I am so thrilled with this new invention of mine. It’s unbelievably light and fluffy, with a decadent texture that will make your friends gasp in awe when they feel how light and soft it is. I call it body meringue because of its texture and how it forms wonderful soft, glossy peaks, just like a meringue does.

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The basic idea for this lotion was a way to use shea butter in the summer—something light and fluffy, and not as heavy as an entirely oil-based concoction I’d use in the winter. I also wanted to try whipping a lotion after playing with candelilla wax and realizing its wonderful potential for thickening in relatively small amounts.

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I whipped this up (literally) during a bigger DIY day, taking it out of the fridge in between projects to whip it up a bit more as the day progressed. It doubled in size as the chilling stabilized it enough to support itself, giving me an amazing airy, lightweight lotion.

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If the glossy soft peaks and decadent texture don’t tempt you, then perhaps the healing benefits of this lotion will. The water is infused with calendula, a fantastic healing herb. I’ve also added silk and allantoin to boost moisture management whilst soothing and healing any irritated skin. Shea butter is a long time favourite of mine for eczema and frustrated skin, and this lotion delivers it without the greasy side-effects of straight-up shea application.

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And, to seal the deal, I’ve loving the scent blend. A familiar top note of lavender is brightened with an intriguingly bright and dry petitgrain, and grounded with a hint of anise-tinged basil. It’s bright and dry, but not too sweet. Everyone who’s taken a whiff has commented on how lovely the scent is, and I think you’ll like it too.

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Whipped Shea Butter Body Meringue

7g | 0.25oz emulsimulse/ritamulse (or other complete emulsifying wax)
3g | 0.1oz candelilla wax
15g | 0.52oz shea butter

1 tbsp calendula petals
100ml | 3.38 fl oz just-boiled distilled water

3g | 0.1oz vegetable glycerin
1/2 tsp silk peptides
1/4 tsp allantoin

7 drops lavender essential oil
4 drops petitgrain essential oil
2 drops basil essential oil

Broad spectrum preservative of choice (why?)

Place the calendula leaves in a tea strainer. Steep in 100mL of just boiled water for 10 minutes. Remove the leaves and discard, reserving the water.

Weigh the emulsimulse, candelilla wax, and shea butter into a mixing bowl. Place that mixing bowl over a double boiler and melt the emulsimulse, candelilla wax, and shea butter together.

I do really recommend using emulsimulse/ritamulse here over other e-waxes as Emulsimulse/Ritamulse thickens up immediately, where other e-waxes require a few days to stop being watery. If you don’t have another e-wax you’ll need to wait three or four days for the e-wax to thicken up before you can whip the lotion.

While the oils melt, combine 72mL/2.43 fl oz of the calendula water with the vegetable glycerin, silk peptides, and allantoin in a small glass measuring cup. Heat through and whisk to combine.

Once the oils have melted, add the water mixture and heat everything through before removing the mixture from the heat.

Whisk to combine as the mixture cools. Once it’s at room temperature, place the bowl in the fridge.

Whip the chilling lotion with electric beaters every hour or so, placing it back in the fridge between whippings (wow, this sounds violent…). Once you’ve got a thick, glossy lotion that forms soft peaks when daubed with the back of a spoon, whip in your essential oils and preservative, and lightly spoon the mixture into a 250mL/8oz wide-mouthed jar.

This jar & lid are from Saffire Blue.

Don’t have the oils called for in the recipe? Check this out.

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