One thing I think about when I think of the winter holidays is candy canes! Though I can’t eat candy canes anymore, I still like to make candy cane scented cosmetics to remind me of their yummy delicious scent. Here is my recipe for a candy cane toner.
Candy Cane Toner
½ cup distilled water
1 teaspoon dried peppermint leaves
1/2 Tablespoon vanilla extract or vanilla glycerite
Boil the water. Take it off the heat, add the peppermint leaves, and cover. Let steep for at least 20 minutes or longer. Let it cool down a bit, strain, and then add the vanilla extract or glycerite. Pour into a clean toner bottle. Shake well. Makes about 4 ounces (some of the water will evaporate when boiled).Use as a toner or use as a mist throughout the day to hydrate your skin. It is great for blemished skin. Makes an awesome hair rinse too (use it after shampooing). You can also add it to masks and scrubs.
If you can’t find peppermint leaves locally, then check your tea aisle! Use a bag of peppermint tea (make sure the tea only contain peppermint leaves). Be sure to use organic peppermint, if available.
Vanilla extract and glycerite are easy to make. However if you are pressed for time (the beans need to soak for many weeks or months), then try to find a brand that is made only with vanilla beans and alcohol and water, or vanilla beans, glycerin, and water. Many organic brands or brands found in health food stores don’t contain any extra additives or fillers.
Shelf life of candy cane toner is about a week or two (the small amount of alcohol or glycerin in it will keep it fresh for a little longer than plain peppermint tea). If you omit the vanilla extract or glycerite (and only make peppermint tea), shelf life is only a few days. Be sure to refrigerate candy cane toner, and use it as soon as possible.
Here is my recipe for vanilla extract, glycerite, and oil:
About The Author:
Li Wong is the owner of Earth Alkemie, an all natural, vegetarian skin care and mineral makeup 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
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