Body butter contains less water than lotion. This means it takes longer to penetrate the skin (don't walk barefoot after applying body butter!). It's moisturising and softens knees, elbows, and feet.
This new recipe uses similar ingredients as the homemade lotion bars, but removes the beeswax and whips the mixture as it cools to create a cloud-like lotion.
DIY Whipped Body Butter RecipeShea and cocoa butter with two nourishing oils make a highly moisturising mixture, but whipping it makes it smooth and non-oily.
Equipment– Double boiler or bowl suspended over a pan of water– Double boiler or bowl suspended over a pan of water
Materials– ½ cup shea butter– ½ cup cocoa butter– ½ cup coconut oil– ½ cup almond oil (or jojoba, or olive)– 10-30 drops essential oil (optional, I use lavender)
Instructions– In a double boiler or glass bowl, combine all the ingredients except for the essential oils.– Heat over medium heat, stirring constantly until all ingredients are melted.– Remove from the heat and cool slightly.
– Stir in the essential oils if using.– Place the bowl in the refrigerator and chill for 1 hour or until the mixture is starting to harden around the edges.– Use a hand mixer to whip for 10 minutes until fluffy.
– Return to the fridge for 10-15 minutes to set.– Use as you would regular lotion or body butter. If your home is above 75°F, body butter may soften and need to be refrigerated.– Keep for yourself, or give away! Enjoy!