Butters can be so hydrating and nourishing but in their raw state, they require some effort to rub them into the skin. By whipping a butter we introduce some air and some fixed oils and make it lighter, fluffier and easier to use. This is my method for Whipped Mango Butter. Video shows a quick version of the process. Read below for more detailed instructions. Feel free to play around with the formula and make it your own. Make a blending date with yourself, Take your time and have fun.
If you would like to know how the formula and percentages are calculated, you can follow along here. If you’re not that interested and you just want the main details, skip to the pink box below and start from there.
Im using the following percentages to yield a smooth fluffy butter.
|Fractionated Coconut Oil||22.5%|
|Essential Oil Blend||1.5%|
Decide on how much you would like to make and then calculate amount of ingredients needed. If we take the easy example of 100g, then we would need
|Fractionated Coconut Oil||22.5g|
|Essential Oil Blend||1.5g|
In my batch today, I wanted to make up 200g so I calculated the following :
|Fractionated Coconut Oil||45g|
|Essential Oil Blend||3g|
You might need a small scale to measure out the essential oils and Vitamin E. If you don’t have one, you could use the logic that 1g is the same as 25-30 drops of essential oil. (It will all depend on the oil and the dropper size etc). So for this formulation you would need somewhere between 75 and 90 drops of essential oil. When I weighed out my essential oils, it turned out to be 84 drops in total. Using the same thinking, we can measure out the Vitamin E (2ml) as being approx 60 drops.
So that brings our formulation calculations to :
|Fractionated Coconut Oil||45g|
|Essential Oil Blend **||84 drops|
|Vitamin E||60 drops|
**. Choose Essential Oils that you like and won’t irritate the skin. As I’m formulating to support the skin, I tend to choose from Palmarosa, Patchouli, Bergamot, Lavender, Blue Chamomile, Lemon Expressed, Sandalwood, Frankincense, Neroli, Geranium. If you are curious how they might blend together, hold 2 open bottles together, in front of your chest and wait for the aroma to reach your nose. You can then add in another aroma or take one away. Finding a blend you like is a gradual process where you will tweek quantities each time until you reach an aroma you love. Start off blending 2 or 3 oils together. I rarely go above 5. Know your oils. Know their effects on the skin, their contraindications, their cautions and make sure you like the aroma. Taking note of how much of each oil you used is very important. You never know when you are going to hit on a great smelling product and to recreate it, you will need exact quantities.
Ok so let’s get started on the good stuff … Making the Product.
When the butter starts to get light and fluffy, turn off your mixer, put your Vitamin E and Essential Oils in and begin mixing for another few minutes. I usually use a plastic jug so that the blades of the mixer can hit the side safely and ensure all product is mixed evenly.
The Mango Coco Whip has a beautiful soft creamy texture. Apply in small amounts. Initially it may feel a little oily but it absorbs into the skin after a few minutes. I use it after a shower on particularly dry areas, elbows, knees, ankles and this week ….. my poor dry hands. The backs of my hands and between the fingers are the areas worse effected by the increased hand washing and sanitising.
Let me know how you get on. I’m here if you encounter any problems.