Want a luscious creamy butter that you can slather on your skin? Try out this simple and easy body butter recipe for a welcome change!
Most body butter recipes require using heat, but while heating, butters tend to lose their benefits fairly. It is quite tricky to adjust temperature when using direct heat, or other times when different types of butters are used.
Besides, when you don’t use heat, the ingredients are wholesome and in their natural form. You get the most benefits, straight off them. Don’t you think so? It is easy and you don’t need a double boiler, or wait for it to cool down before adding heat-sensitive ingredients like essential oils.
After thinking for a while, I came up with the idea to create body butter without using heat. So, ready for the recipe?
Shea Butter – ¼ Cup
Mango Butter – 1 Cup
Apricot Oil – ¼ Cup
Grapeseed Oil – 4 Tbsp.
Wheat Germ Oil – 2 Tbsp. (optional)
Vitamin E Oil – 2 Tbsp.
Jojoba Oil – 4 Tbsp.
Essential Oil – 10 – 15 drops
As mentioned earlier, we are not using heat to melt the butter. This means, you should find other ways to get the ingredients to blend. One way is to whip it! However, you cannot whip it manually. You are better off using an electric blender to save time and efforts. You can also use a blender for this purpose.
If you are using a blender, just add all the ingredients and whip till it’s done. You can add the essential oils once they start to form a whipped consistency.
Once they’re blended well and whipped well, you are all set to slather it!
How to Use it?
You can slather this body butter whenever you need moisture, or after shower. Gently massage the butter on your face or body, using your fingers in gentle circular motions. If you think the recipe looks greasy, check the tweaking tips for an idea on how to make changes to the recipe.
Tweaking the Recipe
Mango butter does have a faint mango smell, but Shea butter is fairly odor-free. If you are happy with the Mango butter smell, you don’t need to add essential oils.
You can choose any essential oil of your choice, though I find sweet tangerine, vanilla or spicy oils like cinnamon good with this recipe. Depending on the season, or your requirement, you can choose your essential oils. You can also skip them entirely. For example, you can choose sweet tangerine oil for an uplifting fragrance or use heating oils like peppermint or cinnamon for their warming effect if you’re planning to use this as a winter rescue!
The base oils can be chosen according to your preference, much like the body butters. Feel free to choose any body butter you like and experiment with different base oils. Kokum butter is another option you can try, though it is not as popular or easy to get as Cocoa, Shea or Mango butters.
I chose Apricot, Jojoba and Grape Seed oils as they’re light. I added Wheat germ oil for its benefits and Vitamin E oil as a preservative and for benefits. However, you can skip Wheat germ and Vitamin E oils, if you don’t prefer it. Both Vitamin E and Wheat Germ oils are greasy and thick, besides, Wheat Germ oil smells nutty and not many like it.
If you are allergic to any oils, skip it and substitute with other suitable base oils.
Though body butters are typically for winters, you can use them anytime depending on the ingredients. Besides, it is great for those with sensitive or dry skin.
I did not use cocoa butter, though I absolutely love its smell as it can trigger acne breakouts by clogging pores. On the other hand, Shea butter is lighter and does not clog pore. A good option for those prone to acne, or have visible pores.
Like always, feel free to tweak the recipe to suit your preference and requirements. After all, we love DIY recipes because we can tweak them, right? Don’t have time for DIY recipes? Try Revitol products for your skin problems.