Discovering Cacao as Emollient
My son has been obsessed with chocolate since we read Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Last week, we were traveling and he discovered Palmer’s Cocoa Butter in the bathroom where we were staying. My son only uses extra-virgin coconut oil on his skin at home, and then only when his skin is dry… so bottled lotions are absolute novelties to him. Clearly, ecstatic in finding one made from ‘cacao beans’, he applied thick layers of that yellow cream all over and delighted in his new smell.
“Mama! Mama! Daddy! Daddy! Do I smell like chocolate?“
“Yes, you do!” I smiled because I love my son’s innocent enthusiasm, I love watching his joy in the simplest of things and I love being present when he does make all these kinds of new discoveries. “Guess what! We can make your very own Chocolate Cream at home! Would you like that?”
“You mean from real Cacao Beans?” his eyes widen.
“Yes, from Raw Cacao Butter and Coconut Oil!”
“Can I choose the flavor?” he smiles.
“Of course! It will be your very own Chocolate Cream! It will be so pure, you can even eat it!“
As soon as we arrived home, it was the first thing he wanted to do.
Our Chocolate Cream
I decided to experiment with Natasha St. Michael’s Natural Body Cream Recipe.
I lathered some on my hands and after half a day, they still felt like silk! Touted for conditioning and protecting the skin, I used to use Palmer’s Cocoa Butter myself 10 years ago, but this raw Cacao Cream is different. It brings moisturizing to a different level! So in the evening, I made time to quickly whip a tub for myself too! I added 15 drops of doTerra’s Whisper in mine, which has rose, jasmine, bergamot, cinnamon, cistus, vetiver, ylang ylang, cocoa, vanilla, sandalwood, and patchouli. It smells absolutely delicious! I think my husband may be tempted to try it too.
Note: at room temperature, this Chocolate Cream may melt or become grainy – if the latter happens, simply heat it between your palms and you are ready to moisturize! Don’t worry if it feels greasy at first, your skin will absorb it within minutes. Also, a little of this goes a long way!
What Essential Oils are excellent for the Skin?
According to Modern Essentials, the following oils are recommend for:
- chapped/cracked skin – myrrh
- dehydrated – geranium, lavender
- dermatitis/eczema – helichrysum, thyme, geranium, melaleuca, lavender, patchouli, bergamot, rosemary
- dry skin – geranium, lavender, Roman chamomile, sandalwood, lemon
- oily/greasy skin – lemon, cypress, frankincense, geranium, lavender, marjoram, orange, rosemary
- rashes – melaleuca, lavender, Roman chamomile
- scars – lavender, rose, frankincense, helichrysum, geranium, myrrh
- sensitive skin -lavender, geranium
- stretch marks – lavender, myrrh
- wrinkles – lavender, fennel, geranium, frankincense, rose, rosemary, myrrh, clary sage, cypress, helichrysum, lemon, orange, oregano, sandalwood, thyme, ylang ylang