If your feet are dry and rough, or just in need of a little pick-me-up, this peppermint foot scrub is just what you need. This simple DIY scrub takes just minutes to put together but will provide you with hours of relief.
What do achy, dry, rough feet need? A little pampering straight from the garden! That’s right, even your feet benefit from a little garden therapy.
This peppermint foot scrub is made specifically for feet. Exfoliating sugar and dried herbs will scrub away rough skin, the coconut oil will soften cracks, and soothing peppermint essential oil has a cooling effect. Update: follow this foot scrub with an all-natural healing foot balm recipe!
The Benefits of Foot Scrubs
Sugar scrubs are all the rage. You will find endless recipes for them just by scrolling pages of social media. What’s the appeal, you ask? Let me tell you!
Simple to Make
First, diy foot scrubs are simple to make. Not only does it typically take just minutes to put together, but you can usually find all of the ingredients around the house. This makes sugar scrubs a fabulous way to get started if you want to learn how to make your own all-natural skincare products.
You can see all of the products I use in the Natural Skincare Series here. Before you ask, no, I don’t sell any of them. I make them for myself, friends, and family, and post the recipes for everyone else!
Customized Skin-Healing Ingredients
Second, you can be very creative with ingredients. Generally, you start with sugar and oil as the base. Then, the fun really begins. Sure, you can leave the sugar and oil as is and have a nice scrub, but why not dress it up a bit?
Here are just a few things that this particular sugar scrub has in it:
- Scent – in this particular recipe, I use peppermint essential oil and a peppermint tea bag.
- Medicinal properties – peppermint does more than just add a nice scent, however. It also provides a tingling, cooling relief that feet absolutely love.
- Skin healing – one of the major benefits of using coconut oil is that it naturally contains anti-fungal properties. This makes it especially excellent for use on hardworking feet.
Makes Your Skin Feel Great
Third, they make your skin feel fantastic! I won’t go too far into the adjectives here because I can’t do justice to the smooth, soft, baby skin that you have hidden just beneath that outer layer. Just try it and you will see.
Great Gift Idea
With all those benefits wrapped into one package, why not double or even triple the recipe below and share it with a few friends? This is a DIY gift that absolutely everyone will love.
I like to package this in wide-mouth mason jars, and for a little extra touch, I will add a chalkboard label and even a cute wooden scoop sometimes.
If you are looking for other gift wrapping ideas, take a look at this post about natural and eco-friendly ways to wrap presents.
How to Make Peppermint Foot Scrub
Alright, let’s talk about how you actually make this peppermint foot scrub.
Remember, this recipe is perfect for feet. You can certainly use it all over your body, and I have, but I love this for cooling and soothing feet.
The secret is in the peppermint essential oil. It has a stimulating and cooling effect on the skin that can really perk up tired feet. If you are prone to foot or leg cramps, a massage with this oil will feel terrific, particularly when followed with this magnesium lotion.
The following recipe makes 400g of sugar scrub.
- 250 g of sugar
- 125 g virgin coconut oil, softened
- 1 mint tea bag
- 10 drops peppermint essential oil
- Spirulina powder (this is optional, but I recommend it as a natural way to get a pretty mint color)
Layout your ingredients. Note: set the coconut oil out in a warm place so that it softens but does not completely melt. Look for the consistency of softened butter for baking. It is very difficult to work with coconut oil straight out of the jar as it does not mix well.
In a bowl, mix together the sugar and the coconut oil.
Empty the contents of the teabag into a small bowl. Sprinkle the herbs into the sugar scrub. You can choose as much or as little as you would like to add, keeping in mind that adding more herbs can make the scrub more abrasive.
To give a minty green color to the scrub, add in some spirulina powder as a natural colorant. You can play with how much you’d like to add. I kept mine on the lighter side because I prefer a softer green.
Add 10 drops of peppermint essential oil. That may not seem like very much, but I promise you, a little goes a long way. This is particularly true of peppermint oil!
Stir the ingredients together and scoop into a lidded jar.
To give this as a present, simply package the scrub in a jar with a chalkboard label, then use a liquid chalk pen to write the label. Wrap jute twine around the top of the jar, just under the lid and tie in a bow.
How to Store Peppermint Sugar Scrub
This scrub will need to be used within 3 months. It will be okay on a bathroom counter for a few days, but anything you keep longer will need to be stored in a refrigerator to extend shelf life.
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DIY Peppermint Sugar Scrub
- 1 Airtight jar
- 250 grams sugar
- 125 grams virgin coconut oil softened
- 1 mint tea bag
- 10 drops peppermint essential oil
- spirulina powder optional, for color
- In a bowl, mix together the sugar and the softened coconut oil.
- Add the contents of the peppermint tea bag.
- Sprinkle in some spirulina powder as a natural colorant.
- Add 10 drops of peppermint essential oil.
- Stir together and add to a lidded jar.
I’m using a conversion chart on google, but I want to be sure I do this correctly before I start making these as holiday gifts. I’d like to make about 8 oz for each person. Google says that 400g = 14 oz. According to this recipe, one batch = 400g. Is that correct?
So far I see that
250g of sugar = 8.8 oz
125g of coconut oil = 4.4 oz
Does this sound correct? Thanks!
Hi Nadia, is it easier for you to work in cups? For reference, generally 250g = 8 oz = 1 cup. That’s not exact but this recipe doesn’t need to be exact so it’s a good reference point. Or you can look at the ratios -> use 2 parts sugar to 1 part coconut oil. For example: if you want to make 9 jars and each jar is one cup (8oz) – then use 6 cups of sugar and 3 cups of coconut oil. You don’t have to pack them full and it does fluff up a bit, so you should have some room there to play with. Does this help?
Yes, thank you! This worked out great.
I would love to know the preservation of the product.
How long does this last
As long as no water is introduced, it should last 3 months. Once water starts getting in (from use in the shower or bath, then discard after a week or two).
Can I use fresh mint for the scrub? I have a LOT! ????. I appreciate any suggestions for using fresh leaves in skin treatments. I already use it in my water pitcher, ice tea, yogurt, mojitos, etc.
Can you use infused peppermint oil instead if essential oil? if so how much?
Hi Trinity, yes, of course! Infuse the coconut oil before making the recipe and use that.