Kate McLeod

“What are you putting on your skin?” My sister-in-law Deb grabbed the lotion bottle out of my hands and threw it in the trash. Handing me a tin of raw, rock-hard cocoa butter shards, she smiled and said, “Go get to know your body.” I rolled my eyes. I had no idea what she meant.

I looked at the cocoa butter and tried warming it in my hands. It didn’t melt and it tugged at my skin but slowly I was able to work it onto my body.  The overnight transformation was remarkable. Scales and flakes had healed, bumps and irritations had calmed, and my dry yogi feet felt nourished. It was the best moisturizer I had ever used. But there had to be an easier way to apply it. I wanted it to glide on smoothly - no harsh rubbing.

As a former bakery owner and pastry chef, I didn’t know skincare, but I knew food. So I brought the cocoa butter into my kitchen and dug into my pantry. I blended in my favorite oils: sweet almond, apricot kernel, avocado, and fractionated coconut. I worked with a local sculptor to create a stone shape that fits perfectly in the palm of your hand.  

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