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Body Butter

This week I’m stepping out of the kitchen and into the spa to bring you a recipe that I recently made with some friends while our babies cooed and our older kids ran around us in circles. I’m kind of impressed we got this done in the smack dab middle of a play date, so this just goes to show how easy this recipe actually is. We are still new to Santa Fe and moving from sea level to 7000 feet is no joke, so we are all adjusting, including our thirsty skin.

How do I even begin to describe why I needed a body butter in my life this week? Maybe it was because I had two snotty kids getting over colds so between wiping noses and changing diapers I think I was washed my hands fifty times a day so they felt like sandpaper. Or maybe it had something to do with the fact that I accidentally poisoned my husband with a new plant based supplement I was adding to our morning smoothies that caused River and I to feel amazing but caused Hans to break out in a crazy rash all over his arms, legs and feet (sooo sorry babe<3<3). Long story short, I needed a serious moisturizer with ingredients I could count on and pronounce and this ended up being just what we all needed.

Sure, I could’ve bought a moisturizer at the store, but that’s just not as much fun when by making my own I can add the exact butters I want to use, the exact essential oils I want to smell..a perfectly customized match. I used Rose and Frankincense essential oils, but you could choose your own favorite scented essential oils.

The other nice thing about this recipe is that all of the ingredients can be found at almost any natural grocery store. The arrowroot flour gives the body butter a less “oily” feel, but is totally optional. If you just want the moisture and not additional scent, go ahead and omit the essential oil.

Ingredients
1/4 c. (41 g.) Shea Butter
1/4 c. (41 g.) Cocoa or Mango Butter
1/4 c. (42 g.) plant oil (almond, jajoba, coconut or even olive oil)
2 T. arrowroot flour/starch (optional)
34 drops of essential oil (optional)

Method
1.) Create a Double Boiler: Place a saucepan partially filled over medium heat.
2.) Measure or weigh the shea butter, mango or cocoa butter and place in a glass bowl.
3.) Place glass bowl on top of the saucepan (it should nest on top of the pan and not be touching the water) until butters are melted. Remove from heat when melted.
4.) In another small bowl, whisk the plant oil of your choice with the arrowroot flour.
5.) Whisk melted butter and plant oil mixture together.
6.) Cool in the fridge until solid.
7.) Put solidified body butter into a blender, add essential oil and blend for five to ten seconds until smooth.
8.) Put in a glass jar with a lid.

Component in Action
-some favorite essential oils to consider, lemon, pine, eucalyptus, lavender and chamomile
-make a double batch and give one away to a friend