There is nothing more decadent than a nice, thick, moisturizing body butter. This vanilla peppermint body butter smells good enough to eat, the ingredients are all natural, and it is simple to make with just a few basic kitchen tools. It makes the perfect gift for friends and family, or just a special treat for your own skin. This recipe makes about 3 cups of body butter.
Vanilla Peppermint Body Butter
- 1 cup shea butter (mango and cocoa butter are a good sub if you suffer from a nut allergy)
- 1/2 cup coconut oil
- 1/2 cup olive, almond, or jojoba oil
- 20 drops vanilla absolute
- 10-15 drops peppermint essential oil
Tools you will need
- Glass mixing bowl like a large pyrex measuring cup, or a quart sized mason jar.
- Sauce pan that the glass bowl or mason jar will fit in without getting water into it.
- Mixer. Although a stand mixer is easier, this can be made with a good hand mixer as well.
- Fill the sauce pan about half way with water. Be sure when you put the measuring cup or mason jar in filled that water does not get in. This is creating a double boiler type melting solution so you don’t over heat the oil. Turn the stove top temperature to medium low. You want the water at a simmer, not a rolling boil.
- Place all of the ingredients EXCEPT the essential oils into the glass container, put that into the pan, and let the oils and butter melt together.
- Once everything is melted remove it from the heat, pour it into your mixing bowl, and let it cool. This can take some time. I find the easiest and quickest way to let the body butter cool is by putting it outside when it is cold (but not actively snowing). Baring that, you can put it in the freezer. You want the oil mixture to start to solidify around the edges and on the top, but not harden throughout.
- Once the oil mixture is the correct consistency add the essential oils and place it in the mixer and mix on the “whip” setting if you have it, or just the highest setting.
- Whipping the body butter usually takes 5-10 minutes, depending on how well you let it cool. If it isn’t whipping up well, let it cool for a few more minutes then try again.
- When it is whipped to form soft peaks, place it in a sterilized jar and label it.
What is you favorite body lotion smell?