Natural whipped body butter. It’s as awesome as it sounds. I haven’t used a store bought body moisturiser for a good few years now. Hideously over priced, pthalates which disrupt our hormones hiding in the ‘fragrance’ ingredient, parabens, phenoxyethanol, unsustainable sulphates, petroleum based ingredients. I mean seriously.
While there are some gorgeous toxic free body moisturisers out there, I do love me a bit of DIY, if it’s easy and the product performs and this one really is and does!
It came about because I was sick of my coconut oil and cocoa butter situation in the winter time being hard as a rock and having to take into shower to soften it – which I invariably always forget, even though I came up with the idea… I needed something new. I also wanted to add subtle fragrance to my moisturiser and a couple of extra benefits, so I got to thinking and the whip was born.
What’s in it?
It’s an amazing anti fungal, anti bacterial, immune building, cellulite minimising, wrinkle diminishing, skin healing, protective… So much anecdotal evidence that shows coconut oil is also good for treating and healing dermatitis, eczema and even lice!
Containing Vitamins A, B1, B2, B3, C and E, it is a fabulous moisturiser great for stretch mark prevention and treatment as well as eczema and dermatitis. It’s also an all round wonderful barrier cream in harsh environmental conditions.
Magnesium is deficient in modern diets – especially due to the change in soil with modern produce growing and synthetic fertilisers. Our soil used to have buckets of it. Now? Not so much, except of course for organic soil. Magnesium is required by over 300 biochemical reactions in the body and essential to supplement in some way for a whole range of benefits. Over doing it can cause skin irritation, so stick to the recipe for the right proportion.
A wonderful binder of all of the above and deliciously moisturising, healthy oil. Nuts are sprayed very highly with pesticide if non organic, so I’d definitely go for a chemical free, organic macadamia oil when shopping around.
Essential oils of your choice
I love the Springfields aromatherapy essences and the Healing essences range, because my favourite local health shop sells those and they’re great quality. Feel free of course to use what works for you. 10 drops per jar is all that’s needed, as again, too much essential oil on the skin can cause irritation. What’s great about this is you can do as I did, and make a full ‘base’ batch and then as you pour into individual jars, you can pour a few drops of essential oil in at the same time. This way, you can have a different whipped body butter for whatever your mood. For babies, use only 2-3 drops as their skin is much more sensitive than adults. Make sure also that the oils you’re using are safe for them and for your nursing, if that’s the stage you’re at. There is a great list of essential oils safe for children and babies here.
What you need
200g coconut oil (love the coconut magic from Nourished life)
30ml macadamia oil (can use avocado oil, jojoba or olive oil if allergic/ prefer)
15ml magnesium oil spray or a tablespoon of magnesium chloride powder + 20 ml water (click on the hyperlinks for stockists. it’s not an essential ingredient, but really adds to the therapeutic benefit of the recipe)
10 drops of essential oil per 85ml jar (more if you’re making a bigger jar)
What to do
Thermomix method: Place all ingredients in thermomix on 37C, speed 2 for 4 minutes, so the mix has softened together. Then whiz on 7 for 30 seconds.
You’re done and ready to pour into your jars. You MUST pour straight into your jars and put jars straight into the freezer. In warmer weather (this recipe was created in winter), to create the whipped effect, blitz for 30 seconds, and if you want to use the butterfly attachment, this will be great for added insurance of ‘whippage’.
Regular method: Place all in a sauce pan to soften for 5 minutes on low. Then pour into your blender / blitzing device and blend on high for 10 seconds – 30 seconds in the summer to aerate better. You’re done and ready to pour into your jars. You MUST pour directly into jars and then straight into freezer for the whipped consistency.
Now assemble your jars, and essential oils. I made 4 different types and as I poured the base mixture, with the other hand I poured in the drops of essential oil. If you’re not confident doing that, just fill your jar with the base mixture and then measure in your drops and give a quick stir to combine.
Rosemary for circulation and muscle relaxing.
Lemongrass, peppermint and eucalyptus for anti bug, stimulation & cooling leg moisturiser in one.
A calming, restorative blend.
A personal effectiveness / focus blend.
I am LOVING having a selection, based on whatever mood hits.
Once your jars are filled, pop straight into the freezer for 5-10 minutes and in that time, take out and give a quick upside down and back up again turn to ensure all the essential oils mix into the whole whip. The texture is great in cool ambient temperature (winter here is 15-18C on average) If it’s summer time, you might prefer to take from the freezer and keep in the fridge to keep the light, whipped texture, as the heat melts it to a thick liquid – just like butter that’s been left out on a hot day. Up to you.
It’s a whip texture to scoop from jar, that melts as you rub it into your hands and skin. If you want a delicious bath, why not pop a big tablespoonful into your bath for moisturising and relaxation alike, with a few extra drops of essential oil.
For the ultimate experience, make my coffee body scrub and use prior to shower, then shower and apply this moisturiser. Not a weirdo chemical in sight and nothing but gloriously soft skin!
Where did I get those cute jars? Ebay, of course! Have yourself a little search in there for a style you love.
How much did it all cost? If you look at the per jar cost, it is about $3 per 85ml jar.
Let me know how you go with these and what concoctions you create.
Real food. Happy bodies.