Citrus Mango Body Butter

INGREDIENTS

2/3 cup (4 oz) Shea Butter
1 teaspoon Jojoba oil
1/4 teaspoon Vitamin E (or 1 capsule)
8 drops Lemongrass essential oil
2 drops Cypress essential oil
1 teaspoon Corn Starch (reduces “greasy” feeling)
1/3 cup (2 ox) Mango Butter
3 teaspoons Grapeseed oil
10 drops Bergamot essential oil
8 drops Palmarosa essential oil
1 drop Rose Geranium OR Ylang Ylang essential oil
Cosmetic Mica (optional – makes it glittery)

DIRECTIONS

Put about an inch (2.3 cm) of water in the bottom of a medium-sized pot and heat to a low simmer.

Place the Mango and Shea butter in a large heat-proof glass measuring cup (such as Pyrex) and put the measuring cup in the water and warm slowly over a low heat until the butters are melted.

Remove from the heat and add the remaining ingredients. Using a metal spoon, stir to combine (a wooden spoon absorbs the scent of essential oils).

Using an electric hand mixer, whip the butter continually for several minutes (just like you would frosting). As you keep mixing, it will start to look like whipped cream. The more you whip it, the lighter it will become (surprise!).

Option 1: Cold Water Bath. Set the measuring cup into a large bowl filled with ice water to help cool the butter faster. Whip the butter continually until peaks form on top.

Option 2: All Day Method. Let the mixture sit for several hours to cool and set. As it’s setting, whip every couple of hours during the course of the day until the mixture has set to the correct texture.

Spoon into dark glass or PET plastic jars. To reduce air bubbles, tap the jar sharply on the counter occasionally as you’re filling it. Makes about 8 ounces (250ml) of citrus mango body butter.