DIY: Body Butter Recipe

The day has finally come – I made body butter! After months of using coconut oil, olive oil & even raw shea (warmed between the palms) to moisturize, I just cannot go back to store bought lotion or creams. The purity, hydration & richness my skin absorbs from pure ingredients cannot be matched. Here is the recipe…

Soothing Lavender Body Butter (Makes 8-10 ounces)

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup Shea Butter 
  • 1/2 cup Cocoa Butter
  • 1/2 cup Coconut Oil
  • 1/2 cup fractionated coconut oil (FCO) – I used half FCO & half EVOO
  • certified therapeutic grade essential oils – I used 5 drops Sandlewood, 5 drops Frankincense, 10 drops Orange & 10 drops Lavender 
  • double boiler – I use a quart size mason jar in a pot of hot water & have only broken one glass jar so far!
  • electric hand mixer
  • two 4 ounce containers (glass or highest quality plastics)

Directions:

  1. Boil a couple of inches water in a pot on the stove.
  2. Add all ingredients except essential oils to mason jar & place in the hot water.
  3. Stir with a wooden skewer (or Popsicle stick) until melted – takes about 10 minutes.
  4. Remove from heat for 5 minutes before adding essential oils of your choice.
  5. Cool in the refrigerator overnight (or until it sets).
  6. Beat on increasing speeds for about 5 minutes (until whipped light & fluffy).
  7. Transfer to containers *note you can chill & re-whip the body butter if it ever loses the desired consistency due to hot weather

1-3: Add butters/oils & melt together

5-6: Whip until light & fluffy

Reminder: Citrus oils can cause photosensitivity & it is recommended you only apply to the skin 12 hours before sun exposure (ie: before bed).

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