Chocolate Mint Sugar Scrub

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.

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Recipe for Chocolate Mint Sugar Scrub


  • *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.

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  2. 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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  6. 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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  8. 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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  10. 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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  12. 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!

  13. 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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    • 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.

  15. 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. :)

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

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

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    • 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….