Today I stand before you a changed woman. How? Well, today I vow to embrace the holiday season. Yes, the WHOLE season. Because, as anyone who knows me can attest, I’m not really a fan of winter… or holiday shopping… or “the most wonderful time of the year.” I know, you’re probably thinking I’m something of a grinch, but really it’s just that I hate being cold, I hate shopping, and certain holiday songs get stuck in my head FOR WEEKS. (No joke.) But this year will be different, and it’s not just because I’m giddy about a certain huge event happening right now. Nope, this year I am excited to celebrate, embrace, and enjoy this whole season. All of it. From now until we ring in the new year I’m going to be thankful, jolly, and resolved. (No bets on what I’ll be like when the grayness of January and February kick in #justsayin’.) Why is this year so different?
Two words: Homemade Lotion.
Actually, I take that back. Let’s try FOUR words:
Peppermint Whipped Body Butter.
Mmmmmmm…. Yeah, that’s better
The decadent, luxurious, DIY gift of the year!
I’m on a mission to create really awesome homemade gifts that people actually want. And today’s recipe is my favorite. This homemade lotion is awesome-sauce times twenty. Having a good homemade body butter recipe is a much healthier option than store bought. It’s super nourishing, easy to make, smells DIVINE, and can easily be packaged into a pretty little gift for all your friends and family. Of course, if you want to just make it for yourself that’s okay, too. This recipe uses nourishing fats and “butters” to help moisturize, nourish, and pamper dry winter skin. The peppermint essential oils give it a refreshing holiday smell, but it is also a great oil to use on sore muscles and cramps… perfect for winter. Keep in mind that peppermint essential oils are generally more potent than other oils, so a few drops is really all you need. Of course you can switch out the peppermint for your favorite essential oil to give it a whole new flavor. You can also just omit the essential oil for a non-”flavored” homemade lotion. Whatever floats your boat.
Homemade Lotion: Peppermint Whipped Body Butter
1/2 cup coconut oil (find quality coconut products here)
1/2 cup cocoa butter (like this)
1/2 cup shea butter (like this)
1/2 cup sweet almond oil (like this)
1 tsp vitamin E oil (like this)
5 – 10 drops peppermint essential oils (like this)*
1. Place coconut oil, cocoa butter, and shea butter in a medium sized pot over low heat. Stir to combine until it melts completely. Remove from heat.
2. Thoroughly mix in the sweet almond, vitamin E, and peppermint oils.
3. Chill in your refrigerator for an hour or two. You want the mixture to firm up without getting too hard.
4. Once chilled, use a stand mixer (I love my kitchen aid with whip attachment) or hand mixer to mix until you get a decadent whipped consistency. Scoop into a jar or container. As long as you are using quality oils this homemade lotion should last for 6 – 12 months at room temperature. If your home is extra toasty it may melt but you can re-chill and whip it up again with no problem.
*If you are making this whipped body butter for little bodies you may want to choose a different oil like lavender which is more highly recommended for small children.
As with all homemade beauty products, make sure you follow these simple safety guidelines.