Mint chocolate whipped body butter

I'm on a mission lately to replace as many of my personal products as I can with homemade versions. You might remember the best deodorant EVER? I use it everyday. It works better than any thing I've tried, it costs pennies and it's very nearly edible.

Today let's delve into body butter, whipped for effect. This butter goes on smooth. It melts almost immediately on warm skin and it soaks in fast and leaves skin super silky. I use it after the shower

I had these oils on hand from my soap making projects. You don't have to use all of them but keep the the ratio of solids to liquids. 1/2 cup liquid oils : 1 cup solid butters.  Some oils are more 'drying' than others meaning they absorb quicker than others. So, bear that in mind when choosing oils. More information about that HERE.

This EO blend of benzoin & peppermint turns out smelling like something I want to eat. The cocoa butter smells heavenly on it's own, so you could leave it au natural if you like and it would still be amazing.

Yield: 1.5 cups

1/2 cup coconut oil (108 grams)
1/4 cup shea butter (55 grams)
1/4 cup cocoa butter (55 grams)
1/4 cup jojoba oil (55 grams)
1/4 cup sweet almond oil (55 grams)
Essential oils of choice (I used 5 small blobs of benzoin resin and 10 drops peppermint)

1. In a double boiler (I used a large stainless steel bowl over a saucepan filled with 2 inches of water brought to a low boil). Put all ingredients in the bowl and stir until melted.
2. Remove from heat and allow to cool slightly.
3. Cool for about 1 hour in the fridge. Keep any eye on it so it doesn't get fully solid. Mine needed about 75 minutes in the fridge with a couple stirs after 60 minutes.
4. When the liquid has started to firm up, but is not solid it is ready to whip. Use a stick blender or other blender. Whip it somewhat then add essential oils. Continue to whip until the colour changes uniformly from translucent to opaque.
5. Using a spatula, put the body body into containers of your choice (small mason jars work great and makes a great gift size).

This stuff will last as long as the shelf life of the oils and butters you use (so if they are fresh your body butter will last for ages). I estimate a a year or more.

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