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Making Cocoa Butter Massage Bars
It's a little bit lotion, a little bit massage oil–closely related to the candle–but in a class all by itself...the massage bar. With ingredients you probably already have on your shelf if you're a candle or soap maker, you can make these decadently easy massage bars.Continue to 2 of 7 below.
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The Basic Recipe for these cocoa butter massage bars is:
- One part beeswax
- One part butter--cocoa, shea or other nut butter
- One part oil--any oil soft at room temperature
The goal in creating the recipe is to have a bar that melts at skin temperature. The beeswax melts at about 160 F, the cocoa butter at about 120 F, and the oils are soft at room temperature, so the combination will create your bar.
The butter you use will also determine any adjustments to the ratio. That is, cocoa butter has a higher melting point than shea butter, so if you make these bars with shea, you will need to decrease the amount of liquid oil.Continue to 3 of 7 below.
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Measure and Melt
Measure out your oils and start melting the beeswax first.
Melt the beeswax first because it has the highest melt point. Once it's completely melted, take it off the heat and add the cocoa butter. The cocoa butter will mostly melt with no additional heat. Put it back on the heat briefly to melt the rest of the cocoa butter.Continue to 4 of 7 below.
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Finish Melting and Add Oils and Fragrance
Once the cocoa butter is completely melted, add your liquid oils and fragrance. Stir well.Continue to 5 of 7 below.
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Pour Into the Mold
Once everything is melted and mixed, pour the mix into your molds. Slowly pour the liquid wax and oils into the molds and set them aside to cool.
As they cool, depending on your combination of wax and oils, you may get small sinkholes. You could, if you want, pour a bit more melted wax/oil into the sinkhole after it's cooled, just like you would a candle that had a sinkhole.Continue to 6 of 7 below.
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Once the bars have completely cooled, gently pop them out of the molds. Since they are formulated to melt at skin temperature, be sure to keep them in a cool place like a cupboard or the refrigerator.
Use them as solid massage-oil bars or they are also really great to use after you get out of the shower on legs and arms. You do need to wait a few minutes for the oil to soak in since they are almost pure oil. Once it's soaked in, your skin will love you for it!Continue to 7 of 7 below.
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Lotion Tube Variation
Instead of pouring the bars into regular soap molds, pour them into a push-up lotion bar tube. It's much easier and cleaner, though somewhat less romantic. These are great if you're using the balm as a handy body butter, bug-off balm, or solid perfume.