DIY Whipped Peppermint Body Butter

DIY Whipped Peppermint Body Butter | An easy, 5-ingredient clean beauty product to add to your routine with major skin moisturizing superpowers! Also makes a budget-friendly DIY holiday gift! | My Fresh Perspective | #cleanbeauty #greenbeauty #diy #christmas #diygifts

Pamper yourself with this DIY Whipped Peppermint Body Butter, a natural, easy 5-ingredient recipe that’ll leave your skin feeling soft, smooth and moisturized. It’s packed with antioxidants and essential fatty acids to promote collagen production, and smells divine!


Let’s start the week with a mini pop quiz (and don’t worry, it’s only 1 question and FUN!) Are you currently….

A. Feeling like your skin could drink an entire tub of coconut oil because it’s so dry (thanks, winter)

B. In need of a pedicure or foot massage because although the stilettos, pumps and booties you’ve been wearing to holiday parties are super cute, they’re also starting to take a toll

C. Looking for some easy, budget-friendly Christmas gifts because Christmas is getting rrrrrrreally close

D. Getting an early start on your intention for the new year to clean up your skin + body care routine

I’m a bit of A, a whole lot of B, and a little C. By no matter whether you answered, A, B, C, D, or all of the above, it’s your lucky day because there’s a super easy DIY solution for them all! I’ve shared several homemade body care recipes here in the past, and the 5-Ingredient Peppermint Body Butter I made this weekend is the latest addition to the bunch.

DIY Whipped Peppermint Body Butter | An easy, 5-ingredient clean beauty product to add to your routine with major skin moisturizing superpowers! Also makes a budget-friendly DIY holiday gift! | My Fresh Perspective | #cleanbeauty #greenbeauty #diy #christmas #diygifts

What’s inside: the 5 ingredients

They’re all natural, non-toxic, safe and simple, of course! And there’s a good chance you’ve already got some in your house right now.

1. Cacao butter

As you may have guessed from the name, cocoa butter is pure, cold-pressed oil from cacao beans, and has a lovely chocolatey smell. In solid state it’s hard and kind of oily to touch, but not in a greasy way – think in a chocolate bar kind of way. (Cacao butter is a key part of chocolate making!) It contains valuable essential fatty acids that help to moisturize and stimulate collagen production when applied to our skin. Cacao butter is also rich in antioxidants and nutrients that support our immune system. It melts when it hits the skin, making it great for maintaining overall smoothness and texture.

2. Shea butter

Looking at shea butter next to cacao butter, you might not notice much of a difference. Some brands tend to be a little more yellow than others, sometimes in jars, sometimes chunks, pellets, discs – there’s a lot of variation but as long as you pick good high-quality raw ones, similar health benefits we’ve been talking about here apply. The biggest difference (in my experience) is that cacao butter smells chocolatey and shea butter is more on the nutty side.

3. Coconut oil

Good old coconut oil makes yet another appearance and I don’t know about you, but I’m not complaining. How did we survive before this got cool? Specific to this recipe, coconut oil provides antibacterial and anti-fungal properties. It’s also much softer than coconut butter and shea butter, and melts as soon as it hits the skin. I’ve found that the equal ratios of the 3 in this recipe are just right texture-wise and blend together for a rich, super moisturizing body butter.

4. Extra virgin olive oil

Hooray for yet another multi-purpose kitchen staple item! Olive oil is the only oil in this recipe that’s liquid at room temperature (in my house at this time of year, anyway) and adds even more antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties. It also provides all 4 fat soluble vitamins, A, D, E and K. Vitamin E is particularly nourishing for the skin and is often added to cosmetics and body care products for this reason.

5. Peppermint essential oil

It wouldn’t be Whipped Peppermint Body Butter without this, would it?! I’ve never used any essential oils internally – just topically and in the diffusers in my house. But regardless, always, be sure to pick a pure, well-sourced essential oil for your body care products because the quality of what you put on your skin is just as important as what you eat.

2 important notes on shea butter + cacao butter

(…because I know you’re probably wondering)

Substitutions

Personally, I really love the mild chocolatey scent in this Whipped Peppermint Body Butter, but if you wanted to make a body butter with a different scent (like citrus for example) and don’t want cacao to overpower it, you could replace the same quantity for shea butter. The same goes for this recipe – it’ll just be more minty.

Heat

I use raw cacao and shea butter to ensure that as much of their essential fatty acid benefits are maintained, and when making my DIY body care, I’m careful never bring it to a boil. You can do this by using the double boiler melting method, which is incredibly easy and I’ll walk you through it in the instructions below.

Ok, get your hand mixer ready. For all of the dry skin sufferers, high heel-wearing heroines, last minute shoppers and clean beauty buffs, consider this body butter a Christmas miracle!

DIY Whipped Peppermint Body Butter | An easy, 5-ingredient clean beauty product to add to your routine with major skin moisturizing superpowers! Also makes a budget-friendly DIY holiday gift! | My Fresh Perspective | #cleanbeauty #greenbeauty #diy #christmas #diygifts

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DIY Whipped Peppermint Body Butter | An easy, 5-ingredient clean beauty product to add to your routine with major skin moisturizing superpowers! Also makes a budget-friendly DIY holiday gift! | My Fresh Perspective | #cleanbeauty #greenbeauty #diy #christmas #diygifts

DIY Whipped Peppermint Body Butter


  • Author: Angela Simpson

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Pamper yourself with this DIY Whipped Peppermint Body Butter, a natural, easy 5-ingredient recipe that’ll leave your skin feeling soft, smooth and moisturized. It’s packed with antioxidants and essential fatty acids to promote collagen production, and smells divine!


Scale

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup cacao butter (I use Navitas Organics which is cold pressed, organic, fair trade and non-GMO)
  • 1/2 cup pure organic shea butter
  • 1/3 cup organic virgin coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 tsp peppermint essential oil (this is about 25 drops)

Instructions

  1. Make your double boiler: Fill a small pot with water about 1/4 inch deep and place it on the stove. Bring it to a gentle boil.
  2. Place your glass bowl on top. The bottom should hover just over the boiling water and the edges of the bowl should be held by the sides of the pot. No water droplets should be able to escape out the sides.
  3. Melt your cacao butter, shea butter and coconut oil until no solids remain. Once completely melted, whisk in the olive oil and remove from the heat for about 5 minutes to cool slightly. Be careful when removing the glass bowl from on top of the pot to avoid steam burn. I recommend wearing oven mitts and have learned through first hand experience!)
  4. Stir in the essential oils and set the bowl in the fridge to chill for 1 hour. It will start to set around the edges, but will likely still be very yellow in colour.
  5. Use a hand mixer to whip the ingredients for 8-10 minutes or until completely opaque. (Have patience – this WILL happen eventually!)
  6. Let the whipped body butter chill for a few more minutes. It will set a bit more during this time. Scoop it into a glass jar with a tight-fitting lid.

Notes

Unless your home is particularly warm, your body butter should stay whipped and not melty. If it does melt, simply re-whip and keep it in a cool dark place. It will harden in the fridge, so I don’t recommend this unless you have time to let it sit out for a while before using.

DIY Whipped Peppermint Body Butter | An easy, 5-ingredient clean beauty product to add to your routine with major skin moisturizing superpowers! Also makes a budget-friendly DIY holiday gift! | My Fresh Perspective | #cleanbeauty #greenbeauty #diy #christmas #diygifts

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I’d love to hear if you have any favourite DIY body care products. Feel free to share or link them up in the comments below!

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