Quick like a bunny

Quick like a bunny

Monday, December 12, 2011

Hand And Body Butter, Cream, Recipe

I love my lotion bars. My husband not so much. He has been so considerate to start tossing his lotions, so not to have them come into contact with myself. I got him some 92 degree melting point Coconut oil and he likes that. Unfortunately winter came and the Coconut oil became less user friendly in the cold. I noticed others making simple creams and lotions that were easy to make and use non xeno and phyto estrogen products. I searched to find the right recipe for the ingredients I had on hand.

I sort of combined a few recipes and came up with my own take on a thick cream that is xeno and phyto estrogen free.

Cream ingredients:

6 oz. 92 degree melting point Coconut oil
1/2 oz. Virgin/Organic coconut oil (This has a lower melting point, about 76 degrees)
6 oz. Almond oil
1 T. Cornstarch
4 small gel caps of Vitamin E (optional) Use D-alpha tocopheral vitamin E. That is the natural, non synthetic kind. Try not to use DL-alpha tocopheral acetate, that is synthetic and very bad for diabetics.
40 drops of 100 % Grapefruit essential oil (You can use what you like. all Citrus oils are good. The big no no's are Lavender and Tea Tree). Essential oils not only smell good, but have another purpose. They are antiseptic. Update: I have been told mint blocks progesterone. Just FYI. I was also told to not use Patchouli oil. Ug. But do not worry if you are not suffering from an estrogen dominant disease.

A note up front. You can use 6 1/2 ounces of any high melting point butters/oils that are firm and not normally in a liquid state for this recipe. You can also use any of the other  6 oz. of oil that is normally in a liquid state for this to. To be xeno and phyto estrogen free do not use oils of Safflower, Canola, Cotton seed, and Sunflower. There is also concern for Flax and Soy oil to.

How to make this. Take a glass or stainless steel bowl that will fit over one of your pots. Put a few inches of water in that pot. Then place the bowl on top. Bring the water to a boil and then down to simmer. Put the oils/ butters in and let melt. when melted, take the bowl off the pot and place on the counter. Let cool for about 20 minutes.

Now add the Cornstarch, Vitamin E and the essential oil. Take a hand held mixer/blender. (If you do not have one. I highly recommend getting one of these cheap and wonderful gadgets. Between blending hot soups in the pot and making your own body lotions and creams to mixed drinks. It pays for itself quickly). So, take your hand held mixer/blender and mix. I would take breaks because mine was to hot and it took awhile to cool. Blend and possibly take breaks here and there leaving the blender in the bowl until it becomes thick. spoon into containers of choice.

My cream fit perfectly into a 16 ounces glass jar. I put the top on and let it finish firming up now that it was whipped into a nice mayonnaise state.

It firmed up nice. I gave it to my husband and he loved it. I love it to. He said it looked like mayo, but felt like soft butter. Very pleased with my new product. Hope you will be to.

Update: My husband liked this so much he wants me to make it in baches for him every month from now on. Got my oils from http://www.soapdoods.com and essential oils from http://www.SFherb.com and my vitamin E from walmart or you can get it from http://www.walmat.com . I use spring valley. Organic coconut oil from http://www.swansonvitsmins.com/ I will have to buy the liquid vitamin E now that I will be making this more often.