Do you like mint chocolate? How about… a homemade natural lip balm with cocoa and peppermint? While the cocoa butter scent and flavour fades a bit in this lip balm, the peppermint one is almost a shock! Your lips will be tingly and cold for a while. Minty fresh! Check out this recipe and try it at home!
Cocoa butter is very similar to shea butter, high in fatty acids and therefore very nourishing. It has a strong delicious smell of cocoa you will always associate with chocolate.
Not surprisingly, cocoa butter is used in the majority of chocolate bars you buy. With a great melting point around 34ºC – 38ºC (pretty close to your body temperature), it remains solid at room temperature, but melts instantly when you put it in your month – like any decent chocolate should.
It’s also perfect for a lip balm, for the very same reason, as well as being very conditioning and nourishing.
Another oil I can’t skip in many of my recipes is olive oil, or I wouldn’t be a loving-olive-oil good mediterranean. Highly conditioning and mild, rich in anti-oxidants and mildly anti-inflammatory. I have a pure olive oil lip balm recipe you can also try out.
The oils in this recipe allow the lip balm to melt immediately while you spread it along your lips, giving you an immediate, protective and conditioning layer over your lips, and a feeling of moist lips for a long time.
You can use the oils in pure form (cold-pressed and organic are the best, but only because it guarantees the oil purity) or herbal-infused. Herbal infusions always enrich your cosmetics with additional plant properties, providing more vitamins, anti-oxidants and other nutrients not available in the oils.
Peppermint always reminds me of menthol, freshness and minty tea.
Menthol, one of the active substances present in peppermint, causes a chemical reaction in your skin, pretty much like a “cold” sensation. This is the same reaction that many pain relief creams and sprays use to help with sore muscles. So, be ready, when you use this lip balm, you will feel a tingly “cold” sensation in your lips for a while.
Peppermint also presents strong antibacterial properties, according to this article from PubMed, always useful in any cosmetic.
This recipe uses peppermint essential oil, mostly for its fantastic flavour. The % usage in soap is between 1%-2%, so, be cautious while adding this essential oil in your lip balm. For 10g, 2 drops (around 0,1ml) are enough, as this essential oil is overpowering. Want to add more? You proceed at your own risk 🙂
Ok, I managed to frighten you against peppermint essential oil… No worries, use spearmint essential oil instead, not so strong, with hardly any menthol content (no “cold” feeling), but with same scent and flavour.
Beeswax is my favorite hardening ingredient in this lip balm. It acts as a humectant in the sense that provides a protective layer to skin and traps moisture and oils in it. Most balms and lip balm uses beeswax. There are vegan alternatives to beeswax: carnauba wax, olive based wax, soy wax.
Vitamin E oil
And we finish with the anti-oxidant, vitamin E oil, always mandatory in oil products. Besides preserving the oils in this lip balm, it provides vitamin E directly to your lips, a powerful anti-oxidant. Only a few drops of vitamin E will be enough. If you happen to have vitamin E in capsules, one or half of one should be good enough.
My personal experience was that using a lip balm made with olive oil, beeswax, eucalyptus and vitamin E, lasted me for a year without any signs of rancidity.
Cocoa and peppermint reminds me of After-Eight chocolate!! It provides a great blend of scents and flavor.
Be bold and try this recipe! But take your precautions to avoid skin irritation. Enjoy your lipstick!
Find Where to Buy Handmade Cocoa Peppermint Lip Balm
If you’re not yet ready to try to make this recipe at home, but you still wish to enjoy natural lip balms, you can find handmade cocoa peppermint lip balm in the following links:
- More about Lip Balm and Balm recipes: Balms and Salves Recipes category
- More about Vegetable Oils: Natural Oils For Skin
- More about Essential Oils: Essential Oils Chart
Watch This Video Before Starting Your Recipe
Cocoa And Peppermint Lip Balm
- Assemble the ingredients and equipment first
- Measure the oils and the beeswax to a double boiler (you can also use a metal jug)
- Fill the pan with water to use as a double boiler. Turn the heat on and place the double boiler inside the pan with water.
- Let the beeswax melt completely (beeswax melts at ~60ºC)
- Turn off the heat and remove the double boiler from the water. Wait a few minutes to let it cool down (up to 45ºC – 113ºF)
- Add the essential oil and the vitamin E and mix well
- Before you pour your mixture into the containers, it is very important to make sure they are sterilized. Use a solution of water and bleach to sterilize your containers, and make sure they are absolutely dry – water can create bacteria and fungus, something you don't want on your wonderful lip balm.
- Pour the mixture in the lip tubes or containers. If the misture hardens before you can pour everything, you can reheat it again.
- Wait 5 minutes for the mixture to solidify, then place it for 15-30 minutes in the fridge to solidify completely
- Make sure you clean up the wax from the utensils while it's in liquid form, with a kitchen paper towel. If needed, reheat the utensils.