Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Overnight Rejuvenating Cocoa & Shea Butter Hand Treatment



This charmingly creamy and magnificently moisturizing hand treatment is ideal for applying at bedtime and wearing a pair of thin cotton gloves while you sleep.  You will wake up with soft and lovely hands.  Cocoa Butter is famous for reducing cutaneous dryness and improving skin elasticity.  Shea Butter helps revitalize dull and dry skin and promotes skin renewal.  Enjoy!!!

Overnight Rejuvenating Cocoa & Shea Butter Hand Treatment
makes about 4 ounces

10 grams sweet almond oil
8 grams vegetable glycerin
5 grams Jojoba oil
20 grams cocoa butter
14 grams  Shea butter
5 grams E-Wax NF
2 grams Stearic acid
2 grams beeswax
2 grams lecithin
30 grams Aloe Vera juice
15 grams Rose hydrosol
1 gram Vitamin E
1.25 grams grapefruit seed extract

Bring a 3-inch water bath to a simmer over medium-low heat in a large pot.  Add the sweet almond oil, vegetable glycerin, Jojoba oil, cocoa butter, Shea butter, E-Wax NF, Stearic acid, beeswax, and  lecithin into a large glass Pyrex measuring cup and place in the water bath.  In another glass measuring cup add in the Aloe Vera and hydrosol then place it in the water bath.  Once the oil/wax phase has completely melted and both the water phase and oil/wax phase are within 5 degrees of each other, remove from the heat.

Start mixing the oil/wax phase with a hand held mixer on low. Slowly stream in the water phase while blending.  Continue blending on low speed until mixture begins to thicken.  After it has cooled to 100 degrees, add in the Vitamin E and grapefruit seed extract.  Continue to mix for about 1 minute.  Transfer to a sterile container and use within 60 days.  **The mixture may seem rather thin until it has cooled completely and will then be much thicker. 



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