Alright loves, here is the post that will change your life. This body butter is here to save all of the dry, flaky, dehydrated complexions out there. Braving the Canadian winters living in Winnipeg (aka “Winterpeg”) this recipe could not have come at a better time. As soon as winter hit this year my skin was instantly dry. It was like BOOM-kiss your sweet supple skin goodbye for the next 6 months. I have never had such an immediate reaction to our climate change. My skin was tight, dry, itchy, and I even had a few flaky spots on my face. This is quite a change from my usual combination to oily complexion.
Prior to this life saving recipe, I was just using coconut oil on my skin as a moisturizer. I ditched the traditional, chemical laden store bought lotions a while ago. While coconut oil was a better option (both for my health and my wallet-a little goes a long way), I found that the miracle oil did not quite penetrate deep into the skin. It was almost as if the coconut oil just sat on top of my skin, smelling incredible and all-but…just not doing the job my skin was longing for.
I ordered a large batch of raw cacao butter a while ago online from www.upayanaturals.com along with some other incredible super food goodies. I had done a minimal amount of baking with the cocoa butter and wanted to try it out in a body butter recipe as I heard it was great for skin care. For those of you who don’t know, cocoa butter is extracted from cocoa beans which come from cocoa fruit. Cocoa fruits are rather large in size, similar to a football. These glorious fruits provide us with both cocoa butter and cocoa powder. Cocoa butter is the cold pressed oil of the cocoa bean and cocoa powder is what is made up of the leftover remnants. Cocoa butter serves two very essential purposes in our lives: the fabrication of chocolate and a sensational skin moisturizer. And they say diamonds are a girl’s best friend…..
So, why use cocoa butter on the skin? What are the benefits of each ingredient I used in this recipe?
Benefits of Cocoa Butter:
- High in antioxidants.
- Reduces stretch marks.
- Offers deep hydration.
- Aids with skin irritations.
Benefits of Coconut Oil:
- Rehydrates skin.
- Anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties.
- Anti-aging and protection against sun damage.
- Skin softener.
Benefits of Jojoba Oil:
- Recommended for sensitive skin.
- Contains essential vitamins and minerals for healthy skin.
- Scar and stretch mark minimizer.
- Anti-microbial (making it great for acne prone skin).
- Reduces winter itchiness.
Benefits of Peppermint Essential Oil:
- Brightens dull skin.
- Controls secretion of excess oils.
- Cooling and refreshing effect.
- Contains astringent properties.
This combination of all natural, healing ingredients makes for the most moisturizing body butter that I have ever tried. The bonuses are that you know exactly what you are applying on your skin and the smell itself is as therapeutic as the application. Feel free to cut the recipe in half for a smaller test batch and see how it works for you and your skin.
D.I.Y Mint Chocolate Body Butter:
- ½ cup cocoa butter
- ½ cup coconut oil
- 1 tsp. jojoba oil
- 8-10 drops of peppermint essential oil *
- Begin to melt the cocoa butter in a pot over medium-low heat. **
- Once the cocoa butter is melted halfway, add the coconut oil and stir together.
- Once the two super oils are completely melted, remove from heat and pour into a container.
- Place the container in the fridge in order for them to reach a solid state (this may take a couple of hours).
- Once the cocoa butter and coconut oil have solidified, use an electric hand held mixer to whip them. Mix with a medium speed for a couple of minutes until the oils are soft and creamy.
- Add the jojoba oil and peppermint essential oil and stir all together.
- Place your body butter in an air tight container or glass jar. I placed mine in the fridge to solidify the butter one last time and then I keep it stored at room temperature. Where you keep your body butter stored all depends on your preference of texture!
Use your new organic blend as an all over moisturizing cream, including your face!
Psst- just a friendly hint: this do-it-yourself body butter makes for an extraordinary gift idea!
*The use of an essential oil is completely optional and can be omitted entirely. I added peppermint to create the sensational aroma of mint chocolate and for its particular benefits. Please keep in mind that some skin types are sensitive to peppermint oil so try a patch test before using it everywhere, especially on the face. You can also substitute the peppermint oil with an essential oil that is suitable for all skin types such as lavender for example.
**You can skip the melting of the cocoa butter and coconut oil process completely and proceed to the whipping of the two using the electric mixer but be aware that you may have clumps in your body butter. The first time I made this recipe I was too impatient to complete the melting process and thought the clumps would not bother me…I was wrong ha-ha. It’s worth the wait, I promise!
What are your favourite skin care routines? Do you regularly use any of these 4 ingredients on your body? If so, tell us how! I absolutely adore sharing home remedy recipes!