Every autumn I, along with the rest of my city (or so it seems), haul my arse back to yoga classes. It’s not that I don’t enjoy yoga enough to do it in the summer, it’s just that there are so many things to do when the days are long and warm. Anyhow, my inevitable return after my summer hiatus is inevitably greeted by the discovery of entirely new muscles as the protest in the days following a class. That’s where these peppermint massage bars come in.

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Similar to my tiger balm massage bars, this handy bar uses just three essential oils, so it’s a lot easier (and cheaper) to pull together. The peppermint & menthol provide a nice cooling tingle, which is just wonderful for sore muscles, while the cassia essential oil boosts circulation.

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I’ve added a bit of bentonite clay and powdered peppermint extract to these bars as well, but that’s optional. The clay helps with detoxing the skin, and the peppermint extract boosts the cooling quotient (though it’s already pretty high). They do add a slightly rough finish to the bar that can be great for a bit of light exfoliation. However, if you’re looking for a smooth bar, you can leave both out without any ill effects.

This is the powdered peppermint extract.

This is the powdered peppermint extract.

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Peppermint Massage Bars

20g | 0.7oz cocoa butter
20g | 0.7oz beeswax
10g | 0.35oz grapeseed oil
8g | 0.28oz cassia essential oil
5g | 0.17oz peppermint essential oil
3g | 0.1oz menthol essential oil
2 tsp powdered peppermint extract
1 tsp bentonite clay (or another clay you like)

Combine the cocoa butter, beeswax, and grapeseed oil in a small saucepan and melt over medium heat.

While the oils are melting, weigh out the essential oils into a glass jar and blend the peppermint extract and clay together in a coffee grinder.

Once the oils have melted, remove from heat and stir in the essential oils. Let cool a bit, stirring. Add the powders, if using. If you’re using the powders, stir the mixture as it cools until it is thick enough to keep the powders in suspension (you’ll know if the powders don’t sink when you stop stirring). If you’re not using the powders, you can pour the mixture into your mould straight away. Otherwise, pour once the mixture has thickened. I used a 125mL/half cup mason jar as my mould.

Once the bar has set, tip it out of the mould (this is made easier by dipping the mould into a bit of warm water for a second—but not any longer!).

To use, massage on sore muscles and enjoy! (Avoid contact with any sensitive areas, like the eyes and your private bits.)

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