DIY Cocoa Mint Massage Bars

These massage bars are so simple to make, and luxurious to use! Great for fall & winter, you could even give these away as thoughtful gifts this season! The essential oils in this recipe are great for muscle and joint pain.  The ingredients for this recipe are minimal, and the prep time is fast. After the massage bars cool, they stay solid until you warm them up in your hands for a massage. You could even use this as a hand/ body lotion.


Peppermint is of course great for getting rid of headaches, it is a very effective natural painkiller and muscle relaxant. It has a cooling and soothing feeling on the skin. Wintergreen is also a great oil to use for muscle pain, as well as arthritis and nerve pain. Marjoram is also commonly used for relief of joint or muscle pain associated with sprains, strains & rheumatoid arthritis. Both marjoram and peppermint act as a nervine and calmative when inhaled. Copaiba is of course a magnifying oil, so only a drop or two is needed. It helps magnify the effects of the other oils, when used in combination.

Really, I could have called this bar the Sore Muscle Painkiller, but once you smell it – you’ll see why it got it’s name. I could almost eat it, the cocoa and mint together smell so good.

Cocoa Mint Massage Bars


  • 1 cup raw cocoa butter
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil
  • 1 tsp sweet almond oil
  • Peppermint
  • Marjoram
  • Wintergreen
  • Copaiba


Melt the cocoa butter, coconut oil and almond in a double boiler on low heat, stirring occasionally. The cocoa butter will take longer to melt than you might expect! Use a silicone baking mold, and pour the warm oil mixture in once everything is completely melted. You won’t want to add the essential oils until the oil & cocoa butter mix has cooled down a bit. Heating your oils will speed up oxidation, and take away the amazing health benefits that these oils provide! It will take quite awhile for the cocoa butter and oils to set, so don’t worry that it’s going to harden in 5 minutes. Once your cocoa butter mix has cooled for at least five minutes, it’s time to add your essential oils! Add 2 drops each of your essential oils to each well of the mold.

 Stir each well with a spoon, and let cool in the freezer or outside in this chilly, snowy weather – if you’re in Canada!

If you are interested in making these wonderful cocoa
mint lotion bars with therapeutic grade essential oils, please read my Essential Oils and Get Started pages to learn more about Young Living. Be sure to like, share, and comment to let me know how you like my massage bar recipe!


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