Start your day with the lift of peppermint and lavender!
This is the second time making a handmade body butter. The first time was a success and I loved the result, so this is something similar. The main difference is this time I’ve included tallow. And guess what? It doesn’t have the odour of brisket.
Why tallow? It’s also wonderfully conditioning. Like human sebum, the oil that lubricates our own skin, tallow contains natural fat soluble vitamins A, D, E and K, as well as CLA (conjugated linoleic acid) which has anti-inflammatory properties, and palmitoleic acid which has antimicrobial properties. Many of the conditioning characteristics of tallow make it excellent for soap, but it’s even more so when the fatty acids have not been hydrolyzed as happens in soap making.
This recipe follows the basic ratio of 3:1 hard fats : liquid fats. Hard fats are those that are solid at room temperature such as shea butter, cocao butter, coconut oil (solid above 23C), tallow, etc., and liquid fats include jojoba oil, olive oil, sweet almond oil, avocado oil, etc. that are liquid at room temperature. Essential oils are added in a dilution appropriate to the quantity of fats, and if you’re not going to use it quickly (within 3 months) or share with friends, then a preservative such as vitamin E or rosemary oil extract (ROE) should be added.
Not everyone has the benefit of a stand mixer, but this is a great tool for making body butters. Once the fats and oils have been melted together they’re removed from heat to cool until the mixture starts to set then the essential oils are added and the mixture is whipped until stiff peaks form, which can take 10 minutes. After making homemade body butter the first time about a year ago, I’ll never go back to purchasing creams. This is soothing, moisturizing, smells wonderful, and is way cheaper than the premium body and face creams I used to buy. Oh yes, I use it on my face as well. It’s that awesome.
- 1/2 cup tallow
- 1/2 cup coconut oil
- 1/4 cup shea butter
- 1/4 cup aloe butter
- 1/2 cup sweet almond oil
- 5 gr lavender essential oil
- 5 gr peppermint essential oil
- Vitamin E (400IU gel cap)
- Wash and sterilize enough jars to hold the finished body butter (about 2 cups). Small jelly preserving jars are great.
- Weigh essential oils in a prep dish and set aside.
- Measure tallow, coconut oil, aloe butter and shea butter into bowl or pot suitable to set over hot water.
- Set the bowl over a pot of simmering water and gently heat fats until melted. Don't heat shea butter beyond what is necessary to melt or it may become grainy.
- Remove from heat and stir in sweet almond oil.
- Allow to cool and stir in essential oils and squeeze in Vitamin E from gel cap
- Continue to chill mixture until almost consistency of soft butter
- Using a stand or hand mixer, whip the body butter until stiff peaks form, about 5-10 minutes
- Chill for 30 minutes then scoop mixture into sterile airtight glass jars and store away from direct heat
- This cream does not have the preservatives of mass produced products so use it promptly or share with friends. It's also pretty much all oils so it will melt on contact with skin; not to worry, it will absorb quickly. If using on face, avoid eye area--peppermint can be irritating.