Our skin is so important! This body butter is my healthy, skin nourishing answer to those other petroleum based options!
Our skin is so important! Besides being the largest organ in our bodies it acts as a barrier, regulates our temperature, protects us from UV rays by producing melanin and also synthesizes Vitamin D (if you haven’t been paying attention, most of us have become Vitamin D deficient because we as a society aren’t spending enough healthy time in the sun). Traditional creams that have been used for deep hydration of the skin are petroleum based - and if not refined properly, petroleum can be full of PAHs (polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons), which have been shown to cause cancer, especially when used over a period of time. This body butter is my healthy, skin nourishing answer to those other petroleum based options!
I started making body butter because I had people in my life who were plagued by cracked feet and eczema and wanted to see if I could make something that would help them with their symptoms (it did, but it wasn’t the cure). Little did I know it would turn into an every evening body lotion for me! The ingredients in this recipe contain Vitamins A and E and other antioxidants, and fatty acids - which act to protect and nourish the skin. I know some people who use this on their faces, and many people who use it on their dry hands and feet in the winter - it was my sister’s baby bump lotion of choice, because she knew it would nourish her growing belly and had absolutely zero harmful chemicals.
When I started making this I used measuring cups (and if you’re looking for measuring cups and spoons, these are a great value and the spoons are magnetic to help keep them organized!). Now, I weigh my hard oils and measure my liquid oils. I recently purchased this scale and I love its ease of use and accuracy. I’ll provide instructions for both ways of measuring below. Choose whichever way you’d like - it’s hard to mess this recipe up, you don’t need to worry about precision. The basic guide is equal parts hard oils and half of the amount of liquid oil.
You will notice that this recipe doesn’t call for any essential oils! Initially I did use essential oils in this recipe. Over time I noticed that I really loved the smell of these oils alone. People have described the smell as a variety of things - Jay thinks it smells like frosting, and many others have said it smells like chocolate. If you’re dying to use some essential oils, lavender, and ylang ylang are both skin supportive and relaxing (ylang ylang is also long known for its aphrodisiac effects).
IF YOU'RE MEASURING WITH CUPS:
IF YOU'RE WEIGHING:
8 oz shea butter
8 oz cacao butter
8 oz coconut oil
OTHER TOOLS YOU'LL NEED
I use my Kitchen Aid Stand Mixer for this recipe, but if you don’t have that you can always use a stainless steel or glass bowl with a hand mixer (I am partial to this one - I’ve had it for years and have never had an issue with it).
You’ll also want to make sure you have a small saucepan. You’ll use this saucepan with your stainless steel or glass bowl as a double boiler like this. I use my stainless steel Kitchen Aid Stand Mixer Bowl with my saucepan as a makeshift double boiler. This will look something like this:
Melt all ingredients in your makeshift double boiler.
Once all ingredients are melted, give them a good stir and transfer the bowl to the fridge. It will be hot so make sure you use a trivet to protect your shelves! Refrigerate until it is mostly hard - how long depends on the batch size and how cold your fridge is! I usually start checking it around 4 hours. When it’s no longer liquid, you’re ready for the next step! If you leave it in for too long (I almost always do this) it’s ok! Pull it out of the fridge and let it come to room temperature.
Attach the bowl to the mixing stand with the whisk attachment in place. OR just use the hand mixer as you normally would. As you whip the body butter, stop occasionally to scrape down the sides of the bowl (otherwise you’ll have chunks). It should come to a fluffy consistency that easily melts when touched. It will likely be whiter and lighter than the substance you started with. IF YOU ARE ADDING ESSENTIAL OILS, do it during this step.
This body butter contains all natural oils and no preservatives. If it starts to smell rancid toss it. I hate waste, but rancid oil isn’t going to do your body any good. I generally tell people it should be used 6 months of making it - but I also know people who’ve reported that it kept much longer than that!
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