Ask us what our favorite treat is over the holiday season, and candy canes easily top the list. (Behind Christmas cookies, of course.) They're perfect for snacking, decorating, and incorporating into your beauty routine.
Peppermint is one of the most festive scents, and YouTube has given us some of the best candy cane-inspired beauty DIYs. Whether you're gifting yourself something sweet, or making a heartfelt gift for your BFF, here are a few holiday beauty products you'll want to try ASAP.
Candy Cane Lip Balm
What you'll need: A new EOS lip balm, a red lipstick, candle (and something to light it, of course!), spoon, knife, toothpick, peppermint essential oil
Start by using the knife to cut off the tip of the EOS, following Aira Tran's lead. Once you have the tip of the lip balm removed, put it in the spoon along with a bit of the red lipstick. Then place the spoon over the candle and use the toothpick to mix the lip balm and stick until fully blended into a red, melted liquid. Don't forget to add a dash of peppermint oil once the concoction is melted!
Once liquefied, pour the mixture into the lid. Repeat the step, except this time, do not include the lipstick to make a white layer. Continue to repeat alternating between adding lipstick and not adding lipstick, which will alternate the colors of the stripes.
Once you are finished and the lid has the alternating colored stripes, re-pop in the bottom, following the tutorial instructions, and you will have an ah-mazingly minty lip balm.
Candy Cane Sugar Body Scrub
What you'll need: White sugar, coconut oil, peppermint essential oil, red food coloring, Tupperware bowls, spoons
Take two cups of the granulated sugar and pour in a quarter of a cup of melted coconut oil. (Tip: You can add more coconut oil if you'd like, just to make sure it has the consistency you need.) Once it's all mixed together, add a few drops of the peppermint essential oil.
Split the mixture into two even amounts, and in one bowl, add red food coloring and mix in to get the red portion of the candy cane scrub. Add red food dye until it's the shade of red you'd like.
See frankivictoria's video to get an idea as to what shade you might want yours to be. Once it's all mixed, layer the body scrub with white and red layers. Then, ta-da! You're done!
Candy Cane Bath Bomb
Firstly, mix all the dry ingredients (that's the Epsom salts, corn starch, citric acid, and baking soda). In another bowl, mix the wet ingredients (melted coconut oil, food coloring, and peppermint essential oil), and once they're blended, combine the wet and dry ingredients.
Use a water spray bottle to moisten the mixture until it has the consistency of wet sand. Put on your gloves and have some fun mixing the ingredients together until it's a somewhat solid, sand-like consistency. (ClaCali also recommends making a tiny batch of white on the side — sans food coloring — to fill in Santa's beard and hat in the mold.)
Line the mold with coconut oil to make the bath bomb easier to remove once you're finished, and simply press the mixture into the mold and wait for it to dry to remove and gift — or use yourself!
Candy Cane Soap
What you'll need: Shea Butter Melt-and-Pour Soap (which you can purchase here), knife, cutting board, microwave-safe bowl, peppermint essential oil, red soap dye, toothpick, plastic tool to remove
Cut apart the solid soap base into microwavable squares. Then, put the squares into a bowl and microwave for 20 to 30 seconds, removing to stir, then microwaving in 10-second intervals and stirring even more frequently.
Once the soap base is melted, mix in about 20 drops of your peppermint essential oil. From there, pour the melted soap mixture into your mold (in this tutorial, The Creative Glow uses a muffin tin). (Tip: warm the mold before you put in the melted soap mixture to help keep the soap soft for longer!) Pour a drop of red soap dye on top of each mold, and using a toothpick or lollipop stick, mix the dye and soap to create a marble effect.
After about 20 minutes, once the marble soaps have cooled, use a flexible tool to remove the soaps from their molds. Lay out the soaps to finish drying on a cookie sheet, and after an additional 20 minutes, they should be ready to be packed up for gifting!
Candy Cane Shower Jelly
What you'll need: Powder gelatin, kettle, bowl, spoon, red food coloring, utility
Firstly, to prep the gelatin, bring a kettle of water to a boil. Get a bowl, pour in the boiling water and mix in the gelatin. Once you have the gelatin and water mixed, stir in white body wash to color the gelatin and the peppermint essential oil to give it a minty fresh scent.
Pour that mixture into your mold and remove any bubbles floating on top to prevent any bumps from forming onto the jelly. Let it harden in the fridge for two to four hours.
Repeat the original steps to prepare a liquid red gelatin mixture by using red food coloring. Fill in the wedges in the white, hardened gelatin and put back into the fridge to harden. Leave it in the fridge for another four hours, and you'll have a rad AF shower jelly in no time!
Candy Cane Bath Salts
What you'll need: Epsom salt, baking soda, red food coloring, peppermint essential oil, two bowls
Start off by pouring the salt, baking soda, and eight drops of the peppermint oil into a bowl and mixing the ingredients together.
Next, split the mixture evenly between two bowls and add red food coloring to one of the bowls. Mix the salt and dye until evenly distributed. Once that's done, alternate layering the white and red salts on top of each other in the container of your choice following Shyma's lead to give the final product a serious candy cane effect.
Which candy cane-inspired beauty product will you be giving to your BFFs?