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Whipped soap sugar scrubs are my favorite DIY scrubs to make. You might have noticed that already since I have so many versions of the recipe.
What can I say… IF IT WORKS, IT WORKS.
So, today I want to show you how to make a Christmas version – Creamy Candy Cane Sugar Scrub Recipe.
This Candy Cane Scrub looks gorgeous and comes with a free printable Candy Cane sugar scrub label you can download later in the post. All you need for a perfect DIY Christmas gift is a pretty red ribbon ♥
I made the scrub with a gentle foaming bath butter that is pretty much a mild soap. Because of that, it has no greasiness associated with your usual oil and butter based DIY sugar scrubs.
Once on a damp skin this whipped Candy Cane sugar scrub foams up and not only exfoliates but cleans the skin too. It is like a shower gel and scrub in one. It’s perfect.
Without further ado, let’s look at what you will need to make this vanilla peppermint sugar scrub yourself.
INGREDIENTS & SUPPLIES
Foaming bath butter (a.k.a whipped soap base)
Foaming bath butter is a gentle, foaming, soap-like product base designed for whipping.
The formula is mild and won’t irritate the skin. It feels very creamy and creates beautiful foam. On top of this, it is rich in glycerin, which makes it moisturizing.
I really like this foaming bath butter and have been using it for a couple of years now. I have shared multiple body scrub recipes with it:
You can use any white sugar for this recipe. I do, however, recommend, purchasing a fine grain sugar. Finer grain sugar feels more gentle and exfoliates better.
To make the red color for your candy cane look, you will, of course, need some sort of colorant.
So what can you use to color sugar scrubs?
The scent we are going with for this Christmas Candy Cane sugar scrub is, of course, the Candy Cane scent. Candy Cane scent is pretty much peppermint mixed with vanilla, so you can either purchase these two scents and combine them or get a Candy Cane blend.
And that’s it. You will only need these 4 ingredients to make the whipped sugar scrub itself.
Here are the supplies you will need to make the pipped look:
– An electric hand mixer
– Piping bags (I recommend 14 inch ones, since you can fit in more scrub)
– A large mixing bowl to whip bath butter in
– a smaller bowl for the red color
CANDY CANE SUGAR SCRUB RECIPE
» 9 oz / 250 g of foaming bath butter
» 21oz / 600 g of white sugar (preferably fine grain)
» 0.05 oz / 1.5 g of Candy Cane fragrance oil
» red soap dye or mica powder.
Take your electric hand mixer and start whipping the foaming bath butter. You will get the fluffiest results if you whip for about 10 minutes. So for best results, set a timer on your phone and whip it for about 8 minutes. You will see the volume of the soap increasing like in my photo.
Add fragrance oil (or essential oils) and whip for the remaining 2 minutes.
Here is how fluffy the bath butter looks after whipping.
Add sugar and mix with spatula.
Separate your sugar scrub into two parts: keep 4/5 of your scrub in a large bowl and place 1/5th to a smaller bowl. Add a couple of drops of red dye to the smaller bowl and mix. You can use red mica powder instead.
Now it’s time for the fun part – pipping:
Take one of the piping bags and cut it open to make a sheet. Then layer your white and red sugar scrub side by side like you see in the photo below. Make red part thinner than the white one.
Now, gently bend the sheet in half to merge your scrub together to create a tube.
If needed, cut off the excess of the plastic sheet on one side.
Now take a new pipping bag and attach the nozzle of your choice.
Place the “sugar scrub tube” into a piping bag. Twist the end of the piping bag to make sure there is no air or free space left in the bag.
You are ready to pipe!
Start by squeezing some of the scrub in the middle of the jar. Then pipe all around it and up. Don’t worry if your pipping is not perfect. Mine isn’t either and the scrub still looks lovely.
Here is the end result!
FREE PRINTABLE CANDY CANE SUGAR SCRUB LABELS
This DIY sugar scrub makes a wonderful Christmas gift. To complete the look, I created some candy cane themed labels for you to print. The size of each label is about 2.6 inch / 67 mm, so it fits the standard 7 oz (200 ml) PET jars. If you are using a different jar, you can also stick the label to the body of the jar rather than the cap.
I print my labels on a regular adhesive paper sheet.
You can download them here:
HOW LONG WILL THIS SUGAR SCRUB LAST ?
If made in a clean environment and stored properly, your DIY sugar scrub should last for at least 12 months. To be sure, always check the expiry date of your foaming bath butter.
If you make a big batch of scrub, don’t keep it all in your bathroom. Store most of it in a cool, dry place and only store the jars you use in the bathroom.
1. Place your foaming bath butter into a large mixing bowl and start whipping with an electric hand mixer.
2. Whip for about 8 minutes, then add fragrance oil and whip for another 2 minutes.
3. Add sugar and mix with spatula.
4. Separate your sugar scrub into two parts: keep 4/5 of your scrub in a large bowl and place 1/5th to a smaller bowl. Color the scrub in a smaller bowl with red soap dye or mica powder.
5. Take one of the piping bags and cut it open to make a square sheet.
6. Layer your scrub on the sheet in stripes, parallel to each other. Make red part thinner than the white one.
7. Now gently bend the sheet with your scrub in half to merge your soap together to create a tube.
8. Now take a new pipping bag and attach the nozzle of your choice.
9. Place the "scrub tube" into a piping bag. Twist the end of the piping bag to make sure there is no air or free space left in the bag.
10. You are ready to start pipping. Start by squeezing some of the scrub in the middle of the jar. Then pipe all around it and up.
Enjoy your holiday candy cane soap!