DIY Thursday: Summer Cocoa Body Cream

Jar of simple, 15 minute (preparation-wise) cream

10 minutes after pouring into a jar

This is what it looks like when the beeswax, cocoa butter, and oil are melted.

This recipe is great for those who are need some extra TLC right now. Perhaps it's hot and you're shaving your legs daily to wear shorts and sundresses. Maybe the air conditioning is cranked up and the dry air is taking the moisture right out of your skin. Perhaps it is normally just a bit parched.

This isn't a salve or balm, nor is it a smooth and silky cream with silicones and extra fillers. This is a basic, extra nourishing treatment that won't take you more than 15 minutes to make.

This recipe yields about 10 ounces. I am splitting mine between an 8 ounce mason jar and a 2 ounce jar. One will be for a friend to use right up and the other one will be used by the boys and me. They'll have it slathered on after baths and I'll use it from my neck to toes over the next couple days. I use a new spoon for each of us to scoop it out so we're not all dipping our hands into the jar.

You can keep this for up to one week stored in the fridge.

The natural chocolate aroma from the cocoa butter and the honey scent from the beeswax smell fun and refreshing, yet comforting when the pink grapefruit essential oil is added.

1/2 cup grated beeswax
2 T. unrefined cocoa butter
1/2 c. rice bran oil
1/3 c. aloe vera juice
1/2 c. glycerin
8 drops of grapefruit essential oil
1 vitamin E capsule, pricked with a pin and squeezed into it (antioxidant)

How to:

Melt the beewax and cocoa butter over medium high heat on the stove. While it is melting, add the rice bran oil. Once the oils, wax and butter are blended, add in the glycerin and aloe juice. Squeeze in the vitamin E oil.

Turn off the heat and stir like mad. I stir this for about 10 minutes with a wooden sppon. Stir it the way you would a homemade pudding. It needs constant stirring.

Once it has thickened and cooled a bit, pour into your container (s).

Let cool a bit on the counter and then put  in the fridge. I like to chill it overnight. If you do not, it'll look done, but you'll get a liquid center. So cool it a bit with patience and use it the day after you make it.


Lavanya said...

I love your DIY posts- Thank you so much!!! Would this cream work with shea butter as well..Also is the aloe juice you use preservative free?
What would the shelf life of a cream such as this be?
(Phew!-too many questions)
Thank you!

Karley said...

Hi Lavanya,

This is the aloe juice I almost always buy:

It is from NOW and the way I go through it, the natural preservatives in it are potassium sorbate, Vitamin C (ascorbic acid) and citric acid. I go through a lot of this and keep it in my fridge.

Still the preservative in the aloe vera juice isn't really enough to preserve this body treatment. I recommend using it within a week.

You can use shea--I'd use a bit less that the cocoa, though. I have also made this with mango butter and coffee butter. The coffee butter works well with cocoa absolute and a hint of peppermint essential oil--like a peppermint mocha!

Lavanya said...

Thank you , Karley! I was looking around for vegetable glycerin and most of the ones I found were palm-derived..I found one (I think from nature's answer) which was coconut derived..Is vegetable glycerin usually palm derived or are there many more sources?

Karley said...

Hi Lavanya,

Nature's Answer is reputable and (I believe) the largest supplier out there of coconut oil-based veggie glycerin. I have found some at a local health foods (and even Walmart) derived from coconut--I think all have been made by Nature's Answer (you can find this at several vitamin shops as well).

I get mine at a local grocery store that is our small version of Whole Foods and isn't part of a chain.

Other glycerins (like stearic acid, too) is from palm or animal sources.

Like many labels (such as the "may contain carmine" on lipsticks), some are unclear and a call to the 800 number usually will answer the ?

Karley said...

Another note: when looking for glycerin, be careful to look for alcohol on the label. Some have thrown that in there, too :)

Lavanya said...

Thanks, Karley! Also, if I am using vitamin E oil (And not a capsule) how much do I use?

Karley said...

Put in just about 1/2 tsp or so.

Diana said...


Is it okay if I don't use beeswax or glycerin? Its not attainable where I live.

Karley said...

Hello Diana,

Beeswax is necessary in this because it is what helps to solidify the formula. Without it, it won't have the desired texture.

xblooperx said...

Thank you for the recipe Karley! I was wondering would you recommend this for dry winter skin? I've been using jojoba oil and coconut butter (melted) lately. This winter is the worst by far for my skin, thanks!

xblooperx said...

Thank you for the recipe Karley! Can't wait to try it, I'm not sure if my previous comment posted so if it did sorry for the double. I was wondering if this is good for dry winter skin? Currently I'm using jojoba oil and cocoa butter (melted).

Karley said...

Yes, this absolutely will work any time of year :)

rachaelbobachael said...

I the texture of this similar to Palmers cocoa butter at all? I am looking for a more natural form of this to help scars and super dry skin!

Carrie said...

We can only keep it for a week. Does that mean we have to toss it if it's not all used up? :(

Skin Tightening said...

I love all honey based skin care products. Thanks for the post :)