DIY: Homemade Whipped Shea and Cocoa Body Butter
Body butter is one of those luxurious body care products that I covet. For a long-time I used store bought and recently discovered that with so few ingredients and with my trusty boy-friend on the case (vitamix for life) … that I could make my own at a fraction of the cost!
Shea and cocoa are my two favourite types of base carriers for any moisturizing cream or body butter, and since making it on my own I decided to merge the two together. I think the best part about making my own apothecary products is how completely customizable they are. You could use mango butter or other oils in this or just one base butter. It’s all up to you!
I used to alternate between using coconut oil and the body butters I purchased to moisturize as I found that while the coconut oil absorbed really quickly, I still felt a bit dry after a while. I thought I could just get away with using the raw cocoa or shea butter a few times a week or as needed, but it’s quite heavy on it’s own and takes a long-time to absorb. The remedy has been to experiment and combine my favourite ingredients until I found something that mimiced my store purchases in texture, feel, absorbency and moisturizing staying power.
The medium-chain triglycerides contained in coconut oil sink deep into your skin, having a theurapeutic effect on healing and moisturizing and promoting regenerative skin cell growth. A light, hypo-allergenic moisturizer that absorbs quickly; coconut oil makes for a great carrier when making homemade apothecary products.
This is the big daddy of moisturizers for your skin. Rich in vitamin E and A, this is another hypo-allergenic, rich and deeply moisturizing raw form of HYDRATION for skin of all ages.
Aside from the fact that it smells AMAZING, cocoa butter can help improve skin elasticity and tone. This is another one that has fabulous anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, while also being widely noted to help reduce stretch marks and scars.
Both anti-inflammatory and rich in antioxidants, rose water is a holistic approach to help strengthen skin cells and regenerate skin tissue. I tried it on a whim, also loving it’s delicate scent, knowing that I wanted to add water to the equation with the hopes of making a more stabalized, less greasy cream! This was the ticket!
Rich in E, A and D, ioleic and linoleic acids, almond oil It is mostly used as a skin care product for its moisturizing, anti-inflammatory properties.
The first few times I made this I just did it in the vitamix and didn’t bother whipping it. The addition of the waters (see ingredient card below) and working it with my stand mixer have been my two most recent test-kitchen trials, providing me with the airy, fluffy, stiff peaks of luxurious body butter that wasn’t too greasy, yet deeply soothing. Finally! So whip it, even with a hand-mixer, all those little air pockets really make a difference and actually produce a greater quantity of body butter!
- 1 c. pure, unrefined shea butter
- 1 c. pure, unrefined cocoa butter
- ½ c. organic cold pressed coconut oil
- ¼ c. rose water
- ¼ c. filtered water
- 2 tbsp. almond oil (optional)
- Optional: 20-30 drops of essential oils. I love a combo of wild chamomile, (wild is especially potent, you only need a few drops) lavender and orange. You can leave it on it's own though, shea and cocoa butters smell delectable!
- Put all of your ingredients in a high powered blender (vitamix or blendtec works wonderfully for this), if you don't have a high powered one, melt the ingredients in a double boiler or in a dutch oven), and flip to the soup setting to emulsify. You may have to do it a couple of times to get it all really well blended.
- Place blender in the fridge for a couple of hours and scoop out (using a stand or hand mixer) to whip into stiff peaks.
- Jar and enjoy! This also makes a lovely gift.
- At 75 degrees or higher, your cream may soften and need to be kept at the fridge, but it will stay whipped at lower temperatures! Since I live in the polar vortex, this isn't a problem in the least till summer-time, and yet only on super hot days have I found that if gets a bit melty.