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Cocoa Butter & Jojoba Skin Protector
Natural Alternatives to Petroleum Jelly

Cocoa butter and jojoba oil create a protective barrier on the skin to keep moisture in and harmful environmental elements out.

Photo: © Gerrie Summers

Ingredient

4-ounces cocoa butter

4-ounces jojoba oil

2-ounces shaved beeswax

Directions

Melt beeswax and cocoa butter in a double boiler until melted and stir in jojoba oil (and essential oil if using) into mixture. Pour into a glass jar. Let cool before covering.

About the ingredients

Beeswax. Beeswax acts as a humectant and is found in numerous body and lip balms. It helps lock in moisture in the skin and provides protective coating from the environment, making it a great alternative to petroleum jelly. It also has anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties and is often used with other skin care ingredients to treat eczema and psoriasis.

Cocoa butter. Cocoa butter is a centuries-old treatment for dry skin. It is considered an occlusive that provides a coating on the skin, creating a protective barrier and slowing the natural escape of moisture from the skin. It also helps relieve irritation and inflammation of the skin and therefore is good for conditions like eczema. Cocoa butter is often used to fade scars and stretch marks.

Jojoba oil. Jojoba oil, which is similar to human sebum, acts as a humectant and creates a protective coating over the skin to help keep moisture in. It is used quite often in aromatherapy because it doesn’t go rancid like vegetable oils. It also doesn’t clog pores and is not greasy. Jojoba oil contains vitamin E, an antioxidant that protects against free radical damage, a cause of premature skin aging. It helps improve skin elasticity and has been used for skin disorders like eczema, psoriasis, and rosacea.

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