I got crafty!
I know what you are thinking – hey Jen, this is a food blog. What’s going on? Well, for one thing, this stuff is awesome. And from time to time I’d like to share awesome stuff with you, even if it’s not food. Second, it’s made out of all food grade products! I really love the belief that you should only putt things on your body that you would be willing to put in your mouth. Do I always adhere to this? No. But I think it makes sense.
So I made of batch of this body butter a while ago, and I loved it. I gave one to my Mom for Christmas, and kept one for myself. She really liked it, and I can tell you – it helped with my eczema a lot. In the winter 3 of my fingers get so tough and crackly we nicknamed them the claw. A week of using this and my hand was almost cleared up. So this body butter is pretty awesome in my opinion.
Now, you should know that while it’s super moisturizing it can also be a little greasy – there’s no alcohol in it or other ingredients to cut that out. It doesn’t really bother me though, and since it leaves my hands super soft after I use it, I’d rather it not have harsh ingredients in it anyway.
There are 3 main ingredients in this and it’s super simple to make, and I also added rosewater to make it smell pretty. I considered adding other things to it – but you don’t want to add anything that has a shelf life, otherwise bacteria can grow. Other than that, this is SUPER simple. I had all the ingredients on hand. If you don’t have cocoa butter in your pantry and can’t find it in a shop, you can always order it here: Raw Organic Cocoa Butter-16 ozs. That’s the one I ordered and I like that it’s organic and comes in easy meltable chips. (Plus I made white chocolate with it!)
INGREDIENTS (makes enough for 2 small containers, pictured above).
1/4 cup Coconut Oil
1/4 Cocoa Butter (also called Cacao Butter)
2 tablespoons Olive Oil
4 teaspoons Rosewater (optional)
1. In a medium microwave safe size bowl add coconut oil, cocoa butter, olive oil, and rosewater if adding. Microwave the oils, 15 seconds at a time, stirring in between to help solid oils melt.
2. When oils have just dissolved into liquid, place in fridge to cool for about 20 minutes.
3. When contents have cooled, but before they turn solid again (if some small areas have solidified this is ok, just mix the contents thoroughly) place in your mixer or in a bowl with a hand blender. It works best of the bowl is lightly chilled. Mix on high for 4-5 minutes until contents have whipped up to twice their size.
I have heard that you can had cornstarch to the body butter to reduce oiliness. I plan to experiment with this in the next batch and see if its a significant change, and if the body butter is still as moisturizing and effective in clearing up my eczema. I’ve also seen other crafters use essential oils but I haven’t gotten that far in my experiments yet. Have you? Let me know in the comments!