For Valentine's Day I wanted to come up with a body butter made with Roses. Rose hips are very high in vitamin C which is excellent for the skin. Vitamin C helps keep skin looking young and may help increase collagen in the skin which reduces the signs of wrinkles.
Body butter is an awesome moisturizer for dry winter skin, works great as a pregnant belly butter, and can even be an effective diaper rash cream.
Cocoa Butter & Rose Hips Body Butter
- 1/2 cup Cocoa Butter
- 1/2 cup Shea Butter
- 1/3 cup Coconut Oil
- 1/4 cup Almond Oil
- 1/4 cup Olive Oil
- 2 tbsp. Rose Hips
- 15 drops Rose Essential Oil
All of these ingredients can be purchased from Mountain Rose Herbs online.
In a double boiler (I use a pyrex glass measuring cup), warm add the coconut oil, almond oil, and olive oil. Warm the oil on low heat until all oil is melted and liquid. Add the rose hips to the oil and keep on low heat for 15 minutes. Remove from heat and allow to steep for 30 minutes.
After 30 minutes, strain out the rose hips and return the oil to the double boiler. Add the cocoa butter and shea butter and warm the oils on low heat until all oils are melted. Pour into a bowl and put in the refrigerator or freezer until hardened. It will look like this:
Whip the body butter with a hand mixer or immersion blender and add the essential oils. It will have the consistency of butter once whipped.
Put the finished body butter into a jar and refrigerate for 30 minutes to set. Within 24 hours the body butter will be totally set at its final texture.
The recipe made two 8 oz jars of body butter. This is a thick body butter with a slightly oily texture due to the coconut oil and a chocolaty smell from the cocoa butter. This would make an amazingly rich Valentine's Day gift for anyone on your list.
To purchase a hand made organic body butter like this one that is already made visit my skin care shop to purchase my whipped shea butter body butter.
Do you make your own body butter at home? What is your favorite recipe?