This decadent lotion is made out of luxurious cocoa butter, shea butter, coconut oil, avocado oil, and delightfully scented with pure essential oils. It glides onto your skin in the most delicious way and is a must have lotion for your skin year round. With the undertone of chocolate from the cocoa butter, peppermint essential oil makes a delicious and refreshing scent combination. Are you ready for your skin to look amazingly moisturized and smell intoxicatingly good?
The natural butters and oils from this lotion are nourishing for your skin and make it feel so soft and moisturized. Make it for yourself, or it also makes a great gift. To cut the cost of ingredients, invite a few friends over to make it with you so that you can split the cost of the oils and butters.
- 1/4 cup Shea Butter
- 1/4 cup Cocoa Butter
- 1/4 Cup Raw Coconut Oil
- 1/4 cup Avocado Oil or any other liquid oil such as Fractionated Coconut Oil, Jojoba Oil, Almond Oil, etc
- Optional: 20 drops of therapeutic grade essential oil. Peppermint is my favorite pick for summer. During any other season of the year I enjoy a combination of grapefruit and wild orange because chocolate (from the cocoa butter) and citrus are always a delicious combination. Citrus oils can make your skin more sensitive to sun exposure and burn, so that is my reason for not using citrus in this recipe during the summer time.
- Double Boiler
- Hand Mixer or Stand Mixer
1- Measure all butters and oils (except the essential oil) in glass jar.
2- Fill a large skillet/saucepan with 1-1.5 inches of water. Bring to a boil. Once boiling, add the glass jar to the center of the saucepan to melt the ingredients. Keep burner heat set to medium.
3- Stir every few minutes until the ingredients are melted and combined. (This may take up to 10-15 minutes to melt down the last bit of cocoa butter)
4- Once everything is melted, remove from heat and let it cool for 5-10 minutes. If you heated it in a glass jar, transfer it to a glass or metal mixing bowl and add your essential oils when it has cooled slightly.
5. Now let it rest in a cool place (such as the refrigerator, or a freezer for a quicker option) until it has set. It should turn from a liquid to a semi solid state. If you are making this with friends, I definitely recommend the freezer option and be prepared to go hang out and have fun for anywhere from 1-2 hours while you wait for it to set. Larger batches will take longer so if you are in a hurry you may want to place it in a shallow glass casserole pan to help it to cool more quickly.
6- Once chilled, remove it from the fridge. You will know it is done when it maintains a finger indent when pressed. If it is too soft, put it in to chill longer. If it is too firm, allow it to stand at room temperature until softened. You want it to be like soft butter.
7. In a large bowl, with a stand or hand mixer, start mixing on low and slowly turn the speed higher until the lotion becomes light and fluffy (around 3-5 minutes). It will literally look like cake frosting, so whip it until that fluffy and creamy consistency is achieved. Even though this is edible, don’t let any confused children come over and get a lick- trust me, they will be tempted!
8. Using a spatula, scoop the lotion out of the bowl and place in a glass jar or PET grade plastic container. Tip: don’t store anything made with essential oils in plastic or it can break down the material. We keep our house relatively cool so the lotion doesn’t melt if left on the bathroom counter. If yours should harden you can whip it again if needed.
This body butter will literally melt into your skin…..
Don’t let the extra in the bowl go to waste! I slipped away to the bathroom and rubbed this all over my legs and it made them so soft! Any remaining butter in the bowl should be wiped out with a paper towel and then washed with hot water and soap before it dries to make for the easiest clean-up.
This recipe should make about 1 cup of lotion and can be easily double, tripled, or quadrupled.