Cacao Butter & Coconut Oil Skin Bars
I am in LOVE with these things! They are so easy to make, feel wonderful on my skin, and smell heavenly…like dark chocolate and coconut to be exact! They are made of these TWO ingredients, that is all! Let’s get to it!
Here’s what you’ll need:
*A couple of glass jars to melt down the butters and a small pot that both jars can fit inside with a little water
*A mini muffin tin or any shape mold you’d like the bars to turn out…get creative…or not, like me
*A glass measuring cup is easiest but others will definitely do
I get my Cacao Butter and Coconut Oil from Sunfood, because they never heat either above 120 degrees, if that, but I’m sure it will work just fine with whichever brand you choose…just make sure to get unrefined and organic! Afterall, these are all about putting nothing but pure ingredients on your face, body, and lips…don’t want to muck that up by using unpure oils!
*First step is to get the cacao butter and coconut oil into a pourable state, so that you can mix the two together. I just put some of each into separate jars and then heat them slowly on the stove by adding a few inches of water to the pan and heating up the water. Here’s a pic of melting the coconut oil. Just do exactly the same for the cacao butter.
Now, the best ratio I’ve been able to find is 1 & 1/4 Cups melted Cacao Butter to 1/2 Cup melted Coconut Oil. The cacao butter is much harder than the coconut oil. I had to try many combinations before I finally got the bars to harden but still melt properly when touching skin…this is the only one I know, and unfortunately I can’t give an exact number of bars you’ll get. It depends on the size of you’re molds. With 1 & 1/4 C melted Cacao Butter and 1/2 C melted Coconut Oil, I ended up with about 21 bars that were 1 & 1/2 inch squares.
This is where the glass measuring cup comes in handy…you can just poor the melted cacao butter into the measuring cup up to the 1 & 1/4 C mark, and then add the coconut oil until you hit the 1 & 3/4 C mark, and you’re done(1 1/4 + 1/2 = 1 3/4)! Mix it up well, and poor into the molds. This is probably the hardest part of the whole process…YOU MUST WAIT! Just let it be on a counter in a cool dry place and wait for it to set. I try to leave mine for the day I make them and then overnight to make sure they’re set all the way through. I’ve poked many with a toothpick way too early on, but they still eventually set…very forgiving!
Once set, they should pop out of the molds fairly easily! I’ve had to use a toothpick in the corner to pry a couple out, but that’s rare. Remember, if you have any big mishaps, you can always re-melt and start again! Make sure you store these at room temperature or below, because the coconut oil will begin to melt at 78 degrees…otherwise they hold up just fine and only melt when they hit your skin! Have I mentioned I’m in LOVE with these!?! I hope you ENJOY them as well!