- by Edward J. Crain
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Check Out Cocoa Butter Bath Bark
It’s the season to stock up on treats for the rush to the winter holidays. November and December are among the busiest months for soap makers and skincare artisans. Every year we want to offer recipes that work especially well as Christmas gifts. Bath gadgets, like this simple bathing bark, are perfect for marketing as Christmas stockings or small gifts.
The basis of this recipe uses only two ingredients, Pure cocoa butter, and our base of oats, milk and honey – a premixed mixture of oatmeal, milk powder and honey powder. You can easily customize the recipe by swapping the color of the mica or the type of salt. You can also experiment by filling the bark with other bath-friendly ingredients such as dried herbs or flowers.
Cocoa butter has a delicious aroma by itself, so we left our batch Unscented. However, fragrance oil, essential oil or aromatic CO2 extracts can be added to give the recipe another fragrance layer. Try adding about 1/2 teaspoon (2.5 ml) of your favorite flavor ingredient (or mixture) to give this formulation a new flavor.
BARK BATH IN COCOA BUTTER
Yields about 16 ounces (454 grams)
8 Ounces (240 ml) Cocoa Butter
1/4 cup (60 ml) oat milk and honey powder
1/2 cup (120 ml) Sea Salt
1 Tsp (5 ml) Glittering mica with golden carat, divided
1 Tsp (5 ml) glittering silver mica, divided
Heat cocoa butter in a water bath until completely melted.
In the meantime, divide the sea salt into two bowls. Add 1/2 teaspoon mica to each bowl and mix until well coated. Book.
Remove cocoa butter from heat and add sifted oat milk and honey powder. During the addition of powder, wipe continuously to avoid lumps.
Pour the mixture on a clean baking sheet( with a rim) and send it to the refrigerator. Allow the sheet to cool for 10 to 15 minutes, paying attention to the strength.
When the mixture reaches a semi-solid texture, sprinkle the colored salts on the tray. Dust container with residual mica.
Put the tray back in the refrigerator and cool until the rind is completely solid.
Place the tray with hardened cocoa rind upside down on a clean surface was lined with paper. Tap the bottom of the tray to release the bark, then break or cut the bark into 2-to 4-inch pieces before placing them in bags.
Use and packaging
The bath bowls with cocoa butter are wonderful in our small cello bags. Try packing these bath goodies in packs of 2 or 4 ounces-enough for several baths.
To use it, just put one or two pieces of bath bark in the warm water of the bath. The cocoa butter will melt in the heat of the bath water.