Rosemary Spearmint Homemade Sugar Scrub

LAST UPDATED: Oct 01, 2020 | PUBLISHED: Nov 18, 2011 | By: Julie Blanner
Make your own homemade sugar scrub with just 4 ingredients. It only takes minutes to whip up a batch of natural body scrub for yourself or a beautiful gift!
jar of sugar body scrub open on a sink

Rosemary Spearmint Homemade Sugar Scrub

I enjoy making gifts for those dear to me.  When contemplating what to give one of my friends for her birthday, I knew that I wanted to give her something natural.  After all, we often talk about taking a step back and looking at products we use and the things we consume and considering chemicals, artificial flavors, etc.  
Years ago, a friend got me into making my own bath products.  I immediately recalled the scent-rosemary mint!  It’s so invigorating for winter!  It makes a great hostess gift!

Sugar Body Scrub Ingredients

  • Sugar – White Granulated Sugar is perfect for sugar scrubs and you most likely already have this ingredient on hand. If you are looking for a more hardy exfoliation you can try a more coarse ground sugar. 
  • Grapeseed Oil – A great oil for locking in moisture and helping your skin look its best! 
  • Dried Rosemary – adds a beautiful color, scent, and texture to your sugar scrub. Most supermarkets carry dried rosemary in their baking section. If you have your own rosemary plant you can also dry your own herb to use in this sugar scrub recipe. 
  • Spearmint Essential Oil – It just smells amazing! Besides its delicious smell, spearmint is said to help with uplifting and energizing your mood. It also can help with focus. 
ice cream scoop of body scrub into a jar

How to Make a Natural Body Scrub

  1. Combine sugar and oil.
  2. Stir in dried herbs.
  3. Add essential oils.
  4. Scoop into jars until use. Optional: Add a free printable label.
  5. Enjoy!

Each batch yields 4-5 5.4 ounce jars.

homemade sugar scrub with label on sink


One reason I like to make my own natural bath recipes is that I can tailor each recipe batch to what ingredients I have on hand, the season, or if I’m making it as a gift. I have created a variety of sugar scrub variations as well as milk bath recipes. 

Sugar Scrub is very adaptable. Here are a few suggestions for ingredient substitutes, but don’t limit yourself to these. If you use any variations, I’d love to hear about it. Please leave a comment below! 

  • Sugar Variations – Any sugar you have on hand should work well in this recipe. However, sugar isn’t the only option when it comes to a gentle exfoliator. Sugar does smell amazing but if you want to check out some other options you can try, Brown Sugar, Coffee Grounds, Sea Salt, or Coarse Ground Sugar,  
  • Oil Variations – I love all the health benefits of oil in sugar scrubs. I’ve tried most of these and find that they each have their own benefits to keep my skin healthy and glowing! Try, Coconut Oil, Almond OIl, Jojoba Oil, Olive Oil, Carrot Oil, or Vitamin E Oil.
  • Herb Variations – I only use dried herbs in my sugar scrubs as fresh will become rancid too quickly. Some other options include lavender and  mint. 
  • Essential Oil Variations – Essential oils have amazing aroma, however they are very potent. When in doubt about a particular oil, mix a drop of essential oil with a carrier oil and do a small skin test first. Options include, lavender, lilac, rosemary, peppermint, orange, clove, lemon, lime, and grapefruit. 
  • Add Green Tea
jar of sugar body scrub with rosemary in it

Uses for Sugar Scrub

  • This DIY body scrub is great for whole body skin care, exfoliation in the shower, and also to spot treat areas that need extra attention.
  • I like to keep a jar in my kitchen to pamper my hands after washing dishes or for a firm hand scrub after working in the garden. After cleansing, the grapeseed oil helps to moisturize your skin leaving it feeling smooth and hydrated.
  • Spearmint Sugar Scrub also works well for a gentle lip scrub for chapped lips. I love how the spearmint cools dried lips leaving them feeling refreshed!

How to Use Sugar Scrub 

Using a small spoon, scoop about 1 tablespoon of sugar scrub directly onto your skin. Rub in a circular motion to remove dead skin cells. Rinse with warm water and pat dry. Your dry skin will thank you! 

natural body scrub in a jar on sink

Storing Homemade Sugar Scrub

Small jars with tight lids are the best way to store sugar scrubs. I like to use glass mason jars if I’m storing them to use in the kitchen. However, choosing a plastic jar is safest and best for use in the shower. 

When storing at room temperature, this scrub will keep for up to 2 months – if it lasts that long! 

Gifting A Natural Body Scrub

 Gift giving is a beautiful way to show love and appreciation. Homemade gifts can be simple, easy, and frugal, while still making a huge impact in showing that you care. I have given my homemade natural bath recipes as gifts for Christmas, in themed gift baskets, as teachers gifts, to  friends, and family. 

To gift, choose a cute small jar to store your homemade sugar scrub. It can even be a recycled jar. 

Keep in mind who you’re gifting too and the season. I like to add some warm spices such as cinnamon or clove for winter gifts. Floral scents are great for spring, and choose scents such as citrus for a refreshing summer scrub. 

A simple ribbon around the jar is enough wrapping, but you can also use a gift bag or basket. Don’t forget to add a label with an expiration date!

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rosemary mint homemade sugar scrub in a jar

Rosemary Spearmint Homemade Sugar Scrub

Yield: 4 5.4 oz jars
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Active Time: 5 minutes
Additional Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Difficulty: Easy

Make your own homemade sugar scrub with just 4 ingredients. It only takes minutes to whip up a batch of natural body scrub for yourself or a beautiful gift!


  • 3 Cups White Granulated Sugar
  • 1 Cup Grapeseed Oil
  • 1 Tablespoon + 1 Teaspoon Dried Rosemary Herb 
  • Spearmint Essential Oil 


  • Mixing Bowl
  • Measuring Cups and Spoons
  • Spatula 
  • Storage Jars


  1. Combine Sugar and Grapeseed Oil in a large mixing bowl.
  2. Stir in Dried Rosemary.
  3. Add Spearmint Essential Oil as desired.
  4. Mix thoroughly to combine sugar, oil, herb, and essential oil.
  5. Scoop into clean, dry, glass or plastic jars.


Keeps up to 2 months at room temperature in a sealed container.

Use in the shower, on your hands after washing them, and on your lips to exfoliate.

Using a small spoon, scoop about 1 tablespoon of sugar scrub directly onto your skin. Rub in a circular motion to remove dead skin cells. Rinse with warm water and pat dry.


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