Monday, February 20, 2012

The Arrival of Spring

Spring is my favorite time of year. It never ceases to amaze me that the world can go from a cold, dark, gloomy, seemingly dead existence to so much warmth, beauty and LIFE! I am always reminded of Jesus and His resurrection.

During the dry Winter months our skin needs special attention and extra moisturization. During the warmer months, unless we are exposing out skin to excessive sun, the skin tends to need less moisturization. I prefer to use body souffles and whips in the warmer weather, to keep my skin in balance. Body scrubs are also especially useful during the summer, to keep the excess skin exfoliated. I will share some of those recipes in a future post.

On that note, I am going to share a body Souffle recipe with you.

Body Souffle

600 grams Distilled Water
1  teaspoon Xanthan gum (thickener)
40 grams soft and silky emulsifying wax
18 grams of Macadamia Nut Butter
18 grams of Mango Butter
5 grams Shea Butter
10 grams of  Fractionated Coconut Oil
10 grams of clear Jojoba oil
25 grams of Hydrovance (you can use vegetable glycerine if you don't have the hydrovance, however, the glycerin may leave a bit of "stickiness" on the skin until it dries)
1 1/2 teaspoons of preservative of choice (Optiphen, Germall, Phenonip, etc.)
Fragrance of choice (I prefer unscented)

Heat water and add xanthan. Wisk as the water heats (low heat)  just until the xanthan is dissolved. Remove from heat. DO NOT BOIL!!!
In another container combine the next 6 ingredients and heat  (low heat) until butters are soft (they don't have to be completely melted.
Begin mixing oil solution with a handheld or stand mixer, using the wisk attachment. Slowly add water solution. Add hyrovance, preservative and fragrance. Whip until the mixture resembles cake frosting. Scoop into clean containers. Allow to cool completely before applying lid. Otherwise, condensation will form on the underneath side of the lid and drip onto the top of the souffle. This is unpreserved liguid which can and will mold!

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