4 Beauty DIYs Using Holiday Ingredients

Last night, I made mulled wine despite my aversion to hot drinks and cinnamon. Why make it at all, you ask? Well, I'll tell you: It was to get in the holiday spirit. There's something about this time of year that makes us want to constantly surround ourselves with peppermint, vanilla, chocolate, spices, and the like, and if you ask us, there's not a damn thing wrong with that.

Seeing as we're up to our noses in holiday-themed ingredients, we thought we'd come up with a few DIY beauty recipes that bring their benefits to our skin and hair — not just our tastebuds. So we teamed up with Anit Hora, the brain behind Brooklyn apothecary brand Mullein & Sparrow, to create four easy concoctions that will not only relax your mind, but soothe and hydrate your body. Check 'em out, ahead.

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Spiced Body Scrub
Grab any extra spices you may have lying around from all the eggnog and cookies you've been making, and whip up a body scrub that will make waking up on dreary winter mornings a little easier. The coffee grounds and sugar in this concoction will buff away dry, flaky skin, while the olive oil nourishes. Plus, thanks to the orange essential oil, cinnamon, and cloves in the blend, your shower will be transformed into a spicy holiday oasis.

1 oz coffee grounds
2 oz olive oil (use less if you want a coarser scrub)
3 oz sugar
25 drops orange essential oil
1 tbsp powdered cinnamon
1 tsp ground cloves (optional)
Generous shavings of orange peel (finely shaved)

1. In a 4-ounce jar, combine your dry ingredients (coffee grounds, sugar, cinnamon, orange peel, ground cloves) followed by your wet ingredients (olive oil and orange essential oil). Mix thoroughly.

2. Take the finished product into the shower (or bath), grab a few handfuls, and use the mixture to scrub your body. Between uses, keep your scrub in the fridge and it will last up to one week, says Hora.
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Vanilla-Peppermint Sea-Salt Spray
Sure, it may be the dead of winter but that doesn't mean we're giving up on our love for beachy, tousled locks — especially since the style is better at withstanding hat hair than stick-straight strands. If any of you are salt-spray aficionados, you know that stuff runs out, fast. So we thought we'd whip up a quick and easy version on the cheap that not only works as a texturizing spray, but doubles as a yummy hair perfume.

1 3/4 oz distilled water
1/4 oz argan oil
1-2 tbsp sea salt
10 drops vanilla extract
3 drops peppermint oil

1. Pour your distilled water, argan oil, sea salt, vanilla extract, and peppermint oil in a spray bottle and give it a good shake.

2. Once the sea salt is dissolved and the ingredients are thoroughly mixed, lightly mist the liquid into your hair and scrunch or twist your strands to improve texture. It's normal for the ingredients to separate after use, so make sure to shake the bottle before spritzing again.
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Chocolate-Rose Detoxifying Clay Mask
As much fun as the holidays are, we know that all the sugar, caffeine, and alcohol can wreak havoc on our skin. That's why we always have a clay mask on hand to bring our complexion back to a balanced state. This one is full of bentonite clay, which pulls oil and dirt out of your skin, says Hora. Add a little rose essential oil and cocoa powder to the mix, and you'll hydrate and rejuvenate the skin while smelling like a luxuriously floral cupcake.

2 oz cocoa powder
2 oz bentonite clay
20 drops rose essential oil
1 tbsp aloe gel, yogurt, honey, or water

1. In a small jar, mix your cocoa powder, bentonite clay, and rose essential oil.

2. When you're ready to use your mask, combine 1 teaspoon of the dry mixture with 1 tablespoon of aloe gel, yogurt, honey, or water to create a paste. Hora suggests using aloe if you're looking for soothing qualities, yogurt if you want some lactic-acid exfoliation, honey for more moisture, and water for an easy, no-frills mask.
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Peppermint-Bark Lip Balm
Lip-balm addicts, it's time to fall in love with something of your own creation. Namely, this sweet lip balm. The cocoa butter and peppermint oil in the recipe will give the balm a chocolate-peppermint scent while hydrating the hell out of your lips. Plus, since you'll have enough to fill a few tins, dole 'em out to your friends as gifts (or, keep 'em for yourself!).

3/4 cup coconut oil
1/4 cup melted cocoa butter
1/4 cup beeswax
10-20 drops peppermint oil

1. On low heat, melt the coconut oil, cocoa butter, and beeswax in a small saucepan until liquefied.

2. Drop 2-3 drops of peppermint oil into a small lip-balm tin. Spoon the liquefied mixture on top.

3. Repeat using additional tins until the mixture is gone.

4. Let your lip balms set in the fridge for about 15 to 20 minutes before taking them out and going to town.
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And there you have it! Four DIY recipes that not only smell amazing, but leave your skin and hair feeling (and looking) great. Oh, and did we mention they're great party entertainment? Grab a few of your best pals and whip these up together — you'll have a blast.
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