As many have discovered, coconut oil is not only an awesome healthy fat, it’s also extremely versatile. It’s popularly used as an alternative to olive oil or other cooking oils, but it has many uses outside of the kitchen, too!
One of my favorite uses for coconut oil is as a moisturizer. It leaves my skin soft and smooth, doesn’t have any added chemicals and there’s always a big tub of it in my pantry, so I never run out. But…there are setbacks.
The Problem: In colder temperatures, coconut oil hardens.
That’s okay normally, because it simply melts when you apply it due to body heat. During a North Dakota winter, though, it might as well be ice — difficult to chip off portions to use as lotion!
The Solution: Whipped Coconut Oil Body Butter
It’s easy. That’s how I know you’ll like it. Just watch this quick video to learn how to make it yourself.
Whipped Coconut Oil Demo
- Coconut oil, solid
- A stand mixer (hand mixer may work – try it and let me know!)
- Essential oils (optional)
That’s it! Sounds easy so far, right? I’m guessing you can figure out how to make whipped coconut oil body butter from here, but for those that like following instructions anyway…
- Add a cup or so of solid coconut oil to stand mixer bowl. Note that it must be at least somewhat solid. If it’s liquefied, it won’t work.
- Turn the mixer to medium – high for a few minutes. The coconut oil will soften as it whips. You’ll know it’s done when it has an appearance and texture similar to whipped butter or whipped cream!
- Add a couple drops of essential oils for a different scent and added benefits. I like lavender or peppermint!
At this point, you’re done!
Store it in a mason jar or other container and use wherever you would normally use lotion or body butter. It will still harden a bit in cooler temps, but it should be much easier to work with than regular hardened coconut oil.
A little bit goes a long way, too — I use less than a tablespoon for my whole body. If you watch the video, you’ll see I used way too much to demo, and it left my hands looking greasy (although after rubbing it in later, my skin felt wonderful).
Oh, and there’s more. If you want to make another luxurious skincare treat, all you have to do is add some cane sugar to make an out-of-this-world Coconut Oil Sugar Scrub.
After you’ve whipped the coconut oil, just add 1 cup of granulated sugar (or equal to the amount of coconut oil you used) and mix to incorporate.
Use in the bath or shower — it leaves your skin super soft and smooth!
In a cute container, both the whipped coconut oil body butter and sugar scrub make great gifts! But I certainly wouldn’t blame you for keeping it all to yourself.
Do you use coconut oil as a moisturizer?
Have you whipped it before?