Have you ever seen Chocolat, with Juliette Binoche and Johnny Depp? The lingering shots of luscious chocolate being tempered, stirred, and coaxed into the most divine creations are enough to send you off to your nearest chocolatier mid-movie for a box of indulgence. Anyhow, that’s what I thought of as I devised this lightly spiced, warming cocoa Mexican chocolate body butter that’s inspired by Mexican chocolate.

How to Make Mexican Chocolate Body Butter

How to Make Mexican Chocolate Body Butter

It shouldn’t surprise you that the majority of this recipe is cocoa butter. Cocoa butter melts at 34°C, just below body temperature. This fortuitous melting point is what gives chocolate its divine melt-in-your-mouth consistency, and it’ll do the same on your skin. You can purchase white or dark cocoa butter, and in this recipe you can use either (or a blend of the two), but do be aware that the dark variety can leave dark streaks on fair skin (though I’ve found a thorough massaging will prevent that) and stain lighter fabrics.

How to Make Mexican Chocolate Body Butter

How to Make Mexican Chocolate Body Butter

Since cocoa butter goes from brittle to liquid with little to no soft stage in between, I’ve added some silky capuacu butter. Cupuacu is related to cocoa, though it’s softer and almost silicone-like in its feel. I adore it massaged into the skin on its own, but it’s also lovely in body butters. Along with cupuacu’s relation to cocoa comes a slight cocoa scent that seems to be mixed with a bit of sour milk, so I’d recommend sticking to the unscented version for this recipe. If you don’t have capuacu butter (it can be a bit pricey), shea or mango butters are both good alternatives.

How to Make Mexican Chocolate Body Butter

And now for the essential oils. A hit of cocoa absolute ups the ante on the cocoa scent, and to that I’ve added spicy cinnamon bark essential oil and warming chilli essential oil. The Aztecs added both to their cocoa for a divine, warming, spiced cocoa that’s delightfully different from the chocolate I grew up with in Canada.

How to Make Mexican Chocolate Body Butter

Both these essential oils do have the potential to be irritating to the skin (especially in large quantities), so I recommend sticking to the recipe as written, or even reducing the amounts called for if your skin is sensitive. You can even opt to leave out both essential oils if your skin is particularly sensitive—it’ll still be a lovely body butter.

Mexican Chocolate Body Butter

20g | 0.7oz cocoa butter—be sure it’s nice and fragrant
10g | 0.35oz refined capuacu butter (can substitute with refined shea butter or mango butter)
10g | 0.35oz jojoba oil
2g | 0.07oz beeswax

4 drops cocoa absolute
10 drops chili seed essential oil
4 drops cinnamon bark essential oil

Weigh the cocoa butter, capuacu butter, jojoba oil, and beeswax out into a glass measuring cup and melt in a pan of simmering water.

Once the oils have melted, remove them from the heat and stir in the essential oils. Pour the mixture into a 30g/1oz tin and let it set up before using. Enjoy!

How to Make Mexican Chocolate Body Butter

How to Make Mexican Chocolate Body Butter

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