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melting cocoa butter

I  think this might be one of the dumbest questions ever but how do i melt coca butter? I have the queen helen sticks and unless it is really warm in here i can't get it to rub on my skin well. Can i nuke it in the microwave and then use it as a lotion or will i totally burn myself? I know i could just go buy a lotion but i have these sticks i might as well use and i like the fact that it is pure...



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Jul. 1st, 2009 02:25 am (UTC)
put it in a plastic baggie, dip the part of the baggie with butter in it in warm-hot water.
Jul. 1st, 2009 04:03 am (UTC)
I use the hair dryer when I use cocoa butter.

When I use coconut oil I leave it in the shower while I'm showering, which melts it. I don't know when you use it, but if it's in your post shower routine that might work with cocoa butter too.
Jul. 1st, 2009 08:17 am (UTC)
Nah, I didn't think it was one of the dumbest questions...I recently posted an entry on here about where to buy cocoa butter and after seeing some links of pure cocoa butter looking chucky, I suddenly realized I would be awkward holding a block of cocoa butter, haha. So thank you for posting this entry with that question! :-)

(I plan to try to melt it a bit and put it in a jar that I can use for my body skin)
Jul. 1st, 2009 09:46 am (UTC)
You can melt it in all the above ways, and it might be a good idea when it is molten to add an oil (jojoba, almond, any thing you fancy really!) to it and give it a good blend, so it doesn't set as hard for the next time you want to use it.

Edited at 2009-07-01 09:46 am (UTC)
Jul. 1st, 2009 02:14 pm (UTC)
I put a chunk of it in a glass oil warmer (like this one http://www.dorothybellsgiftshop.com/product.asp?dept_id=36150&pfid=37939) and light the candle underneath. Blow out, moisturize, repeat.
Jul. 1st, 2009 03:15 pm (UTC)
Be careful to just gently warm it, not actually melt it. Fully melted cocoa butter can form hard stearin grains which make it unpleasant to use.

I make body butter instead of bothering with melting the butters each and every time. I soften cocoa butter, mango butter and/or shea butter in a microwave or gently in a double boiler, then puree them in a food processor with just enough oil to make them workable at room temperature. Other lovely things can be added as well. Here's my full recipe, if you're interested.
Jul. 1st, 2009 07:39 pm (UTC)
I use one of those Queen Helene sticks and it just naturally melts against my face.
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