01 May Chocolate Body Butter & Natural Sunscreen
I’m really excited about this recipe because I love cacao on and in everything…clearly.
When I was a child one of my favourite books was Chocolatina. I hoped that one day I too would be made of chocolate. I also dreamt of chocolate houses and jello pools. #priorities Am I right?!?
Anyway let’s get into today’s recipe. Technically it’s edible (it’s a good thing too because people will think you are indeed made of chocolate) but I made it primarily as an after shower body butter that has some sun protective qualities.
If you want it to replace your sunscreen I would recommend adding zinc oxide to your mixture. You can also add cacao powder to give you a natural bronzed glow (although this can leave marks on light coloured clothing but it is washable).
I want to take a moment here to talk about the controversy that is going on regarding whether sunscreen or the sun itself is more harmful to your health. I believe you know your skin best so if you burn without protection, then you definitely need some form of skin protection. With that being said skin protection starts from within. What you consume has a huge impact on how your skin reacts to the sun. I recently learned that age/liver spots are actually linked to consuming too much sugar, not sun exposure.
So how can you protect your skin naturally?
1. Get regular morning sun exposure (if you have light skin start with only 10 minutes in the sun at a time and work your way up to 1 hour).
3. Drink enough fresh water to keep the body hydrated (amazing for every cell in the body but in particular this helps the natural systems in the skin to remain in harmony and work efficiently to naturally lubricate the skin while synthesizing the suns rays).
4. Use sun harmonizing botanicals topically during and after sun exposure, such as: sea buckthorn berry, coconut oil, olive oil, peppermint, sandalwood, turmeric, lavender, aloe vera, non nano zinc, and geranium.
Benefits of regular sun exposure to bare skin without wearing sunglasses or sunscreen:
1. Increased immunity (sun therapy was even used to cure many different diseases)
2. Decreased cases of cavities, arthritis, and other bone ailments
3. Increased muscle tone
4. Decreased risk of freckles or moles
5. Soft, velvety skin
6. Decreased acne
7. Decreased looks of aging
8. Balanced hormones
I love this recipe because it’s:
Customizable (depending on SPF, scent, and botanical benefits)
Moisturizes dry cracked skin during the winter months
Protects and rehydrates skin from sun exposure
Melts easily at body temperature for smooth application
& Chocolate scented
- 1½ cups cacao butter
- ½ cup virgin coconut oil
- ¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil
- ½ teaspoon vanilla
- fresh herbs/flowers or essential oils*
- 2 teaspoons cacao powder
- Combine all of the ingredients over a double broiler on medium-low heat.**
- Whisk ingredients, remove from the heat when the ingredients melt together, and transfer to the bowl of a stand up mixer.***
- Put the bowl in refrigerator for approximately 1 to 1½ hours. You want the oils to just begin to solidify. The mixture will change colour from a muddy transparent appearance to white.
- Use the whisk attachment to whip the mixture. Scrape down the sides as needed. Whip together for about 5 minutes, until creamy.
- Place mixture into an airtight jar and store at room temperature.
**If you are using fresh herbs or flowers add them here and allow them to steep in the mixture. Pour through a strainer into the mixing bowl when the mixture has melted.
***If you are using essential oils add them in here.
If you want to learn more about the amazing benefits of the sun watch this video: