Mint Coconut Sugar Scrub

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Mint Coconut Sugar Scrub

Love the way your skin feels after using one of those fancy sugar or salt scrubs?

Feel a little silly paying lots of money for salt & oil in a jar?

This is a project that I wrote for Joie magazine last summer, but it’s so yummy that I wanted to included it in Summer Camp for those of you who missed it!

This recipe makes enough for one use of body scrub.  It smells delicious and so summery!  Since this is just oil and sugar, you could make a big batch and scoop some out to use throughout the summer.  It should keep for a couple of months if you keep it away from water.

Mint-Coconut Sugar Scrub

 

4TB (60 ml) sunflower oil

1 TB (15 ml) raw coconut oil (will be solid at room temperature)

½ c. (100 g) demerara sugar

handful of mint, finely chopped

Peppermint essential oil (optional)

 

Put the two oils and mint in a double boiler (if that’s too complicated, just put it in a pan on low heat). Heat gently for 15-20 minutes to infuse the mint in the oil. Remove from heat and strain out the mint leaves, reserving the oil. When the oil has cooled, add the sugar and stir well. You can add a drop or two of peppermint essential oil, if you have it. Put in a wide-mouthed container to use in the shower or bath. Use this scrub on damp body skin (it’s too scratchy for your face), then rinse off. The bottom of the tub might get slippery from the oil, so avoid shower aerobics while using any oily scrub!

Note: It’s always important to do a patch test with any new beauty product. Try it on your inner arm, then wait 24 hours to see if any irritation develops. Remember, homemade beauty products aren’t tested on animals – they’re tested on you!

 

If you’re not into Mint & Coconut, you can also try this Coffee Body Scrub.

If you make either of these body scrubs, either leave a comment with a link to your blog, or add a photo to our Summer Camp group on Flickr!

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  1. Hi Amanda, can you suggest some natural preservative to increase the shelf life of it. Thanks.

  2. Oh this recipe looks wonderful, and I’m looking forward to trying it! I’m just wondering if you think there would be any good ways to substitute the sunflower oil?
    And if I ever get around to making a cute container and taking a cute picture (ugh this second one is just as hard) I will try and send in a picture 🙂

    1. Hi Anna, you can use any oil that you want in this recipe … almond oil, olive oil, whatever you have on hand. I only picked sunflower because it doesn’t have much of a smell. Some olive oils smell quite ‘olivey’, so that would remain in the smell of the finished product. Have fun with it!

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