How to create a simple Coconut & Ylang-Ylang body melt
Those of you who know me will know that I LOVE to experiment, learning by doing is my life motto. This gorgeous Coconut - Argan - Ylang-Ylang melt resulted out of curiosity and, mostly, trial and error. We all know that making a cream or lotion and to achieve that thick creamy texture involves a lot of cooking, measuring and immersing into scientific processes. Well, one day I was cooking with Coconut Oil that has a beautiful, creamy texture and thought: what if I mix it up with some carrier oils and create a delicious tropical scent with essential oils? Will the resulting texture be thick enough to spread comfortably? Will the Coconut oil, which is heavier bodied than other oils, and the other oils separate? You don't get if you don't try so I went ahead...
01 - Going coco-loco on my formula
Coconut Oil is one of my favourite natural moisturisers of all times, it has been used for centuries to hydrate skin and hair as it contains a high concentration of medium-chain saturated fatty acids which retain the moisture content of the skin and make skin smooth to the touch. Coconut oil also contains Vitamin E which ensures healthy skin growth, prevents premature ageing and has excellent antioxidant properties. Plus, it contains a number of proteins which keep skin healthy and rejuvenated.
After a lot of experimentation, I figured out this formulation which provides the right texture for your melt whilst, additionally to Coconut Oil, using other carrier oils and essential oils for that extra bit of skin nourishment and delicious tropical scent.
INGREDIENTS for 100ml
2 tbsp Refined (or Virgin if you prefer) Coconut Oil
1 tbsp Sweet Almond Oil
1 tsp Argan Oil
3 drops Ylang-Ylang Essential Oil
2 drops Orange Essential Oil
2 Drops Bergamot Essential Oil
1 drop Vitamin E
(Note: Coconut is already rich on Vitamin E, but I have added it in
anyway to ensure a longer shelf life for the melt)
If you'd like to go extra organic, you can use unrefined, Virgin Coconut Oil instead of refined Coconut Oil as it has even better natural properties. Refined Coconut Oil has less odour so is typically used in beauty formulations. It's really up to you, but if you don't mind a distinctively coconutey scent - go for the unrefined, Virgin Coconut Oil - it's a goodie!
02 - Whipping it up
Step 1 Measure your oils with a measuring spoon, put the Coconut Oil, Sweet Almond Oil and Argan Oil into a mixing bowl and whisk them up into an even, creamy texture.
Step 2 Add the Vitamin E and essential oils, and mix well.
Step 3 Pour the melt into the sterilised bottle and place the lid on. The melt should keep for 3 months and up, especially if you store it in the fridge.
I hope you enjoy this melt, I found it to be extra nourishing but at the same time quickly absorbent and the delicious smell of coconut and Ylang-Ylang makes me wanna go on holiday! Speaking of which, Coconut Oil is also a natural sun blocker and has an SPF of 4, so can protect from minor sun exposure.