Chocolate Peppermint Sugar Scrub


Smells have such an amazing way of evoking emotions, memories and feelings. Each season has it’s own smell to me. Fall is all cinnamon. Winter is all peppermint. Maybe it’s the candy canes and hot chocolate, but winter is definitely about the peppermint. A close second is cranberry and apple. The apple inspired me last month with my cinnamon pear applesauce, so I thought I would try something different. There was a recipe for a vanilla latte inspired sugar scrub, but I had peppermint on the brain, so when I looked at it, it screamed chocolate peppermint sugars scrub, and so it was born!

Easy DIY Chocoalte Peppermint Sugar Scrub

It was handy, too because I had all of the ingredients on hand; cocoa powder, oil (I had grape seed, you could use fractionated coconut oil, almond oil or even olive oil), sugar, and peppermint essential oil.

It’s easy to make, smells amazing, leaves your skin soft and moisturized and makes a great holiday gift. I packed up the first batch into leftover baby food jars (don’t worry, they were cleaned), put a label and ribbon on them and gave them to E’s preschool teachers.

Easy DIY Chocolate Peppermint Sugar Scrub

The chocolate peppermint sugar scrub leaves you smelling pepperminty, with a hint of chocolate, but if you don’t want to wear your favorite holiday smell, you can use Febreze Home for the Holidays Collection to help get your home refreshed for the holidays.

Chocolate Peppermint Sugar Scrub inspired by Home for the Holidays Collection

Chocolate Peppermint Sugar Scrub inspired by Home for the Holidays Collection

Easy DIY chocolate peppermint sugar scrub

Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes


  • 1/2 cup grape seed/almond/fractionated coconut/ olive oil
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3 Tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 11 drops peppermint essential oil


  1. Measure all ingredients
  2. Mix ingredients well in a non-plastic container
  3. Store in a non-plastic container
  4. *Note as this contains essential oil, test on skin before use.

Nutrition Information:

Serving Size:

1 grams

Amount Per Serving: Unsaturated Fat: 0g

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What favorite holiday smells do you have around your home? Which of the Febreze Home for the Holidays Collection do you think would make a great sugar scrub?

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  1. Great idea with the baby food jars! I love the shape of the new Beech-Nut varieties. Now I can make my coffee scrub and this one too! Yummy smells galore.

    1. I have *ahem* a box of the jars I’ve been saving for various projects, so this totally fit the bill.

      I was almost going to do a coffee one..almost!

  2. Wow! This sounds amazing! I’ve never made my own scrubs before but love buying them! I’m going to give this a try thanks to your how-to and maybe even give it as holiday gifts this year!

    1. They are so very easy to make….the last one my kids did. And, they end up being way cheaper. Of course, putting them in a mason jar with a fancy ribbon and label makes them a perfect DIY gift!

      1. I love packaging things in Mason Jars as gifts! Everything always looks better in a Mason Jar and yay for reusable packaging too! 🙂

  3. I love the smell of peppermint in the winter too! Nothing like a simple body scrub to kick off the cold weather. Thanks.

    1. E’s teachers were pretty appreciative this morning! I think it makes a very nice gift! I gave N’s teacher a different scrub last year and she asked me to make her more!

    1. I think this might be the first time I’ve heard somebody say “I desperately need to exfoliate!”

    1. It has me wanting all of the chocolate and peppermint these days!

      1. Stephanie says:

        Does the chocolate stain the skin at all?

        1. Hey Stephanie. I’ve never had any issues with the cocoa/chocolate staining our skin.

  4. That Home for the Holidays collection sounds lovely! I love, love, love a good smelling house and even better – I love it when someone walks in my front door and says, “Oh, it smells so good in here!” Good job on the scrub – totally impressive! My boys would go to town on that one! 😉

    1. Oh, I totally agree! I love it when people come in and tell me it smells good!

  5. What a great idea! I never ever would have thought to add chocolate to a body scrub! Now, the challenge of course is not eating the chocolate peppermint sugars scrub… I bet it tastes good, right?!

    1. Since everything was good grade, and my oldest was bugging me, I let her try it! She said it was delicious!

  6. I love the idea of having a collection of seasonal scents! And there is nothing better than really getting in the spirit of things. This Chocolate Peppermint Sugar Scrub sounds like the perfect way to do that!

  7. I adore everything about this. SO perfect for holiday gift giving. I make baskets for gift giving and this would be a perfect addition!

  8. This is a great idea! I may have to try this. I loved the sugar scrub we made a few months back. I can definitely see me making this.

  9. 5 stars
    That must smell INCREDIBLE and must stir up an appetite!

    LOVE homemade ANYTHING! Will try this recipe! This looks like a fun one to do with my older daughter!

  10. Stephanie Larison says:

    Yum, I’m going to have try this, it looks amazing!

  11. This sounds delicious even though I realize it’s not edible. LOL…

    I’d love to sniff a sugared cranberry scrub or even spritz the fragrance counterpart all around the house. It would definitely mix things up – I’m a standard frosted pine and apple tart kind of girl.

  12. 5 stars
    I almost thought this was edible because it looked to good to use as a scrub lol.

    1. I suppose if you really wanted to, you could eat this! Although, I’m not sure how it would taste:)

  13. Tressie Dawson says:

    Nice! I am definitely going to make this scrub for me. Thanks for sharing.

  14. Puji mayanda says:

    How abou shelf life ?

    1. Hi Puji-

      They never last very long here (as in they get used up), but we’ve had them in the shower for over a month with no issues.

  15. 5 stars
    Oh my goodness! this is amazing! i love how the way its smells, and it is getting cold here, so i will use it often! i used 6 drops of calmer oil, which smells like peppermint and 6 drops of peppermint extract. haven’t used it, but will tonight! hope the extract doesn’t effect it, lol. looks yummy enough to eat!

    1. So glad you love the way it smells! I think you’ll be fine with the extract! You’ll have to let us know how you enjoyed it.

  16. 5 stars
    Ok i just used it. i’m in LOVE. smells amazing, looks amazing and feels amazing! it feels like i’m freshly shaved, and to all of the people who are not sure about this, don’t be worried! i love it, and i highly recommend it. going to share with all of my mint- chocolate lover friends! thank you so much!!

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