Just a thought, but typically ingredients are listed from most to least, but sometimes the ingredients are in equal amounts so the order of the listing is per the maker's choosing or alphabetical. Did you try equal amounts in your testing? Like equal parts coconut oil and cocoa butter, then a little shea & RBW?A little update on massage bars, + a big mistery:
- according to my tests, the best massage bars are with high cocoa percentage, a bit of shea and a bit of wax. The cocoa makes a hard bar but gives a great slip once warmed.
- BIG mystery (to me at least...): the bars I was trying to get close to are made with the following ingredients: CO, Cocoa, Shea and Rice bran wax. In that INCI order on the label.
I have tried all combinations ! Whatever I do, the CO in it makes the bar too soft (when their bar is rock hard).
I find it very intriguing as I understand that INCI ingredients are to be written in the order of quantities, but here it is just not possible ? Unless I missed something...
The reason I was wanting to make their bar is that it does not have that strong cocoa smell which is great with scents like vanilla or Ylang Ylang, strong scents, but not so great with lavender or rose....
For example (and keep in mind I don't know the actual recipe percentages, just using numbers for the example) :
It could be
40% CO/40% CB/10% SB/ 10% RBW. At those percentages either the CO or the CB could come first. Like I said, just a thought