Winter can dry your skin out something awful; all the artificial heat indoors and dry cold outdoors completely zaps your hair and skin of any moisture, leaving you static-y and dried out. The only way to combat this skin drought is to hydrate, hydrate, hydrate!
So, in addition to drinking your recommended eight glasses a day, it’s also super imperative to keep your skin’s thirst quenched, too. That’s where cocoa butter lotions, cocoa butter body balms and cocoa butter creams come in.
Cocoa butter lotion is one of those naturally-derived formulas that seems to cure just about all your skin predicaments— using cocoa butter for skin is like an immediate magical potion for instantly softer, smoother and more hydrated skin. Cocoa butter lotion benefits are myriad — it’s one of our most favorite natural beauty products - so we’re going to get in to how to use cocoa butter best in this post.
What is Cocoa Butter Made From?
Cocoa butter is made from cacao seeds (cocoa beans!); it is the cream-colored fat extracted from the beans after they are dried and pressed.
While that may not sound particularly nice, cocoa butter actually has a lovely natural chocolate scent (since cocoa beans is where chocolate comes from!) and is packed full of antioxidants, vitamins and other incredible benefits for your skin…all completely natural.
Cocoa Butter Lotion Recipes
While there are so many wonderful cocoa butters on the market today, it’s such a simple product to make at home, there’s no reason not to try it out! With literally three ingredients you can make yourself a whole tub of cocoa butter— the lotion also makes for a great gift for your girlfriends!
Cocoa Butter Balm
Cocoa Butter Balm Ingredients:
- 15g Jojoba Oil
- 30g Coconut Oil
- 15g Cocoa Butter
- 5g Beeswax
- 5-10 drops Sweet Orange essential Oil (optional)
Cocoa Butter Balm Instructions:
- Melt together the wax and the oils in a bain marie or a double boiler. When the oils are fully liquid, add vitamin E and stir for a few seconds.
- Remove from heat
- Add essential oils
- Pour into jar
Homemade Three Ingredient Cocoa Body Butter
By: Little Green Dot (Visit for full recipe quantities and instructions)
Cocoa Body Butter Ingredients
- Cocoa butter
- Coconut oil
- Sweet almond oil
Cocoa Body Butter Instructions
Melt your solid oils and butter in a saucepan until completely liquified. Blend the three ingredients together in a bowl and then set in the freezer for approximately 20 minutes. Once the mixture has hardened but not completely solidified, beat it using an electric beater until you have made it fluffy and light. Store in a glass jar or tub for months.
Your cocoa butter will naturally harden once it comes to room temperature. If you’re wondering how to melt cocoa butter, you only need to scoop a small amount into your hands; the natural warmth from your body will melt it in no time!
Silky Cocoa Body Lotion
Recipe & Photo By: Pins and Procrastination (Click through for the full recipe)
Cocoa Body Lotion Ingredients
- Almond Oil
- Coconut Oil
- Cocoa Butter
- Vitamin E
- Essential Oils
Why we love it
Almod oil, coconut oil and cocoa butter are all extremely hydrating! Not to mention, this recipe is full of ingredients loaded with anti-oxidants.Add in the beeswax which is anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory and you've got yourself a winner.
Basic DIY Lotion Recipe
By: Humblebee and Me
If you're looking for a lotion that is a little bit thinner than a whipped body butter you're probably going to want to look for a shea butter lotion versus a cocoa butter lotion recipe. Cocoa butter will provide a thicker consistency than shea butter.
The video above is a great basic DIY lotion that uses shea butter instead.
Cocoa Butter Benefits for Skin
We wrote an entire post on why cocoa butter is amazing for your skin. We just wanted to highlight a few points which might convince you it's time to start whipping up some DIY cocoa butter balms and lotions.
Cocoa Butter for Hydrating Skin
Cocoa butter’s hydrating properties extend past just the first layer of your skin. Many lotions on the market are made with chemicals that sit directly on the top layer of your skin, providing you with short-term superficial relief but not targeting the actual problem of dry skin. Cocoa butter manages to get to the second layer of your skin, providing your skin with long-lasting nourishment.
Cocoa Butter for Stretch Marks and Cocoa Butter for Scars
The lotion is also packed full of natural antioxidants and vitamins like Vitamin E, which is one of the most powerful antioxidants found in nature. Antioxidants help your body fight off free radicals, the cancer-causing cells that sometimes pop up in your body due to environmental toxins.
By slathering your skin with cocoa butter lotion, you’re not only helping keep stretch marks at at bay and diminishing scars and wrinkles, you’re also protecting yourself against major disease!
Pregnant woman swear by cocoa butter as their saving grace during those nine months when their bellies get bigger and those inevitable stretch marks appear. Using cocoa butter for stretch marks is a natural, safe and relaxing way to keep those scars at bay.
Cocoa Butter for Relaxation
Cocoa butter lotion is also well known for its calming and stress-relieving properties as well. It contains tryptophan (yes, the same drowsy-inducing chemical found in turkey!) which is part of the make up of serotonin, the “feel good” neurotransmitter.
Basically, when you’re getting out of the shower and breaking out the cocoa butter, you’re coating yourself in lots of feel-good vibes!
Making yourself a cocoa butter body balm is a fun, inexpensive and completely natural way to keep your skin healthy in the winter. And actually - cocoa butter creams are also incredibly popular in the summertime; it’s an ingredient found in most tanning oils, though we must suggest all-natural sunscreen rather than tanning oil! :)
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