Dreamy Chocolate Mint Cream


When the air is dry and the temps are falling, there is nothing better than a dreamy, creamy concoction to pamper your parched skin. Join me in the workroom as I craft a cream to satisfy your moisturizing needs.

We’ll begin with Cocoa Butter for a thick base and that decadent chocolate aroma. I’ll add Shea Butter for creaminess, Marula Oil for a luxurious dry-feeling oil, and Conditioning Emulsifier for a velvety emulsion. Finally, I’ll use Hydrovance for my humectant at a bit higher than usual usage rate for extra oomph.

To bring in the mint notes, I’ll add Spearmint Essential Oil at a usage rate of just 1%. I chose Spearmint over Peppermint because of the sweetness of Spearmint, and because it doesn’t seem to get as much attention.

Chocolate Mint Cream

Percentages

65.5% Water
10% Cocoa Butter
6% Shea Butter
4% Marula Oil
5% Conditioning Emulsifier
8% Hydrovance
0.5% Liquid Germall Plus
1% Spearmint Essential Oil

Ingredients

Water
Cocoa Butter
Shea Butter
Marula Oil
Conditioning Emulsifier
Hydrovance
Liquid Germall Plus
Spearmint Essential Oil

Equipment

Scale
Microwave-safe Container
Spoon
Stick Blender
Thermometer
Transfer Pipettes
Jars and Lids

100-gram Test Batch

65.5 grams Water
10 grams Cocoa Butter
6 grams Shea Butter
4 grams Marula Oil
5 grams Conditioning Emulsifier
8 grams Hydrovance
0.5 grams Liquid Germall Plus
1 gram Spearmint Essential Oil

12-ounce Batch

7.86 ounces Water
1.2 ounces Cocoa Butter
0.72 ounce Shea Butter
0.48 ounce Marula Oil
0.6 ounce Conditioning Emulsifier
0.96 ounce Hydrovance
0.06 ounce Liquid Germall Plus
0.12 ounce Spearmint Essential Oil

Instructions

Weigh all ingredients but preservative and essential oil into a microwave-safe container or double boiler. Gently heat until liquified, stirring often.

Once the oils are completely melted, use an immersion blender to mix. Blend well until the emulsion is created, then set aside to cool below 120ºF (49ºC). After cooling, mix in the preservative and essential oil, stirring thoroughly to make sure they are fully distributed throughout the cream.

Scoop the cream into a plastic zip-top bag and pipe the cream into wide-mouth jars. Allow the cream to cool completely before applying lids.

Notes

This cream turned out beautifully! It absorbs very quickly into the skin and imparts a delightful spearmint fragrance.

Unfortunately, that spearmint completely overshadowed the chocolate from the cocoa butter, ruining my hope of a chocolatey counterpoint to the fresh, sweet spearmint. It’s not bad at all; just different from my intent. I might use a chocolatey fragrance oil to boost that component, or I might just love it as is!

The texture of the cream is not very stiff, though it is a thicker consistency. It’s a very nice cream with good sensory characteristics: smooth, creamy, fast-absorbing, non-greasy.

Give it a try, and fragrance it however you like! What fragrance would you use?

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About Denise

I'm a crazy goat lady who got into making my own soap with goat milk, found MMS to order supplies, and now I get to combine my love of creating skin care products with a job to pay the feed bill. I live in Alaska and greatly enjoy the unique aspects of my northern home - summer days when it never gets dark and the Northern Lights dancing above in winter. Favorite scents include Wild Mint and Ivy, Rhubarb & Sugar Cane, and Eucalyptus Spearmint.

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