Cocoa Butter Bars & Beeswax Wraps

A combination of recently rather confused weather (from soaring heat to icy hail) and pregnancy stretching me out in all manner of places, my skin is pretty dry at the moment. Reading the latest issue of The Green Parent Magazine I read about families having a go at going zero waste in the home, and one family in particular mentioned using a cocoa butter bar instead of body lotions in plastic bottles. After looking up various recipes I decided to have a go at making my own as I had all the ingredients needed.

My version uses a combination of cocoa butter, beeswax, sweet almond oil and vitamin E oil. It's creamy and easy to apply and just what my skin needs right now. I'm hoping it will hold it's shape because my homemade beauty products have a habit of melting into oily liquids when the summer heat appears. I'd love to get a nice mould to make them in next time.

I also had a go at making beeswax wraps. Like all the sewing I've been doing recently these are another easy way to use up scrap fabric. However, I'm not totally convinced the method I've used has produced decent enough wraps. I melted beeswax, jojoba and almond oil together, then brushed it onto the fabric before placing them in the oven for a few minutes. What seems to have happened is the beeswax has melted completely through the fabric and they don't seem to 'wrap' themselves around anything. I've never used beeswax wraps before and I'm hoping we can incorporate them into our everyday kitchen use. Though I may have to go out and buy a few to compare to my own homemade versions and try another recipe.

Have you made any eco changes in your home recently?

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