We are on a mission. We are ridding our lives of the synthetic chemicals and toxins, and switching to healthy products for our bodies. We want to recognize the ingredients we are using on our skin, and avoid unnecessary synthetic fragrances, endocrine disruptors and even cancer contributors. You can use the Skin Deep Database Website to look up the ratings for the products in your home you are currently using and see for yourself. Last week, we learned how and why to switch the soap we use to castile soap. This week, we are going to tackle switching out our moisturizer and also learn a great whipped body butter recipe that is simple and very effective for dry skin.
Not interested in making it yourself? I have about 12 jars left from the show I did. If interested, you can order here, while supplies last.
Why Whipped Body Butter?
In the summer, I can get away with using coconut oil as a moisturizer for my body. But, in the winter, I find that I need something that has deeper moisturizing power to avoid dry skin. I have tried multiple diy recipes until I finally settled on whipped body butter as my favorite way to keep my skin moisturized. Here is what my experience has taught me…
Lotions – I have tried diy lotion recipes, but the problem with them is that lotion typically contains water as one of the ingredients. Water is very tricky to emulsify with oils, but it is also more prone to spoiling. When making diy lotions, generally no preservatives are added. Without the preservatives in typical store bought lotions, the water is not as safe to use as an ingredient. Also, lotions are thinner, and can wash off more easily. I want something that can withstand several hand washings without a problem.
Lotion Bars – These are a solid, waterless version of lotion. They are hard, and you need to rub them in your hands to warm them up in order to use them. They are more shelf stable than a diy lotion, but I personally do not think that they spread easily on the skin, due to the fact that they are so hard. Even with warming them, they are just not as smooth an application as I prefer. In a warmer climate, it would be ok; but in the winter, when I need it the most, they are a hassle to use. They work well, but I just don’t like the application process.
Whipped Body Butters – This is where I personally feel the most even and deeply penetrating moisturizing takes place! Body butter recipes are typically a mix of oils and butters. They contain no water, and they last long on the skin. Plus, if you whip them, they have a silky, luxurious feel too. After making a lot of different lotions, lotion bars and other combinations, I now only make a whipped body butter to get me through the winter.
I am going to share my base whipped body butter recipe with you. This is a simplified version with ingredients that should be easy to find. I am listing cocoa butter as one of the ingredients, because that is much easier to find and it is my favorite for how it feels on the skin; but cocoa butter does smell a little chocolatey. That is obviously not a bad thing, but keep it in mind as you choose the essential oils you want to use. You can experiment with this recipe and switch out different butters and oils as you like.
Whipped Body Butter Recipe
- 6 grams cocoa butter
- 6 grams shea butter
- 1 Cup organic coconut oil
- 1 Cup organic olive oil
- 2 droppers full of Vitamin E oil (optional, helps to slow the oxidation of the other oils)
- 20 – 30 drops of essential oils (my recommendation – peppermint)
- bamboo skewers
- 8 glass Ball jars (4 oz. size) washed and ready (you probably will only need 7, but have an extra one ready just in case)
- Using the double boiler method, melt the butters and coconut oil together over medium-low heat, stirring frequently with a bamboo skewer.
- As soon as they are melted, remove from heat.
- Add the olive oil and vitamin E oil and stir to combine with the bamboo skewer.
- Pour mix in to a mixing bowl and allow to cool to room temperature.
- Place in the refrigerator and allow the mixture to set completely.
- This is the hardest part, you must wait until the mixture is set, but not too hard to whip using a hand mixer or stand mixer. If you did not wait long enough, then the mixture will be mushy when you try to whip it (put it back in the fridge and try again later). If you wait too long, then you won’t be able to get the beaters in to the mix (allow the mix to sit on the counter until it is less hard). Typically, I need to leave it in the fridge for over an hour, but it will all depend on how warm your mixture is before you put it in the fridge. There is no exact time I can give you, but you want your mixture to whip up just like icing – it will be smooth and light and fluffy. It will look so much like icing, that you will want to taste test it, but I don’t recommend it!
- Once your mixture is whipped, then add the drops of essential oils. Start on the low end, and you can add as needed. It should have a pleasant, light smell but not be overwhelming.
- Whip again to distribute the essential oils (about 30 seconds).
- Use a butter knife to fill your containers.
- To clean your utensils and dishes, first remove all of the body butter that you can with your hands or a paper towel and use it to moisturize your skin. Wipe everything completely clean before you even think about washing it. Then, sprinkle the surfaces with baking soda. Wash with dish soap and hot water.
How to use Whipped Body Butter?
Start small. A little bit goes a very long way. Rub it on, give it a few seconds, and it will soak right in to the skin. You can use it on your entire body.
What to expect from the Whipped Body Butter?
Amazing things. It makes my hands feel sooooo soft. Plus, it does not wash off with water. It is deeply moisturizing, but not oily on the skin. I use it daily on my hands, but only once every few days on the rest of my body. I also use it about once a week on my face for some extra moisturizing in the winter.
Essential oils are not a synthetic fragrance. They will be soaked up by your skin, so the smell will not last on your skin. Instead, the healing benefits will be used by your body.
The product will be harder or softer depending on the temperature of your home. It is shelf stable for 3-6 months, and should be refrigerated for longer storage.
My friends and family liked my whipped body butter so much, that I have actually done a show the past two years where I sell it. I replace the cocoa butter with kokum butter when I make it, so that the essential oils are the only real smell. This year, I had return customers who told me it was the only thing that worked on their eczema, severely cracked skin, and even a pregnant woman who found it worked on a rash that no other products she tried would help. I have several customers who love it on their face when they are extra dry too.
I wanted to make sure that I shared this recipe with you before Christmas, because I also think that this makes great Christmas gifts. If you are looking for other diy Christmas gift ideas try my recipes for: toothpaste, salveulous or deodorant.
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