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Chocolate Coconut Balm Recipe

Chocolate Coconut Balm Recipe

This is the most delicious balm I have ever smelled.  It smells so good you could eat it… and since it’s made with edible ingredients you literally could take a little nibble!  Enjoy this skin soothing treat whenever you want to ease or prevent dry skin.  It also works well as an after sun moisturizer.

Chocolate Coconut Balm (Time: 10 min hands on + 2 hours to set)

Ingredients:

  • 6 Tablespoons coconut oil (look for extra virgin, unrefined)
  • 2 Tablespoons Cocoa butter
Supplies:
  • Small pan
  • Spoon
  • 4 oz tin or jar
Directions:
  • Scoop coconut oil and cocoa butter into a small pan over low heat.
  • Stir occasionally until both ingredients melt.
  • Remove from heat and stir to fully incorporate the butter into the oil.
  • Let it cool for about 5 minutes (don’t wait too long or it will harden).  Then pour the mixture into your container and let it set for at least an hour.
  • Cap and enjoy!
Use: This balm is great for normal to dry skin.  Use it anywhere your skin feels dry or tight.  As with any oil, a little goes a long way so use sparingly until you know how much your body wants.
Note:
  • Coconut oil becomes liquid at 76 degrees.  Remember this when it gets warm out and your normally solid balm turns into a true liquid (I’ve forgotten this before and accidentally poured a large jar of coconut oil down my shirt).
  • If you prefer a thicker balm, increase the cocoa butter or add a little beeswax.
  • This balm works best for normal to dry skin.  It may be too heavy if your skin is oily.
  • This balm is best used within a year.

 

For additional DIY bath and body recipes, please see:  http://youngmotherhubbard.com/index/bath-and-body/

If you need help finding some of the supplies in this recipe, see my post on where to find the most common skincare ingredients: http://youngmotherhubbard.com/http:/2150/where-to-find-homemade-skincare-supplies/

This recipe was inspired by the book, Organic Body Care Recipes by Stephanie Tourles: http://www.amazon.com/Organic-Body-Care-Recipes-Formulas/dp/1580176763/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1345490258&sr=1-1&keywords=organic+body+care+recipes.  It’s a great book, full of homemade skin care recipes.  It’s a really good read if you’re interested in crafting products of your own.

Photo Credit: Coconut (halved), a photo by SingChan on Flickr.

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