This thick and luxurious candy cane body lotion makes a lovely Christmas gift. It leaves the skin soft and slightly peppermint scented, and if you’re looking for a bit of an extra festive hint, you can add a touch of mica for some holiday shimmer.

How to Make Candy Cane Body Lotion

How to Make Candy Cane Body Lotion

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All lotions are an emulsion of an oil part and a water part. The oil part of this lotion is some raw, deliciously chocolatey-scented cocoa butter and some virgin coconut oil. The two pair to create a well rounded chocolatey scent that is downright decadent.

How to Make Candy Cane Body Lotion
How to Make Candy Cane Body Lotion

The water part is mostly water, with some added goodies. Vegetable glycerin and honey are great humectants that help draw moisture to the skin and keep in soft. Silk and allantoin help soothe and heal the skin, and really give the lotion some staying power when it comes to keeping your skin soft and happy.

How to Make Candy Cane Body Lotion
How to Make Candy Cane Body Lotion

I’ve chosen peppermint and benzoin for the essential oils. Benzoin gives a lovely, deep vanilla note, and when paired with classic peppermint you can’t help but think of candy canes.

How to Make Candy Cane Body Lotion
How to Make Candy Cane Body Lotion

And as a final, optional, add-in you can add a touch of silver mica for a hint of snowy shimmer. I’ve also worked in some fun candy cane stripes, but that’s definitely optional, too. This lotion is thick and creamy, and I think you’ll love it.

How to Make Candy Cane Body Lotion
How to Make Candy Cane Body Lotion

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Candy Cane Body Lotion

7g | 0.24oz emulsimulse/ritamulse (or other complete emulsifying wax—not beeswax!)
8g | 0.28oz virgin coconut oil
10g | 0.35oz raw cocoa butter

70g | 2.36 fl oz distilled water
2g | 0.07oz raw honey
3g | 0.1oz vegetable glycerin
¼ tsp silk peptides
¼ tsp allantoin

~¼ tsp silver mica (optional)

10 drops peppermint essential oil
2 “blobsbenzoin essential oil

½ tsp rosehip extract powder, beetroot extract powder, or a nip (1/64 tsp) red iron oxide or carmine powder (optional)

Broad spectrum preservative of choice (why?)

Weigh out the emulsifying wax, coconut oil, and cocoa butter in a small saucepan and melt over medium heat.

Usually any emulsifying wax will do, but if you want to layer your colours like I’ve done, you’ll either need to use emulsimulse/ritamulse as it thickens up immediately, OR use an immersion blender (rather than hand whisking) with Emulsifying Wax NF or Polawax (both of which require a few days to thicken up to full lotion texture without the use of an immersion blender).

While the oils are melting, combine the water, honey, vegetable glycerin, silk, and allantoin in a small glass measuring cup and gently warm.

Once the oils have melted, add the water mixture. Heat through to ensure everything is melted before removing the pan from the heat. Whisk the mixture as it cools (or blend with an immersion blender if using e-wax NF or polawax)—it will thicken into a nice white cream (even with an immersion blender, the thickening will take 20–30 minutes if you’re using e-wax NF or polawax). Whisk in the essential oils and preservative, and divide the lotion between two bowls.

Blend your red colourant of choice (rosehip powder, beetroot powder, red iron oxide, or carmine) into one half of the lotion. Now you’ve got one white half and one pinkish/red half.

Pop a funnel on a clear 120mL/4oz pump-top bottle and alternate between the red and white lotions, creating a layered effect. Be gentle with the bottle and the funnel to keep clear layers—if you rap the bottle on the counter the lotion can jump and mix, so I don’t recommend it.

Plant-based colourants like rosehip or beetroot powder will oxidize and loose their colour and turn mostly brown within about 8 weeks—choose the red iron oxide for a longer lasting colour punch.

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How to Make Candy Cane Body Lotion
How to Make Candy Cane Body Lotion

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