Light, refreshing body butter
- 1 cup unrefined Shea Butter
- ½ cup Coconut Oil
- ½ cup light carrier oil such as olive oil, sweet almond oil, jojoba oil or grapeseed oil
- Optional: 10-15 drops of your favorite essential oil (vanilla, lavender, orange, mint, etc.)
- Melt your oils and butters (Coconut Oil, Shea Butter and carrier oil) in a double boiler. I use a glass bowl or measuring cup in a pot full of water. Add ingredients to the glass bowl and then place the bowl in a large pot filled 1/3 of the way with water. Turn the stove on medium high and stir the oils frequently.
- When fully melted, remove them from heat. Let cool some and then add in essential oils and stir.
- Allow the mixture to cool until solidified. Put it in the fridge for 5-10 minutes to get to a good whipping temperature (solid, but soft – don’t worry, if you get it too cool, or not cool enough you can let it sit in a warm place to soften and then try again).
- Remove and put it into a mixer, or take a hand mixer and whip it for about 10 minutes until you have a creamy, frothy butter that looks like whipped cream.
- Put it into recycled containers or glass jars.
- Let cool, label if you want, and use and enjoy (or give as gifts)
- This body butter feels like rubbing silky whipped cream onto skin. It soaks in wonderfully and provides skin with a non-greasy moisture that lasts all day. The fragrance of your essential oils will linger and put smiles on your face!
When you are ready you can experiment. This butter is a great base. Try adding other healing ingredients such as 1 tbs of neem oil or rose oil. You can even add manuka honey or aloe, or use a Shea Butter/Cocoa Butter combination. This whipped body butter is exquisitely simple and you can tweak and add to your DIY heart’s content.