Our skin is the largest organ. It protects us from the environment as well as microbes which are tiny forms of life too small to be seen by the naked eye. Some make us sick and some are good for our health. Although our skin protects us, anything that we directly place on our skin is absorbed into the bloodstream. That’s why we need to pay special attention to what we apply on it.
I’ve been using essential oils close to twenty years now. They have healing benefits and are pleasing to the senses. Coupled with rich, emulsifying butters and coconut oils, these components can be great for our skincare regimen.
I’m going to share one of my favorite recipes during the holiday season – Peppermint Bark Butter Bars. To make these skincare products, you may want to purchase some silicone soap/bar molds. Here’s what I use. They are 1.5 fluid ounces each.
Here are the ingredients.
You will need a small and a medium pot to create a double boiler. Another option is using a stainless-steel bowl in place of the smaller pot.
Fill a medium pot with about 2-3 inches of water. Bring to a boil. Place a smaller pot or stainless-steel bowl inside the larger pot. Add the coconut oil, beeswax and cocoa butter to the small pot/bowl. Stir until the blend is melted and then remove from heat. Let this mixture cool a bit and then add the essential oil. Mix well. Pour the mixture into the molds. Allow the Peppermint Bark body bars cool and solidify. Once this happens, you can pop the bars out of the mold. If it’s warm in the room you are preparing these in, place in a cooler setting. Another option is to put these on a sheet in the refrigerator for ~25-30 minutes.
To use, rub the body bar on feet, knees, elbow or all over body for moisture. This is a great bar to use on hands in the winter. The shelf life for these bars is ~ a year if you store out of direct sunlight and away from a heat source.
Enjoy for yourself or share as gifts with others.
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