As promised, I am back with another DIY holiday gift idea: a homemade Chocolate Mint Sugar Scrub that smooths and nourishes the skin.

chocolate mint body scrub

I’m a total sucker for natural sugar and salt scrubs, and I’ve been playing around with all different versions of these since I discovered how easy they are to make at home. For this one you need just a few ingredients. You probably already have the sugar and cocoa powder at home; you can purchase the almond oil, the peppermint essential oil, and the optional Vitamin E oil in the cosmetics section of most health food stores.

You’ll feel all eco friendly and thrifty when you make this, but whoever you give it to will feel completely pampered. By the way, if you decide to keep it for yourself, that’s completely acceptable…because you deserve some pampering, too.

I like to pack my scrubs into glass jars, but you could also purchase plastic or tin containers for gift-giving purposes. A customized label is a nice touch- for the one you see here, I re-purposed an adorable card I received last year :)

If you don’t want to make the chocolate peppermint flavor, how about a lemon sugar scrub? Just leave out the cocoa powder and substitute lemon essential oil for the peppermint. You could make a mocha scrub by adding a tablespoon or so of organic instant coffee and forgoing the peppermint oil; you could add some ground cinnamon, too. This Brown Sugar Coconut Oil Food Scrub would also make a nice gift, or make a salt scrub instead.

This scrub is 100% natural and it’s really…truly…good enough to eat. The recipe below makes enough for a small jar (plus some left over for you). Feel free to make a much larger batch if you’ve got a bunch of people on your list.

Recipe for Chocolate Mint Sugar Scrub

Total Time: less than 5 minutes


*1 cup organic or raw sugar
*2 tablespoons cocoa powder, preferably fair-trade
*1/4-1/2 cup almond oil (or avocado, grape seed, or jojoba oil)
*1-2 drops all-natural peppermint essential oil
*a drop or two of Vitamin E oil- optional


1. Mix together the sugar and cocoa powder in a medium bowl.

2. Add 1/4 cup oil and mix with the sugar/cocoa. Add more oil one tablespoon at a time until your scrub has the desired consistency. Add essential oil and option Vitamin E oil.

3. Spoon scrub into a sterilized glass jar with a tight fitting lid. Add decorative label or card including info about how to use the scrub (over wet skin in the shower) and how long it will last (about 4 weeks), if desired.

Inspired by EcoBeauty.



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    Becca — December 9, 2011 @ 8:24 pm

    This may sound silly, but how do you use the sugar scrub?

    • Winnie replied: — December 14th, 2011 @ 10:04 am

      In the shower, scoop some out and use it to exfoliate your arms, legs, heels, elbows…I use a little on my face, too, but if your skin’s really sensitive there, I wouldn’t….

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    Pure2raw twins — December 9, 2011 @ 10:59 pm

    love this idea! thanks for sharing!

    • Winnie replied: — December 14th, 2011 @ 10:04 am

      Hope you try it!

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    Deb — December 10, 2011 @ 1:16 pm

    What a lovely DIY gift idea for the holidays. Chocolate mint is a whimsical and fragrant combination to warm up a chilly winter morning.

    • Winnie replied: — December 14th, 2011 @ 10:04 am

      I gave some away and everyone’s loved it so far :)

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    Silvi — December 11, 2011 @ 4:41 am

    Yum! A person would smell good after using this :)


    • Winnie replied: — December 14th, 2011 @ 10:04 am

      Yes. Most definitely :)

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    Jamie — December 11, 2011 @ 3:13 pm

    My mother would love this – as would a number of girlfriends of mine. Very cool and what a perfect gift!

    • Winnie replied: — December 14th, 2011 @ 10:05 am

      My hubbie loves it too LOL

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    Jessica @ How Sweet — December 12, 2011 @ 8:48 am

    Winnie! I absolutely ADORE this. I love scrubs and one with chocolate… ? Oh my word.

    • Winnie replied: — December 14th, 2011 @ 10:05 am

      Hope you make some Jessica…you really will love it :)

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    Rachel @ Not Rachael Ray — December 12, 2011 @ 10:35 am

    I think I would want to EAT this! :)

    • Winnie replied: — December 14th, 2011 @ 10:06 am

      I won’t tell anyone if you do!

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    Nicola @ unhip squirrel — December 12, 2011 @ 11:04 am

    Good grief Winnie…. you’ve done it again! What a great gift idea!

    • Winnie replied: — December 14th, 2011 @ 10:06 am

      Thank you Nicola!

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    Paula — December 13, 2011 @ 12:12 am

    I love scrubs and home-made ones all the more. This chocolate mint one has to come with a disclaimer that one is not to eat it!

    • Winnie replied: — December 14th, 2011 @ 10:06 am

      Well if a little makes it into your mouth, that’s ok :)

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    Sophie — December 13, 2011 @ 5:11 am

    You are certainly very creative, dear Winnie! :)

    What a great thing to make & to use, of course too! ;)

    • Winnie replied: — December 14th, 2011 @ 10:07 am

      Thanks Sophie!

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    Amanda (onceuponarecipe) — December 13, 2011 @ 5:51 pm

    Just fantastic. I’m really into giving homemade gifts this year and this would totally fit the bill. Thanks Winnie!

    • Winnie replied: — December 14th, 2011 @ 10:07 am

      Hope you do make it Amanda…your “giftees” will love it!

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    Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction — December 13, 2011 @ 9:45 pm

    Love this!! I need to make some of this for me… Forget giving it as a gift. :)

    • Winnie replied: — December 14th, 2011 @ 10:07 am

      Definitely make it for yourself Jen!

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    bridget {bake at 350} — December 13, 2011 @ 10:01 pm

    Whoa. Need. :)

    • Winnie replied: — December 14th, 2011 @ 10:08 am

      Make it! Takes no time at all….

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    Eleni — December 14, 2011 @ 9:31 am

    Where would I be able to purchase essential oils and the almond oil? I live in NH, but travel to MA alot, if that helps :)

    • Winnie replied: — December 14th, 2011 @ 10:08 am

      I think any natural foods/health food store will have those items…

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    Kelsey / Happyolks — December 14, 2011 @ 1:38 pm

    Love this, Winnie. I tore out a scrub recipe from O Mag a month ago for holiday gifts and have yet to start. Yours is much more simple, and yummy. I might add some pomegranates just for festivity’s sake. Hope you’re doing well, it’s been a while since I’ve stopped by. :)

    • Winnie replied: — December 14th, 2011 @ 3:00 pm

      Pomegranates! Sounds lovely. I am doing well, and I hope you are, too :)

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    Chris — December 14, 2011 @ 2:55 pm

    What is the shelf life? Does anyone know?

    • Winnie replied: — December 14th, 2011 @ 3:00 pm

      Chris- there’s nothing perishable in here, so I see no reason why it shouldn’t last for a very long time. Still, I’d use it up within a month and then make more.

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    Maggie — December 15, 2011 @ 4:04 pm

    Hi Winnie – I LOVE this idea. Thanks so much for sharing it. I can’t wait to make it for my friends. Do you think I could use organic peppermint flavor instead of essential oil? I just don’t know enough about oils to answer this on my own :) Thanks!

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    brandi — December 16, 2011 @ 9:42 am

    oh my goodness, Winnie – this sounds incredible!

    I made some vanilla sugar scrub for family last year, but I would have never thought to do chocolate mint. Yum!

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    Michelle — December 16, 2011 @ 1:55 pm

    Such a cute idea! I linked to you on my blog for my holiday madness round up.

    Check it out if you want!

    Thanks for the great idea!

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    Carol — December 23, 2011 @ 1:31 pm

    Thanks so much for this! I just made a jar for all the girls in my family and at my husband’s office. So easy and smells so good!

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    Jillian — July 1, 2012 @ 9:17 pm

    I just made some of this up tonight and took it in the shower with me. Love it!! Smells so good (I added extra mint oil because I love the smell) and makes my skin super soft. Will definetly be passing this along to everyone I know.

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    sarah — December 11, 2012 @ 8:37 pm

    I use sugar scrub on my feet once a week, it can get slippery in the shower, so i sit in front of the TV and use a towel, cover my feet in yummy scrub, and rinse it off in about 15 minutes while sitting on the edge of the tub. Might sound goofy, but it works! And the smell stays around, which is very nice! And very soft feet :)

    I’m looking forward to making this, my scrub was from a company that doesn’t exist any more so i am almost out! :)

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    Denise — May 17, 2013 @ 2:57 pm

    Hi Winnie!!! I just love your sugar scrub recipes!!! :D I’m making them this weekend with my girls and was wondering if I could use Peppermint Extract in place of Peppermint Oil?

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    Kristin — December 5, 2013 @ 11:10 am

    This sounds fabulous! I want to give these as gifts, how much would you say is a good amount? A 4 or 8 oz. jar? Also, if I want to use salt, would it be about the same proportions? Thank you! I’m going to go make a batch now!

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