This recipe was born from a labor of love.
Both in the same day, my DH told me he was out of shaving cream, and my Sis-In-Law asked for some help in dealing with my sweet nephew, (DC)’s cradle cap. I felt like that was as good a sign as any that I was supposed to ‘whip’ something up that would work for the both of them. Also, I don’t have a good moisturizer right now, so I was up for the challenge.
I would need shea butter though, and that was an exciting prospect since it meant I got to support Alaffia; a great company, that is based here in my hometown. Not only do they sell finished products, but they also sell their handmade shea butter, (and in bulk if you’re local). It is more spendy than other brands; but worth it to me in knowing that the sourcing and the production of the products are both fair trade practices and that people are being treated kindly from start to finish. Being frugal is very important to our family, but so is “voting with our dollars,” and practicing careful consumerism. We strive to find a balance between the two.
So I dreamed of an all-purpose mixture that would be healing, naturally emollient, and readily available for a variety of uses. After doing my homework, (because that’s what I’m good at), I came up with a cream that is fluffy, smells delicious, and will be the envy of all of my girlfriends, I’m sure.
I presume, that as I beg my best friend for her cookies, she will most likely beg me for this!
Whipped Body Butter
- 1/3 C + 2 T Coconut oil
- 1/3 C + 2 T Shea butter
- 1 T Castor oil
- 1 T Lavender-infused olive oil
- 2 T Calendula-infused olive oil
- 10-15 drops Tea tree oil (optional)
- 10-15 drops Lavender oil (optional)
- In a double boiler, melt coconut oil and shea butter. Remove from heat and stir in castor oil and infused olive oils. Cool for 5-10 minutes and then pour into a flexible container. A yogurt container worked well for me.
- Cool in the fridge until completely set up and hardened. (I did short stints in the freezer because I’m impatient).
- Wiggle hardened mass out of the container and into mixer. Whip on high for approximately 3-5 minutes. (I used a spatula periodically to scrape down the sides, so it was a lot of off and on of the mixer for me).
- Store in a lidded container in cool dark place, or perhaps in the fridge. That will be my preferred method of storage since our house has been kept quite warm this winter for Sweet Baby.
Lets gloss over the fact that I don’t know the exact shelf life for this, since it is a new creation, but if you are concerned about shelf life, add a few capsules of vitamin E to extend it. With all of the antibacterial properties of the coconut oil, tea tree and lavender, storage shouldn’t be an issue, especially in the fridge.
In my opinion, it applies like a lotion and rubs in like an oil. DH and I both shaved with it– I loved it and he hated it. He said it clogged his razor and he was scared to put oils on his face. Good thing he doesn’t do the OCM, then, right!? So, the experiment was definitely a DH shave lotion fail! But, an ultimate win for Mama! I cannot believe how soft my legs were after shaving with it! I would like to point out that if you are addicted to the foamy, gelatinous shaving cream, you most likely will not like to shave with this. But, if you are partial to the thin shave lotions, like the natural or organic ones made by Avalon or Alba, you will totally dig this! (LSB, this one’s for you)!
I used it also as an all-over body lotion, and will use it on Sweet Baby too. No word yet on whether or not it helped Baby DC, but I’ll report back when I know… This would also be a great treatment for eczema or other winter-weary skin ailments.
DH thinks that the recipe calls for too much liquid (at room temperature) oils. Next time I make this I will experiment with using a tiny bit less liquid oils and see what happens. DH probably expected more of a salve type consistency, which this is not. If you make modifications to this recipe, please share it with all of us. I’m curious, since he always has to best me. Husbands…
Say, you don’t have infused olive oil? It’s easy to make, and you can learn here. Or cheat, and just use plain olive oil 🙂
I also think this will be a great base for a homemade sunscreen! With a bit of zinc added and some beeswax, we’d bee in buzzness.
Alas, that is another post for another day… Perhaps when the current temp is not 29 degrees Fahrenheit outside.
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