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DIY Orange Lotion

I have been seriously obsessed with citrus lately. I’m not sure if it’s because it’s winter and cold, and citrus is so summery. Whatever it is, I can’t get enough. Two weeks ago, I made Meyer Lemon Jam and Meyer Lemon Curd. I’ve already consumed 1 jar of jam. I have an open jar at work and an open jar at home. I don’t think they’ll last long.

Anyway, I decided I wanted a citrus body butter and I figured that winter was the best time to have it [since you do not want to use citrus essential oils on your skin if your skin is going to be exposed to sunlight–google it].

I found an orange body butter recipe that seemed easy enough. You don’t even have to melt the ingredients. Just throw it in a bowl and use a mixer on it. The original recipe calls for lavender essential oil, but I didn’t use it because I already have lavender body butter and lavender vanilla body butter. Feel free to add it if you prefer.

Orange Lotion

1/4 cup coconut oil
3/4 cup shea butter
15 drops orange essential oil

All ingredients should be room temperature. Put coconut oil and shea butter in bowl, whip for 30 seconds. [I hate measuring things that stick to the inside of a measuring cup, so I just eye-balled it.] Scrape bowl. Add essential oil and whip for a minute. Store in clean jars. [I stored mine in small baby food jars.]

Two things: One, the orange scent isn’t very strong, which I was disappointed about. Two, I have labeled the recipe as “lotion” instead of “body butter” because the texture is lotiony, not buttery. If you prefer the whipped butter texture of my Homemade Body Butter Recipe, then I would recommend following those directions and melting the oil and butter, then allowing it to cool/set up, and finally whipping it with a mixer.

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