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4 home-made treats for Valentine’s Day

If you’re a fan of home-made treatments, it’s a no-brainer making homemade beauty treats for your significant other on Valentine’s Day.

And if you’re new to it, I’ve selected 4 easy recipes from the Just Massage archives for you to make this February.

  1. DIY Massage bar

Here ‘s a recipe from one of my favourite online blogs, Hello Glow.

These DIY Matcha Lotion Bars Are a Multitasking Miracle Worker

It’s simply cocoa butter, coconut oil and beeswax combined with (in this case) matcha tea and sweet orange essential oil, but you can change the last two ingredients to your taste. Check it out here.

2. A relaxing balm

Melt 30g cocoa butter with 30g jojoba oil, 25g beeswax and 15g avocado oil in a bain marie/double boiler.

Take off the heat and cool, then add 2 drops each of rosemary and grapefruit extract, and 8 drops each of rosemary and grapefruit essential oils, and 6 of ginger.

Mix and leave to solidify before using after the bath.

3. Chocolate orange soap

Ok, admittedly, if you make this now it won’t be ready by February 14th (soap needs 4-6 weeks to dry or mature). But you can still make it, wrap it and give it with the proviso that your loved one mustn’t use it until such and such a date. Because it does smell divinely of chocolate and orange, and what Valentine’s Day is complete without chocolate (and this one’s without the calories!)

4. Lavender bath bombs

These easy-to-make bath bombs from James Wong will fizz away like any commercial one in your bath.

And of course you can learn the basics of massage with me and pamper your loved one (or a friend, your mum, your pet dog…) on that special day. But don’t forget to hint heavily that you’d appreciate a Just Massage gift voucher in return!!

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Chocolate orange soap

I experimented a bit more in November last, having successfully made my first soap in September.

My aim was to make some festive soaps for Christmas presents, and so this choco-orange one fitted the bill perfectly.

The original recipe was from Humblebee and Me, but I tweaked it a bit, just leaving out the castor oil (I didn’t have any, so I used more olive oil) and the silk. I also calculated the quantities for 500 g of fats/oils.

Ingredients for 500 g fats/oils

235 g olive oil (47%)

140 g cocoa butter (28 %)

125 g coconut oil (25%)

15 g orange essential oil

1  tbsp clay

4 tsp cocoa powder

221.3 g commercial caustic soda solution at 30% dilution (10% reduction)

{or 223.8 g commercial caustic soda solution at 30% dilution (9% reduction)}

Follow the soap-making instructions in my previous post. When you reach trace, blend in the clay, cocoa powder and  essential oil.

Pour into moulds (I bought some new heart moulds!) and leave for 24 hours before removing from mould and allowing to dry for at least 4 weeks.

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