Pretty in Pink Beet and Peppermint Body Butter
This body butter was made with three simple ingredients: beet juice, coconut oil and peppermint essential oil. Vegan and as natural as it gets.
It seems I've been a little obsessed with beets lately. First there was the Beet and Grapefruit Sugar Scrub, and then the Banana Cherry Smoothie Bowl with Beets, Carob and Hibiscus.
I knew I wanted to do another beauty DIY project with beets. I just can't seem to get enough of the color.
This Beet Body Butter started out as something else...
Initially, I wanted to do a beet lip gloss and cheek stain. I've seen many other DIYs where they use beet powder (which I've also used before for a bath bomb, worked wonderfully as a natural food coloring).
The problem I kept running into is that to use beet powder in makeup, the powder needs to completely dissolve into the oil, so that when you apply it, it's smooth and not grainy.
I couldn't get this to work for me.
I tried melting it with shea butter, coconut oil and beeswax on different occasions. It still wouldn't work. It always came out grainy, which would not work for a lip gloss or blush. Kind of frustrating, but I decided to try another route. Beet juice.
The Beet Juice Method
I was convinced that beet juice would do the trick. We have a pretty high-powered juicer at home, so I whipped that baby out and juiced one beet and tried mixing it with heated coconut oil. This time I wanted to make a really shiny lip gloss.
At first the juice and the oil separated, but I kept mixing them together. Because the weather's been hot, I decided to place the mixture in the fridge. What I learned was that you need to mix it often while it's cooling or else it will harden separated. Eventually after much experimenting I transformed it into a beautiful pink mixture.
The Final Attempt
So here I was with what I thought was a beet lip gloss. Of course, I had to have at least one last frustrating kicker to this never-ending DIY project. When I went to test it on my skin, the color completely disappeared. WTF?!
After I overcame my disappointment (which really last about two minutes) I decided, well, this would make a perfect body butter instead. Looks pretty in pink, but you don't have to worry about it staining your skin. And that was that.
I was done with this little beet/makeup experiment, and was left with something I didn't expect, but was actually quite happy with. It still looks gorgeous! And would actually make a great gift, wouldn't it?
Beet and Peppermint Body Butter DIY Recipe
- In a double broiler heat the coconut oil until melted.
- After the oil is melted, stir in the beet juice.
- Try to mix it together as best you can. The oil and the juice will want to separate at first. The trick is to keep mixing as it cools.
- Remove the mixture from the heat and place in the fridge for about five minutes, then mix again. Keep doing this until the mixture is the consistency of a body butter; soft, but solid. Remove from fridge.
- Add the peppermint essential oil and mix one last time.
Note: You can make your own makeshift double broiler like I did. Take a small pot and fill about a third of it with water, turn on the heat. Place a glass or ceramic bowl on top of the pot where you will combine the oils and beet juice.
Because this has fresh beet juice, it probably won't last very long. My recommendation is to make small batches to use within 2-4 days. Keep in the fridge when not in use for long periods of time.
If you're making this into a gift, you might be able to add some Vitamin E oil, which is a natural preservative, to make it last longer. Or I've heard vodka works too, although I haven't tried it.
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