DIY Thursday: Soothe Those Sensitive Legs!

Thursday, May 30, 2013


Jar of simple, 15 minute (preparation-wise) cream



10 minutes after pouring into a jar



This is what it looks like when the beeswax, cocoa butter, and oil are melted.



This recipe is great for those who are need some extra TLC right now. It's going to be 90 here tomorrow and it is already HUUUUUMID! Is your skin sun-sensitive? Perhaps you are shaving your legs every single day and they need to be soothed. Maybe the air conditioning is cranked up and the dry air is sucking the moisture right out of your skin. Perhaps it is normally just a bit parched.

This isn't a salve or balm, nor is it a smooth and silky cream with silicones and extra fillers. This is a basic, extra nourishing treatment that won't take you more than 15 minutes to make. I have shared this recipe with you all before, but is in actually one of my most popular posts and I thought I'd share it with you lovelies once more--

This recipe yields about 10 ounces. I am splitting mine between an 8 ounce mason jar and a 2 ounce jar. One will be for a friend to use right up and the other one will be used by the boys and me. They'll have it slathered on after baths and I'll use it from my neck to toes over the next couple days. I use a new spoon for each of us to scoop it out so we're not all dipping our hands into the jar.

You can keep this for up to one week stored in the fridge.

The natural chocolate aroma from the cocoa butter and the honey scent from the beeswax smell fun and refreshing, yet comforting when the pink grapefruit essential oil is added.

1/2 cup grated beeswax
2 T. unrefined cocoa butter
1/2 c. rice bran oil
1/3 c. aloe vera juice
1/2 c. glycerin
8 drops of grapefruit essential oil
1 vitamin E capsule, pricked with a pin and squeezed into it (antioxidant)




How to:

Melt the beewax and cocoa butter over medium high heat on the stove. While it is melting, add the rice bran oil. Once the oils, wax and butter are blended, add in the glycerin and aloe juice. Squeeze in the vitamin E oil.

Turn off the heat and stir like mad. I stir this for about 10 minutes with a wooden sppon. Stir it the way you would a homemade pudding. It needs constant stirring.

Once it has thickened and cooled a bit, pour into your container (s).

Let cool a bit on the counter and then put  in the fridge. I like to chill it overnight. If you do not, it'll look done, but you'll get a liquid center. So cool it a bit with patience and use it the day after you make it.
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