My sister was the first one to introduce me to coconut oil as a body/beauty product. However, because it’s solid at temps below 76 degrees, you practically have to chisel it out of the container to be able to use it in cool weather.
I started this project in early spring, so the first goal was to find a way to soften the coconut oil so that it could be easily scented with essential oils and easily rubbed into the skin.
So, I began by putting together a mix of 1/2 coconut oil and 1/2 safflower oil, melting it, and adding essential oils.
Then let the mixture cool to room temp, which, at the time, was in the 60’s (degrees F). It came out ok, but the coconut oil got a little grainy. It smelled fantastic. And melted in my hands as I applied it. So, a limited success.
I did learn that it’s better to put the balm right into the fridge for a quick cool … that way the coconut oil doesn’t get a chance to be grainy.
I also learned that it’s not necessary to use the pan and the hand blender. You can actually melt the coconut oil right in a water bath (sort of a double-boiler) using the 4 oz. mason jar. Then adding the safflower oil and scented oils afterward. Giving the jar a good shake after you seal it is all the mixing you need.
This keeps you from having to wash the hand blender or the pan afterward (as long as you don’t spill any oil into the water bath.) Easy is better. 🙂
So this has been episode one of the Coconut Oil Body Balm Saga.
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“And now, the continuing stoooory of a quack who’s gone to the dogs,”
“Tune in next week when you’ll hear Joanne say…it’s getting warm in here!”