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Friday, 18 December 2015

On the Sixth Day of Christmas...

My name is Alice,
And I have these obsessions...

Welcome to my 12 Days of Christmas!

Who doesn't love a little last minute, super easy, DIY gift for a special someone you happened to forget along the way?

Even if you don't: I do! So I found this homemade body butter/oil. I know you are probably thinking body butter? It is so much easier to go and buy a Body Butter from the shops and put a little bow on it. But trust me this is so amazing and as I seem to always be saying: Worth every penny!

You will need:

- 1 cup coconut oil 
- 1 cup cacao butter 
- A few drops of any essential oil (suitable for use on your skin) if you'd like it to smell something different than the chocolatey coconut smell it has. Something really nice for Christmas would be peppermint!


- Find places that stock coconut oil and cacao butter. If you live on the Sunshine Coast, as I do, you will find everything for this recipe at Kunara in Forest Glen, simple as. I found that we had to go back a few times before they had cacao butter in stock though because it is very popular. I got my cacao butter for $10.00 for a 500g block and $15.00 for 1 litre of coconut oil. 
All the products are food grade and clean out very easily but some people may be precious about their kitchen items. If you are, you will need to buy (preferably from a second hand store) or find:
- a small saucepan/pot: You need to melt the two ingredients together using a double boiler
- a metal bowl or another bowl that can stand the heat of oil 
- a metal spoon 
- Invest (?) in an electric mixer or a rotary beater for whipping the liquids. I got mine new for $10 from Big W but I am sure you could pick one up from a second hand shop. 
- Find something to store it in. This could be anything from a plastic container from Chinese takeaway or a mason jar.

You just:

1. Measure out the coconut oil and place it into your metal bowl. 
2. The cacao butter is solid so I found using a knife and cutting board to shave the butter was easiest and then placing it into a measuring cup. Place this in the same bowl as the coconut oil. 
3. Pour about 3cm-1 inch of water into the bottom of the saucepan. 
4. Place the bowl on top of the saucepan and place both onto a low heat.
5. Slowly heat both constantly stirring until the cacao butter is melted. 

 6. Place the bowl of a level surface in the fridge or freezer until it is almost solid. Make sure you put it on a cork mat so that it won't melt your freezer. Mine took about 20 minutes in the freezer. 

7. Remove the bowl from the freezer and get your electric mixer or rotary beater into it and whip it good (Devo Puns!). If you are adding an essential oil now is the time for that. Then just whip it until it is white and fluffy. 
8. Spoon it out into plastic containers, mason jars or whatever you desire to store it in.

Keep in mind that in Australia or other places around the world where it gets hot this will melt and increase in volume so don't fill the container/jar to the top. I tried keeping it in the fridge but it went as solid as a rock, as expected. I found keeping it in a cool, somewhat dark area kept it good for a while but eventually it did melt. It now jumps backwards and forwards between melted and solid  depending on the weather.

Some of the uses are a body butter or oil, hair oil, hand and foot moisturiser and cuticle oil. I am no skin expert but I don't recommend using this on your face. If you are using it as a hair oil, use a very small amount in the mid lengths and ends.

Stay Excited, Be Joyful and Merry Christmas.

My name is Alice,
And I have these obsessions...