It’ll make you want to eat it.
Cacao powder, cinnamon, nutmeg-all whipped up into a creamy spread. This whipped body butter looks and smells so yummy you’ll want to eat it. But, seriously…don’t.
Although it’s perfectly harmless (which I LOVE), it’s not all that tasty–as a few of my family members can attest. This past weekend, I made this whipped body butter as Christmas gifts for friends. Ezra (my son), only a toddler, couldn’t understand why I wouldn’t let him lick the whisk. My husband, not a toddler, did lick the whisk. No, dear. It’s for your body, not your mouth. Sorry, honey!
Later, I handed a jar to my mom and before I knew it, she’d scooped up a glob into her mouth. Needless to say, after a quick explanation that it was BODY butter, she was NOT happy. Lesson learned: label your jars.
Once clearly labeled, whipped body butter can be enjoyed by all! It’s homemade with all-natural ingredients, moisturizes and nourishes the skin, AND imparts a sun-kissed glow.
DIY: Bronzing Whipped Body Butter
1 cup (8 oz) shea butter
1/2 cup coconut oil
1/2 cup good olive oil
1-2 Tablespoons cocoa or cacao powder
1 teaspoon naturally-derived Vitamin E oil (optional)
5-10 drops essential oil (I used peppermint)
2 Tablespoons ground cinnamon
(if you use cinnamon, make sure it is very finely ground)
- Shea butter can be substituted for cocoa butter
- Olive oil can be substituted for sweet almond oil, or jojoba oil or something similar
- choose an essential oil that is “skin-friendly”–not all essential oils are
- Bronzing body butter will remain whipped at room temperature unless it’s very hot. In hotter climates, store in the fridge. Otherwise, just store in an airtight container!
- The Vitamin E helps preserve the bronzing body butter for up to one year.
- Depending on how dark you want your bronzer, add more cacao powder. Since I have very fair skin, I only add 1 tablespoon.
- *The photos above are taken without the cinnamon and nutmeg. I added that later to get a more sun-kissed glow, so the body butter will look darker than photographed.
- Using a double boiler (or a small bowl that fits over a small pot), melt the shea butter and coconut oil on low heat. When they become completely liquified, remove from heat. Let cool for 30 minutes.
- Then mix in the olive oil, cacao powder (and cinnamon if desired), essential oil and vitamin E.
- Place the oil mixture in the freezer to firm up.
- When the oil mixture is partially solidified, remove from freezer and whip the partially-solidified mixture until peaks form. (The consistency will be like whipped butter!)
- Scoop into a clean, glass jar.
Ps. It makes a great gift! Did I mention you should label it, though!?
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