Making a home-made body butter is fairly simple to do and is a truly luxurious product to have at home. This recipe makes one decent sized containers worth and you will save a lot of money making these yourself if you are tempted into buying these kind of products in shops.
You will need:
-1 cup of organic shea butter
-1/4 cup sweet almond oil
-Essential oils of your choice
-Container to store product
Melt shea butter and coconut oil by using the double boiling method. Once the oil has completely melted, take off heat and let cool for 30 minutes.
Stir in sweet almond oil. (Only add your essential oils once the mixture has cooled down a bit and not boiling.)
Place oil in the freezer to chill.
Once oils are partially solidified, whip until a butter-like consistency is achieved.
Place in jar/container.
-The cooling part of this process is the most crucial to being able to whip the oils, you need to make sure that it has solidified enough. Usually 20-30 minutes in the freezer is enough time. If something does go wrong, just put it back in the freezer and try again. 🙂
-You can use whatever oils you like, just make sure that you keep the ratio of about 75% oils that solidify to 25% liquid oil.
-Store this product in a cool place – I like to keep mine in the fridge. It will eventually go softer over time but is still wonderful for your skin. It should keep for a good few months.
-I used organic vanilla essence in my product, if you do choose to use vanilla, the essential oil is the best option, but alternatively organic vanilla essence is fine to use as long as there is not too much as it contains alcohol.
-This body butter is wonderful to use on children too.
Enjoy 🙂 xx
Melt shea butter and coconut oil by using the double boiling method. Once the oil has completely melted, take off heat and let cool for 30 minutes. – See more at: http://healthyhints.com.au/whipped-body-butter/#sthash.1ND3kpBo.dpuf
Shea butter is derived from the seed of the shea tree which is native to Africa and has been used by African women for beauty, health and healing purposes for a long time.
When I first discovered shea butter, it was in one of those wonderful smelling ‘The Body Shop’ butters. I just loved the smell and wanted to know more about it! I have been using it for some time now in my own home-made skincare and have found it to be one of the most fabulous moisturisers.
Here are some of the many benefits we know about shea butter…
Vitamin A source
Shea butter is known to be a wonderful moisturiser, with exceptional healing properties. It contains Vitamins A which has the ability to improve many skin conditions such as eczema, dermatitis, bites etc. – not to mention the improvement of wrinkles and blemishes.
Due to its cinnamic acid content, shea butter is anti-inflammatory.
Shea butter has special components that aid in the skin’s natural collagen production. With long term use, people report improvement in wrinkles and overall softness and strengthening of the skin.
Shea butter is a great ingredient to add to homemade skincare products such as body butters and lotions and can be used by the whole family. I have found it to be fairly inexpensive considering how beneficial it is. Just make sure it is unrefined, raw and organic.
This post is from my article on Healthy hints