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I made a set of homemade pampering goodies this year for Mother’s day which I wrapped up in a cute little package; homemade citrus salt scrub (which I showed you last week) and honey scented homemade whipped body butter. They were the perfect item to wrap up my Mother’s day shopping.
I found a pretty simple and easy homemade whipped body butter recipe from One Good Thing, which honestly looked good enough to eat.
I used the same recipe except I added beeswax to make it more solid. I found the recipe was a bit too runny for me. I also didn’t use essential oils, I’ve read online that they aren’t that safe. So an unexpected/added bonus is that the beeswax gives it a subtle scent of honey, even though honey is not used in the recipe.
*Just wanted to clarify, because I’ve gotten some questions: There is no honey in the recipe. The beeswax is what give the cream a subtle honey scent.
You can download and print the recipe card here.
The original recipe uses sweet almond oil which was too expensive at Whole Foods. So I used regular almond oil and it worked out fine.
Your best bet for finding all the ingredients in one place is by going to a local independently owned health food store. Whole Foods doesn’t seem to carry base ingredients for making natural products at home, hmm I wonder why?
If you’re like me and don’t have a double broiler, just place a metal mixing bowl into a pan with water and heat, later use it to whip the recipe. (I used my metal rice cooker bowl)
This recipe makes enough to fill about 3-8oz jars. I got my canning jars at Tarjay for a steal of a price. You can find them in the Kitchen section.
Gather your ingredients:
Heat the solid ingredients in a double broiler; shea butter, coconut oil and grated honey until melted. Remove from heat and add in almond oil. At this point if you’re using a real double broiler, transfer the melted mixture to a mixing bowl. If you used a metal mixing bowl as a double broiler then just leave the stuff in there.
These are the labels I used for the jar, you can download and print them out here.
For the packaging I bought some clear plastic goodie bags at Party City that come with their own twist ties. They fit the two 8oz jars like a glove. If the jars would have been even one 1mm larger they would not have fit.
I used a dollar store ribbon from my ribbon stash to hide the twist tie and to attach a Happy Mother’s day label.
I made some for myself and have been using it on my hands and elbows at night before going to bed. When you first apply it will feel oily, so use very little and keep rubbing it in. The oil will get absorbed after a little while. It feels great on your skin and what I love best is that the honey keeps it solid so the oils don’t melt and separate.
BTW, you may (or may not) be wondering what the K.C. on the tags stand for. It’s the initials of the community we live in. Our initials J.R. or R.J. didn’t sound as good.