This beautiful body butter is one of the natural skin care products that I have been experimenting with lately and I love it so much I wanted to share it with you all. It is a light and soothing moisturizer with just 4 ingredients that you can whip up at home really easily, and is a delight for your skin, face, and even hair. It contains coconut, shea butter, and almond oil which are all great for moisturizing and nourishing the skin, and can help with eczema, dry skin, sun damage, rashes, and is especially great for those with allergies to the ‘other’ ingredients in most skin care products. Works great for skin, face, an even as a nourishing hair mask.
I whipped up a batch to give as Christmas presents this year along with a Body Scrub and a jar of Fuller’s Earth to make face treatments. Luckily, I made a bit batch so I have been keeping the rest in smaller tubs in the fridge to use for the next 6 months or so, and popping a new tub out each week for my own DIY skin spa.
Here’s how you make it:
- ½ cup Shea Butter
- ¼ cup Coconut Oil
- ¼ cup Almond Oil
- 10 drops Essential Oil (great choices are geranium for skin health, lavender for relaxation, or peppermint for energizing)
- Place shea butter, coconut oil and almond oil in a non-reactive bowl over a pot of simmering water and stir until melted and well-combined.
- Place in fridge for about an hour until white and solid.
- Use a stand-mixer or hand-mixer to beat oils until they are fluffy, at least 5 minutes.
- Add essential oils and beat well to incorporate.
- Fill small containers with your body butter and refrigerate for about an hour to set.
Keeps well for 6 months, but do note that in temperatures above 30 degrees it may separate due to the coconut oil so in hot climates keep it in the fridge.
Coconut oil is a wonderful moisturizer and provides nourishment for the skin, is suitable for most skin types, and has the added benefits of reducing rashes, redness, acne, and sun damage. Choose extra virgin organic coconut oil if available (I get mine at Costco)
Shea Butter is known as a skin ‘superfood’ as it has moisturizing, healing and regenerative properties. You can buy shea butter in smaller quantities at most health food or natural skin care stores, but I get mine online in larger quantities to use in skin care and massage products.
Almond Oil is my favourite massage oil, and is readily available in most health food stores, online, or even in the grocery store.