What’s better than a Coffee Break?
Are you always running around? Do your days seem far too long and tiring? Are you unable to relax? Stop now!It’s time to sit back and take a Coffee Break with an energizing, natural massage bar.
Rich in skin-nourishing vegetable butters, silky soy wax, and penetrating hazelnut oil, this easy massage bar recipe is perfect for enjoying a lovely moment while also taking care of yourself. With both a “soft” side and a “massage” side, this homemade massage bar will make your break doubly enjoyable… Just what you needed!
This Coffee Break will be the most relaxing part of your day.
How to make a massage bar
- 15 g mango butter
- 30 g kokum butter
- 14 g soy wax
- 8 g carnauba wax
- 16.5 g hazelnut oil
- 10 g tapioca starch
- 2–4 g of essential oils and/or aromatic essences
- 0.5 g vitamin E
- Approximately 1 tablespoon whole coffee beans
Suggested scent blends
- 1 g sweet orange essential oil
- 1 g coffee essential oil
- 1 g benzoin essential oil
- 1 g chocolate flavour
- 1 small stainless steel bowl
- Components to make a double boiler
- 1 mini silicone spatula
- 1 scale, accurate to 0.1 g
- 1 pipette
- 2 ramekins
- 1 mini-mixer with frothing attachment (the small wheel)
- 1 silicone mold, oval
- A solid tray
- 1 toothpick (optional)
Good to know!
- If you would like to create your own scent blend for your homemade massage bar, be mindful of the quantities of dermocaustic (skin-irritating) essential oils you include.
- If you find the massage bar to be too soft (for example, in summer when it’s very hot) you can add an additional gram of carnauba wax to the recipe.
Steps to follow
- Prepare and sterilize your equipment and workspace.
- Select enough whole coffee beans to cover the bottom of one of the cavities of your silicone mold. Avoid crumbs, pieces of broken coffee beans, or mangled coffee beans, as these may scratch the skin during a massage. Wipe beans with a damp cloth to remove any itty-bitty coffee crumbs stuck to them (these may also be rough on the skin).
- Pour the selected coffee beans into one of the cavities and set the mold on a solid tray (so you can easily place your mold in the refrigerator later).
- In the small stainless steel bowl, weigh the butters, waxes, and oil. Melt on the double boiler.
- In the meantime, weigh the tapioca starch in a ramekin.
- In a second ramekin, weigh the scents and vitamin E. Mix together.
- When the oil/butter/wax mixture has melted, add the tapioca starch and mix with the mini-mixer. Remove from heat.
- Add the scents/vitamin E mixture and stir well with the spatula.
- Pour the liquid mixture over the coffee beans, which will rise to the surface.
- Gently stir the contents of the mold with a spoon to make sure that each coffee bean is covered by a bit of butter. Add or remove beans so that the surface is fully covered.
- If desired, coffee beans can be turned with a toothpick so that the smooth, rounded side of the bean faces upwards.
- Put the mold in the refrigerator for a few hours to allow the massage bar to solidify. Wait 24 hours before unmolding to be sure the bar is fully set.
Use and conservation
This DIY massage bar is suitable for all skin types. Gently slide the smooth side of the bar over skin to melt the butter, then turn the bar over and massage skin with the side sprinkled with coffee beans for an invigorating massage.
Made in optimal sanitary conditions, your homemade massage bar will keep for at least 6 months. Keep in a clean, cool, dry place (an airtight container works well).