Cocoa Butter and Coconut Oil: The Perfect Relationship

by Andrea Butje on February 24, 2012

Cocoa butter and coconut oil adore each other!

The textures of cocoa butter and coconut oil complement one another, and the aromas are perfect together. I like to make the following simple body butter for daily skin moisturizing. It’s silky smooth and can be used every day after your shower.

1 oz Beeswax
3 oz Coconut oil
3 oz Cocoa butter

Melt all three ingredients together and pour into four 2 oz glass jars with tops.

Cocoa butter and coconut oilCocoa butter (Theobroma nucifera) is a beautiful, hard, solid aromatic butter pressed from the roasted seeds of the Cacao tree in West Africa. It adds a silky texture to body butters, and is protective of our skin–it contains about 5 IU of vitamin E per ounce! Cocoa butter is particularly praised for its antioxidant properties, and is used to treat wrinkles around the eyes.

Cocoa butter and coconut oilCoconut oil (Cocos nucifera) has a fresh coconut aroma. It is moisturizing and serves as a protective layer, helping to retain moisture in our skin. Coconut oil is mild and nourishing for inflamed, irritated and sensitive skin. It’s also used for nail and cuticle treatment, and for healing for dry, itchy skin. It adds a tropical aroma to your body butters.

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coconut oil benefits March 2, 2012 at 12:23 pm

Coconut oil is also great to apply on your sunburn. It cools, adds moisture to the skin and is anti-inflamatory .



Alyssa March 6, 2012 at 11:50 pm

I had a lot of success using coconut oil for my dry skin this winter. I highly recommend it!


Tracey July 22, 2012 at 1:03 pm

Do you need to add the beeswax? What does it do? Also, can you melt them in the microwave or do you need to use the stove?


Andrea Butje July 22, 2012 at 6:28 pm

Yes, the beeswax is what solidifies the product, without it you won’t have a solid product. I avoid the microwave, as I am concerned how it effects the properties of the butters.


Kristen June 19, 2013 at 7:56 pm

That sounds wonderful! Is cocoa butter safe for sensitive/acne skin?


Andrea Butje June 19, 2013 at 8:35 pm

Kristen- usually cocoa butter is very easy on the skin, test it out in a small spot and see but so far I don’t know anyone who has trouble with it. :)


Victoria March 19, 2015 at 10:26 am

I microwave them in 30 second intervals stirring well between intervals. I have had success and never had a bad batch of any product.


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