Cocoa Butter Body Bar
No recipe here today, but there is no reason why you could not eat this if you were very hungry! (I am obviously not recommending that you do!) Shea Butter (Karite Butter) is historically used as a butter substitute. There is no need to purchase commercial body moisturisers once you start to make your own Body Bars. Made purely from natural ingredients this nourishing, luxurious skin softening bar melts upon touch. It has a lovely soft fragrance that lingers across the day. Apply it daily as you would a body moisturiser. It is a solid bar that melts with body temperature.
As well as keeping your skin lovely and smooth it would make a wonderful gift for friends and family I am going to make some up for my mum for Mother’s Day. The recipe below is for one bar. It should last you a few weeks of daily use.
I have been using this bar on my children’s (eczema prone) skin during the period that they have been doing daily swim lessons. The chlorinated water was causing my son’s skin to become very dry and irritated. It worked beautifully at keeping his skin supple and hydrated (and eczema free).
Earlier this month I shared my first natural skin care recipe here – Gardeners Handscrub. I am loving re-exploring my background in Aromatherapy and the creation of some new products to share here.
I adore this recipe. It is simple to make and a delight to use. For many years now I have been using vegetable oils such as Almond oil and a blend of essential oils as a mosituriser each morning after the shower. This product feels so much nicer on the skin and is also a little more convenient than a bottle of oil due to it’s solid state. It is less greasy and much more nourishing for the skin.
- 1 tablespoon Coconut Oil
- 50 grams Cocoa Butter
- ½ tablespoon Macadamia Oil
- 20 grams Shea Butter
- ¼ teaspoon raw honey
- 2 sprigs fresh Rosemary
- 1 sprig fresh Sage
- Fill a saucepan with water to about ⅓ full and set to boil
- Put a bowl that fits over the top of the saucepan (without touching the water) and add all of the ingredients except the honey to the bowl on top of the saucepan
- Melt the ingredients over a very low heat, slowly
- Stir gently to assist them to dissolve
- Once dissolved to a liquid, remove from the heat and set aside to cool (for at least one hour) Leave the herbs to steep in the liquid
- Add the honey once the liquid has cooled down and stir to combine
- While the ingredients are still in a liquid form - remove the herbs and discard and pour the liquid into a mold - eg: a plastic container and place in the fridge to set.
- Once set the bar can be removed from the container by gently rubbing around the outside of the container with your hands. The heat generated from your hands will release the bar.
- Store in a cool location - this may need to be in the fridge if you live in a tropical climate.
- To use simply rub straight onto the skin as you would a bar of soap
If you need to travel with the body bar, place it in a container incase it becomes exposed to heat.
If the bar melts in warm weather reset it in a container and return to the fridge to set. Store below 30 degrees at all times.
The honey will tend to settle at the top of the bar. Remove it by rubbing it on to your skin or washing it off under the tap using just tepid water. It is lovely to use on your skin but it will be a little tacky feeling until it is absorbed.
If you experience any irritation using a skin care product, discontinue use immediately.
|Cocoa Butter||Softening and soothing, protective, quick absorption. resistant to becoming rancid|
|Coconut Oil||Softening and soothing, inhibits moisture loss|
|Honey||Soothing and cleansing. Great for skin irritations|
|Macadamia Oil||Rich emollient|
|Shea Butter (Karite Butter)||Softening, healing, natural sun screen, prevention of dry skin, Vitamin E and Provitamin A,wounds, dermatitis, sunburn, irritation, elimination of rough flaky skin.|
|Rosemary||Healing, removal of spots and marks, aids circulation|
Cocoa Butter and Shea Butter are really interesting ingredients to use in skin care. They both are reported to have a huge range of beneficial properties. I would love to chat about them some more if you are interested in hearing more.
Ingredient Quality and Sourcing:
As with food, the benefits and properties of an ingredient is based on their quality. I used organic raw materials to make this bar. I urge you to do your research and purchase a reliable brand of raw materials.
If you experience any irritation when using a skin care product, discontinue use immediately. The properties of the raw ingredients have reported benefits for eczema suffers. I am not claiming this here. Give it a try to determine if it is suitable for you personally.
- Aromatherapy and Regenerative Skin Care – Course Notes- Dr Kurt Schnaubelt 1991
- Natural Beauty, A. Facetti, Ebury Press, Milan, 1990
- Natural Organic Hair and Skin Care, A Hampton, Organica Press, Florida, 1987
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