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This weekend Dan and I made a quick visit to the lavender farm. I have been wanting to visit all summer, but it just hasn’t fit into our schedule. Since visiting I have been inspired to try using lavender and its oils in some recipes – both to eat and in skin care. Lavender is one of my favourite scents and flavours (the farm had lavender ice cream that was ahhhhmazing! see it on instagram). First up in my lavender recipe series (uh-oh, did I just commit myself to a whole series?!) is this moisturizer infused with lavender oils. This DIY moisturizer can be made plain without any lavender scent or can use any essential oil to make it whatever scent you desire. The smell without adding any essential oils is just as amazing!
-Equal parts cocoa butter, coconut oil, and beeswax
-5-10 drops essential oil of your preference (optional, I did not use any)
To make 2 mini mason jars of moisturizer I used 1/4 cup of each of the 3 ingredients – cocoa butter, coconut oil, and beeswax.
*UPDATED: I found dried lavender a nice touch because it feels a bit like an exfoliant (I only added a pinch) but it can reduce the longevity of the lotion, so just using the oils is the safe bet. This won’t last as long as your traditional moisturizers as it doesn’t have any preservatives but it’s all good things 🙂
The scent of this without any scented oils at all is delicious; it is very chocolatey, but with hints of beeswax and coconut. Scents that I think would compliment these flavours well, are – lavender (obviously!), vanilla, coconut or peppermint – but the sky is the limit! The 3 main ingredients are the important part and then you can play with the mixture from there to find the scent that you like best.
In a pot over very low heat combine 1/4 cup each of cocoa butter, beeswax, and coconut oil. I used a cheese grater to break up the beeswax and a metal spoon to break up the cocoa butter. The coconut oil was soft enough just to spoon out. Allow the mixture to melt and stir regularly. With such small pieces of beeswax, the mixture only took about 5-10 minutes to melt. Once it is consistently melted remove it from the heat.
Add in your essential oils at this point (if you’re using them) and stir to mix entirely. Pour the mixture into your mason jars and allow it to cool. I put mine in the fridge for about 20 minutes. It will harden at room temperature as well but, what can I say? I’m impatient! Once the mixture is solid it is ready to use!
This is quite a soft mix, I just use my finger to scoop out the desired amount and spread from there. Store your moisturizer in a cool dry place. This is a thick moisturizer and great for really dry hands or other dry parts of your body. It is super hydrating and it smells great too!
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