Coconut oil is the most versatile lipid ever. It’s tasty, whips like butter, is chock full of good cholesterol, and extremely nourishing to your skin. Seriously, if you don’t buy it in bulk you’re missing out.
One of my favorite things to do with coconut oil is to use it as a skin moisturizer because it’s very light and absorbs quickly. I just open the jar, and slather it on, face included(it has antibacterial properties too!) However, sometimes I like to mix it with other oils or butters and turn it into a lotion- it makes me feel a little more civilized.
For those of you that don’t use coconut oil on the reg, it has a very low melting point. This means that if you want it to have a more lotion-y feel you need to mix it with a lipid that has more structure, like Shea butter or cocoa butter.
The recipe for our fluffy, whipped body butter is very easy with only three ingredients, but you do have to be a little patient, as the oils have to cool after being melted.
I do have a few notes on the ingredients:
Coconut oil- It needs to be organic and unrefined. Any brand will work as long as it meets those requirements.
Cocoa butter- It has to be raw, organic cocoa butter. Usually, it will come in huge chunks like pictured above, and you just break off approximately how much you need. I ordered mine from Amazon, because it can be a little tricky to find in stores.
Essential oil- any oil will work. I just happened to have my Sweet Orange out from where I was making a sugar scrub, so that’s what I used. You can also skip adding a scent if you wish, since the cocoa butter does have a sweet, chocolate aroma. I just really love citrus scents. 😊
Ok, so now that you know what you need to gather up, let’s start makin’!
Add your cocoa butter to a microwave safe bowl and microwave on high for about 2 minutes, stirring every 30 seconds. Your butter will be hot when you remove it from the microwave so be careful. It should look like this when its fully melted:
Don’t worry about those little chunks in the bottom, they will melt from the surrounding heat. Now, add your coconut oil and give everything a good stir until your coconut oil is fully melted with your cocoa butter.
Once everything is well mixed, place the bowl in the fridge. This is where you have to be patient because you need to let the oils turn back to a soft solid state which takes around 90 minutes. This is what it looks like after 90 minutes:
Now, don’t flip out at this point and think you did something wrong, because it’s dense and waxy looking. It’s supposed to look like that. You’ve done everything right!
Grab your mixer (a hand mixer works better than a stand mixer) and begin whipping the butter. Make sure to scrape the sides of the bowl as you whip to make sure no dense pockets are left. Add your essential oil once your butter begins to fluff. You will need to whip on the highest setting for about 5 minutes to reach maximum fluff. When you’re finished it should have the consistency of whipped cream. If you’re not getting enough fluff, you can re-chill the mixture for about 20 minutes and whip again. Sometimes, if you’re room temperature is on the high side your oils will warm before enough air can he whipped into the butter. Re-chilling usually helps in those instances.
Once you’ve finished whipping, transfer the body butter to any container. You can store your butter almost anywhere, as the cocoa butter should have stabilized your coconut oil.
I keep mine on the side of my bathtub in a champagne saucer, but if that’s a bit too grand for you, you can store it in a mason jar. It should have a shelf life of about 3 months before the consistency begins to get strange.
I hope you enjoy!