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I make a lot of the products we use in the house
Deodorant, lip balm, toothpaste, sun block, cleaning spray, shampoo, and body butter. I love knowing exactly what is going into the things we put on our bodies and clean the house with. I know there are some excellent natural products out there, but watching the process and making it myself is rewarding and comforting. It’s also much more cost effective.
When I started needing body butter
When I was younger I didn’t need or use lotion or body butter. I just didn’t. Then I started using coconut oil on my legs and arms when they began to get dry in the winter. That worked well for years. But last year it didn’t. The coconut oil almost seemed to have the opposite effect. My skin was dryer when I put it on than when I didn’t. It was then that I did a little research and learned that coconut oil is great at sealing moisture in, but just as great as sealing moisture out. I love coconut oil. Like, a lot. But it needed a little help, now, for my skin.
I experimented quite a bit, and what I’ve found that works the best for me is not only very easy to make, it also smells wonderful and soaks in very quickly, so it’s not greasy. My skin has never been softer or smoother (okay, it probably was when I was a child, but in adulthood, it’s never been better).
Easy to make
It’s this easy: equal parts shea butter, cocoa butter, coconut oil, and a liquid oil (almond, olive, avocado, apricot, etc. I typically use olive oil because I always have it on hand and it’s great for skin). That’s it. Melt it in a double boiler (I boil water in a pan and just place the metal bowl from the mixer over it with the ingredients in it, to melt). Then let it cool until almost hard. If you want to add essential oils, this would be the time to do it, but I find that the cocoa butter scent overpowers most EOs and I really enjoy the chocolatey smell of the cocoa butter, so I usually don’t add essential oils to my body butter. Once the mixture has set up until almost set, I whip it in my stand mixer. What I’m left with is luxurious body butter. Just use a spatula to scoop the body butter into whatever container you choose to store it in. I like using something with shallow a wide mouth, that has a lid.
It’s just who I am
I don’t worry much about measurements, often just eyeballing it, because that’s just who I am as a person. But I’ve always had great results, and if you’re more precise, measuring produces a sure thing. My family loves the body butter. My husband has been amazed at how quickly it heals his dry, chapped skin. My father has always had hands that dry, chap, and even break open when exposed to the cold, but this body butter has been great at preventing that and healing his hands. I inherited my dad’s hands, and sometimes I forget to wear gloves and wind up with sore, dry skin at the end of the day. I put some of the butter on my hands before bed and wake to soft skin. It’s incredibly nourishing stuff!
I hope you love it as much as we do!
⅓ cup Coconut Oil
⅓ cup Shea Butter
⅓ cup Cocoa Butter
Melt ingredients (except essential oils, if using) in a double boiler. Once completely melted, allow to cool. If you are adding essential oils, this is a safe time to do so. When the mixture has set up to the point of almost being hard, use a hand or stand mixer to whip into body butter. Transfer to whatever container you choose to keep it in, and enjoy!