Tuesday, May 27, 2014
Whipped Cocoa and Shea Body Butter
I first got the idea to make a whipped coconut moisturizer from Juliana (thanks for the inspiration!) then from a mashup of whipped coconut and/or shea butter recipes that I found hanging around the internet. Not that there was too much to modify, cause this recipe is so simple! If you're not feeling the shea butter, go ahead and try mango butter instead.
This recipe makes for a wonderfully light and airy body butter that soaks right into your skin. Kukui nut oil is rich in linoleic and alpha-linoleic essential fatty acids. It is used not only to moisturize and nourish dry skin but can also help ameliorate sunburns, eczema, and acne. Macadamia nut oil absorbs readily into the skin because it closely resembles the chemical makeup of sebum and is used to heal scars, minor wounds, and environmentally damaged skin. It also contributes a wonderful nutty aroma to the body butter, and combined with the cocoa butter and coconut oil, this stuff smells good enough to eat with a fork.
It's a body butter, so feel free to slather it on. You'll find that a little bit goes a long way. I've been using it as an all purpose moisturizer: lip balm, hand cream, night time facial moisturizer, and a sunburn soother. It's good at everything! If you would like to add some essential oils, add 10 to 30 drops halfway through the whipping process, but as I mentioned before it smells pretty delicious as is.
½ cup shea butter
½ cup cocoa butter or mango butter
½ cup coconut oil
¼ cup macadamia nut oil
¼ cup kukui nut oil (also known as candlenut oil)
1. Melt all the oils using a double boiler, making sure to stir as they heat up. When everything liquefies and blends together, remove from heat and let sit for about 15 minutes to cool.
2. Put the bowl of oils in the fridge and cool completely. This will take about an hour.
3. Remove from fridge and whip with a hand mixer until it's all nice and fluffy.
4. Put it back in the fridge for 15 minutes to set.
5. Transfer the whipped butter to glass jars for storage and enjoy. If you live in a warm climate you might need to keep it in the fridge to prevent melting and resulting negation of whipped goodness.