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Homemade Body Butter Recipe

Pinterest is a time-sucker, but it can be pretty awesome too. Pinterest introduced me to making homemade body butter. It was easy enough, so I tried it. And just like that, a monster was born. Now I’m making my own toothpaste, mouth rinse, foot soaks, lotion bars, sugar scrubs, etc. I plan to make body wash, shampoo, styling hair wax, and deodorant sometime in the near future.

Why do I make my own products? I love to craft and making my own products is pretty crafty. Also, (even though I work for one of the largest chemical companies in the country), I really like the idea of getting more natural and removing chemicals from my life. I’m becoming quite passionate about it. Another reason, many lotions contain things like mineral oil which coats your skin and doesn’t let it breathe or release toxins. What is mineral oil? Most often, mineral oil is a liquid by-product of the distillation of petroleum to produce gasoline and other petroleum-based products from crude oil. Gross. I do not want that on my skin.

So, here is my first recipe. I can’t seem to find the blog that I adapted the recipe from, but most recipes ask you to weigh the ingredients. I didn’t realize the measurements were by weight, so when I made it, I went by volume (which I think is easier). Here it is, step by step.

body butter

Ingredients:

1 cup shea butter
1/2 cup coconut oil
1/2 cup almond oil or grapeseed oil
lavender or peppermint essential oils*

Directions:

Place a chunk of shea butter in large glass measuring cup (I use an 8-cup one). Melt in microwave on 50% power, stirring every 30 seconds or so. Add more shea butter until you have 1 cup of melted shea butter.

Add spoonfuls of coconut oil (solid at room temp) to the measuring cup, until it reaches 1 1/2 cups. Melt in microwave on 50% power, stirring every 30 seconds or so.

Stir in almond oil or grapeseed oil. Allow to cool for 30 minutes. Stir in 20-25 drops of either lavender or peppermint essential oils.

Allow the oils to partially solidify. Partially is the key! I use the refrigerator to help this along. One time, I started a batch and then friends came over to visit. I forgot about the body butter until the next day, when it was completely solidified. I had to microwave it to warm it up before I could do the next step. It ended up working out, but it was a pain.

Use a hand-held mixer (this is why I like to melt the ingredients in such a large measuring cup, because I can whip it in the same container), beat until it looks like butter (should only take a couple minutes).

Store in clean containers (plastic or glass jars).

To use: Scoop from jar with a wooden spatula. Start sparingly. A little goes a long way. The body butter is different from store-bought (chemical-laden) lotion. It will feel a little greasy, but not to worry, your skin will absorb it fairly quickly. After a couple days, you’ll be amazed at how soft your skin is.

*Make sure you’re using pure essential oils. Personally, I prefer lavender and peppermint because I know they are safe to use on skin. Not all essential oils are skin-safe and some have weird side effects (citrus oils are light sensitive and you shouldn’t use them on your skin before going out into the sun). Before using essential oils, you should research their properties.

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