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An Easy to Make Hibiscus Infused Whipped Body Butter Recipe that is Skin Nourishing!

If you are looking to make an easy, skin nourishing, hibiscus infused whipped body butter, then you will find this homemade whipped hibiscus body butter recipe just the one!

Winter is definitely here, and along with it comes dry skin. You may not only suffer from dry skin in the winter, but have it year-round. 

No matter the season, here is another great body butter recipe to help alleviate the symptoms. 

Once more you can rest assured knowing that this homemade body butter does not contain harmful chemicals, or harsh ingredients.

This body butter is a moisturizer made by combining a hibiscus infused oil (liquid) with butters (solid).

Unlike certain lotions, body butters and mousses work by penetrating into the layers of your skin providing a hydrating solution for your skin with healing agents from both the butters and the infused oil.

There are several kinds of butters you can choose from for your base, but the main two that I enjoy using most are shea and cocoa butter.

Shea butter is fat extracted from the nut of the African shea tree. It is known to restore elasticity to the skin, reduce blemishes and wrinkles, and increase circulation in the skin.

Cocoa butter is fat extracted from the cocoa bean. Cocoa butter fights signs of aging, prevents skin peeling and dryness, and is an antioxidant powerhouse.

Even though I find this combination does a great job of penetrating my skin without leaving a greasy feel once it has been absorbed, some still prefer not to have that oily feel when they first rub it in.

To help cut that oily or greasy feel you can add cornstarch or arrowroot powder to this recipe.  My preference is arrowroot powder.

Related Read: DIY Salve for Dry Hands

Do You Need Hibiscus Infused Oil in this Homemade Whipped Body Butter Recipe?

Absolutely!  Adding the hibiscus infused oil to this recipe adds to the effectiveness of this whipped body butter.  

Hibiscus flower is known for its anti-aging properties,  It is rich in vitamin C and antioxidants, called anthocyanocides. 

The antioxidants are thought to be helpful in improving skin health by guarding it from radical damage and delaying the premature aging of the skin. 

This flower is also said to have astringent and anti-inflammatory properties. These lessen the secretion of oil by tightening the pores.  They lessen inflammation, thus lessening redness of the skin.   

The vitamin C is said to promote collagen production and thus help with tightening, and firming the skin.

The best part about this recipe is that you can chose the oil to use in the base.  That puts you in control of choosing the most appropriate oil for your skin type. 

Best Oil to Use for Different Skin Types

For dry skin the best oils are: Olive Oil, Coconut Oil (fractionated and unrefined), Sweet Almond Oil, Avocado Oil , Argan Oil, Evening Primrose Oil, Hemp seed Oil, Jojoba Oil, Meadowfoam seed Oil, Rosehip seed Oil, Sesame seed Oil,  and Shea nut Oil.

For mature skin the best oils: are Sweet Almond Oil, Apricot Oil, Avocado Oil, Argan Oil, Camellia seed Oil, Evening Primrose Oil, Hemp seed Oil, Jojoba Oil, Meadowfoam seed Oil, Sunflower seed oil, Sesame Seed Oil, Shea Nut Oil, and Rosehip seed Oil.

For oily/acne skin the best oils are: Apricot Oil, Castor Oil, Camellia seed Oil, Hemp seed Oil, Jojoba Oil, Grapeseed Oil, Meadowfoam seed Oil and Tamanu Oil (acne – also Evening Primrose Oil).

For normal type skin the best oils are: Argan Oil, Sunflower Seed Oil, Jojoba Oil, Apricot Oil,  Avocado Oil, Castor Oil, Coconut Oil (fractionated and unrefined), Hemp seed Oil, Meadowfoam seed Oil, Sweet Almond Oil , Evening Primrose Oil, Rosehip seed Oil, Sesame seed Oil, Shea Nut Oil,  and Tamanu Oil.

For combination type skin the best oils are: Sweet almond Oil, Apricot Oil, Argan Oil, Castor Oil, Evening Primrose Oil, Grape seed Oil, Hemp seed Oil, Jojoba Oil, Meadowfoam seed Oil, Rosehip Oil, Sesame seed Oil, and Tamanu Oil.

For sensitive skin the best oils are: Sweet Almond Oil, Apricot Oil, Avocado Oil, Grapeseed Oil, Jojoba Oil, and Sesame seed Oil.

You can chose one oil, or a combination of two or more oils to infuse the dried hibiscus flowers in.  Jojoba oil is considered a nice oil to use for all the skin types. 

I like combining it with one or two other more expensive oils for my own skin type.  (examples: 50% jojoba oil with 50% sweet almond, or 50% jojoba oil with 25% sweet almond oil and 25% evening primrose oil.)

Essential Oil Blends (Optional)

You can use an essential oil blend of your choice in this body butter. I have included the essential oils I like to use in the recipe.  I like them because they add a nice scent; as well as, because they have skin nourishing properties!

Some other essential oil blend suggestions would be:

Always remember to do a skin patch test if using any new skin (carrier) oil or essential oil. Also, remember to only use recommended essential oils for children, or pregnant, or breast feeding women! Not sure? Read the following:

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How to Infuse Dried Hibiscus Flower in Oil

I am giving two ways to infuse the dried hibiscus flowers.  I prefer using the “Slow Infusion Method” when I have time as I feel it gives a better product.   However, the “Fast Infusion Method” works when time is limited.

Slow Infusion Method

There are no exact measurements for the infusion. Just make sure that the oil(s) completely covers the hibiscus flowers.

  • Put this jar in a cool, dry area for four weeks.
  • Gently shake jar every day or two.

Fast Infusion Method

  • Fill a 16 ounce glass measuring cup with 1/4 cup of dried hibiscus flowers.
  • Cover the dried flowers with the carrier oil(s). I used 1/3 cup jojoba oil and 1/3 cup sweet almond oil.
  • Fill a medium sized saucepan with approximately 2 – 3 inches of water.  (High enough that it covers the bottom of the measuring cup, yet not so high that the mix splashes water into the dried flower-oil mix)
  • Place measuring cup with dried flower-oil mix in saucepan with the handle part hanging over the side of the saucepan.
  • Heat slowly on simmer for 2 to 4 hours.  (Start on low-medium and once the water is warm turn the heat down as low as it will go.
  • After it has infused for 2 to 4 hours remove the pan from the heat source.
  • Carefully remove the glass measuring cup from the pan.

After Infusing Oil (for both methods)

  • Using a fine strainer (such as a fine tea strainer), strain and separate the dried hibiscus flowers from the oil. (I put the strainer over a glass jar and strained small amounts at a time)

Now, that the hibiscus infused oil is ready, it is time to put together this hibiscus flower infused nourishing recipe.

First, gather all the ingredients listed below. You will also need to have an electric mixer and reliable kitchen scale available. I use a hand held mixer for this recipe, but you can use a table top model if you like.

DIY Whipped Hibiscus Body Butter Recipe – All Natural Ingredients

Ingredients (the first three are by weight)

Note: I like to weigh those ingredients needing to be weighed in separate bowls and set aside until used.   

I also mix my vitamin E and essential oils together (I find a measuring cylinder works great for this). 

I recommend melting the butters slowly over a low or warm setting, and melting the harder butter (cocoa) first before adding other butters and oils.  Cutting the butters into small pieces also is recommended.  The result is a better product – less grainy.

Directions

  • Put a medium saucepan filled with 2 to 3 inches of water on stove and heat until simmering.  
  • Put cocoa butter into double boiler pot over top of the saucepan filled with simmering water and melt until soft but not completely liquid.
  • Add shea butter into the double boiler pot with the cocoa butter and melt until almost totally melted.  Remove from stove and stir until totally melted. 
  • Add the hibiscus infused oil to the melted butters and stir to incorporate well together.  Put in bowl that you plan to whip in.
  • Put the mixture in the freezer for approximately 10 minutes, letting the mixture harden slightly but not completely.
  • Add in the vitamin E and essential oils (if using).
  • Whip the mixture with a hand mixer until it becomes fluffy.
  • Stir in the arrowroot powder and pink or rose clay powder if you are using. (Add more clay powder if you like more intense color).
  • Once the powders have been mixed well by hand, again use your electric mixer to whip mix until well blended together.
  • Next, spoon out your mixture into a container (or containers).


Body butters and mousses gradually penetrate deep into your skin.  Your skin may feel a little bit oily immediately after application, but, give it a few minutes and your skin will feel incredibly different, almost velvety!  (Note: Using the arrowroot powder helps to cut this initial oily feel!)

This homemade hibiscus infused whipped body butter recipe is a nourishing body butter that will help keep your skin moisturized all year round.  You may want to double the recipe to give as gifts!

Let me know your thoughts on this hibiscus infused body butter blend recipe. Leave a comment below.

Related Reads: How to Make Homemade Whipped Body Butter, and Homemade Whipped Body Mousse Recipe.

 

These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This article is for educational and informational purposes only and does not intend to diagnose or treat any disease. It is always recommended that you seek the advise of your private medical doctor.

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