Vanilla Infused Shea Coconut Body Butter
- 6.6 ounces shea butter
- 3.3 ounces coconut
- 1/4 cup (1.715 oz) vanilla infused jojoba oil (to learn how to make: http://theida.com/essential-oils/vanilla-bean-infusion)
- 1/4 cup (1.91 oz) avocado oil
- 1 tsp (.145 oz) sea buckthorn co2 extract
*All ingredients certified organic.
Essential oils: I put three different ‘scents’ in different jars, as follows:
- Cardamom: 12-15 drops Cardamom in each jar (made 3 jars)
- Neroli: 6-7 drops Neroli (made 2 jars)
- Lavender: 15 -20 drops Lavender (made 3 jars)
Pre-make Vanilla infused Coconut
- 1 cup extra virgin coconut oil
- 4 vanilla beans
Step One: Cut vanilla beans down the center
Note: At this point, you can remove vanilla seeds if desired. I leave them in and just avoid scooping them out later, the coconut with vanilla seeds that remains can be used in a body scrub.
Step Two: Place coconut oil and vanilla beans in doubler boiler.
Step Three: Gently heat. I leave the stove on low for about 3-4 days while I am at home, either in the morning and/or at night. At night, before going to bed, turn stove off. Resume the next day with gently heating the mixture.
Step Four: After 3-4 four days, strain through wire mesh strainer while warm. Some of the seeds will get through but they will settle to the bottom.
Step Five: Allow 24 hours for the coconut to return back to a solid state. If it is very hot and humid, even with air conditioning, the coconut may stay more fluid. Put in fridge to harden, if desired.
To make Vanilla Shea Coconut Body Butter
Step 1: Weigh and measure all ingredients.
Step 2: Gently melt shea butter and coconut oil in double boiler.
Step Three: Stir mix well while it is melting. Just before the shea and coconut are completely melted, remove from heat.
**While this is melting (or before) add drops of essential oils into clean sterilized glass jars. See drops per jar.
Step Four: Add in vanilla infused jojoba, avocado and sea buckthorn co2 extract
Be sure to stir well with stainless steel fork.
Step 6: Place completed jars with lids on, in the freezer for about 30 minutes to help the shea butter set.
Step 7: After 30 minutes, remove from freezer and set out in cool area. It can take up to 12-24 hours for a butter to completely set.
Step Eight: While the butter is setting and hardening, take time to make labels! Label each jar with all ingredients. I am in the midst of making labels and will post pictures as soon as they are complete. I ended up putting the butter jars in the refrigerator to solidify as it is hot and humid here even with air conditioning!
After 12-24 hours, the butter is Ready to use! This butter will stay ‘solid’ when kept refrigerated and will soften when at room temperature during the summer months. Enjoy this rich emollient soothing body butter to nourish your skin!
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