DIY Natural Chocolate Rose Hand and Body Cream Recipe

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Natural DIY Homemade Chocolate and Rose Hand and Body Cream Recipe - Luxurious Mother's Day Gift Idea

I know, here I am talking about chocolates and roses and Valentine’s Day has already come and gone. But I’m not talking about those chocolate and roses. Instead I’m talking about a heavenly chocolate and rose scented hand and body cream made with moisture intense coconut oil! Not only does it smell fabulous, but it’s a hundred percent natural. I also think it’d make a faboo homemade Mother’s Day gift in the near future. Read on for how to make it!

Natural Chocolate & Rose Body Cream Recipe

©  Rebecca D. Dillon

Ingredients:

1.5 oz. 76 degree melt point coconut oil
1 oz. argan oil
.75 oz. beeswax
.25 oz. walnut oil
.25 oz. castor oil
20 drops cocoa absolute
10 drops rose essential oil (or a blend works too!)

Instructions:

Weigh out the beeswax using a digital kitchen scale and melt either in the microwave (in a glass pyrex measuring cup) or a double boiler. Next, weigh out the remaining oils in a separate container then stir into the melted beeswax until all ingredients have melted. Add the cocoa absolute and rosewood essential oil and stir. Allow to set up almost all of the way, then mix well to incorporate the cocoa absolute back into the cream. (It sinks to the bottom when the oils are still liquid.) Finally, spoon into a 4 oz. container or evenly into two 2 oz. containers of your choice. Use as desired on hands, feet or body.

Don’t want to use walnut oil? Oils with intense healing properties like evening primrose oil, pumpkin seed oil and rosehip seed oil make great substitutes. You can also use tamanu oil – one of my favorites! – however, as it has a strong natural scent it may affect the smell of the final product slightly.

For a slightly thicker cream, try adding 1 oz. of shea butter or .5 oz. of one of the following: cocoa, kokum or illipe butter.

This is also great on lips or even as a hair mask in a pinch.

For more great homemade bath, body and skin care recipes, be sure to follow my DIY Bath and Body board on Pinterest. And if you’re already thinking ahead to Mother’s Day, then be sure to follow my Homemade Mother’s Day Gift Ideas board on Pinterest as well. I’ll be adding lots of new DIY Mother’s Day gift ideas in the coming months!

Warming Chili & Chocolate Natural Homemade Sore Muscle Salve Recipe

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Warming Chocolate and Chili Homemade Sore Muscle Salve Recipe

Heat things up this Valentine’s Day with this all natural, warming Chili & Chocolate Homemade Sore Muscle Salve Recipe! It’s great for stiff muscles and aches and is formulated so it’s perfect for use in conjunction with a body massage. Just be sure to avoid getting it in your eyes or on other more, er, sensitive parts as you may find the warming effect of the chili seed essential oil a little much. Used properly you’ll find it increases circulation while adding soothing heat to sore muscles.

Warming Chocolate and Chili Homemade Sore Muscle Salve Recipe

Natural Chili & Chocolate Homemade Sore Muscle Salve Recipe

© Rebecca’s Soap Delicatessen

Ingredients:

1 oz. cocoa butter
1 oz. shea butter
1 oz. beeswax
.5 oz. macadamia nut oil
.5 oz. sesame oil
24 drops chili seed essential oil
12 drops cocoa absolute

Instructions:

This homemade sore muscle salve recipe yields one 4 oz. jar of warming sore muscle salve. If you won’t be using this salve in conjunction with a massage and prefer it to soak in better, simply substitute the macadamia nut and sesame oil for 1 oz. of jojoba oil, fractionated coconut oil, hemp seed oil, or other “dry” carrier oil of choice.

The final salve will take on an orange tint from the chili seed essential oil but will smell faintly and pleasantly of chocolate. Do not use if you are sensitive to or allergic to capsicum.

To make this natural homemade salve start by weighing out the butters and beeswax using a digital kitchen scale, then melt either in a double boiler or microwave. Next, weigh out the macadamia nut oil and sesame oil and stir into the melted butters and wax. Follow with the chili seed essential oil and cocoa absolute than pour into a 4 oz. container of your choice and allow to set up completely.

Finally decorate your container with a label – perhaps a heartfelt Valentine’s Day “I’m hot for you!” – or even a drawing of a chili pepper and gift to your favorite person in need of some love.

For more handmade DIY Valentine’s Day gift ideas, be sure to check out my DIY Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas board on Pinterest. You can also find more homemade salve and skin care recipes on my DIY Bath & Body Pinterest board.

Chocolate Bark with Pistachios and Pink Himalayan Salt Recipe

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One of my facebook friends recently posted a delectable photograph of some chocolate bark she made with pistachios and Pink Himalayan salt. So I went hunting for a recipe to make my own for multiple reasons. One, I get chocolate cravings from time to time that must be fulfilled. Two, dark chocolate is good for your soul. It helps to prevent depression, anxiety and stress and it has all those great anti-oxidants. The darker, the better. Three, pistachios are so good for you. Nuts like peanuts, almonds and pistachios are a much healthier snack than potato chips and they help keep your blood sugar where it should be while blessing your diet with fiber and antioxidants. They may be high in fat, but it’s good fat so you’re not likely to pack on pounds snacking on nuts. Plus, it’s been found that consuming potatoes causing a rise in blood sugar and regular consumption over time actually adds weight. So if no one is treating you to chocolates this Valentine’s Day, make your own! Or better yet, make a batch for yourself and your female friends to remind them they are awesome!

chocolate-bark

Bon Appetit has a recipe for Chocolate-Almond Bark with Sea Salt. I improvised on this to get just the chocolate bark recipe I was looking for.
Ingredients:
1/2 cup raw sugar
1 Tablespoon unsalted butter
1 1/2 cups pistachios minus the shells
1lb. finely chopped, unsweetened dark chocolate (62%–70% cacao)
Coarse Pink Himalayan Salt 
 
Follow the instructions on Bon Appetit for making your Chocolate-Pistachio Bark with Pink Himalayan Salt.
 
There’s also a great alternative to this recipe at With Style and Grace Blog that skips adding the butter and uses sweetened dark chocolate instead of adding sugar. Or, you could even consider adding dried cranberries!
pink-himalayan-sea-saltYou can save on your purchase of Pink Himalayan Salt by buying it in bulk along with any other spices and culinary salts you like to use. Not only is Pink Himalayan Salt great for cooking – it  is one of the purest salts available for culinary, therapeutic and cosmetic uses – and it contains a quantifiable amount of 84 trace elements & iron. Buy some for cooking and use the extra for your favorite bath salt recipes! I highly recommend Mountain Rose Herbs for your bulk purchases.
What are some of your favorite ingredients to add to chocolate?

Homemade Chocolate Mint Lip Balm Recipe with Printable Labels

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Learn how to make your own lip balm with this easy homemade chocolate mint lip balm recipe that’s perfect for dry, chapped lips! My rich homemade chocolate lip balm recipe is formulated with natural moisturizing butters with a fun chocolate mint flavor!

Homemade Chocolate Mint Lip Balm Recipe

© Rebecca’s Soap Delicatessen

Ingredients: 

1/2 oz. (by weight) cocoa butter
1/2 oz. (by weight) shea butter
2 Tablespoons carnauba wax
1-2 Tablespoons olive oil
3 ml dark chocolate flavor oil
2 ml peppermint essential oil

Homemade Chocolate Mint Lip Balm Recipe! Learn how to make your own lip balm with this easy homemade chocolate mint lip balm recipe that's perfect for dry, chapped lips! My rich homemade chocolate lip balm recipe is formulated with natural moisturizing butters with a fun chocolate mint flavor! 

Equipment:

digital scale
12-15 .15 oz. oval or round lip balm tubes with caps
12-15 28×70 shrink wrap bands (optional)
plastic disposable graduated transfer pipettes
glass Pyrex measuring cup
spoon or stir stick
microwave or double boiler

Instructions:

1. Measure out your carnauba wax and weigh out your cocoa butter. Place these ingredients in a glass pyrex measuring cup or bowl. (I use carnauba wax as it’s a vegan alternative to beeswax. You can substitute with beeswax if you like or use half beeswax and half carnauba wax for a shinier lip balm.) Microwave in 1 minute increments until mostly melted.

2. Weigh out and add the shea butter to the wax and cocoa butter. Microwave until melted. Stir well. (Optionally you can use a double boiler to melt your ingredients.)

3. Measure out the olive oil – I used Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil for this recipe – and stir into the wax and butters. Two Tablespoons makes for a softer lip balm which is great for winter, but if you opt for more olive oil, you may want to use lip balm pots in the summer. Alternatively use 1 Tablespoon olive oil for a harder balm.) Re-melt at any point if needed.

4. Measure out the flavor oil (or fragrance oil approved for lip balm use) and peppermint essential oil with the dropper and add to melted lip balm ingredients. Mix well. (Feel free to substitute other flavors or essential oils if you like.)

5. Then using the dropper, fill the lip balm tubes one at a time. You can help your lip balm tubes stay standing by setting them in a tray of epsom salts to keep them in place. My batch made a baker’s dozen. I filled my lip balm tubes completely so each contain .2oz. or 5 grams of lip balm.

6. Allow to cool completely, then cap and label. If you’d like you can also seal the lip balms with shrink wrap bands by simply placing the bands over the lip balm container and applying heat with a hair dryer.

I have created some free printable labels to go with my homemade chocolate mint lip balm recipe that you can download here. There’s a space for the name of a loved one for gifting! These would be great as wedding favors, stocking stuffers, even Valentine gifts for the kids at school.

Looking for organic oils and butters for your lip balms? Shop Mountain Rose Herbs.

(This lip balm recipe and accompanying printable labels are free for personal, non-commercial use.)

Peppermint Patty Cold Process Soap Recipe

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Ingredients:

10 ounces Palm Oil
4 ounces Coconut Oil
2 ounces Olive Oil
(Hold back one ounce olive oil to mix with the cocoa powder)
2 ounces lye
1 cup distilled water
3 tablespoons cocoa powder
1/4 ounce peppermint essential oil

Instructions:

1. Pour lye into the water (never pour water into lye) – Set aside to cool
2. Melt oils together -set aside to cool
3. When oils are approximately 110 degrees Fahrenheit and lye water is approximately 100 degrees Fahrenheit, gently pour lye into oils (never pour oils into lye)
4. Mix until soap traces
5. Add cocoa mixture and essential oil
6. Pour into prepared moulds and cover with plastic wrap
7. Allow to stand covered and out of drafts for 48 hours
8. Remove from moulds and cut as desired
9. Allow to age in open air for 2-3 weeks before using

For more detailed instructions on making soap, check out this cold process soapmaking tutorial.