My mom sent me the best handmade body butter for Mother’s Day. Made from all organic ingredients and whipped up to a light and fluffy butter that melts when it hits your skin. Not too oily and not so absorbent that it just soaks right in. Just the right amount to keep me moisturized. I was so intrigued by it that I did a bit of research and figured out that it is absolutely simple and fun to make my own.
I am a lotion fanatic. I typically have dry skin, although moving to a more humid climate has helped, I lotion from head to toe usually twice a day. I cannot stand that irritating crinkly feeling of dry skin!
Uplifting Peppermint Body Butter
Once you have the basics on hand, the essential oil scents you can add are endless. You can even add essential oils that act as a natural summer bug repellent, sleep aids, oils to perk you up, oils for muscle fatigue and headaches, etc.
Here’s a list of aromatherapy recipes I found on the internet that you can experiment with.
There are numerous carrier oils you can use as well. But if you’re going to focus on the body butter, make sure you use at least two types of oils that solidify at room temperature or you won’t be able to whip it into a body butter.
Calming Lavender Body Butter ~ Place it next to your bedside so you can rub it into hands, elbows, and feet
What You Will Need To Make My Body Butter:
16 oz. Organic Raw Unrefined Filtered Shea Butter
8 oz. Organic Virgin Unrefined Coconut Oil
8 oz. Organic Cold Pressed Pure Jojoba Oil
Pure Organic Essential Oils Of Your Choice
(I did lavender – 10 drops, lemongrass 15 drops & Eucalyptus Globulus 15 drops, & Peppermint 15 drops)
Double Broiler (Or large pot & glass bowl)
4 Cup Glass Measuring Cup
3 Glass Bowls, such as cereal or soup bowls
Containers to store body butter
*Store containers that aren’t being used in the refrigerator for use later.
Bring double broiler or pan and glass bowl water to a boil and reduce temperature to very slow simmer. Measure shea butter and coconut oil on kitchen scale and add. Do not allow any water to come in contact with the oils.
Stir occasionally until the shea butter and coconut oil are completely melted. Do not allow to boil. The warmed water under the glass bowl is sufficient for melting.
Remove bowl/broiler from water/heat and set aside. Allow to cool on the counter to room temperature.
When completely cooled, add the jojoba oil and stir to combine. Pour oil into the glass measuring cup and distribute evenly among the glass bowls.
Add the essential oils (several drops will be enough!) to each bowl. I did different oils in each bowl, to make three types of body butter. Cover with plastic wrap, and place in freezer for 30 minutes.
Remove the bowls from the freezer. They will be mostly solidified.
Attach the whip to your mixer and beat one bowl of oil at a time until light in color and fluffy stopping the mixer and scraping down the sides often. In between bowls, wipe down the whisk and bowl with paper towels.
Spoon or pipe into containers of choice. If you choose to pipe the body butter, oil the inside of the piping bag with a pastry brush first with a little jojoba oil.
If you’re going to make body butter for gifts, look for fancy jars and containers in discount stores and craft stores such as Ross, TJ Maxx, and Michael’s. I made these for my own use so I just spooned mine into simple canning jars and did a basic decorated label with ribbon. You can find really neat printable labels, tags, and ribbon in most craft stores if you plan to give them to friends and family. Get creative and have fun!
Natural bug & tick repellent with Lemongrass & Eucalyptus Globulus