There’s something very satisfying about moisturising your body from head to toe after a relaxing bath. What’s more satisfying is to moisturise your body with a beautifully scented body butter that you know you made yourself – 100% accustomed to your own preference. Every now and then, I get creative and I melt some mango butter and mix it with argan oil or jojoba oil. To finish it off, I add whatever scent I feel like wearing.
Recently, I created a delicious mix of vanilla with musky & amber undertones and orange blossom extract to top it off. Other times I simply use perfume oil of a brand of my choosing. The possibilities are endless and it can be a lot of fun coming up with your own scent or mixing your favourite scent into your body butter. The scent is subtle and lasts for a good 8 hours (depending on how much scent you’ve mixed in ).
The reason why I use mango butter over any other butter (read: shea butter or coconut oil butter) is because it’s rich yet light, it doesn’t give me that greasy feel that I tend to avoid at all costs. I must say that when using a body butter for elbows or knees etc. , it may be more effective to use shea butter mixed with mango butter ( equal parts) in order to obtain a very rich & ultra nourishing body butter. Mango butter is rich in fatty acids and high in antioxidants, which makes it a body care dream, really. Argan oil is known for a wealth of benefits , which I’ll be sharing in a separate post.
Mango & Vanilla Body Butter : Recipe
You’ll need ;
- 1 cup of mango butter
- 2-3 table spoons of argan oil
- a few drops of orange blossom extract (or other)
- a few drops of musk + amber oil (or other)
- 1 teaspoon of vanilla powder ( or 1 ground vanilla bean )
- Melt the mango butter ( or which ever butter you’ve chosen ) au bain-marie
- Put the melted butter in a glass cup or jar
- Add the argan oil + stir
- Add your preferred scents + stir
- Let the mixture cool
- When hardened, whip the body butter to your preferred consistency
- Use to your heart’s desire + store it away from light and heat sources.
The scent I use is obviously my own preference and you may substitute scents or adjust quantities to your own preferences. I don’t like to make a lot of body butter at once to avoid getting bored of one scent. (I like to rotate scents when it comes to body care)
Do let me know any of your favourite scents or preferred diy body care !
A bientôt !