DIY Holiday Peppermint Candy Cane Body Scrub

Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays!

Treat your skin to a delicious body scrub with a holiday favorite: candy canes!  This easy to make DIY recipe is quick and affordable and in most cases, you probably already have all or most of the ingredients on hand (and this is a great way to use up any leftover candy canes you have for the holidays)!

What You Need:

  • 1/3 cup finely crushed candy canes
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup olive oil (more/less depending on your preference)
  • 10-15 drops peppermint essential oil (more/less depending on your preference)

What You Do:

  • Start by crushing up the candy canes.  My favorite way to do this is by breaking the candy canes into smaller pieces and placing them in a ziploc bag.  Then I lay the bag on a hard flat surface (such as a counter top) and start crushing with a hammer.  (Use caution though when crushing with a hammer or any object….the candy canes crush easily so there is no need to slam away because you risk damaging the surface your crushing on.)  Once the candy canes look thoroughly crushed, I flip the bag over and do the same to the other side to ensure I didn’t miss any.  You want to crush the candy canes until they are of a fine consistency.  (You don’t want to have any big chunks of candy canes left….they will do you no good and you risk scratching your skin with them if you add them to the scrub mixture so make sure you’ve crushed them well.)
  • Pour the finely crushed candy canes into a mixing bowl.  Add the granulated sugar to the mixing bowl and stir.
  • Slowly add the olive oil to the mixture in the bowl.  Stir well until the oil has mixed with the crushed candy canes and the sugar and you have a paste like consistency.  (It’s always a good idea to add the olive oil slowly and stir as you add so that you can control the consistency of the scrub.  If you like a drier and more gritty scrub, you can use less than the suggested amount.  f you prefer a smoother scrub, you can always add more olive oil until it has reached the consistency that you like.)
  • Lastly, add 10-15 drops of peppermint essential oil to the mixture and stir well.  (You can add more or less of the essential oil depending on how “pepper-minty” you would like your scrub to be.)
  • Transfer the mixture into a container for storage and future use.  When you’re ready to use, apply to your body and massage into skin and rinse with water while you’re in the shower.  Your skin will be left feeling refreshed and exfoliated and not to mention, smelling delicious!

Victoria’s Secret Perfect Body Perfectly Polished Cucumber Extract Warming Foot Scrub

Victorias Secret Warming Foot Scrub

This was another item I purchased from Victoria’s Secret Semi-Annual sale.  I normally like their beauty products and always like a good foot scrub so I decided to give this one a try.  (The warming part of the name was appealing too!)

I gave it a try in the shower and enjoyed it.

It’s a pink color with small scrubbing and polishing beads in it. It’s more a thick gel-like consistency than a creamy lathery one.  The scrubbing and polishing beads in it are noticeable but are not abrasive.  I usually like a “rougher” exfoliating scrub because I feel like they normally do a better exfoliating job for me.  I would say this is more of a gentle exfoliator yet it gets the job done.

The warming part of the title was alluring to me but I was skeptical of if it would really warm when I used it.  It actually did warm up though as I scrubbed my feet with it.  It’s not a very warm feeling but a mild and gentle pleasant one.

After rinsing off the scrub and drying off my feet felt nice and smooth.  I like it!

 

 

Pros:

  • Gently exfoliates
  • Nice warming feeling
  • A little goes a long way
  • Left feet feeling smooth and soft

Cons:

  • Not a deep exfoliating scrub

Victoria’s Secret Perfect Body All Aglow Pink Sugar Massaging Body Bar

Victorias Secret Massaging Body Bar

I purchased this massaging body bar from Victoria’s Secret during their semi-annual clearance sale (along with a boatload of other stuff from there).

I tried it out today and I like it.  It didn’t blow me away (yet I didn’t think it would) but it also didn’t let me down.  It’s one of those things that I enjoy but don’t feel like I have to have it and wouldn’t feel the need to quick order another one once this one ran out.

It’s gentle on skin and provided me with a soft later.  The massaging nubs were gentle too and felt good on my skin.  I didn’t find the scent to be very strong or even very present.  It was very faint (which some people may really like) but I prefer a little bit of a stronger scent.  (I’m normally a big fan of a lot of V.S. scents so I figured this one would be no different.  Don’t get me wrong, it’s not a bad scent, I just wish there was more of a scent).

The only other downside to this is I wish it had some kind of handle on the backside of it.  There’s no handle on it and the only thing you can do is grip it in your hands and we all know that soap is slippery when wet so you really need to hold on to it tight.  (I know I am going to drop this thing plenty of times……)

 

Pros:

  • Gentle
  • Nubs feel good on skin

Cons:

  • Not scented enough for me
  • No handle/slippery/going to drop it

Cranberry Hair Rinse for Shine

Cranberry Hair Rinse

Add lots of shine to hair with this tart cranberry hair rinse (perfect for RED hair)!

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup pureed carrot
  • 1/2 cup mashed cranberries
  • 2 tbsp. lemon juice

 

Directions:

  • Puree the carrots in a blender and mash the cranberries using a fork
  • Combine the mashed cranberries and pureed carrots; mix well
  • Add the lemon juice to the mixture; mix well
  • Apply to dry hair
  • Let sit for 10 minutes
  • Rinse with water

 

*It’s always a good idea to try this on a small section of hair prior to applying to all your hair incase of a reaction and to make sure the color isn’t affected or changed

Grapefruit and Jojoba Body Scrub

Grapefruit Jojoba Scrub
Relax and exfoliate with this soothing body scrub!
Ingredients:
  • 1-1/2 cups sugar
  • 8 drops grapefruit essential oil
  • 1/4 cup jojoba oil
  • 1/4 cup liquid castile soap
Directions:
  • Combine all ingredients (except essential oil); mix well
  • Add the essential oil to the mixture; mix well
  • Apply to skin and gently massage into skin for a few minutes
  • Rinse with water

Citrus Salt Body Polish Scrub

Citrus Salt Body Scrub
Leave your skin feeling and looking smooth and healthy with this exfoliating citrus body scrub!
Ingredients:
  • 1/2 cup mineral salts
  • 1/2 cup dead sea salts
  • 8 oz. macadamia nut oil
  • 30 drops grapefruit essential oil
  • 15 drops lemon essential oil
  • 10 drops ylang ylang essential oil
Directions:
  • Combine the nut oil with the essential oils; mix well
  • Add the remaining ingredients to the oil mixture; mix well
  • Apply mixture to skin and gently massage into skin for a few moments
  • Rinse with water

Delicious Apple Pie Body Polish

 Apple Pie Body Polish

Polish skin with this body polishing scrub that will remind you of homemade apple pie!

 

Ingredients:

  • 3 tbsp. brown sugar
  • 3 tbsp. sugar
  • 2 tbsp. apple puree (or sauce)
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon

 

Directions:

  • Combine all ingredients; mix well
  • Apply mixture and gently massage into skin for a few moments
  • Rinse with water