We are all well aware that during the winter months our skin begs for moisture. The question is whether we should reach for a soothing lotion or a body butter.
There is a difference between body lotion and a body butter. The body lotion contains water, it goes on smoothly, absorbs quickly and leaves no greasy residue. The body butter on the other hand has no water, so it's rich in moisture, keeps the skin saturated and hydrates better.
My skin gets really dry during the winter. In order to keep it moisturized, I decided to make my own body butter rather than keep spending more on commercial body butters or lotions.
This is a great choice in order for you to customize it to meet your own skin's needs. What better way to save on lotions and at the same time treat your skin with love, than making it yourself.
I have tried a few recipes, and so far this is my favorite. I have sensitive skin, so I used the simplest ingredients for my body butter. You can adjust it to meet your own needs or customize it with your own pure fragrance and oils.
This is what I used:
- Glass container or container of your choice
- Microwavable safe dish
- Double boiler
- Cuisinart Handheld/Stand Mixer
- 10 oz.100% Organic Shea Butter
- 6 oz. Sweet Almond Oil
- 2 tsp Corn Starch(optional) used to minimize grease
- One drop of Jason Natural Cosmetics Pure Beauty Vitamin E Oil or one Vitamin E Softgel
- 1/4 to 1/2 tsp.of Peppermint 100% Pure Essential Oil or Lavender Pure Essential Oil, both revitalize the skin. You may use any high quality pure essential oil you like.
*This will yield several containers for you to save or hand out as gifts.
*Note: The links provide where you may purchase the ingredients. You may also find them in your local health food store.
Instructions:1. Melt the Shea butter in microwave safe dish or double boiler, make sure not to over heat Shea butter. You will know it's over heated if it boils or gets granulated.
2. Add the almond oil and vitamin E oil. Stir it until it is well blended. Remove from heat.
3. Add corn starch (optional) prevents it from getting too greasy.
4. Add the essential oil blend well.
5. Place mixture in the freezer for about 5-10 minutes or over a bowl full of ice.
6. Use hand or stand mixer to blend the butter until it thickens a bit, about 3-4 minutes.
7. You may need to repeat steps 4 and 5 a couple of times before you start seeing the mix thicken to your consistency preference.
8. Once you reach the thickness of your preference, transfer the mix to a glass jar or container of your choice while still soft with a spatula.
..and voila! Easy as pie!
Hope that you enjoy making your own body butter.