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Dry Face? Fine Lines? Make a Nourishing Cocoa Butter Face Balm

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This is a Cocoa Butter Face Balm Stick You can Carry in Your Bag

Cocoa butter nourishes and protects the skin! It’s good for sensitive skin, delicate skin, irritated skin and mature skin. It’s good for adults’ skin, kids’ skin, babies’ skin, and seniors’ skin.

Here’s a quote from my book, The Heart of Aromatherapy, about cocoa butter: 

“Cocoa butter is rich with skin-loving fatty acids and vitamin E, and it acts as an antioxidant. Its texture is very firm, smooth, and a bit powdery on the surface when it’s solid, and it melts into a silky liquid on your skin. It is often used to restore very dry, cracked skin and to replenish aging skin. It is deeply moisturizing, nourishing, and protective.”

When I thought about creating a face balm recipe for the blog—something to care for mature and delicate skin, and to help reduce the appearance of fine lines—cocoa butter was the first ingredient that came to mind.

I also included a touch of beeswax for firmness, and argan oil and raspberry seed oil, which are excellent for restoring skin and not clogging pores. I left the essential oil out of this face balm blend. I don’t like to use too much essential oil on my face, since essential oils can be so strong. Also, I wanted you to be able to use this stick for the delicate skin around your eyes, if you like. (It’s a good idea to keep essential oils away from our eyes.)

The result is a light but decadent face balm—it only takes a very light layer of this for your face to feel deeply  nourished.

This face balm is so nice to have on hand as an “on the go moisturizer.” If you glance in the mirror and notice a dry patch, or your face starts to feel itchy, you can apply a bit of your face balm. It feels silky on skin (not oily or greasy), absorbs easily, and is a solid “stick” so you don’t have to carry a bottle of liquid around in your bag. It’s also great for chapped cheeks.

Decadent Cocoa Facial Balm

  • ½ oz (14 g) beeswax (Cera alba)
  • 1 oz (28 g) cocoa butter (Theobroma cacao)
  • 1 oz (30 ml) argan oil (Argania spinosa)
  • ½ oz (15 ml) raspberry seed oil (Rubus idaeus)


  1. Set up the “Stovetop Melting Method.” Put a Pyrex measuring cup in a soup pot that’s ¼ full of gently boiling water.
  2. Put the beeswax in the Pyrex and melt.
  3. Add the cocoa butter and melt.
  4. Add the argan oil and raspberry seed oil. Stir gently until all ingredients are melted together.

Remove the blend from heat and pour it into four ¾ oz (22 ml) roll-up tubes. Lotion bar tubes work great. You can rub the balm right on your face, or rub a bit into your palms first so you can control how much you massage into your face.

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Because this blend doesn’t have any essential oils in it, it’s ideal for children—even babies! Try it as a cheek balm to protect their sensitive skin from harsh weather (although it’s not a substitute for sunscreen).

Just a note: As I mentioned, you can use this to care for the delicate skin around your eyes. It also works as a lip balm.

I hope this face balm blend makes your face feel smooth as butter!

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Andrea Butje is an internationally-recognized Aromatherapist who has changed the educational paradigm through her inspired approach to teaching essential oils and Aromatherapy Certification. Check out her book, The Heart of Aromatherapy, at Aromatics International!

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