One of my favorite things about making my own body care products is that I can customize them exactly how I want. Cinnamon and clay in my acne blasting, pore cleansing face mask? I can do that. Pumpkin spice in my body scrub? I can do that too. Tea tree in my toner for blemishes? Yep, that too.
Essential oils are a great way to add some pizazz to your body care products, even when you just want them to smell good. Like this diy chocolate mint body butter. It feels so creamy and luscious on your skin. And the mint chocolate scent makes me hungry.
This isn’t one of those fake fragrance oil scents though, made out of who knows what chemicals. Did you know these fragrance manufacturers won’t tell you what chemicals are in their proprietary blend, in order to keep it secret!?
What’s so Great About These Ingredients?
Shea butter– This semi-soft butter is full of skin healthy vitamins A and E. These properties make it a great ingredient for those with inflammatory skin conditions, like eczema and dermatitis. It’s also helpful for reducing wrinkles and increasing overall skin appearance. It’s quite thick and greasy when used alone, which is why I like to combine it with other oils in body care products. (source)
Coconut Oil– This versatile oil is a great way to repair damaged hair, bump up your daily nutrition or moisturize and repair your skin. It has antioxidant properties that fight free radical damage for tighter, more supple skin. It’s also a good one to have on hand because of it’s blemish fighting antibacterial properties. (source)
Cocoa Butter– Not only does this lend products it’s amazing chocolate scent, but it’s readily absorbed by your skin for superb moisturizing. It’s also another great antioxidant to protect the health and youthful appearance of skin (source).
I’ve found that any one of these ingredients by themselves makes my skin feel too greasy, since shea butter and coconut oil are heavy. However, when they’re all combined they magically work together for a super moisturizing, yet non greasy feel. It takes a minute for it to sink into the skin, but they penetrate deep for very soft skin.
This recipe is adapted from the e-book “My Buttered Life.”
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DIY Chocolate Mint Whipped Body Butter
Mountain Rose Herbs has a great selection of high quality unrefined butters and oils. Click on the ingredients above to see where to buy.
- In a saucepan over very low heat combine all of the ingredients. I like to place my pot on the scale, hit the tare button, and then measure each ingredient, hitting tare between each one. Then just transfer the pot to the stove.
- Stir gently with a metal spoon until everything is melted. Do NOT use a wooden spoon as it’s impossible to clean after this!
- Once melted pour into a glass or metal mixing bowl and transfer to the fridge or freezer. If using the freezer be sure to stir every 3 minutes.
- Once the mix has become solid, but not really hard, it’s ready to whip.
- Using a stand or hand mixer beat this on medium speed for about 10 minutes, constantly scraping the sides. You want it to look light and fluffy, like whipped cream.
- Transfer to glass jars to store.
- These will melt in higher temps. If that happens, simply cool down and rewhip!
This recipe was adapted from the e- book “The Buttered Life.” There are so many good recipes in here! Below is the table of contents.
What is My Buttered Life?
The Story Behind It
My Shopping List
Chocolate Body Mousse
Flavored Lip Balm
Chocolate Peppermint Lotion Bar
Scented and Shaped Lotion Bars
3 Projects in One
Occasions for Giving
Where to Purchase Supplies
This book is normally $5 but is included when you also purchase a diy kit from the company. You can also purchase these supplies from Mountain Rose Herbs or the Bulk Herb Store. You may be able to find some on Amazon for cheaper, but I’ve found it hard to find reliable quality and customer service through Amazon when buying natural oils and butters.
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