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Get in Mint Condition With This DIY Christmas Candy Cane Scrub

When you're in need of a gift in a pinch, this peppermint sugar scrub is so easy to make. Peppermint-flavoured candy canes go hand in hand with Christmas, so it makes total sense to use a few for a decadent sugar scrub. The big plus is that no one will know that each jar's contents cost pennies to make. Upcycle a glass container, and you've got a savvy, chic, and fabulous holiday gift that everyone will love. Start the DIY fun now, and you'll have plenty of these ready to give as gifts next month!

What You'll Need:

  • A glass jar with lid
  • 900g white sugar
  • Mixing bowl
  • Approx 8 small candy canes, crushed
  • 250ml olive oil
  • 20-30 drops peppermint essential oil


  1. Measure and pour the sugar into a mixing bowl. Give things a stir to break up any clumps. The sugar works as a gentle exfoliant that leaves your feet and hands wonderfully smooth.
  2. Now add the olive oil to the sugar, and stir. You want the mixture to resemble wet sand that isn't too saturated with the oil. Olive oil offers the best results, with wonderfully skin-soothing qualities, but sunflower or almond oil are good options too. If 250ml of oil doesn't seem to be enough, then add a little more to get the consitency you want.

  1. To finish the mixture, add the peppermint oil, which accentuates the peppermint scent of the scrub. And peppermint is a natural antiinflammatory, which soothes sore muscles.
  2. Place the candy canes in a ziplock plastic bag, and crush with the help of a rolling pin. You can also pulverise the candies in a clean coffee grinder or blender. You want the candies to become superfine, similar in size to the white sugar.

  1. To create the pretty scrub, place a big spoonful of the sugar-and-oil mixture at the base of the glass container, and then sprinkle with a layer of the crushed candy canes. Continue layering until you reach the top of the container. Add a cute ribbon and a few more candy canes, and your peppermint scrub is ready for gifting!

This recipe should make enough scrub to fill at least 4 medium containers.

— Additional reporting by Jaime Richards

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