Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Magic Moisture Blocks

Magic Moisture Blocks

You can save the time of making your own, and the grand expense of the ingredients by ordering some from me mscheriluv@hotmail.com
I call these magic because they do wonderful things to your skin, like magic you will notice a difference in a short time, with all healthy natural products.
This is an astoundingly easy recipe for the best moisture block EVER. It's really amazing - it's creamy and rich but also light. It smells faintly like chocolate. You can use it all over  - on my body, my hands, my face and my lips.

In case you're not sold yet - this moisture block is made out of edible ingredients, is travel-friendly (as in, you can take it on planes because it's solid), and is great even for sensitive skin.
The downside to this recipe is that you have to spend a bit of money to get the ingredients the first time around. But you can use most of these ingredients in cooking, too, and these little moisture blocks make great gifts. So think of it as an investment.
Magic Oil Moisture Blocks

Makes about 4 small blocks
15 min cooking time + 30 min cooling

Adapted from Bodyworks

60 g raw cocoa butter, preferably organic
1 tsp coconut oil
1 tsp avocado oil
1 tsp almond oil
1 tsp olive oil
1 tsp jojoba oil
1000 IU vitamin E (this was 2 capsules for me)
15 drops bergamot essential oil (or your choice)*

* Use organic ingredients when you can. Especially if you're going to be using this as a lip balm. Be sure you're not allergic to any of the ingredients, too - we can't have you breaking into a rash or anything.

***I've actually modified the ingredients a little ... I *have* changed the recipe slightly for the version I'll be selling, That is my secret, you want some? Then order it and give it a try ;)

1. Melt the cocoa butter gently in a saucepan - and by gentle I mean low heat and stirring regularly. When it's melted, remove it from the heat and add all the vegetable oils and vitamin E. You'll have to prick the vitamin E capsules and squeeze out the contents. Stir well.

2. Let the mix cool down slightly and then add the essential oil. Mix well. I use bergamot so my moisture block has a lovely chocolate-orange scent, but you can try other essential oils if you prefer. The original recipe called for 10 drops of lavender + 5 drops of patchouli or sandlewood.

3. Pour the mixture into small muffin or chocolate moulds and set in the fridge to cool. After 30 min or so the mix should be solid enough to pop out of the tins and store in a jar.

4. To use, rub directly onto skin. Body heat will melt the moisture block just enough to smooth it over. If you live somewhere really warm, you may need to store your moisture blocks in the fridge during the summer.

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