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