Hang on to your pretty panties ladies. Who doesn't like body butters. OMG, you have to try this one. It is light and creamy and smells so darn good I could bite myself. This is a very decadent cream to use everywhere. You will find people congregating around you because you smell so chocolatey good.
This a wonderful dare I say excellent yummy body butter you will want to use again and again. It feels so fresh, smooth and chocolaty that it's begging to be eaten off your skin.
You could use other scents like raspberry etc. Make your own up. I however will stick to chocolate. Who doesn't like chocolate? Here is the recipe in it's entirety and exactly as I found it. from http://www.mommypotamus.com/category/blog/health-blog/natural-beauty/ What an interesting site. If you can improve this body butter p-l-e-a-s-e let me know.
You could use alternatives like Argan oil or emu oil which helps arthritis, fevers and coughs when used with a little eucalyptus oil. Great for grandma's arthritis. It may not smell as pretty but will soften her skin and help with the pain. Much nicer than that junk from the store, and you made it for her. Experiment and have fun.
- 1/2 cup of Cocoa Butter (find it at the same source as the coconut oil – it’s listed as cacao butter)
- 1/2 cup mango or Shea Butter (you can also substitute another 1/2 cup cocoa butter. It will be a smidge less “light” when whipped up, but it is amazing!)
- 1/2 cup Coconut Oil (find coconut oil here)
- 1/2 cup of Jojoba or a mild Olive Oil (almond oil can also be used but it will decrease shelf life because it is more vulnerable to oxidation)
- 1-2 teaspoons Peppermint essential oil (depending on preference)
- 2 tablespoons pure Cocoa powder (if you would prefer a “white chocolate” version that is not a bronzer, substitute arrowroot powder or non-GMO cornstarch)
- 2 teaspoons naturally derived vitamin E (optional)
- Prepare an ice bath by filling a large bowl with ice and fitting a smaller bowl inside. The inside bowl needs to be able to hold at least 4-5 cups of liquid.
- Using a double boiler or a pot of boiling water with a smaller pot fitted inside, melt cocoa butter and mango butter over a low simmer.
- Add coconut oil and melt until completely liquid.
- Remove cocoa butter/coconut oil mixture from heat.
- Measure 5 teaspoons of cocoa powder into a small bowl and gradually add several tablespoons of jojoba/almond/olive oil. Mix thoroughly and then add to cocoa butter/coconut oil mixture along with remaining jojoba/almond/olive oil.
- Place mixture in chilled bowl (which should still be resting above the ice bowl) and allow to cool for 10 minutes.
- Remove mixture from ice bath and whip until stiff peaks form. If after a few minutes it does not seem to be thickening return the bowl to the ice bath and whip there.
- Store in an airtight jar* – Amber or cobalt are best but a clear jar is fine if kept out of direct sunlight (which promotes oxidation).
This recipe contains no preservatives, but the oils and butters themselves have been selected because they are naturally antimicrobial. Cold-pressed, high quality oils are recommended as lower quality oils can go rancid quickly. Assuming quality oils are used this body butter can be expected to stay fresh at room temp between 3-6 months without the optional Vitamin E. With the Vitamin E it can stay fresh for up to a year. Always use clean hands when scooping out a little whipped decadence!
*If this butter is stored in a very warm environment it will melt. No fear, though, just chill and re-whip into decadent body care goodness!