How to Make a Natural Cocoa Butter Body Lotion

By Dan Ketchum

Cocoa butter's skin-softening fatty acids and free-radical-fighting antioxidants help moisturize and protect the skin, but before you reap its benefits, you have to start with unrefined butter. Unrefined cocoa butter -- available at online and brick-and-mortar cosmetics shops and health-oriented stores -- starts as a solid, chocolate-scented block. To whip up a creamy, inexpensive and all-natural alternative to off-the-shelf body butters, you'll need to soften up the salve with skin-friendly oils.

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This fluffy butters serves as a day-to-day body lotion.

Step 1

Fill the bottom pan of your double boiler with an inch or two of water and set the shallow pan on top. Add about a cup of unrefined cocoa butter and half a cup of coconut oil to the top pan. Set the boiler on your stove's burner at medium-low heat, stirring occasionally with a spoon until the cocoa butter becomes completely liquefied. Check and refill the boiler to maintain a consistent water level, as needed.

Step 2

Stir in your choice of almond, jojoba or extra-virgin olive oil, in equal amount to the coconut oil. Olive oil caters to dry skin and serves as an anti-aging agent, due to its antioxidant, polyphenol and squalene content, while almond oil -- a great fit for normal skin -- has emollient and anti-inflammatory properties. Choose jojoba for oily skin, as this antimicrobial agent helps balance the skin's oil production.

Step 3

Allow the pan to cool, then chill the mixture in the refrigerator until it firms. This process sometimes takes many hours, so check the pan regularly -- remove it from the fridge before it solidifies.

Step 4

Transfer the mixture into a blender. Blend at high speed, pulsing in roughly 10-second intervals, until it takes on a fluffy, light texture, similar to a very thick whipped cream.

Step 5

Scoop the whipped body lotion into a glass jar and seal the jar. If your house stays moderately cool, you can store it at room temperature, ideally in a dark place. Otherwise, keep the jar refrigerated in a warmer section of the fridge.