Recipe – DIY Whipped Body Butter by Lorraine Dallmeier
It’s getting colder outside and winter is almost here. Even while wearing your thick winter clothes the cold temperatures and harsh winds can dry out your skin. So it’s a good idea to treat your skin with a lovely DIY Whipped Body Butter. And why not buy some kilner jars, make some labels and package up your body butter to give as Christmas gifts?
In order to make 100g of body butter, you will need:
· 15g cocoa butter
· 65g mango butter
· 10g sunflower oil
· 9g rosehip oil
· 5 drops of lavender essential oil
· 5 drops of German chamomile essential oil
Grate the cocoa butter into a double boiler. Add the mango butter, sunflower oil and rosehip oil. Warm the butters and oils together until they’ve just melted.
You want to cool down the mixture so you can start whisking it. You can either place it in the fridge and leave it for a good half hour before it’s cold enough that parts of it start solidifying again. The other option is to put it in the freezer until it is almost frozen.
Now add the essential oil drops and start whisking the body butter (preferably with an electric whisk) to make it fluffy and give it that ‘whipped’ look. The more you whisk it, the more it will start to take on that whipped texture. Keep whisking until the butter has almost doubled in size.
This recipe is suitable for most skin types. The best thing of all about this Whipped Body Butter is that you can play around with the percentages of butter and oil, the types of ingredients best suited to your skin and the fragrance that you want with it. That’s the fun of DIY beautycrafting!
Let’s have a look at what these ingredients will do in your DIY Whipped Body Butter.
Cocoa Butter is a yellowy hard butter which has a delicious chocolate scent. Cocoa butter is solid at room temperature but liquifies around body temperature so it melts when it comes into contact with our skin. This rich plant butter is highly moisturising and hydrating because of this melting point. Cocoa butter is also very high in antioxidants including Vitamin E, which provide fantastic anti-ageing properties that fight the activity of free radicals on your skin and help to keep your skin looking supple and young. Click here to read more about using cocoa in natural skincare.
Mango Butter is a slightly creamier butter which provides anti-inflammatory benefits for the skin. This butter is very moisturising and contains tannins which make it astringent and slightly less greasy than other butters.
Sunflower Oil is a versatile cold pressed plant oil to use in skincare products because it is light and suitable to most skin types. It contains more of those important essential fatty acids and is said to reduce pore size. Make sure you don’t just pick up a bottle from your local supermarket, check that the oil is cold pressed, unrefined and preferably organic.
Rosehip Oil is high in essential fatty acids, including the naturally occurring form of Vitamin A. These essential fatty acids smooth wrinkles by hydrating the skin and are thought to slow signs of ageing. Because of this high fatty acid content, rosehip seed oil penetrates the skin’s upper layers very quickly, making it an excellent moisturiser. Click here to see amazing before and after photos using rosehip oil to treat scars and wrinkles.
Lavender Essential Oil is credited with being anti-allergenic, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, antibacterial, antispasmodic, balancing, energising, soothing, healing, toning and stimulating. There doesn’t seem to be much that lavender cannot do for you (I also use it to clean my kitchen work surfaces!). Read more about lavender and its uses in skincare.
German Chamomile Essential Oil contains a long list of chemical compounds which are individually known for their skin soothing properties. Chamomile is a fabulous skincare herb and is suitable for all skin types. As it is so strongly anti-inflammatory, it is particularly suited to sensitive skins. Read more about chamomile and its uses in skincare.
Lorraine runs Herb & Hedgerow (www.herbhedgerow.co.uk), an artisan herbal beauty business based in Dorset, UK. She writes for the HerbBlurb blog about herbs for beauty and the science behind natural skincare. Herb & Hedgerow sells BeautyCraft app for iPhone – a beautifully illustrated recipe book with dozens of DIY natural beauty recipes. Follow Herb & Hedgerow on Facebook – www.facebook.com/HerbHedgerow