No matter what the haters say, IT’S DEFINITELY PEPPERMINT SEASON. Thanksgiving is almost here, Starbucks has the red cups, and it’s time to for everything and everyone to smell like a Christmasy candy shop. If you’re looking for a way to get into the holiday spirit, try one of these 11 peppermint scented products. You won’t regret it. Unless you’re a hater. Or you happen to not like mint. BUT STILL.
1. Dr. Peppermint from Lush, $11.95.
If you’ve never used one of Lush’s solid shampoo bars, you haven’t lived. If you’ve never used one that leaves you smelling like a Starbucks, you’ve basically never even been born. This product also, apparently, stimulates hair growth. Hooray!
2. Twisted Peppermint from Bath & Body Works, $6.50.
Bath & Body Works is super hit or miss, if you haven’t noticed. I’m the type to buy a thousand 3-wick candles in a fugue state and then regret it, but I know lots of people who won’t even set foot in one of their stores. If you’re part of the latter group, hear me out: this hand soap rocks. It doesn’t smell as strongly as its siblings, it foams really well, and it might bring you over to the dark side. (It’s not that dark, though. We have candles.)
3. Peppermint Bath Bomb from Salus, $2.75.
I’ll be real with you: I’ve never tried this one, although I’ve heard good things. The price is awesome, it looks like an adorable little candy, and it’s kind of bound to be great… so I need one of you to go out and get it. Report back with notes, please.
4. Minty Fresh Baby Lips Balm from Maybelline, $4.69.
These lip balms taste so good and work so well that I wouldn’t be surprised to hear that they’re just 1990s Lip Smackers with new packaging. My friend gave me this one and it makes my whole mouth feel like a Christmas tree. That’s the goal, right?
5. Peppermint Sugar Souffle Scrub from LaLicious, $39.
Sam is a big fan of this stuff, and she insists that it “exfoliates your skin wonderfully and leaves it smelling delightful.” I like all those words. *Bangs hand on buzzer* I’M SOLD.
6. Mint Julips from Lush, $9.95.
My mom got me some of this lip scrub for Christmas last year, and I had to take care to ration it so it wasn’t all gone in three days. It tastes like peppermint, it smells like a sophisticated drink that just jumped out of the pages of The Great Gatsby, and it gets rids of that flaky, chappy feeling that covers your lips all winter.
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7. Peppermint Bark from Yankee Candle, $24.99.
Do I feel a little bit of guilt when I cheat on B&BW with Yankee Candle? Yes. Do I get over it when my house suddenly smells like Williams-Sonoma and I feel like a Christmas elf? Yes. (Oh, and in case you’re wondering, yes. I do consider candles to be beauty products. Don’t challenge me on this.)
8. Mentha Lip Shine from C.O. Bigelow, $7.50.
Three of us here at The Gloss happen to own this lip gloss, and all of us are down to sing its praises whenever the opportunity arises. Not only does it leave your lips feeling healed and pretty, but it freshens your breath. With peppermint. And turns you into a goddess.
9. Peppermint Shampoo from Malin+Goetz, $20.
I’m a firm believer that M+G are one of the most underrated beauty companies out there, and even though I’ve only ever used a squirt of this stuff when it was offered to me by a friend, I would recommend it. It makes your hair shiny and happy. It makes you smell like the personification of The Nutcracker. Win/win.
10. 18-in-1 Hemp Soap from Dr. Bronner’s, $9.89.
A fair trade product that nourishes your skin and smells like Christmas? And happens to be vegan? And cruelty-free? Count me in. Count me all the way in.
11. Peppermint Bark.
This recipe, which is meant to recreate those fancy tins of peppermint bark they sell at mall kiosks all December long, is definitely a beauty product. It fills your heart with joy until you blush, it fills your belly with sugar until you look more alive and energetic, and people are bound to find you more beautiful when you’re offering them a piece. That’s my explanation and I’m sticking to it.
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