Luscious body butter
I made this luscious body butter to give as gifts this past Christmas. It took a bit of tinkering with a couple of recipes that I found on-line at thehippiehomemaker.com and wellnessmama.com but with slight changes I had a nourishing body butter for myself and to gift to friends and family.
Before I started using this body butter my heels were a mess. Picture fissures and dry, hard, scaly, calloused skin. On the other hand, maybe best not to picture it! Now each morning I slather some of this nourishing body butter on my feet and then put my socks on .. my heels are now SOFT and SMOOOTH.
I’ve been wearing jeans all winter and, shhhh, not shaving my legs. It is now spring so the other day I put on some cropped jeans and realized my legs desperately needed shaving. I grabbed my trusty luscious body butter and used it as a shaving cream … the razor glided over the butter and left my legs feeling smooth as smooth.
Do your hands often get super dry? Before bedtime try treating your hands to a teaspoon of this luscious body butter and then put those dry, sore hands inside a pair of cotton gloves you keep for just this purpose. After a week or so your hands will be soft and lovely.
Cooling the oils before whipping
One important note about this recipe is the necessity to get the melted oils to just the right consistency before beating. One site recommended using an immersion blender but … I broke mine trying to whip this butter .. dang!! I had big chunks of plastic in my lovely body butter and had to fish them out. Perhaps the oils had solidified too much or this slightly hardened mixture was just too much for this piece of equipment.
I would recommend using an ordinary hand mixer and err on the side of mixing the oils when you can still see some oil in the bowl. I found that once I started to beat the oils they quickly became quite solid and beginning with some softness helps when whipping the butter.
For Christmas presents I made jars of lavender wild orange whipped body butter and also jars of delectable chocolate mint body butter. The cocoa butter that I used for the chocolate mint body butter had a strong chocolate smell so I just added some peppermint essential oil and the result smelled good enough to eat, not that I am suggesting that you do that.
I would recommend using arrowroot powder as per the instructions here. I’ve made this with and without arrowroot powder but it seems to me that the butter has better skin softening properties if made with arrowroot powder.
If possible use organic ingredients in this body butter. Chemicals are absorbed through our skin and organic ingredients mean far fewer of these chemicals getting into our system.
One reason that I make many of the products that I use is to minimize the chemicals that I absorb through my skin. That, and cost. If you don’t factor in your time it is almost always cheaper to make your own … unless you end up giving away everything that you make!
Food to Heal Ourselves
Luscious body butter which softens dry, scaly skin.
30 minPrep Time
2 hrCook Time
2 hr, 30 Total Time
1/2 cup shea butter = 109 grams
1/2 cup cocoa butter = 109 grams
1/2 cup coconut oil = 107 grams
1/2 cup sweet almond oil
2 tablespoons arrowroot powder
6-8 drops grapefruit seed extract
10-12 drops lavender essential oil
10-12 drops wild orange essential oil
Melt shea butter, cocoa butter and coconut oil in the top of a double boiler or in a glass bowl over simmering water.
Once melted turn off the heat but leave the melted oils above the hot water for another 20-30 minutes.
Add almond oil and mix well.
Put mixture in the freezer and when it is cool but not hard add the arrowroot powder, the grapefruit seed extract and essential oils. Mix well.
Put the mixture back in the freezer until you can see that it is beginning to set.
Mix with a hand mixer until the body butter is a whipped consistency.
1. Remember to leave the oils over the hot water for 20-30 minutes as this is supposed to prevent the shea butter from becoming gritty.
2. The cooking time includes the time that the oils are in the freezer so much of this time you can really be doing other things (sitting down with a cup of tea? batch cooking AIP compliant foods?).
Are you making any of your own skin creams? I would love to hear about your successes and failures so leave me a comment or email me.