Frugal Day 16: Local Ingredients

A few weekends ago, before the snow started to fly, I visited a cranberry farm which proved to be quite pretty. You can see for yourself with the pink coloured lake seen below. These floating berries mean they’re almost ready to be harvested.

Instead of taking the product and turning it into food, as I normally do, and will do following this project, I thought I’d try something new.

cranberries floating on lake

pink coloured lake - cranberries floating on surfaceI used to make body butter on a regular basis scented like lavender, lime and other essential oils. This is a take on that, but with fresh ingredients, that I haven’t tried before. Here’s hoping my skin doesn’t turn red – just kidding, it won’t!

A little bit of information: Cold pressed cranberry seed oil, and to a lesser extent cranberries themselves, contain anti-oxidants and skin nourishing benefits. They help to prevent the suns’ damage of your skin and help to extend the shelf life of products that contain them.

jars of cocao and shea butterCranberry Orange Body Butter

  • 2 tbsp shea butter
    • (I used 1 of each shea and mango butter – what I had on hand)
  • 1 tbsp cocao butter (grated)
  • 1 tsp food grade oil (i.e. olive or grape seed or coconut butter)
  • 3-4 cranberries (fresh or frozen)
  • 1 drop orange essential oil

Start by melting cocoa butter, adding shea and then food grade oil of your choice once the others are equally soft. *The trick is to slowly melt all together and not over-heat any. You aren’t cooking them just combining!melting oil in a potInto a separate bowl sieve 3-4 cranberries through, to extract primarily the juice and flesh for its colour. Once the cranberry and oils are in the same pot you’ll notice they do not mix. Add one drop of orange essential oil and pour melted mixture into jars or tins. Mix intermittently as it cools to disperse the pink colour of the cranberries as the butters become a similar consistency to the cranberry. Allow to cool completely uncovered. Store up to 3 months unrefrigerated. (Trust me it won’t take you 3 months to use it up!)

This is my new favourite homemade product, with a very subtle pink colour and light scent of orange. I’m now wondering if I should re-vamp my holiday gifting plans with these cute little jars. It’s best on feet, elbows and dry skin and all ’round perfect for this time of the year!

whipped pink body butter in a small mason jar

 

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