Vanilla Mint Honey Scrub

DIY Vanilla Mint Honey Scrub

This body scrub is so easy to make and smells amazing. It leaves your skin feeling refreshed but not too minty as the soft vanilla bean aroma lightly perfumes your skin. Honey is a luxurious ingredient that helps moisturize, nourish, and protect the skin with its antioxidant, antimicrobial, and humectant properties. In fact, I love to use honey alone as a face mask several times a month. If you’re collecting recipes for this year’s herbal handmade holiday gifts, this one will be perfect for the vanilla lovers out there.


1 cup fine sea salt or fine organic sugar

1/2 cup organic sweet almond oil

1/4 cup raw organic honey

1 organic vanilla bean, split and scraped

10 drops organic peppermint essential oil

1 tsp organic vanilla extract (optional)


Mix the salt or sugar with the oil, scraped vanilla bean pulp, and honey. Add essential oil and stir. If too oily, add more salt or sugar until you reach the desired grainy paste consistency. Scoop into a jar with the split vanilla bean on the bottom for a decorative touch and screw the lid on tight. Use a tablespoon of scrub at a time and rub the paste in your palms until loosened. Gently massage into wet skin and rinse after 2-5 minutes. Your skin will feel exfoliated and moisturized!

13 Responses to “Vanilla Mint Honey Scrub”

  1. avatar cmarlow41 says:

    This sounds amazing and so simple to make. Are there benefits to using either salt or sugar? I mean, are there skin types that benefit more from salt and types that are better off with sugar?

    • avatar Erin says:

      Howdy! Both are exfoliating, but do offer different benefits. Salts tend to be a bit more abrasive and are great for removing dead skin, impurities, and toxins. Think calloused feet for example. Sugar is nice for sensitive skin or overall gentle skin exfoliation. You could also try mixing the two, just be sure to use the smallest crystals possible. Thanks for the great question!

  2. avatar Aha says:

    Sounds wonderful! How long will it keep and does it need to be refrigerated?

    • avatar Erin says:

      Hi Aha,
      I’ve kept mine in the bathroom cabinet since August and it’s still just fine. I thought it might get a little funky with the heat and humidity, but the salt/sugar, honey, and essential oil must keep it well preserved. If you want to avoid the potential for oil rancidity, I would recommend refrigerating or keeping it out of the bathroom – just in case. Enjoy!

  3. avatar spenick says:

    I’d love to make this for holiday gifts! What size container would this recipe fill?

  4. avatar mmzea says:

    I’m excited to try this! Where can I find those cute containers? Thanks!

  5. avatar blkmjkwmn says:

    I’ve ordered everything to make this for some Christmas gifts, could you please share as to where you found the ?waterproof labels & cute wood spoon as I would like to incorporate them into the gifts. Thanks!

    • avatar Erin says:

      Oooh, good questions. The label pictured here isn’t the one I actually used at home, and isn’t waterproof. I usually use an archival ink pen on decorative paper and then tape my labels on using trimmed up clear packing tape, though you could also laminate the labels. However, I’m sure there are some great waterproof labels out there. The wooden spoon is an oldie that’s been hanging around, so I used it in the photo. Unfortunately, I don’t know where to purchase them. I hope you find a good alternative! Have fun creating your goodies and sending wishes for a happy holiday.

  6. avatar Lori Butler says:

    I must try this…. Sounds like a perfect am scrub

  7. avatar md says:

    is it possible to use more vanilla extract in place of a vanilla bean? if so how much?

    • avatar Kori says:

      Hi md~Thank you for checking in with us. You can substitute vanilla extract for the vanilla bean; it won’t have the same strong vanilla scent, but will be a bit more subtle. I would suggest just using the optional 1 teaspoon in the recipe (so it doesn’t get too moist.) Good luck! ~Kori

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