I started making my own body butter a few years ago because I couldn’t find a lotion that was moisturising enough, yet didn’t leave my skin feeling greasy. After a few trials I found that this combination of butters and oils works really well. It’s incredibly nourishing, uses all organic products and I love the feeling that I’m using a product I made myself! The raw ingredients are a bit expensive, but a little goes a long way and this mixture can last up to 6 months at room temperature. I love the combination of the grapefruit and lavender essential oils – but you can use any combination of essential oils that you like and are skin friendly.
- ½ cup raw organic unrefined cocoa butter
- ½ cup raw organic unrefined shea butter
- ½ cup organic cold-pressed sweet almond oil
- ¼ cup organic cold-pressed virgin coconut oil
- 15 drops organic lavender essential oil*
- 15 drops organic grapefruit essential oil*
- 1 large 16oz/500ml amber glass jar**, or a couple of small amber glass jars if you plan on giving some to friends and family as gifts!
* Do not use essential oils if you are pregnant or nursing. Not all essential oils are skin friendly or child friendly, so please do your research.
** The amber glass protects the body butter from photo damage from UV rays. If your home stays above 75F/24C you may wish to keep the product in the fridge.
Please be aware of any contraindications or known allergies to the above ingredients.
Here’s how you make it
- Place the cocoa butter, shea butter and coconut oil in the top of a double boiler – you can create a double boiler by resting a glass bowl on a small pot of simmering water.
- As the butters and oil melt, stir continuously to combine them. Make sure your mixture has completely melted before removing it from the heat.
- Once removed from the heat, stir in the sweet almond oil and the essential oils.
- Allow the bowl and mixture to come to room temperature and then place it in the refrigerator for 40 minutes to 1 hour. You want the mixture to cool and become firm enough that you can whip it, but you don’t want it to become too hard.
- Remove the mixture from the fridge. Use a hand mixer or stand mixer to whip until you reach a fluffy, luxurious consistency. (If you removed the mixture from the fridge too soon and it is not whipping properly, simply return it to the fridge for it to cool down more. If the mixture has got too cold allow it to soften up before whipping.)
- Once it’s been whipped to your desired consistency scoop the body butter into your glass jar and it’s ready to be used!