I thought I’d share a little about wonderful cocoa butter, why it’s the most amazing skin nourishing ingredient, how to use it AND one of my favourite recipes!

When and why to use cocoa butter

For those of you who like to know exactly what is going into your skincare (and be able to pronounce it) this goes one step further – using edible ingredients in your products!

Cocoa butter is moisturizing, soothing and softening. It replenishes and deeply nourishes all skin types and is perfect for giving your skin some TLC!

Cocoa butter adds a thickness, richness and emolliency to products. It can be used in both anhydrous, oil-based products and in emulsions (creams and lotions).

It creates a protective, occlusive layer on the skin that prevents the skin losing moisture. It enhances elasticity and leaves the skin beautifully soft and smooth.

It’s particularly useful for dry skin and for treating stretch marks, scars, chapped skin and lips.

5 ways to use cocoa butter

1) Make gorgeous bath melts! Simply melt some cocoa butter in a bain-marie, pour into silicone ice cube molds, pop in the fridge to set and then pop one in the bath for silky soft skin! (Warning – makes the bath slippery!)

2) Try the wonderful Cocoa Butter and Mandarin Lotion Bar recipe below. This is a simple and amazingly effective moisturizer.

3) Add to your creams and lotions. Replace 5-10% of your carrier oil with cocoa butter for a thicker, richer, more protective and softening cream.

4) Use in lip balms for a silky protective layer and to keep those lips luscious.

5) Make raw chocolates! Cocoa butter is a key ingredient in chocolate. Raw chocolates are so quick and easy to make. Here is a recipe to get you started.

How to make a Mandarin and Cocoa Butter Lotion Bar

This is one of my all-time favourite products! I’ve been making it for years now plus I used it throughout both my pregnancies to help my skin stay soft and supple.

It is quick and simple to make and amazingly effective.  The combination of aromas from the mandarin essential oil and cocoa butter is just like chocolate orange and is absolutely divine.

This recipe is a firm favourite from our Certificate in Making Natural Skincare Products.

54g cocoa butter

15g shea butter

15g sweet almond or sunflower oil

15g beeswax

1g mandarin essential oil

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