Since I always seem to be operating on a limited budget for gifts (and everything else), Christmastime is when I try to make a little go a really long way. Just like with every other special occasion, I’m not afraid to whip a little something up to create my own gift sets.
So up first, is this awesome, healthy and affordable hair & body butter.
All you need is a hand mixer, 2 large bowls, a spatula, 16 oz of shea butter and 14 oz of coconut oil. Hopefully, you have some of these materials around the house already. I only had to purchase the shea butter and coconut oil. I was able to get the shea butter from my local beauty supply but if you have trouble finding it in your area, you can get some here. I bought the coconut oil from Aldi; you should be able to find it at any grocer in the cooking oil section.
In addition, you can choose to add some fragrance to your body butter. I usually order a few bottles of premium soap grade fragrance oils from here or here. They arrive quickly just 3-4 days after ordering. They work great for a variety of homemade gifts. You’ll see how I put these to further good use in upcoming blog posts ;).
This time I chose Honeysuckle Rose, Hibiscus Guava Fresca, Coco-Mango, and Magnolia Raspberry. They are a nice variety of fruity and floral and all smell great!
I softened the shea butter using the double boiler method. You don’t want to use the microwave because that kills the very beneficial properties that the shea butter has. Using a microwave also makes it more difficult to control the level of meltiness. You want it to be the consistency of frosting and not liquefied. Coconut oil melts so easily, that all I had to do is stir it with a warm spatula to get the frosting like consistency-no double boiling needed.
It should look like this:
Then you want to use the hand mixer to whip up the shea butter until it’s nice and fluffy. The mixing incorporates air into the butter and not only makes it appear a lighter color but changes the texture as well.
It should have the consistency of raw cookie dough like this.
I whip up the coconut oil separately because it has a much softer consistency than the shea butter. Whipping it separately maximizes its fluffiness and eliminates lumpiness because chunky body butter is just no bueno.
It should have the appearance of whipped vanilla frosting like this:
Then you can combine both in the same bowl and whip it one last time until you get this beautiful fluffy concoction that looks good enough to eat. Don’t eat it by the way….
At this point you, you can separate the body butters in bowls in order to add the fragrance oil. I added about half the amount to each bowl and put two cap fulls of fragrance in each bowl. I simply folded the oil into the butter gently with a spatula careful not to lose any of the luscious fluffiness.
I picked up a few 8 oz containers from Dollar Tree which would make this whipped butter the perfect gifting size. These just so happened to have red and green lids….how festive!
I added cute labels with the name of the fragrance on each of the lids and voila!
There you have it folks! You have a lovely gift that people flock to the malls for this time of year. However, the store bought version will cost more and will have a bunch of added ingredients that no one can pronounce.
Stay tuned to see what other goodies I will be adding to this super easy and affordable gift set!
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