This mango body butter recipe is intensely hydrating and great for targeted moisturizing for dry skin. I’ll use this on my elbows, knees and anywhere that likes to dry out like a prune in 100-degree weather.
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First, you’ll want to set up your water bath. To do this, fill a saucepan with a couple of inches of water and allow to reach a simmering temperature, then turn off the heat.Next, weigh out the mango butter and place it into your pyrex/heatproof bowl, and place the bowl on the saucepan to melt. If you find your butter is melting, turn the heat back on to the lowest level.While the butter is melting, let’s use this time to set up our water bath. Fill your second bowl with ice and cold water. Set to one side while your butter finishes up melting in the water bath.Now that our mango butter has melted, remove from the water bath. Now, mix in our two carrier oils. I’m using avocado and argan oils. Then, lower the bowl into the ice water bath. At this point, stir thoroughly with a spoon continuously for about a minute.
Now that the mixture has cooled, we can add the essential oils. EOs have to be added at a cooler temperature because their beneficial properties are highly susceptible to degradation at high temperatures. Once added, mix thoroughly.
Now we’ve added all of our ingredients, stir thoroughly until the mixture reaches a light trace (similar to trace in soap making). This is when the mixture is stiff enough to support itself. You should be able to pick some of the mixture up with a spoon and drizzle it back onto its surface without it immediately sinking in.
When it’s at this stage, transfer to your chosen container, and you’re all finished with this DIY body butter!
Shelf life is around a year dependant upon the shelf life remaining of your oils, add a little vitamin e to extend this.