Body Butter In the Extreme

One of the things you realize quickly once you start using Essential Oils and researching healthy alternatives, is that you can formulate different items you usually buy in stores, with who knows what in them, but in a healthy and even beneficial way.

Body butters are very easy to make.  You need to make sure to keep your proportion of solid oils and butters and liquid oil to 3:1.  I say solid oils, because Organic Coconut Oil is solid at room temperature and for this purpose is considered a solid.  For every 1 1/2 cups of solid butter or oil, add 1/2 cup of a liquid oil.  The liquid can be any that you choose.  Use a skin nourishing oil.  Olive oil, almond oil, jojoba oil, grape seed oil, or safflower oil will work fine as will many others.  Then add a teaspoon of Vitamin E.  That’s it, except for the essential oil of your choice which should be added after cooling before whipping stage.

There is a trick in keeping your butters from being gritty.  Keep the oils in the double boiler on very low heat after they melt for 20 minutes.  In fact please remove the word boil from your consciousness.  The butters should never “boil.”  We buy raw butters for a reason.  Don’t cook it out. You may have to wait longer, but keep your heat very low.  Most butters will melt at just above room temperature, all become liquid at around 90 degrees.  Be patient.

After the 20 minutes, put the top of the double boiler in ice water and wait for it to cool slightly.  When you start to see it solidify on the sides of the bowl, it’s time to get busy with your mixer.  Leave it in the ice water while you do this.  It speeds the process.  Add the Essential Oils of your choice, and beat it up like you’re making frosting. Scrape the sides of the bowl to keep the solidifying butters involved in the process.  It’s easy to beat, begins to solidify as you beat, and begins to look like frosting.

Mango butter is white.  It is made from the seed of the mango, so don’t expect it to smell like mango.  That was a disappointment.  However it is pretty much unscented, so whatever oil you put in it will not be overpowered.  It has some skin protective qualities where sun is concerned, so I was not concerned making a body butter with Citrus Bliss, a heavenly blend of Citrus oils with a little vanilla, that is usually referred to as Invigorating Blend.

Citrus Bliss is a a mood supportive blend of oils that helps to energize you and lift your spirits. CitrusBliss_InvigoratingThere are UV cautions after application but in this case, in its diluted quantity in the Mango Butter which naturally protects your skin from sunburn, it should not be an issue.

Combine these in the top of a double boiler over low heat:
1 Cup of Raw Mango Butter (get it here
1/2 Cup Organic Coconut Butter (I get it at BJ’s but it’s available everywhere, including Amazon).
1/2 Cup of liquid oil of your choice. Use cold pressed.
1 tsp. Raw Organic Vitamin E (optional).

Once the oil melts (and this could take a while, but be patient-you don’t want to cook out all of the good stuff), let it stay over the heat for 20 minutes.  After 20 minutes, take the top of the double boiler and set it in a bowl of ice water.  Don’t let any water get into the oils.

BodyButterAfter about 15 or 20 minutes you’ll start to see a layer of solids on the outside of the bowl.  Now add about 30-40 drops of Citrus Bliss (or the oil of your choice which you can get here: .  Stop adding when it smells the way you want it to.  Scrape the sides of the bowl with your spoon and start beating.  Once it’s the consistency of creamy frosting, it’s time to load it into your jars.  This recipe will fill almost four 4 oz jars.

Hints: You can replace the Mango Butter with Cocoa Butter, Shea Butter, or any butter as long as you keep those proportions.  They do have more of a scent, so might need more Essential Oil to get your desired result.

Happy buttering!



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