Friday, May 2, 2014

Homemade DIY Body Butter Recipe

This is a very luxurious body butter that makes your skin feel soft and silky. It is pretty simple to make and also makes amazing gifts. The key is using 75% solid oil ingredients to 25% liquid oil ingredients. Once you get comfortable making this, you can experiment with other oils and “butters” to find the perfect ones for you.

1 cup shea butter (solid)
½ cup coconut oil (solid)
½ cup almond oil (liquid)
Essential oils of your choice

  1. Melt shea butter and coconut oil in the top of a double boiler, remove from heat and let cool for 30 minutes. (sometimes I use the freezer to hurry it along, you only need it to be "warm", not "lukewarm".
  2. Stir in almond oil and all the essential oils you want
  3. Wait until oils start to partially solidify (you can use your freezer or fridge to get it cooled faster, once the mixture starts to harden you know you are good to go -- there will be hardening around the edges of the bowl first, then the top), then whip with a hand mixer until a frosting-like consistency is achieved. The actual mixing should only take a few minutes. It really does look like frosting to me and I have been tempted to eat it!
  4. Place in a clean jar and enjoy! A little goes a long way.

The hardest part is waiting for it to partially solidify to the right consistency before whipping. If you start whipping too soon, it won’t fluff up, so just put it back into the freezer or fridge for another 5 minutes and then try again.

My favorite scents for this vary between plain jasmine essential oil, to a lavender and lemongrass blend. I also enjoy the citrus blends of lemon and orange. (But remember that any time you use a citrus oil on your skin you are more susceptible to sunburn).

TIP #11: Our Skin Is Our Largest Organ
Our skin is the largest organ in our body and absorbs what we put on it. If you are using lotions and body butters with chemicals in them (fragrances, preservatives, color additives, etc.) be aware that your skin is absorbing the chemicals into your body, too.