Part of growing up for me is coming to love my body for what it is. A huge part of my body is my skin and since winter in Berlin is dry and cold, my skin suffers. I think that as a black girl the first act of self-care that I was taught was to moisturise my skin daily. My mother showed me how to apply Palmers cocoa butter on my skin from when I was about 6. She always applied lotion on me and my brother in such a loving way. First the legs and then working for her hands up. Of course, the most important places where the knees, the area behind our knee cups and our elbows. These areas tend to get very dry if not moisturised. The way we tested if we had lotioned ourselves well enough would be by scratching our skin. If we could draw a white line on our skin we definitely had not applied the lotion on well enough.
Anyway, I am trying to cut down on plastic and on wasteful packaging as much as possible. Therefore I made my own body cocoa butter. It is so easy to make and so nourishing for your skin. Just google the ingredients and a ton of benefits will pop up. This recipe is very much based on the recipe by trash is for tossers from Lauren Singer, check her out she is a zero waste queen.
What you will need:
electric hand mixer
1/2 cup of melted raw shea butter
1/2 cup of melted raw cacao butter
1/2 cup of sweet almond oil, or jojoba oil
drops of essential oil of your choice
1. Mix the melted butters and almond oil in a bowl. Place in the fridge for 1 hour or until the liquids have become solid.
2. Take out the bowl and mix with a stand mixer. Mix until a creamy consistency is formed. Use the spatula to scratch it all together. Add an essential oil of your choice I used vanilla. The quantity of the essential oil depends on your preference.
3. use a spatula to place the mix in a glass jar.
store in a cool dry place.