October 1, 2015 by Katie
Lately, I’ve whipping up a ton of body butter and this recipe is my favorite yet! When I first started experimenting with body butter, I used a combo of coconut oil, cocoa butter, kukui nut oil, mango butter, and vanilla. I stuck with an all plant based moisturizer and it yielded great results. Creamy, thick, cocoa scented, but a little heavy. Then, I got this great tip on Instagram from Kylie Helmer to add arrowroot powder to my body butters. Come to find out, this addition helps the lotion absorb more quickly into your skin and cuts the greasy feel from the thicker oils. Boom. Now, I add arrowroot powder to all my body butters! Thank you Kylie!
In addition to adding arrowroot powder to my new batch of skin nourishment, I also added animal fat. The two grassfed, sustainably sourced fats I’ve been experimenting with are grassfed beef and buffalo tallow. I’ve found that anytime I add these ingredients to my body butters, my husband actually praises how quickly they absorb into his skin and the buttery texture. I’ve found similar characteristics to compliment. Since animal fats have a similar profile to that of our own skin tissue, it makes sense that the tallow does its job effectively. Now, I know some of you may be against the use of animal fat, and that’s perfectly ok, you can always sub the tallow out for mango, cocoa, or shea butter and still get a great lotion! But, if you’re ok with animal fat use, then you should absolutely try using tallow in your mixes. The buffalo tallow I use in the recipe below yields spectacular results. Smooth, creamy, fast absorbing, and filled with vital nutrients like; A, D, E and K, as well as CLA. This combination of vitamins are only found in tallow, but the plant based oils and butters that I used such as tamanu oil, rosehip oil, jojoba oil, mango butter, and cocoa butter all have their own list of healing properties:
Tamanu Oil– a dark green oil that absorbs quickly into the skin and comes from the South Pacific region. I added it to my body butter blend for many reasons, but I especially like that it accelerates wound healing and promotes the growth of new skin tissue. Plus, it is great at minimizing the appearance of dark spots, such as acne scars, bug bites, or scrapes, and even fights acne! My skin breaks out fairly easily, so I’m very careful with what I put on my skin, especially my upper back and arms. I’ve had no breakouts using tamanu oil and if anything, the scarring from my teenage years are diminishing! Yay! I’m also a sun worshipper and tamanu oil is great for wearing in the sunshine. It has a natural spf of 18-22, plus it helps rejuvenate the skin after sun exposure. You can check my references at the bottom for more skin benefits, it seems the list is endless.
Rosehip Oil- a mild, lightweight, quick absorbing oil that is rich in vitamins; beta-carotene, essential fatty acids, and antioxidants. I added it to my body butter because it’s one of the best oils on the market for improving skin texture, tone, and pigmentation. It diminishes fine lines and wrinkles as well as reduces scar appearance and other skin discolorations. It has the unique ability to penetrate the deep layers of your skin and boost collagen and elastin production, which strengthens and improves your skins elasticity. Also, it’s especially good for sun damaged skin. It minimizes UV damage, reducing wrinkles and dark spots.
Jojoba Oil- a light oil, that absorbs quickly and is prized for it’s ability to balance skin oil production, especially trouble zones, like the T spot on your face. It’s a great oil if you have sensitive skin that’s prone to breakouts. It’s anti-microbial and anti-inflammatory properties help calm the skin and even soothe sunburns, making your skin less likely to peel as well as combats UV damage. Since it’s a waxy oil that’s similar to our own skin sebum, it does a great job of creating a layer on the skin, that traps moisture in, making it ideal for body butter.
Cocoa Butter- a thick, rich, hard at room temperature moisturizer that smells heavenly. It is cherished for it’s ability to improve skin tone, by diminishing stretch marks and discolorations. It also has an SPF of 4, making it a great for before, during, and post sun exposure. Every time I use cocoa butter after I get a little red from the sun, I wake up the next day bronze! I always take cocoa butter on my tropical vacations! I added it to this body butter because I like it’s beneficial properties, smell, creaminess, and thickness that it gives my body butters. It, along with mango butter, helps balance the oils for a rich, buttery texture.
Mango Butter- a thick, solid at room temperature, mild scented butter that is similar in texture to cocoa and shea butter. It has an SPF of 6-15 and not only shields you from the sun, but replenishes your skin afterwards too! Shown to regenerate skin and reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and skin discolorations. I add it to my body butters because it gives them a nice texture, same as the cocoa butter, but has a much milder smell making it great for adding scents to. I have found I like mango butter in my body products more than shea butter, which in my opinion has a very strong, slightly off smell, that doesn’t pair well with essential oils. Also, mango butter absorbs into the skin more quickly that cocoa and shea butter, making it ideal for daily wear.
And that’s just the start of the benefits for your skin! This is why I love using these ingredients. Every one of them has hundreds of beneficial properties and different ways they work with your system to help nourish you. Just like the nutrient dense foods that we consume for vitality, skin food is important too! As I learn more and more about our largest organ (our skin), I now think twice about what I put on my skin. Year after year, I throw out more of my store bought beauty products and replace them with homemade remedies. Now, onto making the body butter!
1/4 cup buffalo tallow
1/4 cup mango butter
1/4 cup cocoa butter
1/8 cup tamanu oil
1/8 cup rosehip oil
1/8 cup jojoba oil
1 tsp arrowroot powder
Essential oil blend- I used 3/4 tsp of peppermint oil, 1/8 tsp lavender oil, and 1/8 tsp of tea tree oil
- Set up a double boiler and turn the heat to medium-low. Add all the oils and butter to the bowl (1/4 cup buffalo tallow, 1/4 cup mango butter, 1/4 cup cocoa butter, 1/8 cup tamanu oil, 1/8 cup rosehip oil, and 1/8 cup jojoba oil). Don’t worry about the essential oils and arrowroot powder, you add them last after the liquid has cooled.
- Stir frequently and remove from heat once everything has melted.
- Place the mixture in the refrigerator until it thickens and changes color (roughly one to two hours). During this time, it’s best to frequently stir and check on your mixture, so it doesn’t solidify, which makes it impossible to whip.
- Remove the mixture from the refrigerator once it’s thickened and changed colors. You want a consistency similar to the one pictured above or your body butter won’t whip into a buttery, airy texture very well. If it doesn’t fluff, stick it back in the fridge until it’s thickened a bit more.
- If your body butter mixture hardens too much, stir it up a bit. This will melt it just a bit, giving it a better texture to then whip.
- Add 1 tsp of arrowroot powder.
- Add your essential oil blend and stir with a hand mixer on medium speed until fluffy.
- Package your body butter up and keep next to your shower! *Tip: while damp after wash, apply your body butter from head to toe, then pat dry. This will help push the water into your skin and keep you more hydrated throughout the day! Plus, patting dry will help cut some of the heaviness of the oil, making it better for day time wear!
I really hope you love my new body butter blend! And feel free to check out the research articles below! Tons of good info and a more in depth analysis of the different oils and butters I used in this recipe! And if you make this body butter, let me know what you think and if you see improvements in your skin! Please comment below! 🙂