Since moving into my new house, I haven’t had much chance to write about one of my favorite things – Plant Therapy’s Oil of The Month! It took a long time to get my new address sorted and to actually receive the December oil (Chocolate Truffle), but thankfully, everything’s sorted now and I’m back to receiving new and fun oils every month.
In case you didn’t know, Plant Therapy (one of my absolute favorite essential oil companies) offers a really cool program that sends you a new and sometimes rare essential oil or fun essential oil blend every single month. It’s a really nice way to get introduced to some of the harder to find oils and I’ve really been enjoying them so far!
You can sign up through the plant therapy website here.
Plant Therapy’s December Oil – Chocolate Truffle
When you smell this oil, it’s like being transported to a decadent chocolate shop. The scent is so spot on I’m half convinced they simply melted some good chocolate and bottled it.
It’s the perfect oil to use for scenting lotion, creams, massage oils, and lip balms as Valentine’s Day approaches. I personally love putting it in body care recipes for a decadent treat every time I apply lip balm or body butter! It’s absolutely heavenly!
Chocolate Truffle contains:
- Vanilla Planifolia
- Vanilla Fruit Extract (Sugar cane Ethanol, Vanilla Planifolia)
- Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Extract
Scent – full-bodied and sensuous with sweet vanilla undertones and bitter chocolate, rich, creamy, and uplifting – I smile every time I smell it!
Note – works well as a middle to base note in homemade formulas or for added intrigue in homemade perfumes and soaps.
Color – dark brown, slightly viscous and opaque
Blends well with:
- Sweet orange
- Ylang ylang
No, due to its high ethanol content (approx. 25%).
For external use only. Use in dilutions of 1-2%. Consult your physician before use if you are pregnant or breastfeeding. You can learn more about conversions and dilutions here.
A Brief History of Cacao
The use of cacao dates back to as far as 1900 BC. Residues of a chocolate beverage found in ceramic vessels confirmed that this exotic pod was a part of the daily lives among the indigenous peoples of Central America.
Its history is a tumultuous one. In the 15th century, it was Christopher Columbus, who through some rather ruthless means, brought cacao and many other goods from Central America to Europe where it quickly gained popularity among the social elite. Initially, cacao was used by the Spaniards as medicine due to its bitter properties, however, once sweetened with sugar or honey, it became a court favorite.
For hundreds of years, cacao was revered in ancient Mayan and Aztec culture for its various medicinal properties including its notable aphrodisiac constituents. It was even used as a form of currency.
In 1743, cacao was dubbed Theobroma cacao – Food of the Gods by naturalist Linnaeus which is a fitting name for such a complex and powerful plant.
It wasn’t until 1841 that Russian chemist Aleksandr Voskresensky cacao was found to possess the active compound theobromine which has a stimulatory effect on the body. Later, more constituents were discovered that are an attestation of its pleasurable effects when consumed.
Needless to say, cacao has taken the world by storm not only as a delicious drink and sumptuous treat but also as an amazing addition to your essential oil collection that pleases the senses without the guilt.
Essential Oil Recipes Using Chocolate Truffle
Chocolate Scented Body Moisture
Add 6-12 drops of Chocolate Truffle essential oil blend for every ounce of unscented lotion, body butter, carrier oil, or cream to create chocolate infused treats for your skin that smell like heaven!
In the Diffuser
Add 3-5 drops of Chocolate Truffle to your favorite diffuser to fill your personal space with the sensuous scent of the finest chocolate.
Chocolate Truffle Body Scrub
Add 15 drops of chocolate Truffle to 1/2 cup of sweet almond oil. Stir to combine then mix in 1 cup of sugar. Add more sweet almond oil as needed (1 TB at a time) to create the desired consistency. Store in a jar in a cool dark place.
Use in the shower to scour away dead skin, deeply moisturize the body, and fill your senses with the uplifting scent of chocolate.
Did you get the chance to receive Chocolate Truffle? How did you like it? Please share your thoughts and recipes in the comments below!
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