whipped butter for my best friend's horribly mangled foot...well, now it's my turn! My lower back has not been nice to me for almost two weeks. (I fell down a flight of stairs on a ferry two years ago, leaving me with a bump on what we'll call my very lower back, and now I have trouble sitting for long periods of time. I had three days in a row of sitting in our very uncomfortable office chairs, and I spent four days in bed just letting my back rest!) I thought I'd use what I learned in making the products for Wanda to make something for me.
My priority for Wanda's cream was to avoid ingredients that don't play well with broken skin: For my product, this isn't an issue, so I can use what I want. I didn't have a lot of time to stand in the workshop, so a whipped butter would be the best choice.
I started off with aloe butter as the base for the properties it offers, and I wanted to use the calendula, arnica, and comfrey oils as well. I made up a blend of essential oils - 1% peppermint, 1% spearmint, 0.5% cinnamon, 0.5% clove bud - and used that at 2% for their circulatory properties. I decided to throw in some cetyl esters to stiffen it up a bit and add some slip and glide because I wanted it to be easy for my husband to rub into my back, although you could use cetyl alcohol in its place or leave it out entirely. (I wasn't worried about the essential oil blend being bothersome because both Raymond and I could get up to wash our hands afterwards.) I've added Vitamin E because some of these oils have shortish shelf lives, and I'm hoping to use it for a week or two and then put it away until I need it again (which, we hope, won't be any time in the near future).
ANHYDROUS WHIPPED ALOE BUTTER WITH TINGLY ESSENTIAL OILS
50% aloe butter
10% cetyl esters or cetyl alcohol
10% calendula oil
15% arnica oil
10% comfrey oil
2% essential oil blend
1% Vitamin E
Weigh out the calendula oil, arnica oil, comfrey oil, IPM, and cetyl esters and heat until just melted. Add to the aloe butter and mix well. The temperature shouldn't be over 50˚C, so you can add your essential oil and Vitamin E and whip until fluffy and lovely.
What do I think about this? It feels really nice on my back, although I would like a little more tingle. I'm always wary using essential oils at higher than 0.5% or 1%, so I won't increase them, but it would be nice to have a little more. Raymond reported he had to use our d-Limonene hand cleanser to get the fragrance off his hands, but he didn't find it unpleasant or overpowering as a smell.
I think adding some cyclomethicone or dimethicone would increase the slip and glide, which is a good thing in a massage butter, and perhaps another slippery oil in place of some of the aloe butter would help it spread a little better if you wanted more play time with this, but I'm really pleased with it. It's light and fluffy, it feels nice on my skin, and I'm hoping it is helping my poor sore back heal!
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