Chocolate mint lip balm

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.

chocolatelipbalm_runnybabbit13It’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.


And with some stickers it can look really cute!

Here’s the extract below:


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

To make

  1. Place the grapeseed oil, beeswax, shea butter and dark chocolate in a saucepan and heat gently until everything is melted.
  2. Remove from the heat and add the essential oil. Stir well.
  3. 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

Thanks to my model Selina – follow her fantastic Instagram account here and check out her proudly African hair website here. 





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