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Cocoa Butter and Coconut Oil Moisturizer

Do you have very dry or very sensitive skin? Do you prefer something more natural, perhaps even food grade, to slather on your skin?

I felt the same way. You name a lotion you could get in the store and I had probably tried it. Nothing seemed to work terribly well, and worse than that even the ones without mineral oil left my hands just slick enough even an hour later that I couldn't do my printing at work without serious risk of smearing the ink on the finished product, meaning effectively I could ONLY moisturize at night. What's a girl to do?

Well, after many online searches, articles and reviews later I came up with this: Cocoa Butter and Coconut Oil Moisturizer! The prep doesn't take very long, you may already have one or more of the ingredients on hand, and the cost is comparable or less than specialty hypoallergenic lotions in the store.

As always, if you are unsure if you will react to the product, test on a small area and wait 24 hours to see if you have a reaction.
 
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Step 1: You will need:

I did not get a before shot of my ingredients, I apologize. A brief internet search should bring them all up easily though!

For a pint size Mason jar, you will need:

7 ounces of food grade cocoa butter
8-9 ounces of coconut oil (extra virgin, cold pressed if you can)
double boiler OR small mixing bowl that will accommodate your melted oils and a pot with a steamer basket
water for double boiler or pot
stove


Optional:
essential oils
jomoncon1 year ago
I really like this and am going to try it. I have very dry skin, and the really good moisturizers cost a lot. One question: Does it have to be stored in the fridge?
taransa (author)  jomoncon1 year ago
I have not been storing mine in the fridge yet. Coconut oil is very stable at room temperature. I wouldn't leave it, say, in a windowsill or next to the stove - the heat (and light) can make the oils go bad.


You may find you like it better more solid, though. I feel like I use less when it is mostly solid and I just take a small chunk out rather than scooping out a lot of liquid.
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