My family has been using this body moisturizer for years now, in place of store bought lotion. I call it Coco Bomb because the main ingredients are cocoa butter and coconut oil. It’s important to me, to use edible, organic ingredients in my cosmetics and body care products, because it all gets absorbed by the skin into the body. You could actually eat this and it would probably even be good for you (as long as you use food grade ingredients.) It’s hard for me to fully describe how much I love the smell of this, but just know that it’s absolutely heavenly in its simplicity – kind of like a mix between sunny fields, the beach, and m&m’s. And because it’s whipped, the texture is luxuriously silky and smooth when you apply it. I’m telling you, it’s the bomb!
It’s easier to make than you think. It doesn’t take any fancy tools or ingredients, just a double boiler (or heat proof bowl placed on top of a saucepan,) a scale, and a stand mixer or hand blender. The double boiler is essential to use since cocoa butter has a delicate constitution that is ruined and made bitter with excessive heat. There are several different combinations that you can use for this recipe and you’ll end up with a great product with all of them, but my favorite that I make most often is with all cocoa butter and half coconut/sweet almond oil, and just lavender essential oil for fragrance.
Makes about 4, 8 oz. jars (I usually make a double recipe because I have a lot of people in my household)
- 8 oz. cocoa butter, OR substitute with half shea butter or mango butter
- 8 oz. coconut oil, OR substitute with half sweet almond oil or macadamia oil
- 20 drops of lavender essential oil OR substitute with other EO’s that are good for your skin, such as helichrysum, myrrh, rosemary, or geranium
- 4, 8oz. glass jars with reusable lids for storage
- Have your double boiler ready with simmering water in the bottom. Measure all of the solid ingredients by weight and melt them in the double boiler.
- Transfer your oil mixture to the bowl that you will use for blending. Add oils that are liquid at room temperature and the essential oil. Give it a stir.
- Place it in the freezer for about 20 minutes. What you’re looking for is a ring around the edge of the bowl that shows the oils beginning to solidify. At this point, take it out of the freezer, scrape down the sides of the bowl, and use a hand blender or stand mixer with the whip attachment. If the mixture is just cool enough, it will begin to turn opaque white and increase in volume, like whipped cream. If it’s staying liquid, then just place it back in the freezer for a few minutes longer and try again.
- After your body butter is whipped to a consistency that you like, scoop it into the jars, releasing as many trapped air pockets as you can. Store in the refrigerator so that they don’t melt and collapse in high temperatures (at least here in California it’s necessary since the temperatures are above 80˚ for so much of the year.) This also helps to keep the ingredients fresh. Take one out and keep it in the bathroom as needed.
That’s all there is to it – enjoy pampering your body with this amazing, skin nourishing moisturizer!
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