It's that time of year, even in Florida the humidity is dropping and I can feel my skin starting to change and feeling drier than normal. It's craving something rich and buttery soft with just the right amount course texture to exfoliate and condition. All that is needed is some beautiful shea butter, cold pressed oil, a touch of sugar and a few delicious warming spices from the kitchen. I use organic ingredients; please use what you have, that is the beauty of making this yourself. Fair warning, this polish smells amazing!
- 4 ounces shea butter-I use unrefined organic nilotica
- Cold pressed oil-just a bit to drizzle in the butter
- Sugar-start with 1 tbs and add as much as you like, keeping in mind that the more you add, the more abrasive it will be. If you will be using this for just feet, you want it to have more scrub action, but for whole body, use a bit less sugar.
- 1/8 tsp each-ground cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, cardamom
- Add the shea butter to the mixing bowl and whip on low.
- As the butter becomes more pliable, increase the speed and whip until creamy.
- Drizzle in the oil, until you have reached your desired consistency-I don't use much oil.
- Either fold in by hand or turn mixer to low and add the spices and sugar-I use organic spices and Florida Crystals organic sugar.
In the shower apply to body (not for face) using a circular motion to loosen up and whisk away dead skin. This particular polish is so rich, that if you like, you can use a mild soap to wash skin after using it. It is not always necessary to do so though, after you rinse and pat your skin dry, the butter will eventually soak into your skin. Try doing this treatment when you have a little extra time to rest and relax afterwards and allow the shea butter to soak into your skin to maximize the skin healing and conditioning benefits.
Even though this is a small batch, I like to use my KitchenAid stand mixer, because I whip my butter when it is very cold. At times I even go a step further and melt my butter and oil in double boiler, quick cool overnight and add that to my mixing bowl. Shea butters (and other butters) are all different depending on where they come from and how they are processed. I mainly use this method for a grit free soft butter, but of course with a scrub or polish, a little more grit is okay. This is my preferred method, adjust and feel free to use your preferred method too.
Use this soon after making, I think you could store any leftover in the refrigerator for a few days, but honestly, I'm not sure how the spices will keep. We never have any left. Enjoy!
Pennie Mills of Vegan Aesthetics (formerly Ladies Blend) creates cruelty free vegan jewelry and housewares, she is an avid supporter of animal rights, animal welfare and donates continuously to animal charities.