Body Cream Recipe
(all measurements are by weight)
· Hard oils:
- 2 ½ oz fractionated coconut oil
- ½ oz cocoa butter
· Soft oils:
- 4 oz fractionated coconut oil
- 2 oz olive oil
- 1 oz beeswax, grated
- 9 oz distilled water
- 12 – 45 drops dōTERRA essential oil
Place coconut oil in a 16-oz microwavable measuring cup. Add cocoa butter and beeswax. Put the cup containing the oil and beeswax into a pot partially filled with water, place over medium heat and stir with a chopstick or wooden fork until the oil and beeswax melt and dissolve, becoming one liquid.
Remove from heat and add fractionated coconut and olive oils. Allow to cool to body temperature. As it cools, the mixture will thicken and become opaque. Stir as it cools to keep the consistency smooth. If it cools too much, too soon, or you are interrupted during this process – simply reheat it.
While the oil mixture is cooling, warm the distilled water in another heat-proof measuring cup in the hot-water bath. Test for body temperature with a clean finger.
When the oil mixture and water have both reached body temperature, pour the water into a blender or mixing bowl (I use a mixing bowl and stick blender) and add optional water-soluble ingredients such as vitamin C. Process at high speed. If using a high-power blender such as a Vita Mixer, set it on low. Slowly add the oil mixture by pouring a thin drizzle into the whirling water. It will begin to sputter and thicken. Continue to process until the oil and water have blended together into a thick, creamy liquid. This may take 5-10 minutes in a blender or food processor. If using a high-power blender, it may take 20-30 seconds. It may take 15 minutes with a stick blender. This process, called emulsification, is the secret to making creams.
Scoop the cream into a 32-oz measuring cup with a spout for easy pouring. If you are adding essential oils, do it at this point, making sure to stir them in well. Pour the cream into sanitized, dry jars. Filling them to the top and leaving as little airspace as possible. Cap with tight-fitting lids and let sit overnight to allow the “flavors” to blend. Use a clean popsicle stick to dip out your cream if it is in a wide-mouth container. This will help prevent introduction of bacteria and spoilage.
- It is very easy to make changes to these recipes. Constants remain when the amount of hard oil (solid when cool) totals 4 oz and soft oil (liquid) totals 6 oz, you can substitute and changes oils to make creams for different purposes. In all the perturbations encountered, remember to have fun and even use all of your mistakes!
Using Other Ingredients
- Optional ingredients include PABA for sun protection, MSM for cellular hydration and repair, and use citrus based dōTERRA essential oils (Wild Orange, Lime etc.) to act as preservatives due to their antimicrobial properties.
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