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.)
Voila! No sticky residue left on the glass!
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 raw shea butter
1/2 cup raw mango butter
1/2 cup cold-pressed coconut oil
1/2 cup sweet almond oil, jojoba oil OR shea oil
20-30 drops essential oils of choice
10 drops of frankincense oil (optional – fyi, frankincense in creases the potency of other oils)
(*Essential Oil Variations, depending on your health needs: Copaiba, cedarwood, heluchrysum, geranium, melaleuca, peppermint, lavender, chamomile, cassia wild orange, rosemary, eucalyptus, grapefruit. NOTE: If using any citrus essential oils, DO NOT go in the sun for up to 12 hours. It could cause severe burns. They are “photosensitive oils”.) (See Note in red below)
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 types of base oils or butters that you add to this body butter makes a huge difference if you have eczema or sensitive/irritated skin. I would recommend: raw shea butter, raw mango butter, almond oil, jojoba oil, apricot kernel oil, hemp seed oil, borage seed oil, evening primrose oil, calendula oil, kukui nut oil, carrot seed oil, safflower oil, peach kernel oil, sea buckthorn oil, rosehip oil, tamanu oil, sesame oil, walnut oil. They are all very soothing for eczema.
FYI – Not all essential oils are created equal. Most oils are adulterated, contain fillers and contaminants and come from Lord-knows-where. The oils I use give full disclosure of their countries of origin, and they are third-party tested for absolute purity. They are 100% pure, therapeutic-grade, and extremely potent. If you would like to use this brand, please comment below and I’d be happy to point you in the right direction.
**[PLEASE NOTE: According to the compliance rules of the FDA, I am unable to disclose my favorite oil company’s name in the body of this blog, but you can comment below with your email address, and I’ll send you the link, along with some great educational materials on essential oils.]
Until next time – stay moisturized!