Do-it-yourself body butter is a staple in our house, I make a batch every 2-3 weeks for a few key reasons
- It is chemical free and all natural, remember your skin is your largest organ and absorbs what you put on it
- It is less expensive to make a natural body butter then to purchase one
- Non-irritating for skin conditions such as eczema
- When you make your own you can personalize it with your favourite essential oils.
This butter makes a great gift for someone you want you spoil and it can double as a massage oil. My family members use it regularly. It is particularly useful with my son’s eczema (unfragranced is best for this use)
It does takes a little longer than traditional lotion to soak in but it is worth the wait! I like to put it on right after I have towel dried from my morning shower and it has soaked in by the time I am ready to get dressed.
Essential oils are optional as the lotion on its own has a light coconut scent.
- 1 cup of cocoa butter or ½ cocoa, ½ shea butter, I use the mixed butters most often
- 1/2 cup coconut oil
- 1/2 cup of almond oil (you can also use olive or jojoba oil)
- Using a double boiler gently melt cocoa butter (or butter mixture) and coconut oil until completely liquid.
- Stir in almond oil or oil of choice
- Remove from heat and add any essential oils you like, I use 1-15 drops of lavender, or just leave it without oils as it has a slight coconut scent I like.
- Next allow the mixture cool, I put mine in the refrigerator. Leave to cool until the mixture begins to firm up, it wills start to change colour to white, you want it semi-solid but not to firm to stir, this can take several hours depending on your refrigerator temp.
- Using a standing mixer or hand mixer, whip the semi-solid mixture until white peaks form.
- Scoop into glass jars and allow to chill for an hour in the fridge to set