Sunday, November 17, 2013

Whipped Body Butter

In the last few days, there have been a few posts from other bloggers on Body Butters.    I tried on of them with a few adjustments.   I love a good body butter.  At first when I melted the ingredients then put them in the fridge for a while and started mixing, I didn't think it would come together....but after about 4 minutes of whipping with a hand mixer I had what looked like a creamy cloud!    I am in love!  I made a pretty big batch then split it up into different containers to use different essential oils.  My favorite is the Peppermint Cloud.  It feels and smells so good.  My Mom's favorite is the Rosewood and Sandalwood with a few drops of Rose Absolute.   I also made another jar to put on my feet at night that has Lavender & Vetiver!

You have to remember, this is a BODY BUTTER, so it takes a while to soak in..not like a lotion that can soak in immediately, but with the cold weather, brings chapped skin and this would be a great thing to use.
You can even make enough for you and have some leftover for gifts!

Look at this cloud like creamy wonder!

I think I almost prefer this over my salves that I have been making for so long!  You can add any oils that you want.  I will give you a few ideas at the end of this post, but you will not be disappointed!

Homemade Whipped Body Butter
1/2 Cup of Cocoa Butter
1/2 Cup of Shea Butter
1/4 to 1/2 Cup Sweet Almond Oil
1 tsp of Vitamin E Oil (acts as a preservative) 

Melt down your coconut oil, cocoa butter and shea butter until completely melted.  I do this in a glass bowl put in a steamer so it is not on direct heat.  Set your heat to low until it all melts down...I stir once in a while with a bamboo skewer.  

Take off the heat and let it cool down for about 10-15 minutes on the counter.  Then add in your almond oil and vitamin E oil.  DO NOT add your essential oil in at that point.  When you add your essential oils while your other oils are still warm, they will evaporate and you will not have as good of a smelling butter. 

Cover your bowl with plastic wrap or a lid and place in the fridge for one to two hours.  You want it to just start firming up around the edges, but you don't want it too firm.  

Take out of the fridge and use either a stand mixer or a hand mixer starting on low then slowly increasing the speed.  This will take about 4 minutes of whipping before you will start seeing the consistency you want.  Be patient, just when you think it is not working, it will be a creamy goodness! 

You can now either split it up into several small jars or one big quart jar.   Then you can add your essential oil blends. 

Here is a great way to see how much essential oils are safe to use per Valerie Ann Worwood's book 

For every 2 Tablespoons you can safely use a TOTAL of 12-30 drops depending how strong of an aroma you want.  A 4oz jar has 8 Tablespoons.  I would go on the lower end of the amount of drops only because you don't want to overfill your far.  I stir my essential oils with 2 bamboo skewers...not only do they fit in the smaller jars, but you don't risk wasting a lot of Body Butter. 

Peppermint Whipped Body Butter
4oz Jar of Whipped Body Butter add 30 drops of Peppermint Essential Oil

Good Night, Sleep Tight Whipped Body Butter (great to put on your feet) 
4oz Jar of Whipped Body Butter
25 drops of Lavender Essential Oil
10 drops of Vetiver Essential Oil 

Good Morning Whipped Body Butter
4oz Jar of Whipped Body Butter
10 drops of Lime
10 drops of Lavender
5 drops of Peppermint
3 drops of lemon

Rose Delight Whipped Body Butter
4oz Jar of Whipped Body Butter
15 drops of Rosewood
5 drops of Rose Absolute
5 drops of Sandalwood

Zen Whipped Body Butter
4oz jar of Whipped Body Butter
25 drops of Spark Naturals Zen Grounding Blend

As you can see, the aromas can be endless!  
Have fun with it and create your own Whipped Body Butter blends! 

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