I'm so excited to share this lotion with all of you! It's incredible in terms of healing. I've been using it on Ethan's skin for about 5 days and his dry eczema patches have nearly disappeared, and the rest of his skin feels like velvet. My poor son has awful seasonal allergies and this exacerbates his eczema. So during this time of the year I keep his immune system strong and keep him lubed up with healing lotion. I am also using this lotion on my legs and back (where I tend to get dry this time of year). I'm just really impressed with cocoa butter...and it's fun to smell like chocolate. Oh, and I'm also using it as lip balm. So fun! If you're searching for a healing lotion for your dry, itchy skin, this one might be for you! I've included links below if you're interested in making it. I can't stress how easy it is to make your own lotion. I'm saving so much money; comes out to about $2.50 per jar (I was paying $10 - $15) for similar store bought lotions.
Cocoa and Shea Body Butter
-2.5 ounces Raw organic cocoa butter
-3.5 ounces Raw organic unrefined shea butter
-3 tablespoons organic jojoba oil (I find this at my Coop in bulk. Any healing liquid oil will work).
-1/2 teaspoon vanilla (just good ole' vanilla extract)
-1/2 teaspoon vegetable glycerine
1. Weigh out your butters.
2. Shave the cocoa butter, much as your would a chocolate bar, the smaller shavings the better.
3. Add cocoa and shea to food processor, pulse few times to incorporate.
4. Slowly drizzle in jojoba oil, vanilla, and vegetable glycerine.
5. Blend for a while. The heat will melt the larger chunks of cocoa.
6. I do not recommend heating any of the ingredients, as this will compromise the healing properties. Shea butter is a bit hard, but if you store it in the fridge and then bring it to room temp, it softens up a bit, at least my batch did (every batch is different though). You could also leave it out in the sun to soften. You don't have to heat the cocoa butter, simply shave it.
7. Transfer lotion mixture to glass jars. The lotion will be soft, then it will harden as it cools. It will last for MONTHS at room temp. Store leftover shea and cocoa butter in fridge and bring to room temp before working with it again. Yields about 12 ounces.
Raw cocoa butter
|Add cocoa and shea to food processor, pulse a few times to incorporate, then keep on blend and drizzle in wet ingredients.|
Mmmmm, looks good and smells outrageous!
I make two jars at a time.
One for our room and one for Ethan's.
The small jar holds 4 ounces
The large jar holds 8 ounces
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