Cupuacu butter is often praised for the almost silicone-like feel it leaves on the skin, distinguishing it from the more popular unrefined shea butter (USA / Canada), which is stickier and greasier. A relative of cocoa, the raw butter has a slight cocoa-y scent, with hints of what could be described as sour milk. Though the scent dissipates quickly, New Directions Aromatics no longer sells the raw version (only a refined and deodorized one), and that might be for the best. In any event, I’m using the deodorized version here.
Monoi de Tahiti is made by macerating the petals of the tiare flower with virgin coconut oil. After the petals have been strained out, the remaining virgin coconut oil is heavily perfumed with the aroma of the tropical flower. Physically the oil performs just like coconut oil, but with an added heavenly scent.
Blended together, the Monoi de Tahiti softens the cupuacu enough to make for a lovely body butter that smells of the tropics and leaves your skin decadently soft.
Cupuacu, Mint, and Monoi Body Butter
Once the oils have melted together, remove them from the heat and stir in the spearmint essential oil.
Pour the melted mixture into a tin (100mL/3.3oz is a good size) and pop the tin in the fridge to set up.