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DIY Body Butter

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This is my all-time favorite body butter recipe.  I make big batches of this over the holidays as handmade gifts.  You can buy all of the ingredients in either minimal packaging or simply package free.  It’s so luxurious and it has improved my skin drastically.  The great thing about this is that you can customize it with essential oils to your own liking.

Body butter uses 3 components:  butter, solid oil, and liquid oil.  As you look at the ingredients, you’ll see there are more ingredients that are solid than liquid.  We do that to keep the body butter from melting once it is done and sitting in room temperature.  If you live in a warmer climate, you might want to increase the amount of the butter ingredients to ensure that it does not melt.  You can also add in a tiny bit of beeswax if you live in a warmer climate and find that the body butter is too soft.  This recipe is super easy to remember.  Just remember the ratio is 1:1:1:1.  For my personal use, I typically do 1/4 cup for everything.  The body butter will last me around 2 months.

Ingredients
– 1/4 cup shea butter
– 1/4 cup cocoa butter or mango butter
– 1/4 cup coconut oil
– 1/4 cup light oil (sweet almond oil, avocado oil, jojoba oil, or olive oil)
– Optional: essential oil of your choice

A few notes on the ingredients

  • Shea Butter: Loaded with vitamin A and minerals, shea butter is ultra-moisturizing, can even out skin tone, and help skin conditions like eczema and dermatitis.
  • Cocoa Butter: Full of antioxidants, cocoa butter is often used by pregnant women to heal or avoid stretch marks.  Improves skin elasticity and reduce skin dryness.
  • Coconut Oil:  Naturally antibacterial and antifungal.  Coconut oil smells amazing and its consistency will help create a soft body butter.
  • Sweet Almond Oil:  Mild and hypoallergenic, sweet almond oil is easily absorbed into the skin.
  • Avocado Oil: Full of vitamin E, avocado oil will help firm up and strengthen the skin.
  • Jojoba Oil: This oil is extremely moisturizing and helps trap in the water and moisture in the skin.
  • Olive Oil: Non-clogging and full of antioxidants.

I encourage you to try using different butters and oils when making your own homemade body butter and see which one you like better.

Method
1. Using a double-boiler, melt your oils and butters over medium heat until it’s all melted.
2. Let the mixture cool down and place the bowl in the fridge for an hour until hardened.
3. Remove from the fridge and 7-10 drops of your favorite essential oil.  (My favorite essential oils to use for this body butter is either sweet orange essential oil or a combination of lavender and lemongrass.)  Using a hand mixer, whip the body butter for about 5-10 minutes, or until light and fluffy.The consistency we are going for here is like whipped cream with stiff peaks.

*The consistency we are going for here is like whipped cream with stiff peaks.  You will probably achieve that in 2 minutes, but keep whipping to for another few minutes (this will help keep the body butter in its whipped consistency).

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Shelf life and storage:  the body butter, in theory, should have the shelf life of the ingredients (typically 1-2 years).  I typically will use mine up in 2 months, and it never goes bad on me.  Usually, in the winter, I can get away with leaving the body butter in the bathroom and it’s fine.  But during the summer, I typically leave it on the nightstand in my bedroom where it is cooler.

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