I love massage, and I also love chocolate. (What a great combination!)
It’s not very convenient to eat chocolate while you’re getting a massage, though. So you can make these Cocoa Jasmine Massage Sticks to create a luxurious experience without the mess!
A massage stick is like a large lip balm tube. You glide the massage stick over your skin, then rub it in. These are also very convenient to take to the gym or the yoga studio, if you want to quickly moisturize after showering in the locker room.
Cocoa Jasmine Massage Sticks
- 1 oz (28 g) beeswax (Cera alba)
- 1.5 oz (42 g) cocoa butter (Theobroma cacao)
- 1 oz (30 ml) neroli-infused jojoba (Simmondsia chinensis)
- ½ oz (14 g) coconut oil (Cocos nucifera)
- 8 drops Jasmine absolute (Jasminum grandiflorum)
You can make this recipe in lotion bar sticks that hold .75 oz at Aromatics International. (www.aromatics.com) The recipe makes 4 oz (120 ml). So it will make five lotion bar sticks.
- Set up the Stovetop Melting Method. Put a Pyrex measuring cup that holds at least 4 oz (120 ml) into a soup pot that’s ¼ full of gently boiling water. You can rest the handle of the Pyrex outside of the soup pot so it won’t get too hot.
- Melt the beeswax in the Pyrex.
- Add the cocoa butter and melt. You can stir gently with a glass stirring rod or the handle of a stainless steel spoon.
- Add the neroli-infused jojoba and melt.
- Add the coconut oil and melt.
- Remove the blend from heat and add the drops of Jasmine absolute, stirring gently.
- Pour the blend into your lotion bar sticks and let them solidify.
Neroli-infused jojoba is such a beautiful carrier to work with! It is simply jojoba that’s been infused with neroli blossoms. So it’s still just jojoba, but it smells like neroli! (You can also use regular jojoba for this recipe. It works great either way.)
Did you notice there are only 8 drops of Jasmine in this blend? That’s just 2 drops for every 1 oz (30 ml) of butter. Jasmine has a very strong aroma, and a little goes a long way. Combined with the neroli-infused jojoba, this is just enough Jasmine to add a warm floral note to the chocolatey aroma of the cocoa butter.
If you don’t have Jasmine absolute, a few good substitutes are Roman Chamomile (Chamaemelum nobile) or Geranium (Pelargonium × asperum). If you do use one of these oils instead, you might want to raise the total drop count of essential oil from 8 to 16. That’s about 4 drops per 1 oz (30 ml) of carrier. Roman Chamomile and Geranium have aromas that are strong, but not quite as “potent” as Jasmine’s, so you can use a few more drops.
Enjoy your massage sticks!