There is nothing better than a hot chocolate on a cold, snowy day. Something about the depth and sweetness of the aroma makes me feel warm and cozy.
That is exactly why I created this easy, four ingredient Whipped Hot Chocolate Body butter recipe. Originally I was attempting to make a vanilla body butter, but I used some raw cocoa butter that quickly overpowered this blend.
Of course, there’s nothing wrong with a little cocoa butter. It is very hard, but carries a distinct, delicious, chocolaty aroma.
DIY Whipped Body Butter Recipe Ingredients
Cocoa butter provides more than aroma in a decadent body butter – it gives the butter a stiff consistency and provides numerous benefits for skin. It is rich in fatty acids, provides a hydrating barrier, and has both antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.
In addition to the cocoa butter, this recipe includes another deliciously scented oil: Vanilla Infused Sweet Almond Oil (learn how to make your own Vanilla Infused Oil). This aromatic oil is the only liquid oil in this body butter recipe. Too much liquid oil can make the lotion dense and not able to whip well. However, I love the inclusion of this oil because it absorbs well and smells amazing! When I made my vanilla infused oil, I kept some of the vanilla bean seeds in the oil and they make this whipped body butter look just like ice cream!
One of my favorite oils to whip in body butters is shea butter. It has a beautiful white color, is excellent at absorbing into skin, and has a lovely light consistency. While shea butter can have a little off-putting aroma, it is no match for the vanilla infused sweet almond oil and the cocoa butter. Shea butter has many healing and skin nourishing properties. It is ideal for problematic skin.
Lastly, this recipe includes some coconut oil which also gives it a beautiful white color and shine. While coconut oil is good for skin, it is not the most nourishing oil in this blend. However, it does whip well and gives this DIY whipped hot chocolate body butter a smooth and spreadable consistency.
Whipped Body Butter Recipe: The perfect gift
My recipe yielded over five mason jelly jars of body butter! It made lovely gifts for a few close friends. Between the delicious aroma, creamy consistency, and lovely vanilla specks, this is one of my all-time favorite body butters! I plan to make more for Christmas gifts.
DIY Whipped Chocolate Body Butter Recipe
(yields 5+ mason jelly jars)
- 8 ounces organic, unrefined shea butter (find it here)
- 8 ounces coconut oil (find it here)
- 6 ounces vanilla infused sweet almond oil (get the recipe)
- 3 ounces raw, unrefined cocoa butter (find it here)
- Place a double boiler on low heat. Melt cocoa butter, shea butter, and coconut oil until liquid. (I generally use a makeshift double boiler by filling a medium sauce pan half way with water, then placing a small heat-resistant container inside.)
- Once all oils are melted, transfer to a mixing bowl. Add in the sweet almond oil and stir well.
- Allow the oils to cool (I placed mine in the refrigerator for about an hour). You will know the oils are ready to whip when they start to get slightly hard around the outside and bottom of the bowl.
- Remove bowl from the refrigerator and whip oils until slightly stiff and bright white. (I use my stand mixer for this, although it can be done with regular hand-held egg beaters.)
- If the oils are taking a long time to whip and/or stiffen, place them back in the refrigerator for a few minutes.
- Once the oils are whipped and slightly stiff, transfer it to jars. (I used a piping bag and put the body butter into glass jelly jars.)
- Store in a cool, dry place up to the shelf life of the oils. If you live in a warmer climate, you’ll want to store the body butter in the refrigerator as body butter tends to melt at temperatures higher than 76°F.