Whipped body butters are a great addition to your line of products or just to make for gifts, especially in hot dry weather or winter time. They are easy to make and you can scale the recipe to any size that you want.
A good basic rule of thumb for whipped body butters is 90% hard oils and butters and 10% liquid oils. This will give you a nice whipped texture without being too fragile.
This recipe is full of refined shea butter along with cocoa and mango butters and scented with lavender essential oil.
- 250 grams of refined shea butter
- 25 grams of cocoa butter
- 25 grams of mango butter
- 150 grams of coconut oil (76 degree)
- 50 grams of apricot kernel oil
- 50 grams of arrowroot powder
- 5 grams of lavender essential oil
Measure all ingredients except for the arrowroot powder and essential oil into a bowl that you can place over a water bath:
Melt the oils completely and make sure they are combined.
You could do this in the microwave, but the water bath will prevent any possible scorching of the oils.
Now the important part of this is to chill this in the refrigerator. You want a fast cool down to prevent any grainy texture in your body butter.
When you are ready to whip the butter, remove the bowl from the refrigerator for about 10-15 minutes before to take a little of the chill off the oils so that they whip faster.
Place the oil mixture into the bowl of a stand mixer and add the arrowroot powder and essential oil:
Now beat with the whisk attachment. Start on low so you don't get arrowroot powder everywhere! Gradually turn up the speed to high. Periodically stop the mixer to scrape down the bowl making sure to get the bottom of the bowl.
As you continue to whip, the butter will turn lighter in color and increase in volume. Keep scraping down the bowl and mix until it is light and fluffy like whipped cream or meringue. It may take about 15 minutes. This is how it should look when finished:
Looks good enough to eat, doesn't it? Now fill your jars. This recipe will make about five 4-oz jars. It's a very rich butter and a little goes a long way.
You can use this right away, but I find it is even better the next day. The butter will firm up a bit, yet still be soft and spreadable. The arrowroot will have had a chance to be fully absorbed and prevent it from feeling greasy.
Feel free to substitute oils and butters in the recipe to customize it however you like. Just keep the ratio of solid to liquid oils. To scale the recipe up or down, here is the conversion in parts:
10 parts shea butter (solid)
1 part cocoa butter (solid)
1 part mango butter (solid)
3 parts coconut oil (solid)
2 parts apricot kernel oil (liquid)
1 part arrowroot powder
fragrance will be 1% of your total batch weight.