For years I was disgruntled with my store bought lotion choices. The Environmental Working Group's Skin Deep Database had confirmed that even the most “natural” of body products I had found were still pretty toxic.
I have spent an accumulation of HOURS standing in the health food store trying to find a lotion with ingredients that I was willing to slather on my body. And I always came home empty handed. I will admit that I grew to love coconut oil after a shower, but I still longed for a fancy body lotion – one that smelled delicious and left me feeling pampered. A girly-girl lotion.
Then I discovered homemade body butter (inspired by this post that I discovered on Pinterest). I was delighted to find that this homemade lotion is super simple to make, and I got to work concocting the perfect blend of ingredients. The trick, is to use the right combination of solid and liquid oils to make a consistency that can be whipped – just like you would do with softened butter to make a whipped cream frosting.
Yes. This homemade lotion is really as sensual and decadent as it sounds.
My two year old calls it chocolate cream, for obvious reasons, and it's particularly satisfying after a day at the beach. I think you're gonna love this stuff.
Whipped body butter homemade lotion ingredients
- 1 cup of cocoa butter – find unrefined cocoa butter here
- 1/2 cup coconut oil – find coconut oil here
- 1/2 cup of jojoba oil or other liquid oil (almond or a mild olive would work great too)
Whipped body butter homemade lotion method
- Using a double boiler gently melt cocoa butter and coconut oil until completely liquid.
- Stir in jojoba or other liquid oil.
- Allow to chill in the refrigerator until the oil mixture begins to firm, but has not turned completely solid. This may take longer than you expect – several hours at least.
- Using a standing mixer or hand mixer, whip the semi-solid mixture until white peaks form.
- Scoop into glass jars and allow to chill for an hour in the fridge.
This homemade lotion will remain whipped in moderate temperatures. If your home is particularly hot, you may want to store your body butter in the fridge. If you forget and your whipped butter melts back to oil, simple re-chill and re-whip.
The consistency of this lotion is true to its name: whipped body butter – and as such, it does leave a thin layer of oil when applied. Personally, I love the idea of my skin drinking up the nutrient-dense goodness from these oils. If you prefer a body lotion that absorbs more completely, check out this simple recipe for homemade lotion from Mommypotamus that I also love. Either way, there's no need to cover your body with synthetic junk ever again.
Do you make homemade lotion or have you tried my whipped body butter? Please share any tips or comments below!