recipe by Dr. Meghan Birt CECP/CBCP

This is my first DIY skincare post I’ve done and I am excited to pass it on to you! One thing you should know about me is that I love DIY skin and hair care. There are a lot of good products out there to buy, but the very natural and organic ones can be pretty pricey. Did you know that you can make a lot of the same type of products for a fraction of the cost at home? And in some things, the at home ones are even better. So how about it… DIY Whipped Body Butter?

The idea for this body butter came to me because I love to make Christmas gifts for my friends. Last year was homemade vanilla. But this year was this recipe for whipped body butter. It was so fun to make, bottle up and then give it to my friends. It’s just a little personal touch I love doing!

This body butter is one of the most nourishing things I’ve put on my skin. I love it. It’s so luscious! I think it could heal the most chapped lips and cracked elbows. It has some powerful healing oils in it. It is also a fun and easy recipe to make. It only takes 4 ingredients, a little time and a good mixer. I used my Kitchen Aid mixer and it worked amazing. But you could also use a hand mixer it just takes a little more elbow grease and potentially a helper to hold the bowl.

Below is a few pictures so you can get a better idea on how to do all of the steps

Ingredients

1 1/4 cup raw shea butter (I bought mine in bulk and it was very yellow)

3/4 cup organic coconut oil

1/2 cup sweet almond oil

15-40 drops essential oil of your choice. (I made one batch with lavender oil and the other one rosemary/ peppermint)

 

Directions

  • In a double boiler on the stove melt the shea butter and oils together until they are completely melted and mixed together. A double boiler is a saucepan with 1-2 inches of water that is barely boiling (I keep it on medium or medium-low) and a stainless steel bowl sitting on top of it with the oils in it. That way the bowl gets warm but the contents are not directly on the heat. Saves from heating unevenly and burning the oils. The double boiler is a very important step in the making of the body butter
  • Once the oils are melted put the bowl in the fridge and cool until the oils cool and turn opaque and almost solidified. That’s when you know it is ready. This can take 2-3 hours. Don’t rush this step or your body butter won’t whip well (and you’ll end up putting it back in the fridge to “set” it more anyways)
  • Put the almost solidified oil into a mixing bowl and add the essential oils
  • Turn the mixer on high and beat the oils until it starts to whip. It will look like a mixture between egg whites and whipped cream and it will lighten in color from when it was just the oil too
  • Either scoop into glass storage containers or fill the body butter in a quart sized storage bag, clip the end off, and fill smaller glass jars. When you pipe it out of the bag you don’t get air bubbles in the body butter
  • Store at room temperature or in the fridge. If the body butter gets too warm it will melt and un-whip. You can always re-whip it when it cools down

The body butter right out of the fridge and getting ready to whip. Notice how yellow it starts!

In the process of whipping! You can tell it is already starting to lighten in color

Done whipping, the color is so much lighter

Piping the body butter into the 2 oz containers I gave as gifts

How excited are you to try this? Have you ever made any of your own lotions, face or hair products?

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