DIY: Cocoa Candy Cane Hand Creme

DIY: Cocoa Candy Cane Hand Creme- this mint chocolate hand creme is so easy to make and is perfect for stocking stuffers on a budget! | The Refreshanista

Can you guys believe it’s almost December?! Less than a month ’til Christmas πŸ™‚ You know what that means- time to start gift shopping and making! Ever since I was a kid I loved to make gifts for friends and family. I like to get a head start and make handmade stocking stuffers for my fiancΓ© and handmade gifts for friends and family. Being a university student, I don’t have much of a budget to spend on gifts! Homemade gifts aren’t only cost-friendly, they are very personal and thoughtful.

I love everything mint chocolate so a candy cane and chocolate scented hand creme was very enjoyable to make- the whole apartment smelled delicious and Christmassy! I made this creme for someone close to me who is also a mint chocolate fanatic πŸ™‚ can’t be too specific- my friends and family read my blog! πŸ˜‰

DIY: Cocoa Candy Cane Hand Creme- this mint chocolate hand creme is so easy to make and is perfect for stocking stuffers on a budget! | The Refreshanista

This gift is a perfect size for a stocking stuffer and will cost you about $10. You could also make a spa gift basket with a jar of this hand creme and some scrubs and other homemade beauty products. Add a box of tea and maybe some fuzzy socks and you’ve got a fantastic gift basket!

Making gifts doesn’t have to be complicated, this hand creme is just a few ingredients and basically just involves melting and stirring. Truly anyone can make this. Men- you can totally make this for a lady in your life! It’s very easy and I promise it would really impress her πŸ™‚

By the way- you can totally make one for yourself at the same time!Β Simply double the ingredients and make one for you πŸ™‚


DIY: Cocoa Candy Cane Hand Creme

Author Melanie Maxwell


  • 1/4 cup cocoa butter
  • 1/4 cup grape seed oil
  • 5-8 drops of peppermint oil
  • 3 drops of vitamin E oil


  1. In a double-boiler, or a heat-safe bowl over a pot of boiling water, melt the cocoa butter with the grape seed oil. Whisk together to combine.
  2. Remove from heat and let cool slightly. Whisk in vitamin E oil and peppermint oil.
  3. If you were using a pot, transfer your mixture to a medium-size bowl. Place the bowl, covered with plastic wrap, in the refrigerator for one hour.
  4. Then, whisk vigorously until the cream is light and fluffy. This is easiest done with an electric mixer but I managed whisking by hand so you can do it that way too!
  5. Cover bowl with plastic wrap again and refrigerate for half an hour.
  6. Whisk vigorously again until light and fluffy. Scoop into a quarter-pint size mason jar and cover tightly.

If you’re super into making gifts and you have a big list, check out this blogger who teaches you how to make 100 DIY gifts in an hour! Amazing!

Happy gift-making!


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6 thoughts on “DIY: Cocoa Candy Cane Hand Creme

  1. Homemade gifts are always the best. I usually end up baking for my friends because that’s what I’m good at, what I love to do, and they seem to all love it! I’ll have to give this hand cream a go though, because I love mint chocolate too!

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