- Level: Easy
- Makes: 1 large or 2 smaller bars
- Time: 15 mins for preparation + 1-2hrs to set
- Stores for 6-9 months
At winter time the skin gets easily dry and dull, especially my legs tend to get really itchy and scaly. Not a good look. I created this body buffer bar to tackle just that! It’s super moisturising, with tons of cocoa and shea butter. It also contains a few oats, which give a gentle exfoliation and have skin calming properties. To make it extra delish I scented it with chocolate, so that shower times can now be a gorgeous indulgence for all senses.
- 55g Cocoa Butter
- 25g Shea Butter
- 10g Oatmeal
- 10g Polysorbate 80 (optional)
- 10 drops of chocolate fragrance oil (optional)
Cocoa butter is widely sold in undeodorised and deodorised form. The undeodorised cocoa butter has a yellowish colour and smells faintly of chocolate. It’s actually exactly the same stuff that’s used in making chocolate. The deodorised cocoa butter has been treated to remove the colour and the scent. It’s a better choice if you don’t want that chocolatey scent in your product. I’m using undeodorised cocoa butter, as this buffer bar can smell as much of cocoa as possible. I also think that the undeodorised cocoa butter is a bit richer.
Take your cocoa butter, chop it roughly and place it in a heat proof container. Also add the shea butter to the mix. Shea butter is also available in undeodorised form, but it’s more rare. Usually you’ll get a deodorised version if you buy it from the usual outlets and that’s fine for this recipe. Place the jug in a double boiler and melt the butters until they have become completely liquid.
Give the oats a quick whizz to make them a bit finer. Just a quick one or you’ll end up with oat porridge!
Add the oats, the polysorbate and the fragrance oil into the melted butters. Polysorbate is a liquid emulsifier. It helps oils mix with water. So when you’re using your body buffer bar in the shower, it will wash off much easier and not leave your shower or tub deadly slippery. (Caution is still adviced, though). If you want to keep you body buffer bars completely natural, then feel free to leave the polysorbate and the fragrance oil out. You’ll still get a lovely buffer bar, but with just a hint of a chocolatey scent.
Pour the mixture into a mold. You can use any mold that you have around, but I’d recommend a silicone mould. It’s really easy to pop the buffer bar out of a silicone mold without breaking it. Cake molds work really well, and that’s what I’m using.
Let the mixture set until the butters have completely solidified. You can put the mold in the fridge to speed the process, but if you have a cool pantry or a particularly drafty window, I think these work better. I find that sometimes the fridge doesn’t cool the bar evenly, so it crumbles or caves in the middle, as it solidifies quicker on the outside than in the middle. But try it out if you are impatient, often it works fine. Once the butters are completely solid, pop the buffer bar out of its mold. It smells beautiful and will make your skin feel equally lovely.
To use, simply wet the buffer bar in the shower, then rub all over those scaly legs and anywhere else that your skin needs a bit of buffing and pampering. Then wash off. The butters will turn milky on your skin, as the polysorbate mixes them with water. You’ll still be left with softly moisturised skin.