All I can say about 2016 is, "thank God that's over." What a year of complete extremes; my personal life was filled with incredible breakthroughs with my art, as well as some serious lows in regards to a series of my relationships. But anyways, you also had your own 2016, so I don't need to tell you how it went.
As soon as I got back home for the holidays, I rushed into the kitchen to whip up some new recipes. I want to try everything! Soap, candles, more masks, hair treatments, and body butter! In this post, I'm going to teach y'all how I made my homemade whipped body butter. This recipe is really common and easy, as it only takes an hour and a half (and that one hour is used to refrigerate the mixture) and uses two ingredients.
DIY Whipped Body Butter
- 1/2 cup of shea butter
- 1/2 cup of coconut oil
- 1 teaspoon of carrier oil (optional)
- Essential oils (optional)
- Glass bowl
- Mixer (electronic or handheld whisk)
- Wooden spoon
- Pot (glass bowl must fit in it!)
*You'll want to wipe down your materials with a paper towel, to remove excess oil, when you're done making this body butter. If you try to clean it by using water right away, your hands and sink will get very messy because oil and water don't mix!
- Add coconut oil and shea butter to glass bowl
- Add carrier oil if desired. I used grapeseed oil, as pictured in the second block!
- Fill pot with about 2-3 inches of water, bring to a boil, add bowl and stir until oil and butter melt.
- Remove bowl from pot, place in fridge and leave for an hour
- After an hour, take bowl out from fridge. Add essential oils if desired! I like to use peppermint or make a rosehip/jasmine blend.
- Whisk until it starts to get fluffy.
- Use a rubber spatula to scrape all of it into the bottom of the bowl. You don't want to miss anything.
- Whisk for 3-5 minutes or until fluffy.
- Place bowl back into fridge.
- Transfer your body butter to an empty glass container. Now you're ready to moisturize!
This batch came out especially good, even my Mom wanted a sample. If you're interested in the specifics, I used exactly ten drops of jasmine oil and then seven drops of rosehip oil. I might add more jasmine oil in the future, but the scent this time around was so subtle and refreshing.
With the New Year, I wanted to amp up my blog. This year, I'm going to launch an online store! Each item will have a limited quantity of under 10, so once the store is up you'll want to order everything as soon as possible. I set up a poll on Twitter and I'd like to extend this to my readers: what kinds of things would you buy from my online store? Homemade facial serums, meditation amulets, zines/booklets, and soaps are all up in the air. I'm interested to see which items are most popular. Everything in the store will be under $15, not including shipping and tax. You can comment below, shoot me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or reply to me on social media!
Thanks for staying with me as we enter 2017, everyone. I appreciate all the love and I can't wait to wow you with these upcoming posts. Happy New Year!