DIY Cocoa Peppermint Whipped Body Butter

May 9, 2016

Whipped Body Butter is the first DIY body product I ever made and is still the one I make the most often. There are so many reasons I love this nourishing recipe. Before using homemade body butter, I had only ever used lotion. The first time I applied body butter to my skin, the results were soft and silky, with a healthy glow. I never went back to traditional lotions. Here are some of the reasons YOU should make your own body butter.

Healthy and Toxin-Free

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Body butter is made with oils and butter, with NO water. When you buy most lotions in the store, you are paying for mostly water. When you add water to your DIY recipes, bacteria can grow and the shelf life is limited. Often there are preservatives, like parabens, added to conventional body lotions. Parabens are a known endocrine disrupter and can lead to breast cancer and cause reproductive issues. 

Customizable Nourishment

Because body butter is rich in natural butters, oils, and essential oils, they provide long-term moisture and help to tone skin. Water-based lotions provide short-term moisture and minimal healing qualities. You can add specific oils for desired results, such as rosehip oil for anti-aging or cypress essential oil to minimize spider veins.

Giftable

Since body butter is customizable, it makes a PERFECT gift for anyone. You can really show someone you care by whipping up a special batch in their favorite scent, just for them! I like to use recycled glass jars or small mason jars to store my body butter. You can make a custom label and add decorative string or ribbon.

Now that you’ve learned how body butter is healthy, nourishing, and giftable, here is the recipe so you can make your own!

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DIY Cocoa Butter Peppermint Body Butter

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1/2 cup unrefined shea butter
  • 1/2 cup unrefined cocoa butter (cocoa butter has a natural “chocolate” scent that compliments peppermint well. You could substitute mango butter, which has less scent)
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup liquid oils such as almond and jojoba or any combination of oils (such as hemp seed, rosehip seed, sunflower seed, grapeseed, avocado, olive, etc.)
  • 2 Tbsp. arrowroot powder (helps the oils from the body butter to sink into the skin faster, you could substitute corn starch)
  • 1 tsp.vitamin E oil (optional – helps to moisturize skin and to keep the oils from going rancid longer)
  • 10 drops (or more) dōTERRA® Peppermint essential oil

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Combine the butters and coconut oil in a glass Pyrex measuring cup or large jar. I like to designate a special jar to reuse to make this body butter. 

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2. Once the mixture has completely melted, turn heat to low and allow mixture to sit for 20 minutes at melted temperature. After 20 minutes, remove from heat and place in the freezer for about 5 minutes. You could also use an ice bath.

3. In a small glass bowl, combine liquid oils, vitamin E oil, and arrowroot powder. I like to whip the arrowroot powder in with a fork.

4. Check on the butters. When they are about halfway hardened you are ready to whip your body butter.

5. Pour in the liquid oil/arrowroot powder mixture and whip with a hand mixer. I like to use my whipping attachment. I use a fork to break up the hardened chunks from the edges first to speed up the whipping process.

6. Thoroughly whip the body butter until is it smooth, creamy, and has no chunks. The color should change from tan to almost white.
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7. If adding essential oils, this would be the point that you would add them into the butter. You can divide your body butter into separate bowls and customize each container individually if you like.

Have you ever made your own Whipped Body Butter? If so, what is your favorite recipe?

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