Chic & Green would like to thank the great website Care2 for featuring my DIY Cocoa Butter Body Cream on their website as one of the 10 Best Summer Green DIY Projects!
Here is that project, which I originally posted in May 2009, for you to try this summer:
Jar of simple, 15 minute (preparation-wise) cream
10 minutes after pouring into a jar
This is what it looks like when the beeswax, cocoa butter, and oil are melted.
This recipe is great for those who are need some extra TLC right now. Perhaps it's hot and you're shaving your legs daily to wear shorts and sundresses. Maybe the air conditioning is cranked up and the dry air is taking the moisture right out of your skin. Perhaps it is normally just a bit parched.
This isn't a salve or balm, nor is it a smooth and silky cream with silicones and extra fillers. This is a basic, extra nourishing treatment that won't take you more than 15 minutes to make.
This recipe yields about 10 ounces. I am splitting mine between an 8 ounce mason jar and a 2 ounce jar. One will be for a friend to use right up and the other one will be used by the boys and me. They'll have it slathered on after baths and I'll use it from my neck to toes over the next couple days. I use a new spoon for each of us to scoop it out so we're not all dipping our hands into the jar.
You can keep this for up to one week stored in the fridge.
The natural chocolate aroma from the cocoa butter and the honey scent from the beeswax smell fun and refreshing, yet comforting when the pink grapefruit essential oil is added.
1/2 cup grated beeswax
2 T. unrefined cocoa butter
1/2 c. rice bran oil
1/3 c. aloe vera juice
1/2 c. glycerin
8 drops of grapefruit essential oil
1 vitamin E capsule, pricked with a pin and squeezed into it (antioxidant)
Melt the beewax and cocoa butter over medium high heat on the stove. While it is melting, add the rice bran oil. Once the oils, wax and butter are blended, add in the glycerin and aloe juice. Squeeze in the vitamin E oil.
Turn off the heat and stir like mad. I stir this for about 10 minutes with a wooden sppon. Stir it the way you would a homemade pudding. It needs constant stirring.
Once it has thickened and cooled a bit, pour into your container (s).
Let cool a bit on the counter and then put in the fridge. I like to chill it overnight. If you do not, it'll look done, but you'll get a liquid center. So cool it a bit with patience and use it the day after you make it.