As regular readers will know, I have recently stopped buying so many store bought chemical laden cosmetics and face and body products, and now try to make many of my own which are natural and organic. You can check out the reasons behind this decision here.
Up to now I have been using my solid moisturiser bars as my body moisturiser (the recipe is here). I love the solid format because they are so easy to use and great for travelling but I do sometimes miss slathering on a cream! It’s difficult to find a completely natural emulsifying agent which will keep the oils and liquids together in order to make a totally natural body cream, however the whipping method is a popular alternative as it needs no emulsifier, and I think the texture is far nicer than a cream. A little goes a long way and it glides on effortlessly, soaking your skin in a rich yet light, totally moisturised cloud of tropical citrus scented natural organic bliss!
Like all homemade cosmetics, it’s surprisingly simple to make, trust me! The types of oils and butter used can be adapted according to your skin’s needs or even just in order to incorporate your favourite smell. The only extra thing you do need is an electric hand whisk -don’t even attempt to try doing it by hand if you don’t have an electric whisk! It takes ten to fifteen minutes of whipping even with the electric one so no matter how strong you are I can’t see anyone managing to whip the oils into a light mousse by hand! You can get very cheap electric models which should work fine. The constant whipping and beating mechanically emulsifies the oils so that they won’t separate, but if you live in a very hot climate, you might want to keep this is in the fridge.
Mango butter is highly moisturising. It improves the skin’s elasticity, prevents wrinkles, and contains large amounts of vitamin A and E. Avocado oil is rich in vitamins A, B, D and E, while also encouraging cell regeneration. Apricot kernel oil is anti inflammatory and especially good for sensitive and mature skins. Jojoba oil is a conditioning oil high in antioxidants and suitable for all skin types.
- 1 cup mango butter
- 1/2 cup coconut oil (grated)
- 1/8 cup jojoba oil
- 1/8 cup peach kernel oil
- 1/4 cup avocado oil
- 10 drops orange essential oil
- 5 drops lemon essential oil
- 5 drops neroli essential oil
Place the butters and oils (minus the essential oils) in to a large heat proof bowl over a saucepan of simmering water. Allow them to melt gently together until fully combined. Remove from the heat. Stir in the essential oils and ensure that the ingredients are mixed well. Place the bowl in the fridge for about an hour until the mixture is hardening slightly. Remove the bowl and whip the mixture with an electric hand mixer until light and fluffy. This should take between ten and twenty minutes -a bit boring but think of it as an arm workout!! Transfer the whipped mousse to lidded (preferably airtight) jar.