nourishing massage bars

When it comes to skincare, I can’t think of anything better than pampering myself with a beautifully smelling body cream or butter. I have made some body butters myself (you can get three super easy recipes here) but these massage bars have enticed me for a long time. I love how they look, how easy they are to make, their simple yet wonderfully nourishing ingredients and the way they make your skin feel after application is just fabulous! Cocoa butter melts on contact with the skin and together with shea butter, they moisturise the skin from within, leaving it feeling soft and supple. Another great thing about using plant-based butters is that there’s no unwelcome greasiness that you get from mineral oil (paraffin) found in many ‘conventional’ body creams. Overall, these massage bars are a great replacement for your usual body cream and make a wonderful and unique gift for a friend or a loved one.

Scroll down for a recipe and enjoy 🙂

Nourishing massage bars

Makes: 2x 50g massage bars


  • 70g cocoa butter
  • 30g shea butter
  • 20 drops of essential oils of your choice (10 drops each if using two oils) – e.g. lavender, orange and geranium, geranium and ylang ylang, or frankincense and cedarwood


  • double boiler (i.e. a glass bowl over a pan of simmering water)
  • a glass bowl/ beaker
  • metal spoon
  • kitchen scales
  • silicone muffin molds


  1. Melt the cocoa butter with shea butter in the double boiler.
  2. Remove from the heat.
  3. Add essential oil(s) and mix thoroughly. (I decided to have two different smells for each of my bars so used four different essential oils. First though, I split the mixture into two parts, then added 5 drops of each geranium and ylang ylang for the first bar, and 5 drops of each frankincense and cedarwood for the other one.)
  4. Transfer into molds and place in the fridge to set.
  5. Once set, remove the bars from molds and keep them in an airtight container (especially in the summer, to prevent them from going too soft) or wrapped in greaseproof paper.
  6. To use, rub the bar onto your skin – it’ll melt upon contact with skin.

Hope you enjoy these massage bars and let me know in the comments below how you’ve found them!

Recipe inspiration credit: Karen Gilbert ‘Natural Beauty’

Disclaimer: All views expressed in this post are 100% mine and honest. This post contains some affiliate links.