I’ve made this particular body butter a few times now and it’s fast becoming a favorite of mine. It has a slightly glossy look about it and very light and fluffy. I’ve chosen a wonderful exotic smelling scent with all the benefits to combat dry itchy skin to help get through those cold winter months.
Like most of my DIY body butters it’s super easy and fun to make, it’s very cost-effective and isn’t full of all the toxins you’d get from a store-bought one, and let’s be honest do we want to be putting toxins on to the biggest organ of our body (the skin) to be sucked in and absorbed.
As this is an oil-based cream you don’t even need to add a preservative.
The Ingredients We Use In This Body Butter
This recipe makes around 150 grams but you will need at least a 200g jar after fluffing. I personally find this is a good trial amount for personal use.
Carrot (Daucus carota) Macerated Oil is an oil that has been infused with carrots, usually in sunflower or vegetable oil and should not be confused with carrot seed essential oil. Its color can vary from yellow to orange, which will determine the color of your finished product.
Carrot macerated oil is great for revitalizing and regenerating the skin. It’s ultra-rich in Beta carotene and packed full of vitamins and fatty acids, which makes it a great all-rounder for any skin that is prone to looking dull and dry in the winter.
All skin craves vitamin E in the winter months so I’ve added a whole gram, plus the grapeseed oil that is crammed full of it. The grapeseed oil is also a light oil which makes it easy to whisk up into a light fluffy finish almost like a marshmallow.
I’ve used a mix of Mango and shea butter in this recipe, mainly because the Mango butter is a little less greasy than shea butter, which makes it more suited to all skin types because let’s face it, it’s not just dry skin that needs nourishing in the winter.
Having said that if you have extremely dry skin you might prefer to substitute the mango for more shea butter.
All butters can be prone to graininess, a good whip up with a high powered electric whisk can often but not always get rid of the graininess. These grains will not affect the beneficial properties of the body butter and they will melt easily on contact with the warm skin.
If you really can’t live with them I suggest you gently melt the body butter down and whisk once it’s begun to solidify.
The essential oils are chosen for their wonderful aroma and of course their marvelous therapeutic benefits for encouraging the regeneration of fresh healthy skin. Again this can be adapted to match your personal needs or the available essential oils you have to hand. Take a look at our essential oil user chart for help on this.
Other Functional Ingredients
So what is Isopropyl Myristate and why use It. Isopropyl Myristate is a totally safe synthetic oil that will add extra body to the butter whilst making it feel less greasy. It’s commonly used in beauty and cosmetics products as it helps to lubricate, retain and strengthen the skin’s natural moisture.
How To Make Carrot Infused Body Butter
- Weigh out the mango and refined shea butter into a glass, stainless steel or PET plastic bowl.
- Using an electric hand whisk, give the butters a good old whisk until they are well creamed and fluffy.
- Once you are happy with the creaminess and the butter feels smooth add the Isopropyl Myristate and whisk again until well combined.
- Add the carrot and grapeseed oil and continue to whisk. As both the Mango and shea butter are prone to graininess you may want to test the texture of the whipped butter between your fingers as you go. It may not be possible to get rid of all the grains but they can be minimized from giving it a good beating.
- Now it’s time to add the vitamin E and the essential oils.
- You will need to give the butter a final whisk to make sure the essential oil are fully combined and give the whole thing an extra fluffing.
- Transfer into a suitable container, preferably glass or PET plastic and enjoy!!!