By Alexa Santory
A DIY Body Butter for Everybody and Every Body
During these frigid winter months, it can sometimes feel like no amount of lotion will ever be enough. Let us put you on to something a little thicker and a whole lot more natural that’s make you throw out that store bought lotion immediately. And since it’s the holidays, we’re adding a little Christmas twist that you and everyone you gift this to will love!
Why body butter?
Simple! It’s rich in texture, so it offers more intense moisture. Plus, all of the ingredients in this recipe are 100% natural! We obviously love transparency when it comes to the products we put on our bodies, so, just curious, have you ever looked at the back of a store bought lotion bottle?! A good rule of thumb to follow is--if you can’t pronounce it, you probably shouldn’t put it on your skin.
This body butter is a thicker version of the one Ari made over the summer and every ingredient in this whipped body butter has something great to offer our skin. Plus it’s super cost effective so you can make enough for all your friends and family! And who wouldn’t love the sentiment of a handmade gift?
Making Your Body Butter
This sweet lil recipe only requires 4 main ingredients, all of which you can buy online or at your local beauty supply, which high-key is the best place to get oils and butters in bulk.
Here’s exactly what you’ll need to make the butter:
Unrefined shea butter: the high content of fatty acids and vitamins makes it super nourishing. People use this on its own in lieu of regular lotion because it moisturizes the skin much deeper, while also keeping it healthy! It’s great for fading scars and evening out the skin tone.
Cocoa butter: the first holiday element is of course, something that smells chocolatey! This butter is packed with antioxidants that protect the skin from free radical damage, as well as reducing signs of aging. It’s also great for stretch marks and evening out the skin tone.
Almond oil: a carrier oil is necessary in a body butter since we will be adding an essential oil, and this one is super light and absorbs into the skin so nicely. It’s full of vitamin E, a vitamin that’s necessary for our skin’s health. It’s also great for healing dry, chapped skin.
Peppermint essential oil: the ultimate Christmas scent, paired with the natural cocoa smell of the cocoa butter will have you smelling like a cup of peppermint hot chocolate! Peppermint oil is invigorating, but it also has toning and anti-inflammatory properties when applied to the skin.
Here’s how you make it:
- Start by boiling a pot of water, then remove it from the heat.
- Place a metal bowl on top and pour in your shea butter and cocoa butter and allow them to start melting down on their own. Stir them to melt down any clumps and to make sure they’re well mixed.
- Remove the bowl from the heat and let it cool down for 5 minutes.
- Pour in your almond oil and stir everything together until it’s well incorporated.
- Cover the mixture and put it in the fridge for up to an hour, until it’s more firm.
- After an hour, remove the mixture from the fridge and add in your drops of essential oil, about 20-30 depending on how big your batch is.
- Now it’s time to whip it! Using a stand or handheld mixer, whip the butter for 3 minutes or until you see the texture has gone from rigid to whipped.
- Scoop it into a jar and voila! Your body butter is done!
Divide up the batch into multiple jars, add a pretty bow, and give one to your friends and family this Christmas! They’ll appreciate the gentle but hydrating feeling of this body butter, plus a handmade gift is always made with a little more love! Merry everything!
Don't forget to keep your face hydrated
"Great for acne prone skin
Moisturizing and light oil which gave me a beautiful glow. My skin is supple and plump. It also reduced my oiliness. I did have a breakout after around day 3 but I expected that. The oil doesn’t have a nice fragrance but I prefer that bc of my sensitive skin. Would I recommend it? ABSOLUTELY!"