My rather ridiculous desire to try new ingredients from New Directions Aromatics has left me with a lot of very interesting ingredients, some of which I haven’t gotten around to trying yet. Ucuuba Butter and Tucuma Butter are two new butters have been sitting in my cupboard for a few months. All I’ve ever done is smell them. Tucuma doesn’t smell like much of anything, but the ucuuba is deep and earthy, and it looks a little bit like dirt.
So, I was inspired to make a hippy-inspired body butter. Something nothing like the whipped, pink, fluffy stuff the Body Shop sells. Something earthy and reminiscent of the wood shed at my family cottage in Manitoba. Also, conveniently moisturizing and good for my skin.
The final result is a slightly lumpy, brownish body butter that I absolutely love. It sinks into the skin wonderfully; it’s not sticky or greasy at all. The cedarwood scent sticks around for a while, leaving my hands smelling of the woodshed at my favourite place in the world. Mmm.