This past Christmas I decided to “make” everyone gifts using all abundance of mint I had in my garden. Body butter was the first thing I tried, and thankfully it is relatively easy to make!
A double boiler or glass bowl/large jar and a pot with about 2″ of water
A hand mixer and bowl or stand mixer (with whisk) capable of whipping speed
Pint size mason jar for Mint infused oil
Glass jars for storage – Recipe fills about 3 4oz containers
Mint infused oil;
Gather a handful or more of fresh mint, either from your own plant or some from your local produce store, for drying. Even Walmart carries fresh herbs in their produce department, use any variety you choose or combine varieties if you would like.
Thoroughly wash the mint and place them in a single layer on a paper towel to air dry for a few days. If you live in a humid climate the drying process may take longer then a few days. If you have a food dehydrator, you can use it for drying rather then air drying.
Once the mint is completely dry (it should crumble easily in your fingers) take the pint mason jar and pour in a few inches of olive oil, followed by a layer of the dried mint. Crumble the mint before putting it in the oil, it should smell very strong when crumbled. Add another few inches of oil and repeat the layer of mint. Repeat with oil and mint layers until all the mint is in the jar. You should have about 2/3 oil to 1/3 mint. Seal the jar tightly and place in a dark cool place for several weeks, 3 weeks minimum best at 6 weeks.
If your in a big hurry you can place the mason jar with the lid set on, and NOT screwed on (I like to set the lid on and leave the outer ring off during this process), in a pot with a few inches of water. Set the pot to medium low heat and for a few hours, keep an eye on your water and be sure not to allow it to get too low! Be watchful not to over heat your oil as well, the idea here is to speed up the infusion process, not burn anything.
Once your oil is sufficiently infused, strain out the mint leaves and the now mint infused olive oil is ready to use!
In the double boiler combine all ingredients, except for the essential oil and the extract. Heat over medium to low heat, stirring to help the mixture melt quickly. Remove the glass bowl/jar from the water and allow it cool slightly.
Pour the combined oils into your mixing bowl and stir in your essential oils (if you plan to use them), then refrigerate for about an hour or until it begins to solidify. The mixture should still be somewhat soft, but no longer a liquid.
Remove from the refrigerator and using your mixer, whip for at least 10 minutes or until the mixture is fluffy or has the consistency of whipped frosting. During the whipping process add the mint extract (if you plan to use it) a few drops at a time, stop when you reach the desired aroma and color.
Use the spatula to put the whipped body butter into the glass jar(s) and allow it to cool and set with the lid set on the jar. Once the body butter is set, screw the lid on firmly and store in a cool, dry place. Your body butter should last about 6-9 months depending on the quality and age of your ingredients.