If today had a theme, it would have to be timing. As Leslie over at Crunchy Betty posted some improvements to my scrub candy recipes, she talked about the perfect timing with Valentine’s just around the corner. Now here’s my so-timely-I-can’t-beleive-it-story: this delicious body butter!
Also, do check out the bath candy thingies over at crunchy betty. I’m sort of proud of them, and Leslie has only improved them.
For a good while, I’ve been longing for a creamy, soft, nice smelling, chemical free body butter. I’ve been both drooling for and disgusted by the ones that Body Shop makes – they look and smell so incredibly fantastic, but then you turn to the ingredient list and find silicones, perfume, PEG and all kinds of nasties. But if you have to make something right, you have to make it yourself, I suppose.
So a few days back, just as I was going to start experimenting with nothing to go after, somebody in the best no ‘poo-group on facebook (it’s in swedish though, sorry!) posted a link to this recipe at Rawmazing. Just what I needed!
So what is a body butter anyway? Unlike body lotion and body cream, body butter contains no water, only fats (and silicones, perfume and PEG, apparently….) Body butters are great to use on any skin type but they come especially in handy now in the cold winter time when your skin gets really dry.
So now I had something to go by. I made some alterations to the recipe, and I ended up with a recipe that looked like this:
- 2 tbs solid shea butter
- 1 tbs mint infused coconut oil
- 1 tbs olive oil
- dried rose petals, fresh rosemary
- 1 ml vitamin E (or 1 capsule)
- about 7 drops each of lime essential oil and lavender essential oil
Variations: You don’t need the vitamin E but it increases the shelf life and is great for dry skin. Instead of olive oil you can use any other vegetable oil that you like. In Rawmazing’s recipe they used almond oil, I can imagine that avocado, jojoba or apricot oil would be divine! For essential oils and herbs, take anything you like the smell of (and they are completely optional)
Some months back, I prepared a mint infused coconut oil that I was planning on using for a hair mask. I haven’t gotten around to doing that yet, so I figured I could just as well use some of it for this body butter. Making a herbal oil is very simple. You can follow the instructions here.Or you can just leave this step out as it takes some preparation.
Here’s how you make the body butter:
- start by melting the shea butter and coconut oil in a double boiler. The coconut oil can be solid or runny, it’s all the same, just try to find some unraffined coconut oil/fat.
- Add in the vegetable oil and if you like, some fresh or dried herbs. If you are using herbs, heat the mixture for about 20 minutes, then strain carefully and don’t forget to squeeze out the last of the oil from the herbs. If not, move on to the next step as soon as the butters have melted.
- Remove from heat, and let cool. When the mixture is 30C or cooler, you can add the essential oils and vitamin E.
- Whip the butter until it gets thick and fluffy. You’ll need to do this for at least 5-10 minutes. If it’s feeling hopeless, let the batch cool for a bit longer until it’s starting to solidify, then try again.
- Use a spatula to put the body butter in jars.
Et voilà! Nothing left to do but to use and adore this body butter! Creamy, decadent and just fantastic. And so easy to make! The consistency is still very thick, I think next time I’ll experiment with adding a wee bit more oil and less shea butter, but that’s mostly just my own taste.
Next time, I’ll try to make something like the Body Shop’s candied ginger body butter, the smell is just fantastic! Until then, I have this gorgeous lime-lavender smelling body butter with rose and rosemary!
If you’d make a body butter, what smells would you like to use?