This decadent coco mango body balm is downright lovely. It smells wonderfully of citrus, sinks into the skin shockingly fast, and leaves your skin hydrated and happy. It comes to us from a recipe request from Dita Bybee, who has fallen in love with One Love’s Skin Savior. This balm boasts a list of lovely ingredients, but along with that comes a fairly shocking price tag of $68/105g.
Dita wrote to say “This product is called Skin Savior by One Love Organics. It’s a gggrrrreeeaaat moisturizer and I like that it can be used as a cleansing cream. My skin loves this stuff. Unfortunately, my wallet hates it as it has crazy price tag at $68 for 105g.” I checked out the website for the balm and it’s covered in glowing reviews, so I knew I had to make it.
This coco mango body balm is a blend of some great oils—hydrating coconut, vitamin E oil rich soybean, antioxidant loaded mango butter, moisturizing jojoba, and juicy, citrus-scented orange wax. I’ve infused these oils with some nutrient-dense chia seeds and soothing oats for some added awesome.
The oil mixture is thickened just enough beeswax, making for a balm that has some good staying powder, but isn’t sticky or greasy.
I’ve scented the body balm with a blend of 5-fold orange essential oil and benzoin. New Directions is now calling out their 5-fold essential oils as being sun safe (or more sun safe) due to the extended processing required to “fold” the oil, so that’s why I’m using it here. Don’t use a non-5-fold citrus essential oil as a substitute. Speaking of photosensitivity, the orange wax in here can be photosensitizing as well, so I don’t recommend putting this balm on before a day at the beach.
The final body balm is one of my favourite projects of late. Its warm, soft, citrussy scent is lovely, and the texture is wonderfully smooth. It sinks into the skin far faster than I expected it to, leaving hands softened and supple without any lingering greasiness. I love it, and I think you will, too.
Coco Mango Body Balm
10g | 0.35oz virgin coconut oil
10g | 0.35oz soybean oil
8g | 0.28oz mango butter
7g | 0.25oz jojoba oil
5g | 0.17oz orange wax (or substitute with 5g [0.17oz] jojoba oil and 5 extra drops of orange essential oil)
8g | 0.28oz beeswax
Combine the coconut oil, soybean oil, mango butter, jojoba oil, and orange wax in a small glass measuring cup and place that cup in a small saucepan with about 3cm/1″ of barely simmering water in it to melt everything together.
Quickly blitz the oats and chia seeds in your DIY coffee grinder to break them up a bit, and transfer them to an empty tea bag. Tie off the tea bag and place the oat baggie in the oils. Let the oils infuse for about 2 hours. I did this with the water in the double boiler on a low simmer to keep things melted—if you do this, be sure to pay attention and don’t let your double boiler go dry.
Once your infusion is done, remove the tea bag, pressing it with the back of a spoon to squeeze out as much oil as possible. Weigh the beeswax into the oils and melt everything together.
To use, massage a small amount of the balm into your skin and enjoy!