Luscious, luscious, luscious; this body cream sits firmly in my top 5 favourites! A beautiful and creamy body moisturiser that takes pride of place on my bathroom shelf.

It’s so versatile; sometimes it is my body cream, sometimes it is my face lotion, and sometimes it tames frizzy hair. Even in cool weather, it still maintains its lightness and fluffiness!!  A little goes a long way so don’t be too heavy-handed or you’ll end up a slippery oily mess! You simply must try this one.

 

 

Makes: 200 g | 7.1 oz Prep time: < 10 min. (plus setting time)

 

INGREDIENTS  

75 g | 2.6 oz shea butter

75 g | 2.6 oz coconut oil

50 g | 1.8 oz carrier oil (fractionated coconut oil and sweet almond oil are popular choices)

30 drops of essential oils

 

 

My choice of essential oils…

My favourite essential oils in this recipe are lemongrass and ginger, or orange and grapefruit, but don’t be limited by my suggestions. Use oils that fit your budget, or those that you already have in your collection. Read here for more information.

 

METHOD
  1. Add shea butter, coconut oil and carrier oil to a glass bowl and heat until completely melted. (Double boiler method– place bowl on a pot of gently simmering water and stir frequently; Microwave method– heat in short bursts on low, stopping and stirring frequently). Remove from heat.
  2. Add essential oils and mix until combined.
  3. Place bowl in fridge until almost solidified (this usually takes at least 3-4 hours). It will need to feel thick and firm when touched.
  4. Scrape down sides of bowl, and using a hand or electric beater, whip until opaque, white and fluffy.
  5. Transfer into container of choice.

 

THERMAL APPLIANCE METHOD
  1. Add shea butter, coconut oil and carrier oil to thermal appliance bowl and melt: 4-5 minutes | approx. 70˚C (158˚F) | low speed. Extend time if required, until ingredients have completely melted.
  2. Add essential oils and mix for 5-10 seconds on low/medium speed, or until combined.
  3. Place bowl in fridge until almost solidified (this usually takes at least 3-4 hours). It will need to feel thick and firm when touched.
  4. Scrape down sides of bowl and whip for 30-40 seconds on medium/high speed or until opaque, white and fluffy. Scrape down sides and whip again if required.
  5. Transfer into container of choice.

 

TO USE

Scoop a generous amount of cream and apply to body.

 

RECIPE NOTES
  • Double the essential oils if you want a more powerful aroma. Beware – citrus essential oils can be phototoxic when used directly and undiluted on the skin. In saying that, if you are concerned, don’t apply it immediately before sun exposure.
  • It is imperative to wait until your mixture has practically solidified before whipping.
  • Keep in a cool place!!! If it gets hot it WILL melt!!
  • I strongly suggest you check out the blog posts under “Recommended Reading“.

 

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