• Sarah Boily

Peppermint-Hot Cocoa Lotion Bar

Finally! An all-natural homemade lotion bar recipe that actually works! This easy DIY natural lotion bar is affordable and very effective using ingredients that are probably already in your pantry. Bonus: It's an amazing gift to give!


This lotion bar recipe is one of my favorites! Not only does it heal my dry, cracked skin, but it also is plastic and chemical-free AND they smell like Christmas! Check out my recipe below for this peppermint hot cocoa lotion bar so you can start making your own today.


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When Christmas rolls around again each year, I find myself struggling more and more with what to give my friends and family. I want to give them something personal, not just another gift card. I found a love of lotion bars after making my Matcha Mint Lotion Bars not too long ago so I thought I would try my hand at a holiday scented lotion bars for some of my family members and man, was it a hit!




This lotion bar smelled so good I found myself making two more batches just to have at home (at my fiancé’s request!) This bar smells exactly like a steaming cup of hot chocolate with a candy cane melting in it. It smells absolutely delicious.




For those of you that haven’t read my first lotion bar post (here), you might be wondering what the heck is a lotion bar and how is it different from regular lotion?

Well, a lotion bar is a solid form of a lotion that you use your body heat to warm up and rub into your skin! They are great because they are homemade with natural ingredients, they are easily portable (I stuff one in my purse or backpack every day!), and they work so much better for your skin than traditional bottled lotions.



The ingredients for this recipe are super simple and everything serves a purpose! Nothing artificial here folks. The base of this bar is cocoa butter which is great for moisturizing dry skin, healing stretch marks, and because of its fatty content, it stores in moisture longer than traditional lotions! The peppermint oil in this bar is anti-bacterial which helps soothe redness, lessen breakouts, and the cooling sensation feels amazing on sore muscles! The vitamin E added is to help cell function and skin health.



If you aren’t into peppermint hot chocolate or looking for a different seasonal scent check out these other lotion bar recipes here!

This recipe is super easy, so if you’ve never made a lotion bar before, have no fear anyone can do this! You can make as many of these as you want, they store for a really long time or you can give them away as gifts as I do!


Here are all the ingredients and supplies you’ll need to make these amazing Peppermint Hot Cocoa Lotion Bars.



Ingredients:

  • 1 Cup Soy Wax

  • ½ cup Cocoa Butter

  • ½ tsp Vitamin E Oil

  • 15-20 Drops of Peppermint Oil

Supplies:

  • Silicone molds (or a bread tin lined with wax paper. If you use bread tin I suggest doubling the recipe to make sure you fill the tin enough)

  • Double boiler (I just used a glass bowl placed over a pot of boiling water)



Directions:

  • To begin, set up your double boiler and begin melting your soy wax carefully

  • Once the soy wax is starting to melt add in your cocoa butter (it helps if it is chopped up into smaller pieces!)

  • Once everything is melted down remove from heat and add in your vitamin E oil.

  • Stir continuously for about 5 minutes. This is to ensure the wax and oils all combine evenly together otherwise you’ll have a lotion bar that separates!

  • After stirring, add in the peppermint oil.

  • Stir again for another 5 minutes to evenly distribute oil.

  • Pour into molds (or a bread tin lined with wax paper) and allow to harden!

  • If you used the bread tin method you will most likely need to cut your bars after hardening so you don’t have one large bar!



I love the way the cocoa butter hydrates, the way the mint feels on my skin and all the health benefits that come along with them! I hope you enjoy this recipe and put it on your to-do list because they are seriously the best thing ever!






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