It's winter, it's getting cold and dry, I can feel it, well, my skin can feel it because I've been putting cream on my arms and legs more often nowadays. Stores have started to offer luxurious thick body butter again in addition to year round body lotion. All that buttery creamy talk makes my mouth watery (yes, my mouth... my brain thinks body butter = whipped cream).
Here's a list of what's going into my body butter:
Apricot kernel oil
Camellia seed oil
Optiphen (preservative in case someone drop liquid)
ROE (Rosemary Oil Extract for preventing rancidity)
Phew~ that is a long list. Majority of the body butter offerings out there are done with high % of Shea butter, which to me might be a bit too greasy. I personally like more of a dry velvety feel. Therefore I chose to use Mango butter, the driest feeling out of all 3 major butters. Then I also chose all skin loving oils that are quick to medium absorbing (noticing all of them are targeting at mature & damaged skin type? I am getting OLD...). Anyway, I slowly melted the butters, added the liquid oils then popped the whole pot into the freezer. When the mixture became semi transparent, I took the pot out, beat it with my electrical beater for a few minutes. Popped into the fridge again for few minutes, beat it again, repeated for another couple times.
Wow~ it's thick, not like whipped cream I was imagining, definitely whipped butter. I scooped some up with my finger and it started to melt with my body heat. I rubbed some all over my arms and legs. It gave my skin this light shinny shine, took my skin good 10 minutes to absorb all that, then the shine went away. I have to say, it does form a protective layer on my skin, and very resisting to wash off, and actually makes me feel warmer! Go figure! But on the other hand, I do feel more greasy and slippery, especially on my feet as I like to walk barefoot in my house, my feet don't like socks, they like to be free! There are pros and cons in both traditional lotion and body butter. I'm not sure at this point I feel butter is better, what's your preference?