Dry skin is particularly sensitive to cold, wind, temperature change and needs special attention. Prickling, tight pulling sensations, redness… In winter, the skin needs to be pampered. This smooth creamy “fondant” is a super buttery in-shower moisturizing bar which will make your dry skin soft, smooth and silky. It’s also super quick and easy to make. A real pleasure! I used Petitgrain essential oil but of course, feel free to use any other essential oil such as lavender, patchouli, grapefruit etc…A blend that I particularly like to make during the colder months is orange/cinnamon. If you’d like to try that blend, see the notes in the formula below. Enjoy!
Baby Foam (Sodium Cocoyl Isethionate) is an extremely gentle surfactant based on coconut fatty acids. It gently cleanses without irritation and is mild enough for baby cleansers, personal hygiene, and toiletries.
Shea Butter: Rich and nourishing, it protects, softens and restructures damaged skin.
Babassu Oil: Protects against free radicals and has anti-aging properties (thanks to tocotrienols). It is an excellent skin emollient and moisturizer, and keeps the skin hydrated. It gets easily absorbed by the skin, making it soft and smooth.
This formula will yield 50 grams (1.8 oz) of product. Use the percentages to adjust to a different quantity.
- 30 % Baby Foam (SCI) 15 grams (0.5 oz)
- 25 % Shea Butter 12.5 grams (0.4 oz)
- 44 % Babassu Oil 22 grams (0.8 oz)
- 1 % Petitgrain Essential Oil 18 drops
Melt the baby Foam, Shea butter and babassu oil over low heat in a double boiler, mixing constantly.
Once melted, remove from heat, add essential oil and mix well.
Let it cool down for 5 minutes then put the preparation in the freezer for a few minutes. Remove from the freezer only when the preparation starts to slightly harden on the edges of the bowl.
Stir the preparation with a mini mixer (see image) to obtain a homogeneous paste. Pour your mixture into a mold and place in the refrigerator for 30 minutes.
Unmold. Rub onto wet skin, massage in the rich butters, then rinse and pat dry.
For a winter blend use 15 drops of Sweet Orange essential oil and 3 drops of Cinnamon essential oil.