I’ve posted a recipe similar to this one about 2 years ago… and thought I would experiment with it a bit more now that I have a good collection of essential oils. I will admit, the last recipe I made using this method, while I loved the texture of it, the vanilla smell after a while got old fast… and smelled a bit to strong for my liking. So this weekend with my mom in town, we played.
Below is a recipe for my new Whipped Body Butter incorporating Essential oils from Rocky Mountain Oil Company (where I buy all my oils)
1/2 cup Shea Butter
1/4 cup* Coconut Oil
1/4 cup* Extra Virgin Olive Oil or Sweet Almond Oil
10 drops Rocky Mountain Lavender Essential Oil (optional)
2 drops Rocky Mountain Sacred Frankincense Essential Oil (optional)
Take note: The use of Essential Oils in this recipe is totally optional. You do not need to add any scent what so ever if you don’t want too. However, adding the scent is nice and gives the body butter an extra loveliness about it. Lavender is a favorite scent of mine, very soothing to the skin… and Frankincense if great for its anti-aging properties and healing. So I like to add both. The scent IS NOT STRONG at all. In fact I may add in more drops to my next batch, so its a bit strong.
In a small pot heat up the Shea Butter and Coconut Oil until melted together. DO NOT over heat. I keep mine on the lowest heat setting possible. Once it fully melts and is all liquid… take it off the heat and then add in your EVOO or Sweet Almond Oil.
Go ahead at this point and pour your liquid oils you just heated up, into a large mixing bowl. I used my Kitchen Aid Bowl, since its very deep. You will want a deeper large bowl for when it comes time to WHIP the oils together. Also if you have a KITCHEN AID mixer, you can use that with the whisk attachment on. I do not have the Kitchen Aid Whisk :( – so I tried using my normal mixing attachment that works for most baking recipes and it sadly didn’t do well. So I ended up using a hand whisk mixer I had, it worked much better.
Once your melted oils are in the large bowl, add in your essential oils and use a spoon to mix it all together while it is still all liquid.
Place your Mixing Bowl with the Oils all together, into the freezer for 15 minutes.
Once the Liquid turns into a solid looking mass, it is ready to whip.
If it is still liquid, leave it a few moments longer in the freezer.
Once hardened from the freezer, take it out and then whip the fool out of it :)
You will want to whisk it with your mixer until it creates peaks and has turned into a whipped butter mixture. Then once finish, spoon it out into a glass jar for storing. This made about a pint? Its a good amount and should last you a while. A little goes a long way when applying.
Once your body butter is created, you do not have to refrigerate it! As long as you live in a fairly cool home, no hotter than 80F, you should be fine. I keep mine in my upstairs bathroom, where the temp is around 78F during the summer, and I have had no issues with it melted.
The longer the butter sits, the better I think it gets. It almost becomes a foamy whipped consistency after day one.
Few questions answered, since I have a feeling you all may ask :)
1. Is it suppose to be oily?? Yes it may feel a bit oily upon the initial application. This is normal and as it sits the oil will absorb better into the skin. What is crazy, is with NORMAL lotions I have to apply lotion a few times a day, otherwise I look ashy? I have such dry skin… I feel as if I am constantly apply lotions. However, with this body butter, one application after a shower and I am good to go for days! One thing that most don’t realize, most traditional store bought lotions, have a TON of harmful ingredients…
Here is a list of ingredients in Vaselines SHEA lotion:
caramel, dimethicone copolyol, yellow 5 (ci 19140), dimethicone, stearic acid, disteareth 75 ipdi, phenoxyethanol, xanthan gum, butyrospermum parkii (shea butter), propylene glycol, cetyl alcohol, peg 90 diisostearate, theobroma cacao (cocoa) seed butter, water, sodium acrylate/sodium acryloyldimethyl taurate copolymer, glycerin, potato starch modified, triethanolamine, polysorbate 80, fragrance, disodium edta, hydrogenated polyisobutene, ethylhexyl cocoate, paraffin, glyceryl stearate, methylparaben, hydrogenated didecene, microcrystalline wax, cyclopentasiloxane, propylparaben, isohexadecane, petrolatum, glycol stearate, dimethicono
That is A LOT of stuff to lather onto the largest organ of our body… All over our skin and into our blood stream it goes…. I don’t know about you, but Id much rather know how to pronounce what I am putting onto and into my body.
You will get use to the OILY feeling of this butter… a bit of warning though. DO not apply this and immediately following application, throw on a silk shirt. You will want to allow your skin time to absorb the body butter, before putting on anything nice. Typically after my shower, I put this on all over, put on my house clothes (Sweats with a cami) and finish getting ready in those clothes, before getting into my nicer clothing. I do this even if I don’t apply the butter, since I get to hot in normal clothes during the getting ready process :) – am I alone in that habit? I hope not haha….
2. Can I use this on my face? I love it for the face – at night I use my lotion bars *find that recipe here* – but during the day, this is what I tend to lean towards. Same thing goes for allowing it to sit… do not put this on then apply make up moments later. You will want to let this sit for a good bit before applying any make up.
3. Does it break me out? Nope. Then again, my dealings with acne are almost totally gone since I started cleansing my skin with Oils almost 7 years ago now. Read up on that HERE.
I love this recipe and I think you all will too! Enjoy!