SHEA BODY BUTTER
Yield: Makes about 1 pint
INGREDIENTS (use organic wherever possible)
1 cup raw shea butter (found here)
1/2 cup raw coconut oil, softened
1/4 cup almond oil (found at Wholefoods or online)
1/2 teaspoon Vitamin E oil (you can also use 2-3 Vitamin E capsules as well. Carefully split them open to drain oil)
Essential oil in your favorite scent, optional (about 40 drops, that may seem like a lot but the drops are tiny!)
1. In a double boiler, melt shea butter and coconut oil together over medium-high heat. This will take about 10 minutes. Shea butter melts at a very high temperature so it will take longer than the coconut oil.
2. Let the melted mixture come to room temperature and add the almond oil, vitamin E oil and essential oil (if using). Chill the mixture in the fridge for 30min-1 hour, until it becomes opaque.
3. Transfer the mixture to the bowl of a standup mixer fitted with the whisk attachment. Whip on medium for 5 minutes or until thickened.
4. Keep body butter in a lidded container.
Note: While this cream does not need to be kept refrigerated, I prefer to because it keeps the body butter more firm (which I like).
- Restores elasticity to the skin
- Helps to heal cuts and burns without scarring
- Minimizes stretch marks
- Natural sun protector
- Rich in antioxidants
- High in vitamins E & D
- Strong antioxidant
- Prevents premature aging
- Promotes healthy skin