Sweet Vanilla Massage Bars

If you are looking for a gift for someone who enjoys a little luxury, these creamy molded massage bars are a perfect choice.  Five nutrient-packed oils are featured here to ensure dewy velvet skin without a greasy sensation. Cocoa butter is incredibly high in fatty acids, so it penetrates deeper than the skin surface to hydrate from within.  The almond oil can help restore normal PH to your skin while calming inflamed areas.  If you suffer from stretch marks or want to smooth chronic chapped elbows or knees, double this recipe so you’ll always have a solution on hand.

1/2 cup coconut oil

2 teaspoons sweet almond oil

1/2 cup shea butter

1/2 teaspoon vitamin E oil

2 tablespoons grated cocoa butter

12 drops vanilla essential oil

  1.  Set a small saucepan of water over medium-low heat and place a small stainless steel bowl on the top of the saucepan so that the bottom is just above the water.  Bring the water to a gentle simmer and reduce the heat to low.
  2. Add the coconut oil, shea butter, and cocoa butter to the bowl and stir until it is melted about 2 minutes.
  3. Remove the bowl from the top of the saucepan and stir in the almond oil, vitamin E oil, and vanilla essential oil until the mixture is smooth.
  4. Spoon the mixture into pretty silicone bar-shaped molds (or ice pop molds) and let it cool until hardened, about 1 hour.
  5. Remove the bars from the molds and store them in a sealed jar in the refrigerator until you want to use them, for up to 3 months.


TIP:  When you want a fragrant, nourishing massage, remove a lotion bar from the refrigerator and hold it in your closed hand until it softens.  The oils in the bar will melt at body temperature, so. it will not take long to get the right texture for a massage.  You can also run the chilled lotion bar over your skin, or someone else’s, and let the friction and heat from the body melt the bar as you proceed.









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