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 + Apricot and Shea Butter Lotion
-2.5 ounces organic cocoa butter here or here
-3.5 ounces raw organic unrefined shea butter here or here
-3 tablespoons apricot oil*
-1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
-1/2 teaspoon vegetable glycerin
Get the 4 ounce amber jars HERE
1. Weigh the butters
2. Shave the cocoa butter
3. Add some water to a small sauce pan (about half full). Add in a glass Pyrex and put the shaved cocoa butter into the glass Pyrex. Stir until the cocoa butter is melted. It should not be super hot, you want this to remain raw.
4. Add shea butter to food processor, pulse few times to smooth. Then with the food processor running, add in the cocoa butter.
5. Then slowly drizzle in the apricot oil, vanilla, and vegetable glycerin. *In place of the apricot oil, you can use use jojoba oil, almond oil, or avocado oil.
6. Blend until well incorporated and velvety smooth.
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
|Here is the cocoa and shea to food processor, it looks a bit lumpy because in this batch I did not melt the cocoa butter.|
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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