Kokum Butter is becoming more and more popular for those that want soft, healthy skin but are not a fan of that greasy residue some skin care products leave. Through trial and error I came up with a recipe I Iove, using this butter as the star ingredient and I want to share it with you.
Note: If you are in a rush and just need the recipe itself you may skip to the bottom of this article to see our tutorial video 🙂
What is Kokum Butter?
Kokum Butter comes from the fruit kernels of the Indian tree known as Garcinia Indica. It is indigenous to the Western Ghats region of India. It is off-white in color and has a harder consistency than butters like Shea or Mango Butter. It has a similar texture to Cocoa Butter.
Kokum starts to melt around 90-104 ° F. So, when it comes in contact with the skin, it melts just slightly. It feels lightweight and not greasy.
This butter has little to no scent so is nice if you want an unscented product or if you want to add essential oils or scents to it.
The first ingredient in our Whipped Kokum Butter recipe is of course Kokum Butter. Our raw kokum butter comes in a brick shape to make it easier to cut into pieces and use on your skin or in DIY beauty recipes. This butter is hard and crumbles easily, it’s white and scent-free.
How to use Kokum Butter on your skin
You can use Kokum butter as-is to soften your skin, just break off a pea size amount and rub it on your skin until it’s absorbed. This is a fairly “dry” butter, meaning that it gets absorbed quickly on your skin once it melts and does not leave a greasy residue.
Then there’s a more creative way to use Kokum Butter on your skin, and that’s to mix it with other oils and botanicals that together give your skin the vitamins, antioxidants and nourishment it needs to be healthy.
Whipped Kokum Butter Recipe – Infused with Rose Petals
There are two parts to this recipe. The first part is infusing your carrier oil of choice, in this case Almond Oil, with Dry Rose Petals. The second part is blending and whipping up the rest of the ingredients with this infused oil.
You will need:
8oz of Almond Oil
1 Cup Dry Rose Petals
How to Infuse the oil with Rose Petals:
1. Place rose petals in a glass Pyrex measuring cup or jar
2. Pour Almond Oil over rose petals until completely covered
3. Place glass jar with the oil and petals in a double boiler on low heat for 2 – 4 hours
4. Pour the mixture through a strainer to remove the rose petals from the oil. It is optional to also pour the oil through an additional strainer to remove any fine particles the rose petals may have left in the oil (you may use a cheese cloth or coffee filter for the second filter process)
You will need:
3/4 Cup of Rose Infused Almond Oil
1 Cup of cut up Kokum Butter (loosely measured, do not pack into the measuring cup)
20 Drops Rose Essential Oil. This is optional if you want a stronger rose scent
1 teaspoon of pink mica. This is optional as it does not add any skin benefits to the body butter, however, the soft, pink hue makes this simple skin treat so lovely, so you may not want to skip this 🙂
1. Place Kokum Butter and rose-infused almond oil in a double boiler system on low heat until completely melted
2. Once completely melted, place in the freezer for 30 minutes to 1 hour, until it is firm but not completely solid (soft to the touch)
3 Stir it up with a spoon or spatula and add in optional pink mica and essential oil, stir these until mixed well
4. Using an electric blender, whip the mixture for several minutes until it is light and fluffy
5. Scoop into your jars or final containers
Uses and Benefits
Use this whipped Kokum Butter as a face and body moisturizer, or for particularly dry skin spots. It will help heal the skin and/or maintain it so it is silky smooth.
I hope you love this recipe, leave a comment below with your feedback and any questions you have.
Whipped Body Butter Video Tutorial
As promised, here’s the video version of this recipe. Enjoy!