Whipped Coconut and Avocado Oil Body Butter
When I left the Prairie winters years ago, I was sure that the days of dry, red skin were behind me. I was wrong and this Winter has brought with it some very dry air that is wreaking havoc on my skin. It’s solution time!
You would think that living in a Temperate Rain Forest would mean that you would have to worry less about dry skin and more about mould but you would be wrong. They are both concerns. I don’t want to say it, but I think that it might have something to do with age as well. The older I seem to get, the less my skin seems able to recover from stress or adjust to changes in the climate. I am determined to give it all the help it can get and even more determined to give myself a little aromatherapy boost at the same time. Body butter is the perfect combination of both.
There are many ways to go about making a body butter and they really vary depending on how long you want to store them for and how stable you need them to be. I only made a little bit at a time and so I am able to whip up a batch without the need of a preserving or stabilizing agent. I am making enough for a few nights to a week at a time. This also means that I can play around with the oil combinations and try new things depending on my mood.
The first question that you need to ask is what oil is available to you and what would benefit your skin. I like to start with coconut not only because I love what it doesn’t to my skin but also because it whips up really nicely from it’s solid state. It is also available nearly everywhere since it’s popularity explosion over the past could of years. It is relatively inexpensive as well. You could easily stop at just coconut oil, whip it up, add some essentials oils and be in soft skin country in a matter of minutes but I am taking it one step further with the addition of avocado oil. This is less common in beauty products but is a fabulous addition to the body butter. Avocado oil is absorbed well by the skin. It is high in plant proteins and omega 3 fatty acids leave your skin soft and smooth.
The process here is pretty simple. Start with 1/2 c coconut oil in it’s solid state and whip it in a stand mixer for a couple of minutes until it is light and fluffy. Gradually add 1/4 cup of avocado oil in a slow stream and allow this to whip in. Once you have a soft butter with the oils fully whipped, stop the machine and transfer the butter to a bowl.
Now comes the fun part. You can leave the butter as is but that would be playing it safe and you would smell a little like an avocado. Grab some essential oils and get to work! Depending on how you are feeling, add a little of this or that. For me, when I am in the mood to come out of the shower, moisturize and then get cozy in bed, I reach for a Frankincense and Bergamot blend. The high notes of the bergamot hit you first and the deep bottom notes of the frankincense linger on your skin. Pure perfection…
Make sure to then pop the butter into a container and into the fridge to get up a little. It will seem quite soft at first and then will firm up as it cools down to make it easier to manage. If you live in a particularly hot climate (only slightly jealous) then you might want to keep it in the fridge. For me, my bedroom is about the same temperature of a poorly running fridge and so it does very nicely on my bedside table after the initial cool down.
I can also recommend clary sage and lavender if you are feeling restless or anxious combined with a good cup of chamomile tea. No matter how you mix it, this body butter is simple, soothing and natural.