Wow! It has been a busy week here. I spent three days at our church making sure the Operation Christmas Child program volunteers had enough food to keep them going! Our church was selected to be one of the regional centers so we’ve been receiving boxes all week from area churches and other gathering places. It is an exciting place with all of the Christmas packages ready to be shipped to North Carolina and then on to 22 countries.
But I did have some time Tuesday to finish my second item for the Hostess Swap on The Sage Forum. I thought a body butter would go well with the cocoa sugar scrub bar I made a little earlier. I also wanted to try making some more of these butters to see which ones I want to make for Christmas presents.
You will notice that I have used percentages on the recipe instead of actual amounts. That way you can make as much as you want to make. I’ve always figured the amounts in ounces for body care products, while I use grams in soap making. Susan of Point of Interest blog posted a great blog entry about converting percentages in grams. So much easier! And another DUH! moment. If you need to convert gram to ounce converter, you can do it here.
To get started, melt the mango butter in a double boiler or in the microwave. I like the double boiler because I believe I have better control of the melting.
After mango butter is melted, add the sesame oil. Remove from heat.
Meanwhile place the shea butter in a container.
Then pour this melted oil mixture over the shea butter. Shea butter has a tendency to turn grainy when it is heated and then cooled slowly. I’ve found if I slowly melt it and not by direct heat, it doesn’t grain. (You could also add the shea butter to your double boiler pan and let the shea melt with the other oils there, but my pan is not large enough.)
Continue to blend until the shea has mostly melted.
Mix in Vitamin E and mango sorbet fragrance oil. Then set this melted mixture into a bowl with ice for five minutes.
After the five minutes, whip the mixture for a minute or so and then set back into the ice bowl. Repeat this process (from ice bowl to whipping) until you like the consistency. It took me three five-minute chills to get it whipped as I wanted it.
Spoon into containers and enjoy.
The white jar is one I found at a thrift store this summer and I’ve been waiting for just the right cream to go in it!
This butter will harden up much like butter, but will melt immediately on your skin. Love it!
UPDATE: If you would like something lighter, try the Shea Mango Body Whip.
Lynda…this looks yummy enough to eat…scrub and eat…great fun…thank you for visiting my blog and taking the time to comment…i really appreciate it…i will visit often looks like a great place to soak up some self-care!!!
This looks so good and the recipe looks really simple as well! Must smell heavenly and with all the good butters in it so great for dry skin in winter!
Rebecca, Thank you for dropping by.
Kristina, It does smell so good and simple to make. I’ve been putting it on my icky feet and it has really made them smooth!
This looks awesome…I am going to have to try it!
Our 4-H group filled several boxes for Operation Christmas Child. The kids loved participating and with the printed shipping labels are looking forward to seeing where in the world their boxes land. Hope they truly are a blessing!
So, where do you get the ingredients for this? I’ve never tried my hand at anything like this, lotion, soaps, scrubs, etc. Do you find these items at Michael’s, Hobby Lobby, Mail Order? I’m clueless, but this looks awesome!! How long does it last?
That’s a great project for the kids. I bet they did have fun participating! I also printed labels on the boxes I filled and am anxious to see what country they end up in.
I get most of my ingredients from Majestic Mountain Sage, Bramble Berry, and Wholesale Supplies Plus.
I can get a few supplies from local health food stores, but mostly I buy online.
This sounds absolutely wonderful. I love body butter’s. I’ll have to see if I can find the different ingredients for this and try it myself. Thanks for the post. I can’t wait to try it. Would love to make this for my mom, sister, daughter-in-law and a bunch of friends.
Thanks for the info. I’m off to check out the links! I would love to expand into making soaps and lotions for my family & friends. Your recipe looks wonderful!
Where can you find the ingredients?
Sheila, I get most of my ingredients from Majestic Mountain Sage, Bramble Berry, and Wholesale Supplies Plus- all online sources.
Did you check out the Shea Mango Body Whip – one of my new favorites.
Thanks for coming by! Lynda
This is one of my favorites. I love the scent of Mango.
This is the perfect recipe for me! Not a lotion bar but not foamy whipped! I am so excited to try it. I buy my supplies from https://www.bulkapothecary.com I find their prices are the best I can find.
Thank you so much for the recipe!
Josie, You are so welcome!
Wonderful site you have here but I was wondering if you knew of any
discussion boards that cover the same topics talked about in this article?
I’d really like to be a part of community where I can get feedback from other knowledgeable people that share the same interest. If you have any suggestions, please let me know. Kudos!
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There probably are some. The only one I check in with from time to time is a soap forum that also talk about lotions etc.
The Sage forum – http://forum.thesage.com/
Hope that helps. Thanks for dropping by.
For this recipe, are you using refined or unrefined mango butter?
Traci, I buy our Mango butter from here. If you are talking about the Shea, I usually use Refined High Melt Point. Thanks for stopping by.