Whipped Tropical Body Butter Recipe

Tropical leaves

Whipped Tropical Body Butter Recipe

 

This is such refreshing and nourishing whipped body butter, suitable for both young and mature skin (see also an oily skin alternative below).  There are three main ingredients; Shea Butter, Mango Butter and Sweet Almond oil combined with a lovely tropical citrus scent derived from natural essential oils straight from the plant.

Shea butter contains essential fatty acids and vitamins A, D and E, is deeply moisturizing, has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, stimulates collagen as well as strengthens and repairs skin.  It is known for being good for reducing the appearance of wrinkles, fine lines, stretch marks and scarring. 

Mango Butter, extracted from the Mango seed is rich in Vitamins A, B6, C, E and also key minerals such as Potassium, Iron, Magnesium and Zinc.  Like Shea Butter, Mango Butter is non-comedogenic, so doesn’t clog pores and is non greasy when it glides onto the skin.

A mango fruit growing on a tree

Sweet Almond oil is also a rich anti-oxidant, high in Vitamin E, magnesium and phosphorous as well as unsaturated fats.  It revitalizes and rejuvenates your skin, evens out your skin tone and improves your complexion. (See alternatives for oily skin below in the ingredients section).

By combining all these ingredients, you can create a wonderfully smooth, rich and fully moisturizing body butter that is undiluted with water.  Your skin will be fully nourished and protected.

If you use the fridge method, this whipped body butter takes no time at all.

Both Shea Butter and Almond oil are used in our Conditioner Bars and Rosewood Hand Lotion Bars.

The best time to use your home made body butter is after your daily shower or bath when your skin is still moist. Apply a bit of butter using broad massaging strokes.

 

To make 2 x 140 gram tins of Whipped Tropical Body Butter you will need:

Equipment

 

Ingredients

  • 113g (4oz) Refined Shea Butter (thesoapery.co.uk)
  • 113g (4oz) Organic Mango Butter (thesoapery.co.uk)
  • 48g (1.7oz) Sweet Almond Oil* (thesopaery.co.uk)
  • 9g (0.3) Essential Oils (for a Tropical mix, use 3g each of Orange, Lime** and Grapefruit essential oils) (mysticmoments.co.uk)

*Although Sweet Almond oil is excellent for almost all skin types, if you have oily skin, you could also substitute carrier oil which is higher in linoleic acid such as Grapeseed oil, Evening Primrose oil, Rosehip Seed oil or a combination.

** Use distilled Lime Essential oil if you want an lime oil that isn't 'phototoxic' (makes your skin sensitive to the sun)

(Please note that we are not affiliated with any of the above recommended suppliers; we just try to use as few as possible to save on shipping costs, delays and of course the carbon footprint!)

 

Method

  1. Weigh out Shea and Mango butter and place in mixing bowl (or microwaveable dish).
  2. Melt butters in microwave until completely liquid.
  3. Add Sweet Almond oil and stir. Place into a mixing bowl if you aren’t already using one.
  4. Place in fridge for approximately 15 minutes until the mixture begins to start to set and is slightly white at the sides as the butter starts to re-form (if not white at edges, replace and check every few minutes).
  5. Add the essential oils and stir well including around edges of bowl.
  6. Whisk the whole mixture in circular motions evenly around the outside and inside of the bowl for 1-2 minutes. Make sure to whisk the outside bits that will be starting to set back into the main mixture as the whole mixture starts to thicken.
  7. Place back in the fridge for 5-10 minutes.
  8. Take back out and whisk again. This should now start turning into a creamy white, fluffy buttery texture.  If not, then just replace in fridge for another 5 minutes and check again.
  9. Once whipped, place back in fridge for another 10-15 minutes or so to set.
  10. Scoop into tins and press down with a tablespoon.
  11. Enjoy at your leisure!

Best wishes,

Rebecca.

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