Hello everyone! This is Kati from Houseful of Handmade. We have been working on valentines for my kids classes this week. I can’t believe we are already jumping headfirst into a new holiday, I swear Christmas was just a few days ago! After getting all the kids valentines done, it was time to make something for the adults! I’ve been wanting to make some more homemade lotion lately to help with my dry skin, so I made my lotion but with a Valentine’s Day twist. You are going to love this Homemade Chocolate Massage Lotion!
I love making my own homemade beauty products. I have been using my Homemade Deodorant Stick for about a year and for a little pampering I love these Homemade Salted Bath Truffles. It is great having control over all the ingredients and trying out new scents and combinations. If you haven’t used a homemade lotion before, you are in for a surprise. The lotion is really hydrating. It absorbs into the skin quickly and makes your skin feel so happy!
I made my first batch of lotion just over a year ago, and it was a huge fail! I did a lot more research on the process and tried again (I hate letting a project get the best of me). Luckily, the second attempt was successful, and I was left with the most amazing lotion I had ever used! I can’t wait to share all my secrets with you so you can make your own lotion on the first try!
I decided the best way to make my homemade lotion perfect for Valentine’s Day was to turn add chocolate! And if you are still going strong on your New Year diet, you can use this most delicious smelling Homemade Chocolate Massage Lotion without adding calories to your diet! This stuff is so amazing, it smells just like your favorite chocolate treat. It even looks like a soft milk chocolate mousse. Just try not to eat it!
If you are ready to make some Homemade Chocolate Massage Lotion for your Valentine keep reading. I will share the easy recipe with all the tips I learned from my failure and research. You will be able to successfully whip up a batch in about 20 minutes.
1- You will need to measure all your oils and beeswax by weight. I recommend a simple digital kitchen scale. They are super useful in the kitchen for all kinds of stuff, including making your own beauty products. For the beeswax, I recommend buying pellets, I did not and have to grate it before use.
2- Melt your oils in a double broiler. Here is a picture of my super fancy double broiler: a pyrex measuring cup inside my small saucepan of simmering water (I link the handle over the edge so it doesn’t get too hot). Some recipes tell you to heat your oils in the microwave but I worry about heating oils too much and having them explode in the microwave so I keep it safe on the stove. And it’s easier to stir and ensure all the oils and beeswax are perfectly melted.
3- Meanwhile, whisk your cocoa powder into the distilled water until all the clumps are gone. Make sure to use distilled water so there are no contaminants in the water or it can cause your lotion to go bad. This lotion is homemade with no preservatives so contaminants are bad and you don’t want anything to grow in your fancy lotion! Also, the distilled water needs to be at room temperature to ensure proper emulsification.
4- Once your oils are all melted (it only takes a couple minutes), remove them from the simmering water and add your vitamin E oil. Let the oil cool to room temperature. It will start to get thicker around the edges when it is cool. At this point I moved my oil to my stick blender container. The oils were over 1 cup after melted and if I added 1 cup of water and emulsified it, it would overflow out of my 2 cup measuring cup.
5- Start blending the oils with your stick blender. Carefully pour the chocolate water into the oil in a slow, steady stream while still blending. The oil mixture will start to emulsify and turn to a creamy lotion. Slowly add all the water.
6- Continue blending until all the oil and water is emulsified. You will want to move the stick blender around and up and down. It will take a couple more minutes of blending to get it all together. Now your lotion is all done!
See it was easy right? Now it is time to package it up to give to your sweetheart this Valentine’s Day! Spoon your Homemade Chocolate Massage Lotion into your containers. I like to use half-pint mason jars or I save the jars from my non-homemade beauty products and fill them with my homemade ones. Then fancy up your jars with these free printable labels. I printed the labels onto a sheet of sticker paper and cut them out, then they are easy to just stick onto your jars.
I’m so excited to use my new Homemade Chocolate Massage Lotion. I can smell like a chocolate bar for date night, no one can resist that! And it’s the perfect lotion for a Valentine’s Day massage!
If you are looking for more valentines, check out the free printable kids valentines we did earlier this week!
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