There is nothing better than a hot chocolate on a cold, snowy day. Something about the depth and sweetness of the aroma makes me feel warm and cozy.
That is exactly why I created this easy, four ingredient Whipped Hot Chocolate Body butter recipe. Originally I was attempting to make a vanilla body butter, but I used some raw cocoa butter that quickly overpowered this blend.
Of course, there’s nothing wrong with a little cocoa butter. It is very hard, but carries a distinct, delicious, chocolaty aroma.
Cocoa butter provides more than aroma in a decadent body butter – it gives the butter a stiff consistency and provides numerous benefits for skin. It is rich in fatty acids, provides a hydrating barrier, and has both antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.
In addition to the cocoa butter, this recipe includes another deliciously scented oil: Vanilla Infused Sweet Almond Oil (learn how to make your own Vanilla Infused Oil). This aromatic oil is the only liquid oil in this body butter recipe. Too much liquid oil can make the lotion dense and not able to whip well. However, I love the inclusion of this oil because it absorbs well and smells amazing! When I made my vanilla infused oil, I kept some of the vanilla bean seeds in the oil and they make this whipped body butter look just like ice cream!
One of my favorite oils to whip in body butters is shea butter. It has a beautiful white color, is excellent at absorbing into skin, and has a lovely light consistency. While shea butter can have a little off-putting aroma, it is no match for the vanilla infused sweet almond oil and the cocoa butter. Shea butter has many healing and skin nourishing properties. It is ideal for problematic skin.
Lastly, this recipe includes some coconut oil which also gives it a beautiful white color and shine. While coconut oil is good for skin, it is not the most nourishing oil in this blend. However, it does whip well and gives this DIY whipped hot chocolate body butter a smooth and spreadable consistency.
My recipe yielded over five mason jelly jars of body butter! It made lovely gifts for a few close friends. Between the delicious aroma, creamy consistency, and lovely vanilla specks, this is one of my all-time favorite body butters! I plan to make more for Christmas gifts.
(yields 5+ mason jelly jars)