Allow me to introduce you to something that is wonderful and delicious. It is lip balm that has been infused with coffee and chocolate, resulting in a fancy coffee shop experience for your kisser. This mocha lip balm smells incredible, tastes pretty darn good, and moisturizes beautifully. It’s the perfect gift for the coffee junkie in your life… just tell them not to eat it 😉
The chocolate scent comes from wonderfully fragrant cocoa butter (USA / Canada) and cocoa absolute. As a plus, cocoa butter (USA / Canada) is also a fantastic moisturizer. It’s hard and brittle until it touches the skin, where it promptly melts, leaving a soft, silky finish.
The coffee hit comes from coffee bean infused olive oil (pomace) (USA / Canada). You can use any relatively inexpensive, versatile liquid oil you like—safflower, sweet almond, and apricot kernel are all good choices. Just be sure to choose something with a good shelf life, and something with little to no scent of its own.
I cold infused my coffee oil (olive oil + roughly ground coffee beans) for about five months before turning it into lip balm, but three weeks should do. And, if you can’t be bothered at all, you can simply add a few drops of coffee essential oil to the lip balm along with the cocoa absolute.
After those two ingredients, beeswax thickens the mix, and coconut oil contributes to a perfect blend of hard, soft, and liquid oils for a wonderful lip balm with staying power.
The resulting lip balm is lightly caramel coloured and smells deliciously of coffee that’s been mellowed out with chocolate. It tastes great (please don’t eat it, though), and it delivers a solid dose of moisture to parched (or tired) lips. Mocha lip balm it up!
Mocha Lip Balm
Weigh the beeswax, coconut oil, cocoa butter (USA / Canada), and coffee infused oil out into a heat resistant glass measuring cup. Place the measuring up in a pot of barely simmering water to melt the oils (this will take about ten minutes). Remove from heat and stir in the absolute using a flexible silicone spatula.
Don’t have the carrier oils called for in the recipe? Read this for a guide on how to choose appropriate alternatives.