Cacao Whipped Body Butter
With winter firmly holding its grip and Valentine's day on the horizon, make an edible whipped body butter that can be used as a moisturizer for dry skin enduring the cold season or for a romantic couples massage in whatever fashion that strikes your fancy.
What is whipped body butter? A body butter is a thick moisturizer that containing butters and oils that are melted together and whipped to aerate and lighten it
Does body butter need to be wiped off? No, a body butter does not need to be wiped off as it should be absorbed by the skin just like an oil, cream or lotion.
How to use whipped body butter? Body butter can be used in place of your typical moisturizer, especially in the winter months when even oily skin can become dry. Due to the low melting point of both cocoa butter and coconut oil, this makes for a rich massage oil. Given its edible nature, when using food grade ingredients, the possibilities are endless for its use in the bedroom.
Ingredients. A body butter roughly has equal parts butter and oil. This recipes uses cocoa butter and coconut oil for a light textured result. The addition of powders and honey increases its potency, but also edibility. It does not contain essential oils to keep it food grade.
Cocoa butter is the vegetable fat pressed from fermented and dried cacao beans. Cocoa butter benefits include:
-deeply hydrating to the skin
-creates a barrier to lock in moisture
-aids in repairing and soothing cracked or irritated skin
Coconut oil is the oil pressed from dried and shredded coconut meat. Coconut oil benefits include:
-a penetrating oil suitable for most skin types
-a protective emollient that softens skin
Cacao is the powder of the fermented and dried cacao bean. It is a warming, stimulating, mood improving, endorphin inducing powder rich in antioxidants.
Vanilla is the fermented and dried seed pod of a tropical flowering orchid. It is an aromatic aphrodisiac that incites arousal and calms the mind.
Cinnamon is bark harvested from a Cinnamomum species tree. It is a circulation stimulating herb that can bring blood flow to the skin. It's a warming relaxant that symbolizes love and awakens passions.
Honey is a humectant that promotes the retention of moisture and adds a touch of body and sweetness to the flavor. It can be omitted if the body butter will not be tasted.
Make Cinnamon Cacao Whipped Body Butter
1/4 c cocoa butter
1/4 c coconut oil
2 tsp cacao powder
2 tsp honey, optional
1 tsp cinnamon powder
1/2 tsp vanilla bean powder
Hand mixer with a whisk attachment
Melt cocoa butter and coconut oil in a double boiler until melted.
Remove from heat and pour into a stainless steel mixing bowl.
Put mixing bowl into the fridge to cool the blend. It should be starting to solidify around the edges, though not solidly and remain soft in the middle. Check after 20 minutes and continue to peek every 5 minutes thereafter.
Remove from the fridge and whip with a hand mixer with the whisk attachment until it starts to aerate. If it becomes too firm, let it come to room temperature before blending it.
Add cacao powder, cinnamon powder, vanilla bean powder and honey, if using. Continue to whip until it has a soft, airy texture, about 3-5 minutes.
Bottle and store in a cool, dark place.
Honey may make the feel slightly sticky. If you do not plan to taste or consume the butter, you could omit it.
The body butter will soften or thicken depending on the room temperature.
For a "heavier" body butter, try jojoba or olive oil to replace part of or all of the coconut oil.
Use caution when applying any new topical product to your skin.
Avoid sensitive areas such as mucous membrane tissue.
For educational purposes only.
Not intended for medical advice.
Always consult your physician.
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