I would shrivel up and crumble into flaky pieces without this body butter. I envy people who can wash and not put on a moisturizer and be fine with it. How?! It’s like they have magical skin. I was dealt some bad, dry-skin genes and I just have to deal with it. When my skin gets wet, I slather on the protective layer of emollient goodness that my body refuses to make on its own. (OK, I know it does. It’s just that as a 21st century human, I’m hell-bent on making sure it’s constantly getting washed off. Avoiding typhoid fever and whatnot is a plus, but it wreaks havoc on the skin. You can’t have it all.)
This whipped body butter is what I use when I step out of the shower. It’s thick and creamy and delightful to spread on. The best part? It’s 100% natural. Look at the list of ingredients on conventional lotion. What the hell is methylparaben? I’ll tell you what it is. It’s a carcinogen. It’s also a preservative, so the lotion doesn’t go bad. That’s because there’s probably water in there, which will breed bacteria if you don’t have the preservative. But you don’t need water. You just stepped out of the shower. You’re wet! You just need oil. And you don’t need that oil to be petrolatum — see that list again — a by-product of petroleum. You can use the wonderful oils made by coconuts and mangoes and cocoa beans. That sounds much more appealing, no?
This whipped body butter just takes a little elbow grease (that you probably washed off) and you’ve got yourself a lovely little batch of homemade, natural goodness that you can feel good about putting on yourself. And on others, too. It makes a cute gift. (For both men and women. Dry skin is an equal opportunity affliction.)
Note: I use this on my body, but for my hands I use a different product — hands-down the most amazing hand cream ever, which I will be sharing in an upcoming post. This might seem oily to you at first, but I find that it sinks right in. Just towel off first so you’re skin is damp still but not wet and this settles in right away. The butter remains fluffy and whipped at room temperature, but turns liquid when warm. You can always whip it back into shape again if it melts.
I use mango and cocoa butters, but you can try different combinations. Basically, you want a 75% solid oil to 25% liquid oil ratio. Here I have mango, cocoa and coconut as my solids and jojoba — I love this stuff and can’t say enough — as my liquid. (Coconut oil turns liquid at warmer temperatures, but it’s considered a solid.) You could swap shea for the mango and cocoa butters. Or just use mango. See what you like. Maybe you’ll want to use sweet almond oil or grapeseed instead of jojoba. Keep the ratio 75/25 and you’ll be good. You can also add in some essential oils for fragrance. There isn’t water in here, so you don’t need to worry about it going bad. I like to put some in a large jar for my bathroom, and some in a little one for my travel bag.
- ¼ cup mango butter
- ¼ cup cocoa butter
- ¼ cup coconut oil
- ¼ cup jojoba oil
- Use a double boiler (I placed a metal bowl over a pot with an inch of water over medium heat) to melt the cocoa and mango butters and coconut oil. Once melted, add in the jojoba oil.
- Chill in the freezer until the mixture becomes firm, maybe about 20 minutes. But check it; don’t leave it in long enough that it becomes solid again. (If that happens, just gently melt it again and start over.) It will go from transparent to opaque.
- Use a mixer (hand mixing won’t be enough) and whip until it’s like delicious, creamy frosting. Whipping longer increases the fluffiness.
- Move the mixture to whatever containers you like. I prefer using glass jars instead of plastic.
Let me know how yours turns out or if you have questions. Happy moisturizing, and may your skin always be supple…