using a small portion of those items that are linked to, so you could use them for other things as well. I cook with coconut oil, so I always have it on hand in my kitchen.

  2. Kay Smith says

    HelpTrying these right now for a gift but the sosp is not melting. Have The soap Inside a glass measuring jar inside a double boiler but not melting..Hemp

  3. Lexi Anne says

    Can you use something other than coconut oil? I usually use sunflower oil for my scrubs. I have some family who are allergic to coconut and I don’t want to attempt it.

  4. Angelique says

    You’ve inspired me to make a slightly modified version of these bars!!! =) I followed the processing directions but used:


    1/2 cup Coconut Oil (I like Nutiva and Tropical Traditions)
    1 cup Shredded Soap (Dr. Bronner’s Baby-Mild Bar Soap)
    8 drops of Lavender Essential Oil
    To equal 2 cups (2 parts ground oatmeal, 2 parts organic cane sugar and 1 part slightly ground organic lavender buds)

    I love this blend, but I may increase the soap and coconut oil a bit because the ground oats are quite absorbent. This soap left my hands amazingly soft. It’s perfect for washing your hands while working in the garden (when you know you’re gonna wash your hands a dozen times).

    I will definitely give your peppermint version a try. My husband absolutely loves peppermint, but I am on peppermint overload (homegrown tea, peppermint body scrubs, homemade altoids from a friend, and many many other peppermint goodies).

  5. Leah says

    Just tried this with the Dr. Bronners baby mild soap and it would not melt. I now see up in another post here it takes over an hour to melt. That sure would have been good info in the actual instructions before I tossed it out due to not knowing it took forever to melt and thought it wasn’t working or I was somehow doing it wrong. I may have skipped making it all together and just used a Shea melt and pour soap instead. Live and learn I guess.

  6. says

    Pinned ya! I love this, can’t wait to make some. I make and sell sugar scrub now, using similar ingredients, but would love to try it in bar form. Please come share at the Bacon Time linky.

  7. Brittany says

    I just made these – or tried to and kinda succeeded. I still need to let them set, but I think I pulled it off, as long as they don’t fall apart in the shower.

    I used 365 Brand unscented glycerine/coconut oil soap. My problem is that it never melted. Trust me, I was patient. I gave it a good 2 hours and NOTHING changed in the consistency of the soap. I tried adding a little of the oil, hoping that would break it down but guessing it wouldn’t. I was right.

    In the end I added a little bit of coconut milk after researching rebatching soap. That finally helped, having just that small amount of liquid started to break down the soap. I also ended up moving it to a ziplock bag and putting that directly into the boiling water so I could squish it. When I moved it to the ziplock, I went ahead and added the remainder of the oil while it cooked, because I didn’t see harm to doing that.

    In the end, I never got a perfectly melted/combined liquid – but I figured it would be close enough once I added the sugar. Due to this, I also didn’t get a slushy consistency, more of a wet sand. I added a little more oil to help it stick together and then rolled it out and used cookie cutters.

    I think in the end the soap was melted enough, and it should all solidify fine.

    I hope this helps someone! I think next time I would just start with a melt and pour soap. :)

  8. says

    Hi, I love this idea but I happen to be allergic to hemp based soaps, and we’ll everything else hemp based, would you have a suggestion for an alternative?

  9. Ashley says

    Love how this sounds… my only question – how about adding something that moisturizes while it scrubs? any ideas? is this doable??

  10. Brooke says

    These look fantastic! I can’t wait to make them for our employees.

    I am not used to using organic sugar so when I looked it up to do a price comparison I saw organic cane sugar come up. What is the difference? Does it work just as well?

    Thank you!

  11. Lia says

    How many scrubs did this batch make? Im going to use a melt and pour base Instead of rebatching the soap (I even already purchased the soap specifically for this).

    • Laura says

      Hi Lia – I just made these yesterday with the melt and pour soap. I used the Wilton 2105-49 24 cavity brownie silicone mold.
      I was able to make 12 squares following this recipe. I made these as my first test batch, as I always do before gifting and think they are too hard. I think for my next batch I will use less of the melt and pour. I was looking for something that would melt more easily in the shower. With the 1/2 cup of melt and pour these feel like tiny soaps with sugar. I usually make a scrub without the soap and just love it. These little bars turned out great and smell wonderful, but I am not getting the same results as I would from a regular scrub. I just don’t feel the moisturizing effects of the coconut oil as I would if I hadn’t used the melt and pour. My skin almost feels dry. Going to try to add less soup next time, because I really want these to work.

      • Lia says

        Awesome. Thank you for the advice too! I’m going to do like you did and make a test batch first. I LOVE the regular scrub & the moisturizing effects. Im guessing this is more like a soap scrub? Maybe add a little more coconut oil into the recipie? I haven’t made these yet but will this weekend. I’ll play around and see what works best before I gift these. Good luck to you with yours!!

      • Lia says

        Oh and I also read another sugar scrub recipie..It was basically the same as this in)) one but they suggested adding a small amount (like a teaspoon or so) of vegetable glycerin to make your skin softer. I ordered one on amazon. It’s worth a shot.

  12. Brittney says

    I LOVE peppermint and was so excited to make some of these for the holidays. The bummer is, as I see others have posted, I could not get the Dr. Bronner’s soap mentioned in the recipe to melt. I tried for HOURS on the double boiler, and even tried some tips and tricks from other soap-melting websites out there. That being said, I have ordered some melt-and-pour soap bases and am really hoping to make these with that… If anyone has any other tips/tricks on how to get the Dr. Bronner’s to melt, I would love to hear! I love all Dr. Bronner’s soaps and was really hoping I could get it to work in this recipe for me. :(

  13. Kelly says

    I made these today and they are beautiful and smell great however they are a solid rock. They didn’t want to melt on skin in a hot shower. Have you not had this problem?

  14. Marietta says

    Has anyone tried this with Ivory soap? I’m hoping to make these this weekend for Christmas presents, it’s such a cute idea!

  15. Morgan says

    Just made these and they turned out great! Just curious though mine at the end still seemed a little soft when i popped them out of the mold i used. They have been sitting over night which is a good amount of time, but i feel as if i were to use them they would sort of mush together, is this how they are suppose to be!? Thanks!

    • says

      It depends on so many things like which soap you used, the humidity where you live, etc. If they are too mushy, maybe try popping them into the fridge for a bit to see if it firms up the coconut oil more.

  16. Morgan says

    Just made these and they turned out great! Just curious though what is the consistency of them suppose to be like when you pop them out of the mold? Mine are hard to a point but if i push on them too hard they sort of start to mush together, is that suppose to happen? Thanks!

  17. Jennifer says

    I just tried making these with horrible results. I followed the directions exactly and all I ended up doing was burning the soap and turning it brown and smelly (I did try it with Dr. Bronner’s since I liked the fact that it is all natural). Any suggestions would be helpful. Thanks :)

  18. Shannon says

    I made these yesterday, but mine are so hard! I can barely even feel the sugar in them – its a bit disappointing. Very good for a foot scrub though haha


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