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Eco Living: Candy Cane Body Oil
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Written by Li Wong of Earth Alkemie   

Candy Cane Body OilI love the smell of candy canes!  Since I can’t eat candy canes, I enjoy making skin care that smells like them.  I’ve previously shared my recipe for a candy cane toner, and this year, I am sharing my recipe for a candy cane scented body oil.  It’s very simple to make, and smells delicious!


1 oz of vanilla infused oil or your favorite carrier oil

6 drops of peppermint essential oil


Pour the vanilla infused oil or carrier oil into a one ounce bottle.  Add the peppermint essential oil, cap, and shake well.


To make vanilla infused oil, see my previous eco living article on how to make many different vanilla products, including vanilla infused oil, extract, and glycerite!  If you haven’t made a batch of vanilla infused oil yet this year (it takes time to infuse the vanilla beans in a carrier oil), then use your favorite, plain, unscented carrier oil.  Good carrier oils that you may like are almond oil, apricot oil, jojoba oil, or camellia oil, which work for most skin types.  But you can use any oil you like.  Your body oil will still smell fantastic without the vanilla! 

Instead of using vanilla infused oil, you can also use a different vanilla aromatic (with the plain carrier oil).  Vanilla CO2 extract and vanilla absolute are oil soluble: vanilla CO2 extract is completely oil soluble, and vanilla absolute can dissolve in oil but will make the oil cloudy.  They are both very expensive.  However, they are very potent, so you’d only need to use a drop or two in recipes to impart a strong and heavenly vanilla scent.  You could add as much as six drops to the recipe, if you desire.  The least expensive, concentrated vanilla aromatic is vanilla oleoresin.  It is usually water soluble, so if you use it in body oils, you’d need to shake the body oil well before each use.  It comes in different strengths, such as 10x, 20x, and 30x.  Vanilla oleoresin 10x is the least expensive option and it is very affordable, while vanilla oleoresin 20x costs a bit more.   Vanilla oleoresin 30x is very expensive but not as expensive as vanilla absolute or CO2 extract.  Try adding 1 to 6 drops of vanilla oleoresin:  the amount will depend on the concentration and how strong of a vanilla scent you like.  Vanilla oleoresin 10x and 20x will temporarily be suspended in the carrier oil if you shake it before each and every use, but vanilla oleoresin 30x is very thick and will probably just stay on the bottom of the bottle (it will impart its scent over time though). 

Candy cane body oil’s shelf life depends on the carrier oil you used.  But its shelf life typically ranges from anywhere from a few to nine months or more.  It is best to store in a cool, dark, non-damp place.  I do not recommend storing any all natural cosmetics in the bathroom, unless you are using them daily and will use them up in a few weeks.

This recipe is recommended for adults and for older children only.  For safety concerns, peppermint essential oil is not recommended for use on young children (under the age of six).  Peppermint essential oil contains menthol, which can cause severe respiratory issues; it can slow or stop breathing in the young.  If making this body oil for older children (over the age of 6), then use less essential oil and aromatics in this blend.  Try only three drops of peppermint essential oil with the vanilla infused oil.  Or only three drops of peppermint essential oil and one to three drops of vanilla absolute, CO2 extract, or oleoresin.  When formulating for kids, it is always best to use less than more essential oil.  Spearmint essential oil or many of the citrus essential oils (like sweet orange, mandarin, tangerine, etc) are good and safe alternatives for young kids.  For babies, I personally don’t suggest using any essential oils on them unless it is necessary (many essential oils are not safe for babies), and other plant ingredients (like herbs, hydrosols, etc) have not worked.   



Here is my eco living article on vanilla infused oil and more vanilla products!



If you’ve enjoyed this recipe, try my candy cane toner too!




About The Author: 

Li Wong is the owner of Earth Alkemie, an all natural, vegetarian skin care and perfume company.  She has a B.A. in Environmental Studies (Biology) and a M.S. in Environmental Science and Policy.  Li has been crafting natural cosmetics and studying aromatherapy and herbalism since 2001.  Environmental interests include conservation, botany, ethnobotany (uses of plants by indigenous peoples), mammals, organic standards in cosmetics, urban wildlife issues, environmental education and awareness, and public perception.   She is the all natural beauty website’s Eco Living and DIY Natural Beauty Formulating Expert, and the anb’s mall Eco Living writer.   http://www.anbportal.com/meet_the_all_natural_beauty_experts.htm  

For more information on environmental issues, Eco Living, natural cosmetics, aromatherapy, and herbalism check out: Solarkat’s Eco Blog:  http://solarkateco.blogspot.com/

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