Creating your own handmade whipped body butter will cut costs you would pay for shop-bought creams and lotions, and it allows you to choose your own natural ingredients. Because you can make many kinds of creams in your kitchen, you can tailor your whipped body butter to your skin type or even create seasonal lotions to give as gifts. You can buy the ingredients at most supermarkets and health food shops as well as from a number of online retailers.
Things you need
- 30 ml (2 tbsp) unrefined cocoa butter
- Glass measuring cup
- 30 ml (2 tbsp) carrier oil (coconut oil or sweet almond oil)
- 8 ml (1/2 tbsp) glycerine
- Microwave oven
- 5 ml (1 tsp) vitamin E oil
- 8 ml (1/2 tbsp) synthetic fragrance oil or essential oil
- Clean food-safe container with lid
Scoop the unrefined cocoa butter into a glass measuring cup with a fork. Because cocoa butter is naturally abundant in vitamin E, it makes a soothing body cream base that reportedly balances and hydrates skin.
Measure the carrier oil of your choice and set it aside. Coconut oil and sweet almond oil lend nourishing properties and a luxurious feel, and they are easily obtainable. Other oils such as avocado and grapeseed are also recommended for combatting dry skin.
Measure out the glycerine and set aside. Glycerine, a vegetable-derived humectant, adds additional moisturising properties to handmade whipped body butter.
Place the glass measuring cup containing the cocoa butter in a microwave oven and heat it on high in 45-second intervals. After every 45 seconds, stir the cocoa butter with a spoon then place it back in the microwave for another 45 seconds until fully melted. Do not allow cocoa butter to boil. Once fully melted, remove it from the microwave.
Mix the carrier oil and glycerine with the melted cocoa butter in the glass measuring cup. Use a spoon to combine the ingredients.
Stir the vitamin E oil into the cocoa butter mixture in the glass measuring cup. While vitamin E is not a preservative, it is an antioxidant, reducing the rate of oxidation in the carrier oil and, therefore, leading to a longer shelf life.
Stir the synthetic fragrance oil or essential oil into the glass measuring cup ingredients if you want a fragrance. Using an essential oil in your whipped body butter cream has added benefits, such as calming lavender, invigorating citrus or a woods cypress oil. Synthetic fragrance oils come in unconventional scents such but do not have health properties.
Whip your finished cream base with the fork. Achieve a fluffy texture that is worthy of the whipped butter body cream name. For a fluffier texture, add glycerine.
Package your handmade whipped body butter in clean, food-safe container. An example is a recycled glass jar with a lid that properly closes. A wide-mouth jar works best so that you can scoop the body butter out as needed.
Tips and warnings
- Sterilise and clean all equipment and containers that you use in this project.
- As delicious as your new whipped body butter may look and smell, do not consume it.
- Avoid exposing your whipped body butter to moisture. Keep the lid on your container when it is not in use.
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