Brilliant Home-made Christmas Gift Body Butter and Scrub

Tuesday, 20 November 2012  |  Admin

It's that time of the year again. Although I've banned the 'C' word in our house until 1st December, I can't leave all the pressies until then as I do prefer to make home-made gifts if possible.  

This year I'll be adding these gorgeous hand & body butters to my home-made christmas gift ideas which will make fab presents for just about everyone! I do find that keeping my skin in good, moisturised condition really helps with my itchy, eczema prone skin. I love using an olive oil sugar scrub once a week to keep scaly leg syndrome at bay, but I'm always on the lookout for a great moisturiser to use in between times, especially on my hands. I came across this recipe for a whipped body butter online and tweaked it a bit to make a fantastic hand (or body) scrub too. It's really cheap too as you should have most of the ingredients in your kitchen store cupboard already, all you'll need to buy is Shea Butter - i get mine from New Directions for just £8 per kilo - which is enough to make LOADS! As long as you keep the proportions right, this recipe will work. In the batch I made below, I used 600g of butter (a mixture of cocoa and shea butter but all shea butter would be fine), plus 400g of oil which was a mixture of avocado, wheatgerm, sweet almond and sunflower oil) Ingredients - basic hand butter

  • 1 cup shea butter (or cocoa butter)
  • 2/3 cup oil (sweet almond, olive, sunflower, avocado or wheatgerm oil are all fine)
  • 1 teaspoon cornflour
  • Essential Oil (or use the seeds of a vanilla pod...SCRUMMY!)
  • Cream your shea butter using an electric mixer until fluffy. If you're using cocoa butter you might need to soften it in the microwave first but don't melt it completely, otherwise you'll need to wait for it to cool. I've used my kitchenaid and my trusty hand blender to do this and it takes just a few moments.
  • Add your oil very slowly, making sure that each bit is incorporated before adding any more. This was easy to do with the freestanding mixer, I just poured it in a drizzle while the mixer did the work. Your mixture should be really light and fluffy at the end, similar to meringue mix!
  • Add the cornflour and mix well.
  • If you want to split this into batches to make into a scrub and a body butter, this is the time to do it.
  • Add the essential oil and mix. I LOVE using our rose and rose geranium essential oil to make a gorgeous scented hand butter but you can use our lavender and chamomile fresh wipes oil or any other essential oil you choose. How much you'll need depends on your personal taste. I used about 30 drops for my batch, but that might be too much for some people / not enough for others.
  • Add to jars, label and make pretty!

Variation #1 - sugar hand scrub 

After step 4, separate out some mixture to use as a sugar scrub for supersoft hands. Add an equal measure of sugar as you used of the butter, so in the recipe above this would be 1 cup. I have tried brown sugar and caster sugar and preferred caster sugar as it gave a finer scrub so that's what I used in the final recipe. I use our mucky teatree & teatree lemon essential oil blend in this mixture as it makes a fabulous hand scrub for after gardening, or cooking, removing smells and leaving hands clean and smooth. Variation #2 - Body Butter I prefer my body butter to be a bit lighter in texture, so I added extra oil (in this case olive oil) to the mixture at the end and whipped again. This gave me a really light creamy butter which was almost a thick lotion. I added the mandarin essential oil to this, to make a citrussy leg friendly balm. Variation #3 - Body Scrub Now I LOVE my olive oil scrub, but it isn't the most attractive gift. If you add sugar to the body butter above however you get a gorgeous body scrub which would make a fantastic present for anyone. And who doesn't want supersoft, silky skin for Christmas? We're hoping to do a few more home-made gift ideas over coming weeks, so look out for them coming.

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