25 August 2011

this is for the ladies

One of my new favorite things . . . it's rather luscious. My goal is to have fewer and fewer "conventional" products in the bathroom, the kind with five hundred unpronounceable ingredients, and replace them with the simplest elements (like pure almond oil) or homemade blends like this one. 

Creamy Body Butter

3/4 cup raw shea butter or kpangnan butter
1/2 cup extra virgin coconut oil
1 teaspoon arrowroot
2-3 capsules vitamin E
1 tablespoon essential oils, your choice*

1) Melt shea butter and coconut oil together on very low heat, just until liquid, stirring frequently. Don't overheat or the mixture may become gritty.
2) Pour into stainless steel bowl and add remaining ingredients. (Puncture the vitamin E capsules and squeeze out the contents into the bowl.)
3) Using electric beaters, whip ingredients together for 1-2 minutes. I just use my stand mixer for this.
4) Pour mixture into a pretty glass jar and screw on the lid. Place in freezer for several hours until body butter has firmer consistency, then store at room temperature, where it should have a soft and creamy texture. Use as you would any all-over moisturizer.

*I used a combination of lavender and ylang-ylang.

1 comment:

  1. This is a great recipe! I, too like to cut down on those store bought products:). I can't wait to try it!!