Elbow Grease Lotion

If you’re left with rough skin after a long, dry winter, but long for it to be soft and smooth, you need to apply a little “elbow grease.”

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This oil-rich balm can be used anywhere you need a little extra skin-softening action. Yield: 4 ounces.

  • 1/4 cup grated cocoa butter
  • 2 tablespoons light sesame oil
  • 1 tablespoon avocado oil
  • 1 tablespoon grated beeswax

 1. Combine all the ingredients in a heat-resistant container. Place the container in a water bath, or in the microwave, and gently heat the contents until the cocoa butter and beeswax are just starting to melt.

 2. Remove the container from the heat source, and stir until the oils and wax are combined. Pour the melted mixture into a clean jar, and allow it to cool completely.

 3. Stir the cooled mixture.

 To use: Massage into rough skin spots.

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