Have you ever wanted to smear yourself with the fresh coniferous scent of a forest and come out with super smooth glowy skin that smells like heaven? I know I have! In fact, I often dream about ancient pine forests filled with spruce, cedar, and douglas fir blanketed in snow this time of year. The forest is one of my favorite inspirations for homemade body care and today’s douglas fir and mint whipped body butter embodies all that is cold and resinous.
Douglas Fir and Mint Whipped Body Butter Recipe
This is a pretty amazing body butter, and I’ve made quite a few of them. This time we’re laying off on the easily over-used shea butter. Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE me some shea butter, but dang is it greasy! And I’m none too keen on greasing up my pajamas or leaving greasy fingerprints on every surface of my house this holiday season.
I think you’ll really like this light yet moisturizing version of the heavy shea butter rich recipes out there.
Today’s recipe is downright decadent with the consistency of a melted marshmallow on your campfire smore. It’s delightful to use and has surprisingly little grease-feel thanks to the super moisturizing yet light properties of mango butter.
I used to use a lot of shea butter in my whipped body butter recipes, but I think mango butter is the perfect swap as it’s “whippy”, creamy, rich, and waaaaaaay less greasy than shea butter. It sinks into the skin quickly and easily leaving it feeling deeply moisturized without the heavy feeling or stickiness. I DID, however, add the teensiest amount of shea butter to give this a bit more staying power for, especially dry days.
This recipe is also super easy to scale up or down for gift giving as well! You don’t even need to use the same essential oils which make this recipe easy to personalize for friends and family.
Although I have to say that douglas fir and peppermint smell pretty darn amazing.
I hope you give it a try!
Here’s what you’ll need to make my douglas fir and mint whipped body butter:
• A kitchen timer
• An accurate kitchen scale
• A pyrex measuring cup
• A standing mixer or hand mixer
• A spatula
• A container for storage (I like these 4oz body butter containers)
• Room in your freezer for the mixing bowl
• 12g evening primrose oil (optional but lovely for restoring some good omegas into dry skin. If you don’t use it, sub with more avocado oil)
• 15g avocado oil or other carrier oil of choice
• 10g shea butter (add this if you need more moisture/staying power in drier climates, otherwise sub with more mango butter)
• 70g mango butter
• .5g vitamin E oil
• 20 drops essential oil (I used 10 drops of douglas fir and 10 drops of peppermint)
This recipe makes about 4oz of whipped body butter.
Loving Preparation – Douglas Fir and Mint Whipped Body Butter
1. Measure out all the ingredients except the vitamin E oil and essential oils into the pryex measuring cup.
2. Bring one inch of water to a gentle simmer in a saucepan and place the pyrex in the center.
3. Melt everything through, stirring on occasion.
4. Once melted, pour the mixture into a mixing bowl. I used a kitchen aid standing mixer.
5. Run the mixer on the highest setting being careful not to make a mess, for a few minutes.
6. Then put the mixing bowl in the freezer for 20 minutes.
7. Scrape the down the sides using the spatula, then blend again on the highest setting for another few minutes to get everything mixed well and “fluffed”
8. Next, add in the vitamin E oil and the essential oils and blend one more time to incorporate.
9. Dollop the whipped body butter into your container of choice to keep for yourself or to give away as gifts!
I recommend not putting in more than 10g of shea butter as it will make this lovely whipped body butter too greasy and that’s not what we want! In fact, sticking with pure mango butter makes a lovely butter in and of itself.
Have you made whipped body butter? What ingredients did you use and how did it turn out?
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