Wake Me Up Face Scrub

Brushing my teeth in the morning with minty toothpaste is what wakes me up, not coffee. Surely if I wash my face with mint, I am guaranteed to start my day bright-eyed and bushy-tailed. This face scrub has been formulated to be used everyday. The exfoliating granules are fine and lightly abrasive. You will feel rejuvenated, and your foundation will apply smoothly. Your skin will look so radiant, that you may even decide to skip the foundation. Well, that’s how I feel after using this scrub anyway. As cool as a …mint sprig.

Recipe Variations

You may substitute sunflower oil for another light-weight oil like grapeseed, canola or sweet almond oil.

If you want to use this scrub daily, I don’t recommend using ordinary sugar instead of castor sugar, because the granules are too large and abrasive for daily use. But you can substitute with ordinary sugar if you intend to use this scrub weekly.

You may also use peppermint essential oil, instead of spearmint essential oil, but perhaps only use 2 drops of peppermint, because it is much stronger. I chose spearmint as a milder alternative to be used on the face. Mint essential oils can irritate skin and turn it red, so less is more with mint.


Cost price: R14.06 per 100ml recipe (in 2020, based on the best retail prices I’ve found).
Lasted me about:
 4 weeks (using every day as a face scrub). I only used about 1/2 teaspoon each time.
Estimated shelf life: 6 months (stored in an airtight container away from moisture). Use a spoon or spatula to scoop the scrub out being careful not to get any water into your container, as this will shorten its shelf life.


  • Sometimes bits of mint will stay on your face after rinsing. Do a quick check in the mirror before leaving the house.
  • Like other scrubs, washing it off is like washing sand off after a long day at the beach. However, the silky soft result is totally worth the extra rinse.


  • Good idea for a gift.
  • Spearmint and rosemary do actually wake you up. They improve your alertness, focus and concentration.
  • Spearmint will improve blood circulation in your skin. (i.e. Your face will glow).
  • Spearmint will soothe inflammation caused by acne.
  • Your skin will feel lightly moisturised afterwards too.


The ingredients in this body scrub recipe also have the following topical benefits:

  • Dried mint leaves (ground):  Acts as a gentle exfoliant in this recipe, plus you get the benefits of mint for your skin. Read about the benefits of mint below. (buy here)
  • Spearmint essential oil: Natural cleanser that is antibacterial and antiseptic. Mint essential oils will boost blood circulation in the skin, and soothe inflammation and irritation while creating a cooling effect. However, too much mint essential oil can irritate the skin. Spearmint is milder than peppermint. Mint essential oils also improve alertness and concentration. (buy here)
  • Rosemary essential oil: improves brain function and reduces fatigue, but is also an excellent antibacterial essential oil to prevent and treat breakouts. It will also help reduce puffy eyes. (buy here)
  • Castor sugar:  A fine exfoliant that removes the layer of dead cells on your skin’s surface, leaving your skin feeling soft and smooth. Castor sugar has finer granules than ordinary sugar. (buy here)
  • Sunflower oil: Light and gentle moisturiser for dry and sensitive skin, which has a very mild scent that won’t overpower the mint in this recipe. (buy here)

Recommended Retail Option

This facial scrub from Hey Gorgeous is also made with sugar as the base, and light carrier oils. Where I’ve used mint, they’ve used sea kelp. Although I haven’t used this product myself, their customer reviews are only positive.

What do you think of this minty face scrub? Please share in the comments below.


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