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I love to pamper my skin with thick, luxurious body butter. Know what I don’t love, though? The artificial fragrance in so many store-bought body butters. Seriously, some scented moisturizers remind me of the plastic Strawberry Shortcake dolls I had as a kid. The last thing I want to smell like is some factory-derived version of a fruit.
That’s why I was so excited when our friends at Aura Cacia shared this DIY recipe for Citrus-Cocoa Body Butter. The combination of rich cocoa butter, uplifting vanilla and pure essential oils smells divine! What’s more, pure plant oils nourish and hydrate dry skin without harsh preservatives or mystery ingredients.
To make this body butter for yourself, you will need:
3 ounces cocoa butter
1 ounce Aura Cacia Grapeseed Oil or 1 ounce Aura Cacia Jojoba Oil
3 drops Aura Cacia Tangerine Essential Oil
3 drops Aura Cacia Ylang Ylang Essential Oil
Small jar or tin
Melt the cocoa butter in a small pan on low heat. Stir in the grapeseed or jojoba oil and remove from heat. Stir in the essential oils and pour the mixture into a lovely jar or tin. Cap and allow to set overnight. Massage into skin after bath or shower.
My first batch turned out so good that I think I’m going to make another batch for my mom, put it in a cute jar, and give it to her as a Mother’s Day gift. I know she’ll love the chocolatey, citrusy aroma.
No time to make your own body butter? No problem! Whole Foods Market encourages our supplier partners to use pure essential oil fragrances, gentle preservatives and non-petroleum ingredients. Our standards prohibit the use of phthalates, which are commonly found in artificial fragrances.
To learn more about our top-quality body care, check out our summer tips or pick up a copy of our free, in-store beauty guide, Hello, Beauty!
Will you try this DIY recipe? Leave us a comment and let us know how it turns out!
Enjoy this recipe, but remember that essential oils can irritate sensitive skin, mucous membranes and eyes. Use wisely and keep out of reach of children. For external use only.
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