Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Lush Inspired - Homemade Each Peach (and Two's a Pair) Massage Bar

Lush Inspired Series

My skin is really sensitive and itchy when the weather gets cold and dry. For some reason I have always hated the feel of lotion on the skin, I don't use it on my face and I don't use it on my body, so the idea of an anhydrous (contain no water) lotion bars really appeals to me. They are very simple, very convenient for travel, easy to apply. I like using them after a shower, when the skin is hydrated, the oils in a solid lotion bar would cap, seal in the water that is already on the skin if apply it while wet. Oils and butters are supposed to remain on the skin as a protective layer to prevent dryness and dehydration.
You can make a solid lotion bar that is a mix of oils, butters and waxes, and you will not have to use a preservative for it to be a safe product. You can also modify it to your skin type, choose heavier oils if you have dry skin, or lighter, faster absorbing oils for normal skin. Also, depending on where you live and what time of year it is, you can change the amount of waxes and oils to make it firmer or softer.
The thing I like about my lotion bars, lip balms and body butters the most, is that you can experiment and if you want to modify it, just remelt it, add more of one thing or another and try again. Just keep doing detailed notes on what you add each time so when you get it right, you will know what to do.

A while ago I've posted the recipe of my version of Lush Therapy Bar, today I want to present another Lush Inspired product.

Homemade Lush Inspired Each Peach (and Two's a Pair) Massage Bar

The Description from Lush site:
"We make the Each Peach Massage Bar with fruity avocado and mango kernel butters, mixed with our cocoa butter and shea butter base for an extra nutritious, softening treat. It's a best-seller and people have fallen in love with this peachy massage."

If you’ll compare the lists of ingredients of the “Therapy” and “Each Peach”, you’ll see almost identical components with different EO combination. "The Therapy" contains just 2 butters, it's pretty simple by the way.

Please have a look at the ingredient list before the Perfume and Essential Oils: just Cocoa Butter and Shea Butter. Avocado and Mango Butters in the “Each Peach” are following Perfume, so they are supposed to be less than 2% (maybe less than 1%) in this product. Nothing "peachy" by the way, all EO are from the Citrus family, maybe their Perfume has a peachy scent.

Each Peach (and Two's Pair) Massage Bar Ingredients: Fair Trade Cocoa Butter (Theobroma cacao), Shea Butter (Butyrospermum parkii), Perfume, Avocado Butter (Persea gratissima), Mango Kernel Butter (Mangifera indica), Lime Oil (Citrus aurantifolia), Sweet Orange Oil (Citrus dulcis), Mandarin Oil (Citrus nobilis), Grapefruit Oil (Citrus grandis), Saffron (Crocus sativus), *Citral, *Geraniol, *Citronellol, *Limonene, *Linalool.
Therapy Massage Bar Ingredients::Organic Fair Trade Cocoa Butter (Theobroma cacao butter), Organic Shea Butter (Butyrospermum parkii butter), Organic Sweet Orange Oil (Citrus sinensis oil), Organic Lavender Oil (Lavandula angustifolia oil), Organic Neroli Oil (Citrus amara oil), *Citral, *Geraniol, *Farnesol, *Limonene, *Linalool}
*Occurs naturally in essential oils

So we are not going to use any synthetic Perfume as Lush did, we’ll leave out Saffron too (I don’t have it), plus I am always adding anti-oxidants to all anhydrous products (Vitamin E), so we will tweak the recipe a little bit and we'll play with the amounts of Shea and Mango Butters.
The combo of EO I’ve made, smells fantastic though: fresh, bright, energetic and wintry. However the scent remains on the skin only an hour or so, maybe less, it does fade quickly.
Please be careful if you are allergic to citruses. You can add any other EO combination of your choice. Otherwise, leave it without EO, unrefined Cocoa neat has a mild chocolaty smell.
Now we are going to create a simple recipe to have a bar that melts at skin temperature, but not at regular room temperature or even hot bathroom.

Ingredients of "Each Peach (and Two's Pair) Massage Bar" 120g (no water phase):

Ingredients : gram Percentage %
Cocoa Butter unrefined 90g 75%
Shea Butter unrefined 6gr 5%
Mango Butter unrefined 18g 15%
Avocado Butter refined 3.6g 3%
Vitamin E 1.2g 1%
Essential Oils: 1.2g 1%
Lime Pure EO 12 drops
Sweet Orange Pure EO 4 drops
Mandarin Pure EO 4 drops
Grapefruit Pure EO 4 drops

Heat the Butters in a double boiler just until melted. Remove from heat. Stir in other ingredients: Essential Oils and Vitamin E.
Ensure your container is clean and sterilized.
Pour the mixture into a mold or container. And then put in the freezer to cool it. Once it is pretty much hardened put the lid\cover on the container\mold so it doesn't dry out. Let it cool in the freezer until they are completely solid.

Shelf life:
About two month in a dry, cold place and out of direct sunlight.

Try making your own Homemade Skincare Products!
They are so fun and addicting!
Have fun and enjoy!

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3 comments to "Lush Inspired - Homemade Each Peach (and Two's a Pair) Massage Bar"

Original Poser said...
November 12, 2013 12:02 AM

Are there other scents I can use? Any suggestions for scent combinations? Like chocolate almond etc. Is there a reason why its only citrus oils used? I am brand new to the world of making my own beauty products

Galia said...
November 12, 2013 5:51 AM

Hello :)
I suppose Lush is using Citrusy EO in this massage bar because of their anti-cellulite properties...
Not sure you can create chocolate almond scent by using only EO... I am not fan of synthetic perfume, however, you can try cosmetic grade fragrances, many "natural" online stores do carry them, I used to like ones from "from nature with love"... Otherwise unrefined cocoa butter has a mild chocolaty smell, you can add some Ginger EO if you are looking for "tasty-delicious" scents, or if you like the scent of fresh pine needles try Pine, Cedar Wood, Fir EO - they are good as anti-cellulite treatment too...

Unknown said...
November 19, 2016 7:39 PM

I just made my first batch following your recipe, it seems that the cocoa butter scent is just overpowering the EO's though. I was wondering if you had any suggestions as how to not have that cocoa scent at all? is there a replacement or can you buy unscented cocoa butter?

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