If you need some serious moisture, but hate the greasiness that usually accompanies the rich butters and balms, this is the recipe for you.  This combination of 2 butters, 1 oil and optional essential oil is highly concentrated, rich in natural skin loving moisture, healing and best of all it literally melts on your skin.


Due to the incredible absorbing property of grapeseed oil, this balm seeps into your

skin quickly, taking the natural butters of shea and cocoa right along with it.


  • 3 ounces shea butter
  • 1 ½ ounces cocoa butter
  • 1 ½ ounces grapeseed oil
  • 2 teaspoons orange essential oil, strength is your option as well as e.o.


1. Gently melt the cocoa butter with the grapeseed oil, by gently I mean don't over heat or boil, the least degree of heat used is best to preserve the oils properties. Use a double boiler or microwave. Stirring it will dissolve the cocoa butter quicker in the grapeseed.
2. When the cocoa butter is completely dissolved in the grapeseed, add your shea butter, you shouldn't need to  heat, just stir until completely dissolved.   If adding essential oil, put it in now and stir.
3. Place your bowl in the fridge or freezer to cool oils to the point of getting thick. Then take out and with an electric whisk or hand blender beat the thickened oils.  It should get light and fluffy. You can use it light and fluffy, like a whipped body butter, or put it back in fridge for a few more minutes, take it out and beat it again.  As you beat it, you will see it become more the consistency of a balm. Very concentrated.
4. Place your body balm in clean containers and store in cool dark place.


This balm is excellent for dry feet, hands, elbows, legs, anywhere you need intensive moisture.  Great for eczema as well.

30 Minute
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