123. all-natural body care

did you know that almost 60% of what we apply to our skin gets absorbed into the bloodstream? the ingredients in your body care products matter. instead of dousing yourself with harmful chemicals and synthetic fragrances, why not treat your skin to it's very own health food. these are two of our favorite simple recipes using all-natural ingredients. they will get your skin glowing and ready for spring.

whipped body butter:

1/4 cup unrefined cocoa butter
1/4 cup raw shea butter
1/4 cup unrefined coconut oil
1/4 cup jojoba oil
20 drops of essential oil (we used a combination of sandalwood, cardamom and peru balsam)

melt the first four ingredients in a large bowl over a double boiler - whisk to thoroughly combine. place in the refrigerator until the mixture solidifies (about 1 hour). using a hand mixer on high speed, whip the mixture until it starts to break up. add in your essential oils of choice. continue whipping for about 10 minutes or until your body butter takes on the texture of whipped cream. it will keep it's dreamy texture when stored at room temperature, just be sure to keep it in an airtight container.

vanilla cardamom coffee sugar scrub:

1/3 cup light brown sugar
1/4 cup olive oil
3 tablespoons ground coffee
1/8 teaspoon vanilla extract
15- 20 drops cardamom essential oil

stir coffee, brown sugar and olive oil together till there are no clumps of sugar. add vanilla extract and cardamom oil and mix thoroughly. store in an airtight jar at room temperature.

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