Whip it!

 

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This is not frosting for a cake, although it looks very much like it! It’s whipped body butter. If you would like to eschew the strange chemicals and hefty price tag that comes with even the more natural lotions and potions available, all whilst enjoying a superior and versatile product, give this a try. It’s very simple to make. You’ll need:

  • 1/4 cup light oil (I use sweet almond)
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup cocoa butter
  • 1/4 cup shea butter

I get a measuring cup, put in the almond oil, then chip away at the more solid oils until I reach 1/2 cup, then 3/4 cup, then a full cup. Add to a saucepan and gently heat until the oils are combined. Most people will tell you to use a double boiler, and if you have one do use it. I don’t so I’m just very careful. Alternately, you can put your ingredients in a bowl then rest the bowl over the saucepan to replicate the double boiler if you’re worried.

Once the oils are liquid, remove from heat. Let your concoction rest at room temperature until verging on solid (you can speed this in the refrigerator — I usually put  mine in the refrigerator for 1.5 to 2 hours). Then, whip it! I have a handheld blender from my days before my stand mixer and I use that — but use what you have. All of these ingredients are actually edible so you don’t have to worry about contaminating anything you use for cooking (isn’t that amazing!? but shouldn’t that be the case for anything we put on our skin and don’t remove if you really think about it?).

When whipped, your concoction will look light and fluffy and like frosting! Put into clean tins or jars and enjoy.

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I had made up some of this over my Winter Break, and had been using it and also gave some as gifts. I recently ran out and — itch, itch, itch! The store bought lotion I had on hand was not nearly as emollient and wonderful as this body butter. I couldn’t wait to make some time for another batch. It’s now my holy grail of body moisturizers. I also use it on my hands after washing and have even used it on my hair (although I usually use plain coconut oil for that — but a great use for the little bit of this recipe that you can’t scrape out of the pan into the jar? Get your hands in there and slather it all over your body and hair. Wait 24 hours for everything to sink in before cleaning your hair in your usual method (it will sink right into your skin so don’t worry about that). Shiny, manageable hair will be your reward!

I had all of the ingredients on hand, so no points used. I have a good amount of the other ingredients still, and enough cocoa butter for another batch when I run out of this batch, too. You can scale this recipe up or down depending on your needs. All of the ingredients are useful for other recipes, as you’ll see in upcoming posts!

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6 comments

  1. I just use oil, grapeseed or apricot kernel, on my face, hands, body… (mostly because I am too lazy to bother with a bain marie) but this does look luscious. How long will a batch last?

    1. All of the oils used are pretty stable and have a shelf life of about a year (conservative. If you keep it cool and out of light I do believe it will last longer). That being said, between using it each day and giving little thank-yous of it away the last batch I made lasted only a little more than two months!

      I rarely make creams and lotions because the water in the recipes require either a preservative or a quick use window — potentially wasteful.

      I just started experimenting with organic argan oil on my face. I’ll give it a good trial before reporting if it’s a success, but so far I love it. I hear it’s good for hair too, but I haven’t tried it on my head yet.

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