The scent of coconuts always reminds me of summer – sun lotion, pina coladas… mmm delicious! When Indigo Herbs asked me to create a recipe using a Summer Hero product, coconut oil had to be the one I went for. I’ve used coconut oil in recipes such as my Superfood Carob Crispie Cakes, but it also makes a wonderful body moisturiser, and I’ve used it for years as an aftersun.
Whilst coconut oil on it’s own is a great after sun, I wanted to add some other ingredients to really enhance the benefits, and I came up with the idea of a Lavender and Chamomile Balm.
Lavender and Chamomile essential oils have fantastic benefits, and are great for insomnia and stress relief as well as being soothing and calming for the skin. They’re safe to use during pregnancy (after the first trimester) and are also safe for babies, so this balm can be something Frey and I can share after a busy day playing in the sunshine!
2 parts Indigo Herbs Organic Virgin Coconut Oil
1 part cocoa butter
A few drops of lavender essential oil and roman chamomile essential oil
A glass jug
A jar for your finished balm
The balm is so easy to make, simply pop your coconut oil and cocoa butter into a glass jug, and place over a saucepan of water until completely liquid. Add a few drops of the lavender and chamomile essential oils, then pour the mixture into your jar and leave to set.
I had a little mixture left over once I had filled my glass jar, so I poured it into a silicone ice cube mould with some lavender flowers to make some bath melts. These will be a wonderful treat to unwind with once Frey is in bed, super moisturising and relaxing!
The fragrance of the balm and the bath melts is just beautiful, relaxing lavender and chamomile, mixed with wonderful summery coconut and a hint of chocolate from the cocoa butter – you’ll smell good enough to eat!
The lovely people at Indigo Herbs are kindly providing a 500ml jar of their amazing Organic Cold Pressed Virgin Coconut Oil for one of my readers to win. You can enter using the rafflecopter widget below. The giveaway will run until midnight on Thursday 7th July 2016 and is open to European residents only – Good Luck!