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Preparing a simple body butter is quick and easy. However, some body butters can become a little too firm and difficult to apply or are excessively greasy.
This whipped mango body butter aims to avoid both of those pitfalls and turn out light and fluffy, almost like a whipped topping, silky smooth, and highly absorbent.
Just be careful of others are around when you make this as the whipped butter can easily be mistaken for whipped cream or some other delicious dessert!
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Whipped Mango Body Butter Recipe
Ingredients for whipped mango body butter
1/2 cup mango butter
1⁄4 cup coconut oil
1/4 cup jojoba, light olive oil, or grapeseed oil
1 tablespoon arrowroot powder
1/2 – 1 teaspoon lavender essential oil (optional)
You will also need a large bowl filled with ice, a small bowl to place in the ice (this will contain the body butter mixture), beaters, and a jar to store the body butter (makes about 6 ounces).
1. Melt mango butter and coconut oil in a double boiler.
2. While melting, mix 1 tablespoon of arrowroot powder with 2 tablespoons jojoba, grapeseed, or olive oil (whichever you have chosen to use). Mix until a smooth paste forms.
3. Once mango butter and coconut oil have melted, remove from heat and add the arrowroot/oil mixture and also the rest of the oil. Stir to combine.
4. Let cool briefly and set up the ice bowl (fill a large bowl with ice and place a smaller bowl on top of the ice, so the ice comes up around the bowl).
5. Pour the body butter mixture into the smaller bowl and leave to cool for at least 10 minutes.
6. If mixture is not firming up after 10 minutes, leave a little longer, or place in the fridge. Just be sure to watch closely as it will be near impossible to whip once it hardens.
7. Once mixture is beginning to set, add essential oils, if using.
This is a picture of the cooled body butter before shipping. I know it’s a terrible picture, buy maybe it will give you an idea of what it looks like:
8. Remove smaller bowl containing the mixture from ice bath and whip on medium/high until peaks form.
If mixture does not thicken, return to the ice bath and let set a little longer before whipping again. (You can even whip directly in the ice bath).
9. Store in an airtight container and keep out of direct sunlight.
It is important that you place butter into the container quickly after it has been whipped as it will begin to harden and become more difficult to transfer.
Body butter should last at least 3-6 months.
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Love your recipe. Makes my skin feel fabulous.
Thanks great!! Thanks so much for letting me know.
hi. what is the purpose of the arrowroot? If it’s to be a natural preservative, could vitamin e oil replace it? thx
The arrowroot is to help make the body butter less greasy. You can leave it out if you like. Feel free to add vitamin E to the recipe. If you do, it will be an addition to the recipe, not a substitute for the arrowroot. I hope that makes sense. You can also use cornstarch instead of arrowroot if needed, but it is fine to leave it out as well.
I made the mango body butter yesterday. It would not whip. It was just runny. Then when it set up, it was hard as a rock. I cooled it like you said and when it wouldn’t whip, I cooled it some more. Then the arrowroot I couldn’t get to form a paste either. What did I do wrong?
I’m sorry your body butter didn’t turn out. That’s super frustrating! I will do my best to troubleshoot… here’s what I’m thinking so far:
Before I do…let me say that body butter can be finicky. So you didn’t do anything wrong, sometimes they don’t work out for various reasons that have nothing to do with you. The first time I made body butter I tried to whip it on and off all day long! It was driving me crazy 🙂
– Mango butter is a fairly soft butter, so it should not turn out too hard. Sometimes hardness can vary by source/manufacturer…so I’m wondering if that is a possibility.
– You can remelt your body butter and try whipping it again. Sometimes if I’m having trouble with the butter whipping I will put it in the fridge until it becomes firm, but not totally hard. This can take a while (even a few hours). Then whip. You can whip on an off until it cools/sets.
– I’m not sure why the arrowroot didn’t form a paste, but as long as it’s mixed well, you are good to go.
– if it’s too firm, you can add some more jojoba or grapeseed oil.
I hope that helps!