DIY WHIPPED BODY BUTTER

Body butter is a wonderful moisturizer and a good alternative to lotion and provide a barrier to keep moisture from escaping. If you have dry patches of skin you will appreciate the creamier feel of body butter over lotion.  I personally find applying my body butter on my hands and feet at bedtime most effective. I lather the body butter on and really work it into the heels of my feet. Wearing socks to bed keeps the butter in place.

There are so many body butters out in the market, but they can be loaded with chemicals that you do not want your skin to absorb.  When you make your own body butter it will last for months without the use of any preservatives or an emulsifier.  Since there is no water added to a body butter it will have a longer shelf life than a lotion.  I have created a whipped body butter that is super moisturizing and full of ingredients that will nourish the skin.

I have listed the ingredients and why I chose them:

Coconut oil:  Coconut oil is a faster absorbing oil, leaving the skin less greasy.  Purchase:  any grocery store,  make sure it is virgin coconut oil. Purchase HERE

Cocoa Butter:  Cocoa butter comes from the cocoa bean.  It helps to form a protective barrier over the skin to hold in moisture.  Purchase:   HERE

Shea Butter:  Shea butter is a fat extracted from the nut of the African Shea tree.  It penetrates deep into skin, restores elasticity, revitalizes, softens and maintains moisture.  It promotes cell regeneration and capillary circulation as well.      Purchase The Shea ButterMan Shoppe HERE.  or I have also used the African Shea Butter,  purchase HERE

Jojoba Oil:  Penetrates and dissolves clogged pores and helps to return skin to its natural pH balance.  Purchase:  HERE

Arrowroot Flour/Starch:  Some body butters can feel a little greasy when applied, but adding a bit of arrowroot powder will absorb some of the oil.  Purchase:  Red Mill Brand or visit Bulk Barn

Vitamin E:  Aids in reducing UV damage to skin and is an antioxidant, supports the immune system, cell function and skin health.  I also included it in the recipe because it will help extend the life of the body butter, but this is only true if all the products in the recipe are fresh.  Please read the labels when making this recipe yourself.  (this ingredient is optional) Purchase:  HERE

Essential Oils:  Pick your essential oil according to when you will be applying your body butter.  I apply mine throughout the day at work and again at bedtime.   I choose lavender as it tends to have a more relaxing or calming effect.  Peppermint or spearmint can be a more energetic or awakening essential oil.   Be careful using citrus essential oils as they tend to be photosensitive.  Purchase:  doTerra

Measure the coconut oil, cocoa butter (try to chop up pieces so it melts evenly) and shea butter.  Place all three ingredients in a double broiler or use a glass bowl over simmering pot of water.  When oils are completely melted remove from heat and add the jojoba oil and arrowroot powder.  Stir well.

You can speed this up by transferring the mixture to a stainless steel bowl and placing it in the freezer for approximately 25 minutes.  Remove the bowl from the freezer (the mixture should be opaque and still soft to the touch). Scrape down the solidified butters from the sides of the bowl.

Use a hand blender or stand mixer to whip mixture into the body butter.  Add the vitamin E and essential oils when mixture is completely cooled down as they are sensitive to temperature.  Blend until well combined and the mixture is light and fluffy.  This process should take 3 – 5 minutes.

Transfer to small containers and store at room temperature.

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DIY WHIPPED BODY BUTTER

  • Author: Carla's No Place Like Home
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes + 25 (cool down)
  • Total Time: 55 minutes
  • Yield: 1.5 cups 1x
  • Method: melt/whip
  • Cuisine: Canadian/Americian

Description

Winter is just around the corner and for those of us who have to endure cold temperatures dry skin can be an issue.  Body butter is a wonderful moisturizer and  a good alternative to lotion.  Body butters provide a barrier to keep moisture from escaping. If you have dry patches of skin, you will appreciate the creamier feel of body butter over lotion. Once you try the Happy House Whipped Body Butter you will never go back to any lotion again.  This DIY Whipped Body Butter makes the perfect hostess gift too!!


Ingredients

Scale

Tools you will need:

double broiler – I used a glass bowl over a simmering pot of water

hand or stand mixer

measuring spoons and cups

Ingredients:

½ cup coconut oil

½ cup cocoa butter (115 grams)

½ cup shea butter

1 teaspoon jojoba oil

2 teaspoons arrowroot powder/starch

¼ teaspoon Vitamin E (optional)

40 drops – your choice of essential oil or a blend


Instructions

Measure the coconut oil, cocoa butter (try to chop up pieces so it melts evenly) and shea butter.  Place all three ingredients in a double broiler or use a glass bowl over simmering pot of water. When oils are completely melted remove from heat and add the jojoba oil and arrowroot powder.  Stir well.

Let the mixture cool down.  You can speed this up by transferring the mixture to a stainless steel bowl and placing it in the freezer for approximately 25 minutes.  Remove the bowl from the freezer (the mixture should be opaque and still soft to the touch). Scrape down the solidified butters from the sides of the bowl.

Use a hand blender or stand mixer to whip mixture into the body butter.  Add the vitamin E and essential oils when mixture is completely cooled down as they are sensitive to temperature.  Blend until well combined and the mixture is light and fluffy.  This process should take 3 – 5 minutes.

Transfer to small containers and store at room temperature.


Notes

If you want to calculate a “best before date” for your body butter I suggest you go with the expiration date given for the oils of your body butter.  The shelf life of the oils you are using can normally give you a general idea of how long your final mixture will keep.  Using a spoon or spatula, instead of your fingers, to extract the butter from the container will extend the life of the body butter.

Keywords: body butter, shea butter, coca butter, jojoba oil, essential oils, moisturizer, DIY

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