Thursday, March 28, 2013

Handcrafted Recipe #6 - Whipped Body Frosting

This is the final recipe to be shared from the purloined batch :-)  It's been a lot of fun to post them, so we'll continue to come up with others, as well as some from back issues of the magazine.  We're always experimenting with something around here, so keep an eye on us!

Twisted Sisters' Body Frosting
Tina Sams & Maryanne Schwartz

Melt oils gently over low heat. Remove from heat and add cornstarch.
Place in mixing bowl and begin blending. Slowly at first.
When mixture is no longer transparent, place in refrigerator for about 5 minutes.
Add any fragrance – preferably essentials because of the emu – at this time (we used spearmint).
Return to mixer, increasing speed.
Continue cooling and beating until butter begins to hold its shape.
When it looks like frosting in a jar but is still pourable, place into jars.

1 T. Vegetable Oil *
2 T. Coconut Oil, Fractionated
0.3 oz. Beeswax Beads
0.3 oz. Lanolin, Anhydrous
20 drops Lavender EO 5 drops Tea Tree EO
6.5 oz. Mango Butter
1 oz. Emu Oil
6.5 oz. Shea Butter
1 tsp. Cornstarch
2 oz. Passion Fruit Oil
2 ml fragrance of your choice

Changes:

First, I would explain this a bit more thoroughly.  Second, I notice that Lavender and Tea Tree eo's are listed as ingredients and at the bottom of the list fragrance is listed again.  In the instructions, we mention using spearmint (which we do, and it is great), but we do often mix lavender and tea tree in our products.  Don't know what happened there...
 
I have no idea why there is an asterisk beside vegetable oil - except that there was probably a list of suggested oils with the original recipe we sent OR we gave the ingredients and percentages of the blend we use here consistently.  It could be any oil - olive, apricot kernal, avocado, nut oils, there are lots of choices, including infused oils.  The Passion Fruit Oil is actually in that same classification, as it is a base oil rather than an essential oil.  That can also be subbed out with a more easily obtainable liquid oil. 
Here's how I'd do it now...

butters and wax:
0.3 oz. Beeswax Beads
6.5 oz. Mango Butter
6.5 oz. Shea Butter

liquid or soft oil:
1 T. Vegetable Oil * 
2 T. Coconut Oil, Fractionated
1 oz. Emu Oil
2 oz. Passion Fruit Oil

additives:
0.3 oz anhydrous lanolin
1 t cornstarch
30 drops essential oil

so to further simplify this - 

        13 oz (by weight) of butters
       4 1/2 oz (volume) of liquid oils
       .3 oz (weight) beeswax
       30 drops scent (essential or fragrance)
       1 t cornstarch
whew - much better! 

~You can use any blend of butters and any blend of liquid oils, but keep them to these total quantities.  Cocoa butter is harder than the others, so you could probably skip beeswax altogether if that is the butter you choose.
~We almost never use lanolin.  Skipping it in this recipe will not affect the finished product.
~The purpose of the cornstarch is to decrease the greasy feel of the finished product, and it does.
~If you choose to use Emu oil, stick with essential oil rather than synthetic fragrance because the Emu is thought to penetrate skin more easily/deeply and take along other oils.  It is often used in healing balms because of that trait.
~Heating the solids and then adding the liquids helps to lower the temperature of the mixture more quickly.  We always do that with salves, any kind of balm, and all of our soaps.

to make it:

Melt butters and wax gently over low heat.  Start with the beeswax and an equal amount of butter, and when that is melted, gradually add the rest of the butters
Remove from heat and add liquid oils (except fragrance) and cornstarch.
Place in mixing bowl and begin blending. Slowly at first.
When mixture is no longer transparent, place in refrigerator for about 5 minutes.
Add any fragrance at this time.
Return to mixer, increasing speed.
Continue cooling and beating until whipped body frosting begins to hold its shape.
When it looks like frosting but is still pourable, place into jars.

5 comments:

Sonja said...

Fantastic!! thank you for sharing the recipe and tips ;)

Catherine Love said...

Sounds wonderful about now.
Thanks for the recipe!
Blessings,
Catherine

Jackie Messinger said...

I have gluten sensitivity and don't use corn starch, not even on my skin. Do you think it would still work ok with arrowroot powder instead?

Anonymous said...

Thank you for sharing! A lot of dry little hands and feet in this home will be happy to slather this on right about now :) Happy Spring!

Tina Sams said...

Jackie, I can't say whether arrowroot would work or not - but why not try it in a 1/4 batch? The worst that would happen is that it wouldn't do what the cornstarch does (decrease the greasy feeling) and it's still great stuff. It's doesn't make it non-greasy, just less. Either way it's worth a shot. If you do try arrowroot, let me know how it works out!

Or just leave it out - it will be fine.

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