Tuesday, February 2, 2010
I think I posted before, that I no longer buy lotion. I haven't bought any in ages. For the most part, I had been using either shea butter or coconut oil. But now I've stumbled upon a recipe I really like.
4 oz unrefined shea butter
2 oz mango butter
2 oz unrefined cocoa butter
1/2 tsp Vitamin E oil
1 tbsp sweet almond oil
1/4 tsp essential oil (optional)
I pretty much followed the directions here. Except I don't have a double boiler, so I end up putting my butters into a glass jar and then sitting that jar into a pot of warm/hot water.
Mango butter and cocoa butter are very hard butters. It will take them longer to melt down than the shea butter. It took me a while to get this the way I wanted, but I found out it worked better if the freeze and mix cycles were kept closer to 5 minutes each. Your mileage may vary. :)
Once I was done, I scooped it into the container pictured above. It will "set" and become a very solid body butter. It almost seems a little dry, at first. When you scoop it out, it will crumble a little bit:
But once it hits your body temp, it will go ahead and start to "melt":
I love this stuff. A little goes a long way. The essential oils are definitely optional. I chose to use a comb of patchouli, lavender and lemongrass for this batch. I made a different batch for a friend whose husband was battling some serious ash. I didn't put in any scent because everything I have is "girly," and then I figured she might want to try it on the kids. I'm happy to report, the family is ash free! :lol:
If you try this recipe, let me know. Feel free to tweak it. Her recipe is for shea butter only - as you can see, I added my own combo of butters. I'm sure there are more butters out here conducive to a nice, moisturizing mixture, but this works for me. I use it from head to toe (although I have not tried it in my hair yet). I've let several people try it at work, and they all have given 2 thumbs up.