Whip Your Mocha Body Butter
WHEN AND HOW TO USE BODY BUTTER
A great time to use body butter is after getting out of the shower or whenever your skin is feeling dry. A change in climate or temperature can affect the skin more than you might think, so having some body butter in close reach can be surprisingly helpful!
BODY BUTTER AND THE FACE
Wondering about using body butter on your face? You can, but it’s generally not recommended. I prefer not to use body butter on my face, as it would layer more oil on top of the oil-based cleanser that I already use. However, everyone’s skin is different, so body butters may work great for some people.
WHEN AND HOW LONG TO WHIP BODY BUTTER
Whip the ingredients for the full time required by the recipe. If you’re impatient, you may end up with more of a balm than a nice whipped butter. Whip the body butter only after the mixed ingredients have cooled: the mixture should look cloudy and harden along the bowl’s edges.
Whipped Mocha Body Butter Recipe
Makes about 2 quarts.
- 20 whole coffee beans
- 1 cup organic refined coconut oil
- 1 cup organic refined shea butter
- 1 cup organic roasted cocoa butter (or wafers)
- 1 cup organic sunflower oil
- Pour whole coffee beans into coconut oil.
- Heat on stovetop over low heat for 10 to 20 minutes.
- Once the oil has developed the desired fragrance, remove from heat and strain through a metal strainer.
- Melt coffee-infused coconut oil with remaining ingredients in a double boiler.
- Allow to cool slightly before pouring mixture into a large bowl.
- Put bowl in fridge until mixture begins to harden around the edges (about 45 minutes). The mixture should look cloudy.
- Whip with a hand mixer on high speed for 8 to 10 minutes until thick and fluffy.
- Put bowl back in fridge for another 5 to 10 minutes to set, then transfer into pantry jars.
- Store in a cool, dark place for up to 6 months.
- Strain coffee beans right away for a subtle scent. For a more potent fragrance, allow beans to sit in coconut oil at room temperature in a cool, dark place for a few days before straining.
- Another way to create a more potent fragrance is to crack or grind the coffee beans before heating, but before you do this, make sure you’ve got a good strainer that will keep rough coffee grounds out of your finished product.
- You can store your body butter in the fridge, but it may be less easy to scoop out when you want to use it.