Monday, September 30, 2013

Mad Body Butter

September means colder weather is coming, so what better to make than a scrumptious body butter.  I love the recipes from the mommypotamus, and this one is a definite win.  All we did differently was add some different essential oils based on the preferences of the mixers.

Unlike the vast majority of lotions out there, this stuff is TRUE moisture for your body. A little bit goes a long way. And even though you'll WANT to eat it, don't. It doesn't taste as good as it smells! (although it is 100% organic!)

Mad Body Butter Recipe:


4 oz organic, raw unrefined shea butter
4 oz organic, raw unrefined cocoa butter
4 oz organic, virgin coconut oil
4 oz organic olive oil
2 Tablespoons non-GMO constarch (like Remford's)
10 drops peppermint essential oil
10 drops rosemary essential oil

If you are a vanilla sugar kinda girl, you can substitute the peppermint and rosemary for 1 teaspoon of pure vanilla fragrance oil.  Add 5 drops of cinnamon essential oil for a warming body butter that smells like Thanksgiving and Christmas.  Insanely yummy (again, smelling not tasting).

FYI, I have been really happy with the quality and the the price of the ingredients I have purchased through Essential Depot.com


Directions:

Melt the first 4 ingredients over the double boiler (med heat). Try not to boil, just stir and melt.  The less you heat the shea butter, the more you preserve it's inherent healing properties!
When you have a darkish and translucent liquid, remove from heat and gradually stir in the cornstarch.
Add the essential oils (or vanilla fragrance oil) and stir well
Cool the mixture either by ice bath or by putting directly into the refrigerator
Once the mixture is cool, it will appear opaque and off-white in color.
Whip using an electric hand mixer. Whip at least 5 minutes and maybe more if you still don't the desired consistency
Transfer to your containers for storage. I like to use these glass jars with the air tight seal.

This recipe yields 3 of these 7 oz jars plus a little extra.

Note: Do not store products with citrus oils in plastic containers. It is best to use amber or cobalt glass to minimize oxidation. However, clear glass is fine if kept out of direct sunlight.