I’ve wanted to make beauty products for close to a year now. DIY soaps, body scrubs and bath salts all look like a lot of fun, so when I got a copy of ‘Soaps, Bubbles & Scrubs: Natural products to make for your body and home’ (Struik Lifestyle) by Nicole Seabrook I knew this was going to be the year of the beauty product.
Needless to say, I only started making products around November, just in time for Christmas. But hey, at least I made them, right?!
I wanted something relatively quick and easy for my colleagues, and I also wanted it to be irresistibly delicious.
Enter this chocolate and mint lip balm.
The biggest issue was getting a hold of the ingredients – I struggled to find shea butter and beeswax. I eventually got shea butter from a health shop (this was by far the priciest ingredient), but I’d recommend looking for beeswax from your local farmers market where you know it’s good quality, local stuff. I also used Lindt dark chocolate because in a product like this, quality really rings through.
This recipe uses tiny amounts of products so I’d recommend doing what I did, which was to make ten times the recipe. This is far more measurable (60g vs 6g!), and makes great gifts (for teachers and the like).
I used 25ml bottles and made close to twenty with these measurements.
It’s really a pretty great recipe, and my boyfriend even nicked a bottle because it smells so delicious and is so moisturising. Unlike other lip balms, it doesn’t chap your lips and doesn’t need constant application.
Here’s the extract below:
DARK CHOCOLATE AND MINT LIP BALM
This recipe includes dark chocolate! I first used this recipe for a kid’s workshop and the children loved the idea of using real chocolate in their lip balm, a really tasty treat for the lips – sweet chocolate and cool peppermint – with shea butter to help prevent dry and chapped skin.
Makes 2 small jars
- 25ml grapeseed oil
- 4g beeswax
- 10ml shea butter
- 6g dark chocolate
- 2 drops peppermint essential oil
- Place the grapeseed oil, beeswax, shea butter and dark chocolate in a saucepan and heat gently until everything is melted.
- Remove from the heat and add the essential oil. Stir well.
- Pour carefully into lip balm containers.
How do I use the lip balm? Apply a small amount to the lips as needed.
Extract used with permission from ‘Soaps, Bubbles & Scrubs: Natural products to make for your body and home’ (Struik Lifestyle) by Nicole Seabrook