|I love my homemade body butter!|
- 2 parts coconut oil (tip: use an ice cream scoop to get it out if it's a little hard)
- 1 part cocoa butter (tip: use a cheese knife to chip off what you need)
- essential oil(s), if desired
- a double boiler or a sauce pan and metal or glass bowl
- an electric mixer, handheld or stand with whip attachment
- small wide mouthed jar(s) with lid, preferably glass. Select jars with the understanding that the ingredients will be more massive/voluminous once whipped.
|How to make whipped body butter.|
Here's what you do:
- Melt the measured out oils together in a double boiler. If you don't have a double boiler (I don't), you can create one by simmering water in a sauce pan, then covering it with a metal or glass bowl that fits comfortably atop it. You wanna make sure the bowl is not touching the water. (If it is, pour out some water). Basically, you're using the heat from the rising steam to melt the oils together.
- Transfer the mixture to a mixing bowl. Let it cool so that it can solidify a bit. It's winter so I put mine in the attic for a few hours (brrr). You could probably put it in the refrigerator and get similar results. (This blogger did.)
- Whip the cooled mixture on high. At this point, you can add some essential oils. It shouldn't take long before you get whipped butter.
- Spoon it into jar(s). Since this is technically food, you could totally lick the beaters if you want, but it doesn't taste anywhere near as good as it smells. (Yep, I tried some!)
Another awesome thing about this concoction is the price. I used Dr. Bronner's Virgin Coconut Oil, a 30 oz jar of which is on sale at the Providence Waterman Whole Foods for just $13.99! (Today is the last day of the sale, so drop in if you can.) At that awesome price, the 4 oz I used were just $1.87. The cocoa butter is from Mountain Rose Herbs. Since it was my first time ordering from them, I tried a small jar for $4.75. I used 2 oz of it in this recipe for $2.38. (I would've saved more had I purchased a larger container and I plan to do so in the future.) The jars were re-used so that's free. So we're at $4.25 and rounding up for shipping fees and tax (not sure I paid any but just in case), it couldn't have been any more than $5, even if I had added essential oils. Whoa! $5 for almost 8oz of organic, fair trade body butter. Yes!!!!
I like supporting small, local businesses that make yummy handmade products, but I also enjoy exploring my creativity and making my own stuff too. Kinda like how I cook at home and dine in restaurants sometimes too. I'm thrilled to have this budget-friendly trick (or is it treat?) under my belt! I look forward to experimenting with making body butters from other oils and ratios once this batch runs out.
I wanna send love to my friend Liz at Raganella, who introduced to me the crazy notion that you can make luscious natural body care products in your own kitchen. Also wanna send love to Annie B. Bond for her recipe (found in Better Basics for the Home) and Rawmazing for their homemade body butter blog post which filled the gaps in the aforementioned recipe.
Have you made a body butter before? If so, what's your favorite recipe? And if you haven't, would you try this or do you prefer to buy body care products? Who makes your favorite body butter?
Olivia Lane Lovejoy is a Green Living Educator trained at The Institute for Integrative Nutrition.