A few weeks ago I finally dug into a box of new butters and essential oils that’s been sitting around the house for months. Life’s been hectic and I’ve been slacking on making my own skincare products. I was able to get away with that this summer because I discovered a shaving cream recipe that was so rich, I rarely needed to use a post-shave moisturizer. But as the cold weather began to set in I had to get back into the kitchen to mix up a batch of body butter.
This coconut mango body butter recipe, inspired by a recipe from Natural Girls Rock, has quickly become a personal favorite. Mango butter moisturizes and softens skin. It’s said to help regenerate skin as well which can help diminish the appearance of scars, stretch marks and wrinkles. Fractionated coconut oil absorbs quickly so it’s a great carrier for essential oils.
Both mango butter and fractionated coconut oil have very light scents which can be enhanced with essential oils. Inspired by the tropical ingredients and the fall weather, I mixed sweet orange essential oil, cinnamon leaf essential oil and Tahitian vanilla fragrance oil. The result is a spicy, warming scent that’s perfect for this time of year. Plus, the cinnamon leaf improves circulation so the body butter has a warming effect – a nice bonus in colder weather.
This body butter makes a great hand cream too because it is not greasy.