Super Easy DIY Body Butter
Super Easy DIY Body Butter
When I first started my journey to holistic living I started with beauty products. I was overwhelmed at first, but my new best friend became EWG’s Skin Deep Cosmetic Database. You can look up individual products or specific ingredient and the database will tell you how toxic the product/ingredient is and why. Making your own also ensures there’s no harmful ingredients included. DIY body butter just happens to be the simplest thing ever to whip up.
Shea butter is derived from the fat of a nut from the African Shea tree. It’s widely known to be an incredible moisturizer, remedying numerous skin ailments. Shea butter helps heal and improve dry skin, blemishes and wrinkles, sunburn, eczema, stretch mark prevention, skin wounds and cracks, and insect bites just to name a few!
One of my go to moisturizers over the years has always been coconut oil. Coconut oil sinks deep in to your skin, leaving behind ultra soft skin. It also helps with the same skin ailments shea butter does.
Sweet Almond Oil
A natural source of the skin loving vitamin E, sweet almond oil is another one of my favs. Studies have shown that applying almond oil to your skin can help signs of aging and sun damage. The oil’s emollient properties help rejuvenate, soften, and even out skin tone and complexion.
I blended in lavender, bergamot and ylang ylang for not only their beautiful aroma, but also their skin soothing benefits. Lavender can help heal skin imperfections.
Fun Fact: apply a drop of lavender to one of those pesky kitchen burns to soothe the pain.
Bergamot can also be used to help burns and provide symptomatic relief of acne, boils, eczema, and dermatitis. It can also be used to relieve minor skin irritation, cuts, and bruises. Ylang Ylang has an incredible calming aroma and is great to rub in after a long day. Remember, when choosing your essential oils always opt for certified pure tested grade oils. If you’re looking to use them therapeutically, make sure you’re getting a brand that is pure and potent. Click here to learn more about the essential oils I choose to use and why.
DIY body butter is the simplest thing ever. Incredibly moisturizing post shower and a must-have for after sun care. Plus, it smells dreamy!
Yields 2 cups
- 1 cup organic, raw shea butter
- ½ cup organic, cold-pressed extra virgin coconut oil (cold-pressed is how the oil has been extracted)
- ½ cup cold-pressed almond oil
- 20 drops lavender essential oil
- 20 drops bergamot essential oil
- 10 drops ylang ylang essential oil
- Use a double boiler or set a medium sized pot on your stove’s lowest setting
- Add the Shea butter, coconut oil, and almond oil. Gently mix until fully melted.
- Transfer to a mixing bowl and set in the fridge to cool.
- If using, combine essential oils in a small glass dish. Set aside.
- After about 3 hours, or once the mixture has solidified, take the mixture out and add the essential oils.
- Whip in your mixer, or by hand, until soft peaks form. Should look exactly like homemade whipped cream.
- Transfer to your desired jars for storage.
- Apply liberally after a shower or bath.
Remember, make sure to use certified pure therapeutic grade essential oils to maximize the benefits of their skin nourishing properties. Click the link above for more information.
This makes a large batch of body butter so you can either halve the recipe or give some away to friends and family. It'll keep for months!
The body butter is a bit oily at first, but quickly absorbs into the skin.