Natural oils and butters are regaining their lost popularity and once again getting the appreciation they truly deserve. Among them, coconut oil is definitely one of my favorites, not just because it’s an excellent moisturizer but obviously for that delicious smell too.
There’s just one small problem: coconut oil stays liquid above 75 ºF/24 ºC and solidifies when the temperature goes below this value. Using liquid coconut oil as a body moisturizer is definitely more comfortable than trying to spread the solid stuff onto your skin.
What if there’s another form of coconut oil that beats both its liquid and solid forms? Did you know you can whip coconut oil and turn it into an amazingly light and fluffy body butter that’s way easier to spread than the solid stuff and doesn’t run between your fingers like its liquid form? Plus, it’s really easy to make.
How to make whipped coconut oil
– 1 cup (or more) of organic, unrefined coconut oil
– 1 or more skin-friendly essential oils (optional)
– a bowl
– a mixer (hand mixer or stand mixer either one will work)
Place the solid coconut oil in a mixing bowl. If it’s melted you need to refrigerate it until it solidifies. Coconut oil won’t whip if it’s liquid. Use your mixer to whip it until it’s fluffy and it has an even texture (5 minutes or more if you’re making a bigger batch).
Continue mixing and add your essential oil(s). You can start with 20 drops per cup of oil and add more until the scent is strong enough for you. Store it in a clean jar or container.
– Make sure you have one or more containers to store the resulted cream. When you whip coconut oil you’re practically pushing tiny air bubbles in it, causing it to expand its volume (about 2x the original size).
– You can use any essential oil (lavender, lemongrass, sweet orange…etc.) you want as long as it’s intended for cosmetic use (some EOs are meant for aromatherapy only) and skin friendly.
– Depending on the environment temperature your whipped coconut oil may soften or harden. If it’s too hot where you live you can keep it in the fridge. It will harden a bit, but still easier to work with than the solid coconut oil.
– To whip coconut oil you really need a mixer. It won’t whip in a blender or food processor.
– Some modifications of this recipe include liquid (water-based) ingredients like Aloe Vera gel. If you add water in any form (including hydrosols, teas…etc.) you’ll also need a preservative such as vitamin E or grapefruit seed extract. The easiest way is using only oil and it can be used safely for several months with no need for preservative.
– You can use it as a body or hair moisturizer (tiny amount on hair ends to soften them up and prevent splitting). In theory it can also be used as a face cream but some people get bad reactions whey they use coconut oil on the face.