It’s getting to be that time of year again. Hot cocoa and peppermint everything.
With the fall gloom settling over the Pacific Northwest, I was looking for a recipe that would allow me to replenish my dwindling supply of body lotion and provide an inkling of holiday cheer to combat the gray, rainy skies outside. This recipe definitely hit the spot.
This chocolate peppermint whipped body butter recipe makes for a fun afternoon craft, and it’s an easy first foray into world of making whipped body butters.
- 80 drops peppermint essential oil
- 10 drops vanilla absolute (optional)
- 1/4 cup non-deodorized cocoa butter
- 1/4 cup jojoba oil
- 1/2 cup refined coconut oil
- 2 tablespoons corn starch
You can absolutely stick to just peppermint essential oil. I added a hint of vanilla oleoresin to try and sweeten up the resulting aroma (I’m a sucker for Andes bars…what can I say?) but the result was pretty negligible.
You want to use non-deodorized cocoa butter because that’s the kind that retains that chocolatey smell we all love so much. I chose to use refined coconut oil because I didn’t want the coconut aroma overpowering that of the cocoa butter. However, you can absolutely use unrefined if that’s your preference.
The corn starch is added to absorb some of the greasiness of the oils. You can also use arrowroot powder if you have it on hand. I find that the addition of the starch makes for a silkier, non-greasy feeling.
Tools and Storage
I used several screw-top mason jelly jars to store the body butter. However, these glass jars with a rubber gasket could be a great way to store the butter and prevent that awkward feeling of twisting caps with lotion-y hands.
I personally use a frugal “pot-within-a-pot” double boiler setup (see process pictures below), but an item like this is a worthy investment if you’re planning to continue making body butters at home.
You don’t need an fancy hand mixer to get the job done. I used an inexpensive multi-speed mixer to make this body butter.
Honestly, measuring out solid oils is a pain in the butt if you’re doing it by volume (i.e. cups). It’s much easier – and faster – to weigh carrier oils out on a kitchen scale.
How to make your DIY body butter
First, weigh out the carrier oils on a kitchen scale. Using density measurements found on the internet, I calculated that I should have approximately the following:
- 100 grams coconut oil
- 55 grams cocoa butter
- 51 grams jojoba oil
Add them all to the double boiler and start melting:
After melting your oils, let the mixture cool until it starts to solidify again. I let the pot cool on the stovetop until it was room temperature, then I put the pot in the fridge.
You’ll know the oil mixture is ready when it starts becoming opaque and slightly solid to the touch. (For me, the oils were ready about 20 minutes after I put them in the fridge.)
Now, combine the essential oils in a small beaker or container and measure out your corn starch.
Finally, toss the essential oils and corn starch into the pot and WHIP!
Now, gently spoon your freshly whipped body butter into the containers of your choice and — viola! A delightful chocolate peppermint body butter!
Let me know how your body butter turned out! How does it compare to the body butters you typically use?
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