Winter in Chicago is pretty darn cold! Between the below-zero windchill days, and the strong winds off of Lake Michigan, it is almost impossible to stay moisturized throughout the winter months.
I have tried numerous body creams and lotions, and while some commercial creams work pretty well, none are as luxurious as this do-it-yourself whipped body butter – or as pure. Frankincense essential oil provides extra skin-soothing support, and I highly recommend you add it to this recipe. (See my blog on Frankincense HERE.)
Rather than purchasing creams from the drug store, which contain parabens, mineral oils, formaldehyde, sulfates, preservatives, animal fillers, petrolatum, GMOs, etc., you can make your own all-natural body cream and actually nourish your body, rather than fill it with toxins.
My husband’s job causes him to wash his hands with a very harsh scrubbing soap, which leaves the tops of his hands dried out, red, rough and cracked from the lack of moisture. I applied this body butter to his hands before bed, and by morning they were much softer and less irritated.
**Quick Tip! If you have a mason jar or glass container that still has a price sticker on the bottom, any citrus essential oil will remove it, including all sticky residue, within a couple of minutes! No need to purchase Goo Gone anymore once you have these oils.
I am always amazed at how having essential oils in your home can eliminate almost every store-bought cleaner. (See my Essential Oils Cabinet project HERE.)
So, let’s get started!
First you will want to gather your ingredients (see recipe below):
In a double broiler or glass bowl, combine all ingredients except sweet almond, shea or jojoba oil and essential oil/oils.
Bring to a low-medium heat. Stir constantly until all ingredients are melted. Remove from heat, add your shea/almond/jojoba oil and stir to combine. Allow to cool for 30 minutes.
Place your bowl in the freezer for 30 minutes, or in the fridge for a few hours, until the oil is opaque and somewhat solidified. It should no longer be a clear liquid. (Sorry, I forgot to take a picture at this point!)
Once your oils have solidified, remove it from the fridge and add your essential oils. Using a hand mixer, whip for 10 minutes. Body butter will become fluffy and look like whipped cream.
Scoop into a glass jar, or if it is a gift, use a piping bag to give it more of a design.
My piping design didn’t look so pretty…. So, I just filled the jar completely, tapping it on the counter each time to make sure it filled every space of the jar.
If you are giving it as a gift, find some cute labels and ribbon and beautify it! I think I will be giving one of these to all of my bosses this Christmas. It makes a thoughtful and budget-friendly gift for anyone.
SILKY WHIPPED BODY BUTTER
1/2 cup 100% pure shea butter
1/2 cup 100% pure mango butter
1/2 cup organic coconut oil
1/2 cup organic almond oil, organic jojoba oil OR organic shea oil
20-30 drops of essential oils of choice
10 drops of frankincense oil (optional)
(*Essential Oil Variations: peppermint, lavender chamomile, cassia wild orange, rosemary, eucalyptus, grapefruit.)
In a double broiler or glass bowl, combine all ingredients except almond/shea/jojoba oil and essential oil/oils. Bring to a low-medium heat. Stir constantly until all ingredients are melted. Remove from heat, add your almond oil and stir to combine. Allow to cool.
Move bowl to the fridge and allow to cool for 1 hour. This is important because you do not want to add essential oils to hot oil, or it will decrease it’s wellness benefits. It should look slightly opaque and soft at this point. Remove from the fridge and add your essential oils. Using a hand mixer, whip for 10 minutes. Body butter will to become fluffy and form stiff peaks. Store in a glass jar with a tight fitting lid.
I HIGHLY recommend this body butter to anyone with dry or problem skin. It has become my favorite body cream! For extra added skin soothing, add frankincense and/or helichrysum oils to your butter.
Also, the type of base oil that you add to this butter makes a huge difference. If you have eczema or sensitive/irritated skin, organic calendula oil and organic African shea oil are both very soothing and are great eczema healers!!
If you would like to learn more about the high-quality, therapeutic-grade oils I use, please e-mail me at: firstname.lastname@example.org.