Orange Mocha Dream Garden Bars

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Here’s a recipe for melt and pour soap that calls for coffee – making it perfect as a kitchen soap as coffee is widely used for removing odors from skin!

Orange Mocha Dream Garden Bars

1 lb opaque melt & pour soap
3 Tbsp food grade cocoa butter
1 Tbsp coconut oil
1/4 Cup finely ground coffee
1 Tbsp fragrance oil blend (see recipe below)
Cocoa powder or umber oxide to color the mixture a light creamed coffee color
Orange Mocha Dream Fragrance Oil Recipe:
1 Tbsp orange essential oil
1 1/2 tsp cappuccino or coffee fragrance oil
1/2 tsp chocolate fragrance oil
Mix and store in dark glass bottle until ready to use.
Melt soap and cocoa butter in a bain marie stirring gently until melted. When completely melted, remove from heat, stir in coconut oil and coffee grounds. Make sure coffee grounds are evenly dispersed. Add coloring and fragrance oil. Pour into molds and let cool. To give as gifts, wrap them in brown recycled paper, tying the top with jute. Attach a dried orange slice to the tie.

Chocolate + Orange Goodness

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Yum, yum, yum! Here are two bath and body recipes that make a fabulous gift when paired. Try your hand at crafting a handmade glycerin chocolate and orange soap and an exfoliating chocolate and orange sugar scrub with real coffee grounds. (You can purchase ingredients for these projects at Mountain Rose Herbs.)

Chocolate & Orange Soap

8 oz. melt and pour glycerin soap
1 tablespoon dark organic cocoa powder
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
5 teaspoons almond extract
40 drops orange essential oils
Cut glycerin soap into cubes. Melt in the microwave on high in 20-30 second increments, stirring gently in between heatings, until fully melted. Allow to cool slightly. Stir in remaining ingredients. Pour into molds and allow to cool.

Chocolate & Orange Brown Sugar Coffee Scrub

1/4 cup brown sugar
1 tablespoon freshly ground coffee beans
1 tablespoon finely chopped hazelnuts
2 teaspoons almond oil
2 teaspoons jojoba oil
2 teaspoons olive oil
8 drops of orange essential oil
8 drops of chocolate fragrance oil
dash of cinnamon
Combine all ingredients together in a bowl and mix well. Keep sealed in an airtight container in the refridgerator when not in use. To use, take a scoop of the scrub and gently massage in circular motions over your body. Avoid face and neck. Rinse well.
For more fun, try your hand at making Chocolate Orange Truffles as well!

Orange + Eucalyptus Bath Salts

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Bath salts are a wonderful luxury. Commonly made from sea salts, epsom salts, or a combination of both, they can help to relieve aches and pains, as well as relax the muscles to help prevent stiffness. They also soften the water, and help to naturally cleanse the skin. The addition of essential oils add aromatherapy and healing benefits.

Winter can be trying especially with all those nasty cold viruses making their rounds. Help clear your nasal passages and lift your spirits with this bath salt blend.

Orange-Eucalyptus Bath Salts

1 Cup Fine Sea Salt
1/2 tsp Liquid Glycerin
1/2 Cup Epsom Salts
8 drops eucalyptus essential oil
8 drops sweet orange essential oil
Combine all the ingredients in a bowl and mix well. To use, simply add 4 to 6 Tablespoons of salts to a hot tub. Keep unused salts sealed in an airtight container. (Ingredients for this recipe can be obtained from Mountain Rose Herbs.)