This body butter uses Lavender infused oil + Lavender essential oil to create a double layering effect of heavenly scent...ah, Lavender!
For the Lavender Infused Oil
For the Lavender Body Butter
To Make The Infused Lavender Oil: Remove leaves and flowers from stems and place in a mason jar, slightly packed. Add in olive oil to cover. Use a chop stick or the handle of a wooden spoon to stir the oil to completely coat the herb. Add more olive oil to the top of the mason jar, place on lid and screw cap, and lit sit 6 weeks. Strain out the oil using a sieve lined with an unbleached coffee filter. Store into sterilized amber bottles. You can add in 1-2 TSP Vitamin E oil, if you like, to increase the shelf life.
To Make The Lavender Body Butter: Add the lavender oil, coconut oil and butters into a glass or ceramic pot. Gently warm on LOW heat (you can also use a double boiler), until all is dissolved. DO NOT let oil cook; it should always be around finger hot.
Remove pot from the stove and let cool slightly. Cool further by transferring the oil into a glass container and putting in the fridge or freezer for 45 minutes-1 hour. The mixture should now have somewhat hardened, being soft in texture (not liquid and not hard), similar to soft butter.
Add in the lavender essential oil and use a hand held beater to add air into the butter for about 10 minutes (this will be easier with a stand-alone beater, if you own one :)). Beating the butter will give it that lovely whipped consistency. Transfer into sterilized glass containers. Label and use lovingly :)
Lavender! Many enjoy the soothing and relaxing scent of lavender, so this body butter will make an excellent gift for any occasion. You will probably love it for yourself too :)
As for the scent, it will depend on the type of lavender used. It will also depend on the amount of flowers and leaves you used. The flowers are the most potent, but you might be able to get a good scent if you use mostly flowers (say 75%) and a bit (say 25%) of leaves, although you can get good results using 50% each. It will also depend upon what type of butter you use. For example, cocoa butter is rather strong, so you could use half shea and mango butter instead. A final factor is how many drops (and what type) of lavender essential oil you use (if any) ---- and how scent-worthy your nose is!
FYI: If you only have DRIED lavender flowers, you can still make an infused oil. See How-to Make an infused oil using dried herbs HERE.
As always, Enjoy :)