… Made with love
Skin Candy came about when I was pregnant with my first child in 1999.
One morning I woke up with purple lines around the top of my hips and the sides of my waist. I was shocked to learn they were the early stages of stretch marks. I was very concerned since I was only 3 months pregnant and had 7 more months to go. How could I prevent more stretch marks from coming and what could I do for the inflammation I was experiencing.
After researching different types of oils and butter I was amazed at all the health benefits cocoa butter provided.
Why Cocoa Butter?
Cocoa butter is also called theobroma oil. It is a pale yellow, pure, edible vegetable fat extracted from the cocoa bean.
One of the reasons cocoa butter is so valuable is its high concentration of antioxidant compounds, including oleic acid, palmitic acid, and stearic acid.
Although these are technically fatty acids, they are beneficial for the body and help neutralize free radicals throughout the body, particularly the skin. With its A, B1, B2, B3, C, E, vitamins it is an excellent moisturizer for overall skin health. In fact, it contains a much higher antioxidant concentration than even blueberries and other superfoods.
Aside from the antioxidant qualities, cocoa butter also provides a barrier for the skin that protects it from outside agents. Together the antioxidants and organic molecules protect the skin from environmental, internal, and external forces that cause irritation or damage to the skin and helps to retain needed moisture.
Preliminary research indicates that cocoa mass polyphenol actually helps suppress excessive T-cell activity in the immune system, which could lead to possible treatment for immune system conditions, such as psoriasis.
Last but not least, cocoa butter is used to make chocolate. Scientists have linked the cocoa mass polyphenol in cocoa (in dark chocolate ) to reduce blood pressure and heart disease. A little piece a day can keep heart failure away? I was digging this.
With all this information I was in love with this ingredient. I needed to melt it because cocoa butter is raw and hard. Then I combined it with other base oils to soften it up to make a good consistency. The other wonderful oils I found that were great for the skin and that I included in the mix are Shea Butter and Sunflower oil. Both are
high in nutrients, contain antioxidants and vitamins A, D, and B, and they both moisturize and help prevent scarring.
After a few tries, I finally found a perfect mix, using 75 percent cocoa butter and 25 percent base oils. The consistency is hard at first but melts a soon as it touches your skin. Then it melts like butter. I have played with different essential oils and the benefits they have. I added oils that would benefit the body, mind, and spirit.
Tangerine is an anti-inflammatory and sedative. It helps with cellulite, stretch marks, circulation, obesity, sadness, grief, insomnia, digestive disorders, fat digestion, tired limbs, stress and helps alleviate water retention.
Peppermint is anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, and invigorating for the body, mind, and spirit. It helps the nervous system as well as the muscles and bones. It soothes digestive difficulties, migraines, nausea, itchy skin, fatigue, and elevates your mood.
Both peppermint and tangerine mixed well with the chocolate aroma of the cocoa butter. And so the creations were made.
How to Use Skin Candy
I used the Skin Candy 2 times a day, on my entire body after I would take a shower or bath for the duration of my pregnancy. I landed up putting on 80 pounds for that pregnancy and I did not get any new stretch marks. The ones I had faded nicely.
I continued to use the butter as a nightly ritual after my bath and 2 ½ years later I had my 2nd pregnancy. Again, I soaked my skin with Skin Candy. This time I put on 60 pounds and still never got another stretch mark.
In the past 20 years, I have discovered that I could use Skin Candy for other reasons besides my stretch marks. I love to melt it down and use it as a scalp and hair treatment. It’s also great for dry cuticles and is great as a lip balm. My clients love
the silky feeling when I use it to massage their hands and feet. You can cover your feet with socks for an hour after applying Skin Candy and your feet will feel soft and moisturized.
The peppermint is great when rubbed on the temples for headaches and on the belly for digestion. The tangerine rubbed on the shoulders helps to relax before bed.
I hope you enjoy Skin Candy and find different uses for it in your life.
Scrape a dime size onto your hand, let it melt, and massage it into your skin.
Because it melts at 98.6 degrees, keep it out of the sun. If it does melt, simply put it into the refrigerator and let it harden again.