DIY Peppermint Sugar Scrub Bars

by Chrystal Johnson on November 21, 2013

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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 Christmas gifts, you’ll want to adorn them with cute labels! You can download to use – there are 6 to a sheet.

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 Are you making any Christmas gifts this year?

This post was written for inclusion in the monthly Natural Living Blog Carnival hosted by Happy Mothering and The Pistachio Project through the Green Moms Network. This month, our members are talking about how homemade gifts can make your holidays more cost-effective and special! Check out all of the posts to get homemade gift ideas for everyone on your list.

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About Chrystal Johnson

Chrystal, publisher of Happy Mothering, is a mother of two sweet girls who believes in living a simple, natural lifestyle. A former marketing manager, Chrystal spends her time researching green and eco-friendly alternatives to improve her family's life. She enjoys sharing those discoveries with anyone who's willing to listen.

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1 amanda
Twitter: attachedmoms
November 21, 2013 at 8:37 am

I’ve never used mica before but this looks simple enough!
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2 Kim November 21, 2013 at 9:13 am

Mmm … these look good enough to eat! I adore the refreshing scent of peppermint; it’s so uplifting!


3 TJ
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November 21, 2013 at 9:44 am

Ooh, I’ve got all the ingredients except the coloring. :-) I’m gonna make this today. I love peppermint and sugar scrubs. :-) Thanks for sharing, Chrystal!
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4 Amber November 21, 2013 at 11:49 am

That is so simple! Why haven’t I done this before! Can’t wait to try it.
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5 Amanda @Natural Living Mamma November 21, 2013 at 1:26 pm

This sounds like a great simple recipe! We will definitely add this to our handmade Christmas gift list! Thanks for the labels too.
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6 Brittany @ The Pistachio Project
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November 21, 2013 at 9:17 pm

Love these! I don’t think I would’ve thought about adding in shredded soap but that totally makes sense and thank you for the natural red coloring suggestion!
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7 Barb @ A Life in Balance
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November 22, 2013 at 2:16 am

I can smell the peppermint – ah!! I should try making handmade soap. It seems like such an easy project.
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8 Brittney Minor
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November 22, 2013 at 9:50 am

I am definitely going to make these for Christmas! I love solid sugar body scrubs!
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9 Kassie @ Going Green with the Grizls November 25, 2013 at 6:43 am

I make sugar scrubs every year for the ladies in the family but I never thought about trying them in a bar form. Interesting!


10 Sarah @ Nature's Nurture
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November 26, 2013 at 8:46 pm

These look good enough to eat! I love sugar scrubs but never tried a solid one before. I’m pinning this for my next project!


11 Christina@TheHippyHomemaker November 26, 2013 at 9:35 pm

What a great idea! I am totally going to make these! I love all these melt/pour soap type recipes!
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12 Brenda Green December 2, 2013 at 9:30 pm

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?


13 Chrystal Johnson December 3, 2013 at 9:59 am

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.


14 Kay Smith December 5, 2013 at 9:45 am

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


15 Chrystal Johnson December 5, 2013 at 10:09 am

It can take over an hour to fully melt. How long have you been trying to melt it for?


16 Lexi Anne December 8, 2013 at 12:13 pm

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.


17 Chrystal Johnson December 8, 2013 at 12:24 pm

The thing with coconut oil is that it hardens back when it’s cool and helps the bars keep their shape.


18 Theresa December 19, 2013 at 7:28 am

Can you use liquid Dr Bronner’s soap


19 Chrystal Johnson December 19, 2013 at 8:38 am

I’m not sure if liquid would work. I haven’t tried it.


20 Jamie (Mama.Mommy.Mom.) December 30, 2013 at 5:35 pm

I love the scent of peppermint… it’s so refreshing and really wakes up your senses! I’m going to have to add these to the list of DIY personal care goodies I want to try!
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21 Angelique January 23, 2014 at 2:51 pm

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).


22 Jenna @ A Savory Feast March 9, 2014 at 6:35 pm

I bet these smell great! I love peppermint. Thanks for sharing this.
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23 Desiree M. March 10, 2014 at 1:45 am

Oh – I can’t wait to try make these!
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24 Jamie March 10, 2014 at 9:07 am

Those little scrub bars are cute. I’ve pinned this so I can make some as favors for parties.
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25 Leah March 10, 2014 at 8:25 pm

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.


26 Roberta @ Mommy Like Whoa March 10, 2014 at 9:53 pm

These look awesome! Makes me want to make them right now! Please come share this at our link party!
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27 Jennifer Johnson March 11, 2014 at 7:21 am

Precious gift idea
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28 Heather {Woods of Bell Trees} March 11, 2014 at 2:49 pm

This would be fun to make and use! I can imagine getting nice and clean and smelling loveliness!
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29 Virginia March 11, 2014 at 9:17 pm

Thanks for the scrub recipe. It sounds wonderful and easy to make!
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30 Mindie Hilton March 12, 2014 at 6:27 am

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.


31 Steph @ Crafting in the Rain March 12, 2014 at 10:12 am

So pretty and useful–thanks!
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32 Ronda Waters March 13, 2014 at 7:47 am

I love this idea! Can’t wait to try it! Stopping in from the Lovely Link Party over at Bloom today. :)


33 jessica matier (@AW2SL) March 13, 2014 at 8:04 pm

Finally a homemade scrub recipe I’ll actually use! Coming by from the weekend retreat!
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34 March 14, 2014 at 5:35 am

These look amazing! Would you consider linking this to Friday Favorites at Great tutorial! laura


35 Elizabeth Towns March 15, 2014 at 11:04 am

It’s going into Spring as I read this post, and I think it the ultimate time to be making peppermint soap. I’m going to share this with my big sis who loves to make soap, candles and oils for all of us to use. Hopefully we can do this together. #SITSSharefest
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36 All Talk Entertainment March 15, 2014 at 2:32 pm

I’ve really been looking more into making these scrubs. I just bought some salt scrubs today but I’m noticing that most of the ingredients are in our cabinets. Stopping in from SITS Saturday
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37 Kelly March 15, 2014 at 5:26 pm

Just returned from Orange Beach and found lots and lots of these sorts of bars in shops along the coast. The prices were high so we left them behind, but will be trying these! ~Kelly

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38 Laura March 16, 2014 at 6:11 am

Oh wow these look beautiful and fairly simple to make – they have just gone on my to do list – thanks for sharing

Just popping over from SITSSharefest

Laura x


39 Allie March 18, 2014 at 7:01 am

Love your idea of making it into cubes! I must try this! Thanks so much for sharing this on Worthwhile Wednesdays!
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40 Allie March 19, 2014 at 6:34 am

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41 Courtney March 20, 2014 at 2:06 pm

Pinned! Thanks so much!
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42 Chandra@The Plaid & Paisley Kitchen March 20, 2014 at 5:55 pm

I am featuring this on my Facebook Page tomorrow afternoon! Stop by and check it out.
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43 Crystal @ Sew Creative March 23, 2014 at 9:06 am

You inspire me! I featured your project in this week’s Wonderfully Creative Wednesdays as one of my favorite projects from last week. Thank you so much for linking up. :) You can see the post here:

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44 Angelique August 2, 2014 at 11:31 pm

Coconut oil liquefies in the summer. What can I use as a summertime alternative?


45 Brittany August 15, 2014 at 1:40 pm

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. :)


46 Rebecca August 19, 2014 at 7:56 am

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?


47 Chrystal Johnson August 19, 2014 at 9:12 am

You can use a melt and pour soap.


48 Ashley October 14, 2014 at 1:53 pm

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


49 Chrystal Johnson October 14, 2014 at 7:20 pm

Coconut oil is moisturizing :-)


50 FC October 31, 2014 at 12:32 pm

I grated the Castille soap and put it over a double boiler for more than 2 hours and it never melted! Any suggestions?


51 Brooke November 6, 2014 at 1:18 pm

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!


52 Lia November 7, 2014 at 9:40 am

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).


53 Laura November 11, 2014 at 5:59 am

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.


54 Lia November 21, 2014 at 6:15 am

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!!


55 Lia November 21, 2014 at 6:17 am

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.


56 Brittney November 28, 2014 at 2:32 pm

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. :(


57 Giuliana Johnston December 9, 2014 at 6:16 pm

I didn’t notice anywhere how many these made does anyone know?
Thank you


58 Kelly December 9, 2014 at 8:07 pm

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?


59 Emily @ Love, Pasta and a Tool Belt December 10, 2014 at 8:56 am

I love homemade soaps and scrubs! This looks like a great idea for a homemade Christmas gift. Thank you for linking up at The Wednesday Round Up and we hope to see you back next week!
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60 Marietta December 10, 2014 at 4:37 pm

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


61 Natalia December 13, 2014 at 6:17 am

Fabulous ideas! I’m definitely going to try these!


62 lorraine williamson December 13, 2014 at 9:27 am

love this idea will have to put on my to do list thanks for sharing visiting from best of the weekend hop have a great weekend
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63 Lou Lou Girls December 15, 2014 at 12:46 pm

What a great idea! Pinned and tweeted. Lou Lou Girls
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64 Morgan December 17, 2014 at 10:21 am

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!


65 Chrystal Johnson December 17, 2014 at 10:44 am

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.


66 Morgan December 17, 2014 at 10:24 am

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!


67 Jennifer December 17, 2014 at 4:10 pm

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 :)


68 Chrystal Johnson December 17, 2014 at 7:00 pm

Try a melt and pour soap. It’s so much easier!


69 Curiousity December 21, 2014 at 4:44 pm

I am just wondering if I use reg white sugar instead of organic?


70 Chrystal Johnson December 22, 2014 at 10:24 am

Yes, you could. I just prefer to only use organic products to reduce our exposure to pesticides and GMOs :-)


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