I am absolutely in love with cocoa butter these days. It just smells so good, and it melts at just the right temperature, and it’s all smooth and soft (unlike some butters which are sticky on the skin). Best of all, it leaves you smelling of a beautiful, high-end chocolate bar, and that is just fantastic. And… you can use it to make the easiest body butter bars ever. Seriously.This body butter bar is so easy that it’s almost cheating to call it a recipe. On the other hand, though, it is so wonderful that I’ll never be without one, and they make fantastic Christmas gifts.
Because cocoa butter melts at 34°C, and body temperature is 37°C, these melt beautifully in your hands, but don’t even soften anywhere else (that’s another awesome thing about cocoa butter—it doesn’t really have a soft stage, just super hard and melted). If you leave them out in the Australian sun you will definitely end up with a cocoa scented puddle, but if you store the bar much like you would a chocolate bar, you’ll be fine.
The Easiest Body Butter Bars Ever
1 small, flat 60g/2oz tin (for storage)
1 measuring cup that can sit inside the tin (for your mould)
Pour the cocoa butter into the measuring cup and let it set up in the fridge. Once it’s set up, you may have to dip the measuring cup in some hot water for a second or two (no longer, though!) to free it from the mould.
Store the body bar in the larger tin. To use, tip out the entire bar and turn it in your hands. You’ll eventually end up with a rounded saucer-like object. If it ever gets too small, just melt it down with some more cocoa butter and start over.