As Fall approaches I am called to the simple things like candle making, crafting, and preparing my family for the upcoming season. I find nostalgia in the season changes, especially Fall. Certain smells like warm beeswax and apple crisp bring me to a specific moment in my life. It's a beautiful and a powerful thing.
le sigh I digress.....
Winter for our household means dry, itchy, skin... well at least it did before I found this amazing whipped body butter! It soothes and nourishes our skin like nothing I've ever tried! I will warn you it's a bit greasy, my husband actually stained clothes of his with his oily hands, so be careful!
Doesn't this body butter look delicious! Seriously- edible!
One of my favorite things about this Recipe is the fact that it is Gluten Free and Vegan- which makes my heart so happy because I am able to give this as a gift to so many of my friends I love.
I made a few minor touches to the original recipe to make it more of a "whipped" consistency that didn't harden- my original batch would solidify after time sitting in the drawer, this newer version is perfect.
1/4 cup Cocoa butter
1/4 cup Almond oil, sweet
1/4 cup Shea butter
1/2 cup Coconut oil (liquid form)
1/4 cup of beeswax
10 drops of any Young Living Essential oil (optional
The Instructions for both my recipe and the original verison
Combine all ingredients, except the essential oils into double boiler (this is basically getting one pot adding water, then putting the ingredients into another pot, and placing it inside the water pot to melt)
I started off by turning the stove on high, then once the water (double boiler water pot) began to boil I turned it down to low. You will to completely melt all the ingredients.
Once they are all melted remove from the heat and allow to come to room temperature. This will allow the mixture to partially settle (get hard on the top). But because I'm patient I did put mine in the freezer to speed the process. AND then because I have ADHD I forgot to take it out and had to boil again a little longer *ugh* (only like 5 mins).
Once the mixture is partially set, add the essential oils of your choice, and whip with a hand mixer or stand mixer until the body butter is fluffy and stiff peaks have formed. If you aren't getting peaks, then perhaps it is not hardened enough- this part is a bit trial and error, but once you figure it out you'll breeze through future batches.