This peppermint cocoa lip balm was just supposed to be a peppermint lip balm, but my cocoa butter (USA / Canada) had more ambitious plans. It is a beautiful, fragrant cocoa butter (USA / Canada), and in the end I got a lip balm that smells like a delicious little Girl Guide cookie. It glides on like a dream, and smells utterly delicious.
You may or may not remember a line of body products from the early 2000’s developed using Jessica Simpson’s name—they all reeked of cake, cookie dough, frosting, or some other sugary concoction. I say reeked because they were all scented with potent fragrance oils that left the wearer smelling like a bakery employee for hours.
I remember babysitting for a family that had a tub of the cake batter scented body lotion, and just smelling it, confused—was I supposed to spread it on my skin or eat it? In the end I opted for neither. Anyhow, the point is that this delicious lip balm will not leave you smelling like a top-selling Girl Guide cookie vendor—it will simply leave you happy, and perhaps craving a Girl Guide cookie (or three). Between the slight tingle from the peppermint essential oil (USA / Canada) and the fantastic scent, I promise it will become a fast favourite.
Peppermint Cocoa Lip Balm
10g | 0.35oz beeswax (USA / Canada)
12g | 0.42oz virgin coconut oil
7g | 0.25oz raw cocoa butter (USA / Canada) (the more fragrant, the better)
19g | 0.67oz sweet almond oil (USA / Canada)
1g | 0.03oz vitamin E oil
20 drops peppermint essential oil (USA / Canada)
Weigh the beeswax, coconut oil, cocoa butter (USA / Canada), sweet almond oil (USA / Canada), and Vitamin E MT-50 (USA / Canada) out into a heat resistant glass measuring cup. Place the measuring cup in a saucepan of barely simmering water to melt the oils.
Stir in the peppermint essential oil (USA / Canada) using a flexible silicone spatula. Pour the melted lip balm into ten or eleven lip balm tubes and let cool. I like to use these labels to label my projects.
Don’t have the carrier oils called for in the recipe? Read this for a guide on how to choose appropriate alternatives.