By Ari Edwards
Beauty from your kitchen
5 ingredients or less
This past Christmas I made my friends and family a super moisturizing body butter. I was so excited to give them something I made myself! Plus, this gift was super cost-efficient, which was a major bonus. It had shea butter, coconut oil, sweet almond oil and a touch of olive oil. I used a Stand Mixer to blend the ingredients and get that butter texture I wanted, got some super cute containers from Amazon, I was set. Admittedly, this recipe was a bit heavy, and the texture of the butter wasn't as smooth as I would've liked, she was a little thicc. My friends never complained, but I knew I could do better!
Since I always use an oil or butter to moisturize my body (I don't even remember the last time I used a store-bought lotion) I definitely wanted to perfect this recipe! I decided to take a hint from @iamvanessae and ditch the olive oil and coconut oil--opting for lighter oils for summer--and rather than going in straight with a mixer, I tried melting the ingredients to make the final product much smoother. This method is ah-mazing and works a lot better, if I do say so myself. It's so light but super hydrating for the skin. And making it myself is super satisfying.
How to make it
Here's what you'll need:
Unrefined Shea Butter: acts as a natural SPF and provides serious moisture
Sweet Almond Oil: light yet moisturizing
Jojoba Oil: has molecules that are the most similar to that of the oils our skin and hair naturally produce, so it's absorbed super well
Lavender Essential Oil: for scent (feel free to substitute with any scent you like)
1. Start off by boiling a pot of water.
2. Next, take a bowl and place it directly on top of the pot and add shea butter; stir until it has fully melted.
3. Remove the bowl and add the jojoba and sweet almond oils. Be sure to stir the mixture thoroughly to combine the oils.
4. Place the mixture in the fridge for 45 minutes to one hour-- you want the oils to solidify.
These steps are super important in creating a nice, smooth texture for your moisturizer. Since I didn't melt my shea butter when I first tried this in December, my moisturizer came out super thick and stiff.
5. Next, remove the mixture from the fridge and add ten drops of your essential oil, this will give your moisturizer a nice smell. This is where your mixer comes in!
6. Use a handheld or stand mixer to whip the ingredients and get them nice and soft. After a few minutes, the moisturizer should be fluffy and smooth. That's it!
7. Fill your containers with the moisturizer and you're all done.
I'm living for this recipe. It's perfect for summer and will keep your skin healthy and glowing all season long. Plus, this makes a great gift!
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