Ah, winter skin. It's the best, isn't it? It gets so dry and itchy this time of year and regular old lotion just doesn't cut it in the moisturization department anymore. Luckily, I have a solution for you. My all-natural Orange & Almond Whipped Body Butter is so good for your skin, it smells divine and feels like heaven going on.
Making this body butter is really very easy. You'll need raw shea butter, organic coconut oil, sweet almond oil, orange essential oil, almond extract, a double boiler (or a glass bowl and a pot), and a hand mixer (or a whisk).
First you'll use a double boiler to melt the shea, coconut and sweet almond oil until the oils are all liquid and combined (I used a glass measuring cup and a pot because it's the same thing and I'm too cheap to buy an actual double boiler).
Once all the oils are melted, give it a good stir and stick it in a bowl in the fridge for an hour or two to help it become partially solid again. You don't want it to be hard, just firm.
Now that your oil is firmed up a bit, add your essential oil and almond extract, then take a hand mixer (or a whisk if you love hard labor) and start whipping. Whip it. Whip it good. (Sorry, I couldn't stop myself.) You can stop whipping when your butter has become creamy and white and stiff peaks form.
Then you just pour all that creamy, whipped goodness into a jar and store it in a cool, dry place! Wasn't that easy?
Or if you're feeling generous, you can tie a ribbon on it and gift it to a friend. If that's the case, you're a stronger person than I am because I'm keeping all this amazingness to myself!
Here's the detailed recipe:
1/2 cup raw shea butter
1/4 cup organic coconut oil
1/4 sweet almond oil
20-30 drops orange essential oil
1 1/2 tsp almond extract
Combine shea butter, coconut oil and sweet almond oil in a double boiler or small pot (you can improvise a double boiler by putting the ingredients in a glass bowl and then putting the bowl in a pot of water, being careful not to get the water in the bowl).
Melt and stir over medium-low heat until the mixture is liquid.
Remove from the heat and allow mixture to partially cool (you can put it in the fridge to help the process along).
Once the mixture is partially set (somewhat firm but not hard), add the essential oil and extract and whip the mixture with a hand mixer or whisk until the butter is fluffy and stiff peaks form.
Spoon the butter into a glass jar and store at room temperature.
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