This glassy green vegan hemp butter sinks into the skin quickly, leaving it soft and slightly patchouli scented. Thickened using bayberry and candelilla wax, this simple and versatile body butter is 100% vegan and 100% easy to make.
The inspiration for this butter was a store bought one, which is made by hydrogenating hemp seed oil. I thought that was sort of sad, given how amazing hemp seed oil is, and how hard hydrogenation is on an oil.
Hemp oil, as you may have guessed, is pressed from hemp seeds. In its unrefined state it’s dark green and smells quite grassy. It has a far more famous relative, but no, you won’t fail a drug test from using hemp seed oil (or any other hemp products). Hemp oil is high in omega 3’s and omega 6’s, and it’s a popular anti-eczema oil.
Because of its relatively low smoke point you’ll always want to have hemp seed oil in a double boiler when melting it with other things. I’ve tried skipping the double boiler and ended up having to toss the burnt-tasting remnants of my project, so take my word on this one 😉
The final product is a great all-purpose way to incorporate hemp seed oil into your day-to-day life. I find it to be a bit too light for use on my lips, but it’s great for small rough patches on the skin. You can also rub small amounts of it into the ends of your hair for a dose of moisture. Give it a try—you’ll love it’s smooth texture and beautiful green hue.
Vegan Hemp Butter
2 drops dark patchouli essential oil (optional)
2 drops lavender essential oil (optional)
Weight out the hemp seed oil and waxes into a double boiler, and melt together.
Remove from the heat and stir in the essential oils, if using.
Decant into a 60mL/2 oz tin and let set up for at least 3 days before using (the candelilla wax takes three days to come to its full hardness).