This idea came to me from Sarah over on the East Coast of Canada, who told me about making candy cane lip balm for Christmas last year. The idea stuck, and here we are! What could be better for Christmas gift giving?
We’ll kick the scent department off with the base oils—beautiful, chocolatey cocoa butter (USA / Canada) and rich, fragrant virgin coconut oil. Once blended, these oils make a great starter for some candy cane scented goodness. Mmm.
To that, some vanilla-like benzoin and tingly, menthol-laced peppermint give us a great, seasonal, sweet, minty balm. If you’re not used to vanilla in your candy canes you can drop the benzoin, but I sure like it.
The colours come from a pretty red mica (I used this one). If you don’t have a red mica you like, feel free to use some red iron oxide with a bit of silver mica for a hint of wintery shimmer, or even a bit of carmine.
Like all lip balms this one is really just measure, melt, stir, and pour. It also pairs beautifully with my matching lotion 🙂 Happy (impending) holidays!
Candy Cane Lip Balm
Once the oils have melted, remove the mixture from the heat and stir in the essential oils and mica with a flexible silicone spatula. This recipe will fill 10–12 lip balm tubes, depending on how much of the mixture ends up on your counter 😉