Recipe featured inside Willow and Sage Autumn 2020
This whipped pumpkin spice body butter will keep your skin looking and feeling amazing. The recipe is perfect for your fall skin-care routine and is made with shea butter, pumpkin seed oil, and lanolin. Whipping the body butter makes air pockets and gives the final product a soft, fluffy, airy texture that will melt into the skin. We scented the body butter with an essential oil blend inspired by pumpkin pie spice that smells warm and cozy — perfect to care for your autumn skin.
*Yields 1½ cups
4 TB. jojoba oil
3 TB. pumpkin seed oil
½ tsp. vitamin E oil
3 drops cinnamon leaf essential oil
2 drops nutmeg essential oil
2 drops ginger essential oil
1 drop clove essential oil
1 drop allspice essential oil
1 cup unrefined shea butter
3 TB. lanolin
2 tsp. arrowroot powder
1 tsp. silk powder (optional)
½ tsp. bronze mica (optional)
Mix the jojoba oil, pumpkin seed oil, vitamin E oil, and essential oils in a small pitcher, and set aside. Melt the shea butter and lanolin in a double boiler over a low flame, stirring occasionally. Once liquid, transfer the mixture to a cold mixing bowl and put in the freezer for three to five minutes. The mixture should just start to look opaque and solidify.
Using a hand mixer, beat the butter mixture on high speed. Once the mixture begins to turn white and creamy, slowly pour in the oil mixture. Add the arrowroot powder and silk powder if desired, and continue whipping until white, fluffy peaks form. Add the bronze mica if desired, and whip until well incorporated. Transfer the mixture into sterilized jars or cosmetic containers, and keep for up to six months. To use, gently massage a small amount into the skin. Apply to your neck, upper body and arms, rough elbows and knees, itchy legs, dry feet, cracked heels, or any area where your skin feels dry and in need of love. This body butter absorbs quickly and doesn’t leave a greasy film on the skin.
Note: As the body butter is very rich, keep in mind that a little goes a long way. Store the body butter in an airtight jar or container in a dry place, away from moisture, sunlight, and heat sources.
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