If you are madly in love coffee and chocolate you might not want to make this lotion or you may end up on the receiving end of some rather peculiar looks as you lick yourself at your desk at work. Assuming you can resist the urge to like yourself, though, this lotion is definitely on the must-make list.



The chocolatey scent comes from one of my all-time favourite ingredients—raw, deliciously cocoa scented cocoa butter (USA / Canada). I get mine from New Directions Aromatics, and I haven’t found anything that compares in the scent department. I’ve also added a bit of cocoa absolute to really get this chocolatey party started.

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The coffee scent comes from a wee bottle of utterly intoxicating coffee essential oil from Saffire Blue. If you don’t have coffee essential oil, feel free to use a coffee bean infused liquid carrier oil instead of the avocado oil I’ve called for.


The cocoa and the coffee pair to form a decadent pair, and I’ve accentuated them with a hint of vanilla-like benzoin.


The water part of the lotion is plain old water. I considered coffee, but all my coffee based lotion experiments have resulted in lotions that give one the appearance of having been on the receiving end of a particularly low-grade spray tan, so I thought not.

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The final lotion is light and absorbs quickly, leaving behind a rich, slightly smokey coffee-chocolate smell that’s downright decadent. Yum!

Mocha Body Lotion

5g | 0.17oz emulsimulse/ritamulse (or other complete emulsifying wax—not beeswax!)
10g | 0.35oz cocoa butter (USA / Canada)
10g | 0.35oz avocado oil

70g | 2.5oz distilled water
3g | 0.1oz vegetable glycerine (USA / Canada)
2g | 0.07oz honey

5 drops coffee essential oil
3 drops cocoa absolute
1 blob benzoin essential oil

Broad spectrum preservative of choice (why?)

Weigh out the emulsifying wax, cocoa butter (USA / Canada), and avocado oil in a small saucepan and melt over medium heat.

While the waxes and oils are melting, combine the water, honey, and vegetable glycerine (USA / Canada) in a small glass measuring cup and gently warm.

Once the oils have melted, add the water mixture. Heat through to ensure everything is melted before removing the pan from the heat.

Whisk the mixture as it cools—it will thicken into a nice white cream (the thickening may take a few days if you are using a different emulsifying wax than emulsimulse/ritamulse).

Whisk in the essential oils and preservative, and decant the mixture to a 120mL/4oz pump-top bottle. Enjoy!

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