Summer and body butters are a no-no in my dictionary. They melt, they’re greasy, and using natural oils and butters on the sun-exposed skin isn’t the best idea ever. But, this butter is completely different!
If you want to glow your skin this summer with minimal greasiness but gorgeously nourishing and fragrant ingredients, this is the recipe to try!
Today, we’re whipping a gorgeously decadent body butter, perfect for summer. It’ll nourish your skin and help it glow. The best part? It’s minimally greasy (thanks to two superb ingredients) and suitable for beginners! If you’re not into butters, give my creamy cocoa grapefruit body lotion a try!
I’ve been testing this mousse for a while now and I can say it’s just about the perfect homemade body butter for glowing skin. Surely, you won’t get the glow-y result just by using this butter though. If you want a gorgeously looking skin, there are a few other things on your do-to list, and you can find those below. Aaand, if you’re using this on sun-exposed skin, make sure to SPF beforehand (it’s an essential step in anyone’s skincare routine if you want a healthy and youthful skin).
The reason why I’m in love with this purple creaminess is
Because it’s purple
Makes a perfect gift
Suitable for summer use as it’s not that greasy
Easily absorbed by the skin
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WE'LL TALK ABOUT..
What do I put in a whipped body butter?
Before we head over to the recipe and the process of making this butter, let’s say a few words about the ingredients!
Mango butter soaks into the skin quickly, and it leaves it smooth and soft. In other words, it’s a gorgeous butter to work with as it’s versatile and quite beneficial as well! I’ve used it in a number of recipes, including this fluffy Patchouli skin-firming body butter.
It’s suitable for all skin types, and since it’s loaded with antioxidants and essential fatty acids, it provides the necessary support when the weather conditions are harsh (and the scorching summer sun is one of them!). What’s more, it has emollient properties, boost skin’s elasticity, and improves its appearance. It’s a natural way to get radiant skin!
I’ve only discovered cupuacu butter last year but managed to fall in love with it in an instant. I was so impressed by it that I decided to dedicate it one whole recipe series over the holiday season (you can find my Arctic Illuminating recipe series here).
And so I figured I wanted to use it again! Cupuacu is great for dry skin. It’s similar to mango as it also helps to boost elasticity, but its advantage is that it prevents water loss from the skin (according to IngredientsToDieFor, cupuacu butter has “the capacity to attract 240% more water allowing it to function much more effectively as a skin hydrator and plumper” – talking about glowing skin right here, huh?) which is excellent for summer!
Apart from that it promotes smooth, soft skin, improves its regeneration.
Macadamia nut oil
Macadamia is my go-to oil when I run out of grapeseed oil. it’s versatile, stable, and quite affordable. I’ve combined it in the recipe series with cupuacu butter (see above), and they work very well together!
Macadamia nut oil is extremely rich in essential fatty acids and its chemical profile is similar to that or our sebum (you won’t be using this butter on your face I imagine, but that’s very interesting info!). What’s more, it’s quite soothing for the skin; it helps to protect it from environmental damage and improves its regeneration and recovery.
Tapioca starch helps to tone down the greasy butters and oils. You can substitute it with arrowroot powder or cornstarch, all three are common to use in body butters as they all do the same thing. You can omit it if greasiness doesn’t bother you, though!
Don’t get scared, cetyl alcohol isn’t drying alcohol that you would want to avoid putting on your skin. This little thing is a fatty alcohol and can actually soften the skin, it’s emollient, and it helps to thicken the products. I’ve used it because it helps to tone down the greasy factor and because it improves the texture of the product (making it smoother).
Vitamin E oil
Vitamin E oil is a potent antioxidant and great for the skin. What’s more, it helps to prevent oils from going rancid too soon, so it’ll actually prolong the shelf life of this product (it’s not a preservative though).
Purple mica powder + essential oils
To complete this body butter for glowing skin, we’re adding a bit of purple mica powder into the mix, to liven it up and give it that gentle purple color. You can omit it or substitute it with another mica of choice, but since it’s summer, let’s color stuff up!
For the essential oil blend, I used my new favorite (ylang-ylang essential oil) and combined it with my old favorite (grapefruit essential oil), to complement the purple color and freshen it up a bit. Seriously, this stuff smells amazing, but it’s gentle enough so that it won’t bother your nose too much!
How to make body butter for glowing skin?
This body mousse, just like its brothers and sisters, is quite easy to make. You weigh, you whip, and you slather it on!
The only difference between this one and the ones I’ve made before is the amount of whipping I’ve done. Don’t get scared once you get to the recipe instructions; I’ve whipped it quite a lot to achieve that creamy and gooey consistency, and my skin says that it was worth it!
So here’s how we go about making this decadent butter:
We weigh all the ingredients (apart from mica, essential oils, and vitamin E oil) in a beaker/cup.
We melt all these ingredients on the stovetop (you could probably do it in a microwave, but I don’t have one so can’t say how well would that work).
Next, we place it in the freezer, wait for it to solidify somewhat, take it out of the freezer, and whip away!
And whip again!
And whip some more.
Seriously, I’ve spent the last 2 hours just whipping (with breaks and pauses in between). The result? 200g of gooey creamy purple floral butter that I can’t wait to slather on!
DIY Body Butter For Glowing Skin
- 51g mango butter
- 26g cupuacu butter
- 39g macadamia nut oil
- 6g cetyl alcohol
- 7g tapioca starch
- 0.4g purple mica powder
- 0.3g ylang-ylang essential oil
- 0.1g grapefruit essential oil
- A few drops vitamin E oil
- Prepare a water bath: add 3cm/1” of water to a wide pan. Bring the water to simmer (low-medium heat).
- Weigh mango and cupuacu butters in a heat-resistant glass measuring cup, along with cetyl alcohol, macadamia nut oil, and tapioca starch
- Place the cup into the water and let the ingredients melt (15-20 min)
- Once melted, remove the cup from heat
- Place the cup into the freezer for 10 minutes or until the center is still a bit runny, but the rest of the mixture has solidified (see photos above)
- Next, remove the cup from the freezer and begin whipping the butter. Take your hand mixer and whip for 3 minutes
- Place it back into the freezer for 3 minutes
- Whip for another 3 minutes
- Let the butter sit at room temperature for 3 minutes
- Whip for another 3 minutes
- Let the butter sit at room temperature for 1.5 hours
- Add mica powder and whip another 3 minutes
- Let it sit for another 20 minutes. Weigh in vitamin E oil
- Whip for another 3 minutes
- The butter should resemble whipped cream and appear glossy
- Transform into a 200ml container/jar of choice and slather it on!
- You can use a different mica powder and essential oil blend or omit them altogether
- Substitute tapioca powder for arrowroot powder or cornstarch
- You can omit cetyl alcohol from the recipe, but it helps to minimize the greasy feel
- Substitute macadamia nut oil with hazelnut, almond, or grapeseed oil
Tips on achieving glowing skin
The body butter is full of nutrients that protect and nourish the skin during the long hot summer and scorching sun, but that won’t be enough if you want to achieve glowing skin!
- Stay hydrated; drink water and provide enough moisture to your skin (with a facial mist or a creamy body lotion)
- Exfoliate regularly; body scrubs, such as this Lime and Coconut fluffy scrub are your best friend as they remove dead skin cells and rejuvenate the skin (but keep it reasonable; one to two times a week is enough)
- Try a fake tanner for a natural bronze skin
- SPF, SPF, SPF to keep the skin healthy (it’s the key for anti-aging skincare)
- Eat fresh fruit and veg
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