Nourish & Calm Body Butter

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You may not realize it, but making many of your own body products is really, really, simple.

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Our skin is our largest organ and it’s important to really know what it is absorbing day in and day out. Many of the ingredients in store purchased body products are hormone disruptors and are extremely toxic. If you’re like the average person, years and years of using  products like that build up in your system and begin to cause issues with sensitivity, hormone imbalance, and allergies.

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The only way I’ve figured out how to control that since my skin leans more on the dry side and I cannot stand having dry skin, is to make my own body lotions and creams.

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I can make it with minimal ingredients that are easy to find, wonderful smelling, healthy…and it’s a lot of fun!

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Nourish & Calm Body Butter

*This recipe makes about 8 cups and will fill four 16 oz mason jars.

2 Cups of Organic Unrefined Coconut Oil (Costco)

2 Cups of Organic Shea Butter (Amazon)

1 Cup of Organic Cocoa Butter (Amazon)

2 Tablespoons of Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil (Trader Joe’s)

30 Drops of Ylang Ylang

6 Drops of Lavender

6 Drops of Frankincense

6 Drops of Stress Away

10 Drops of Joy

In a medium saucepan melt the coconut oil, shea butter, and cocoa butter on medium low. Pour into a bowl and place somewhere cool until it is almost completely solidified. This will take a couple of hours. Don’t let it solidify too much though so keep checking!

Scrape the oils into a stand mixer with a whisk attachment and whip until smooth. Add the olive oil one Tablespoon at a time until fully incorporated. Add the essential oil drops and whip until light and fluffy. 

Spoon into decorated jars. 

Pure & Simple Organic Body Lotion

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There is some controversy in the allergen world about beauty products.

There’s basically two schools of thought.

The first, is that it’s perfectly safe to use your food allergens like gluten and dairy on your skin. I’ve read all kinds of posts where people are touting that they have no negative outcome from doing so. 

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This includes body lotion, soap, face lotions and washes, and make up. They believe little, if anything, is absorbed through your skin and into your blood stream.

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The second school of thought is much different. They know that your skin is your largest organ and considering that people wear hormone patches, drug patches, allergy patches, slather hormone cream, cortisone and all kinds of other things on their skin prescribed by medical physicians that are meant to absorb…that our skin does in fact absorb all kinds of things and then shuffles much of it along to our blood stream and then through our liver.

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I of course reside within the second school of thought. I once read a blog where the woman said she uses absolutely nothing on her skin that she cannot eat right out of the jar. This made sense to me.

If you’re allergic to gluten and dairy or numerous other things, why would you rub them all over your largest living organ, every single day?

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Soft peaks after about 10 minutes.

There are lotions on the market that are free of dairy and gluten. However, have you ever read the ingredients list? I’m not willing to lick that off of a spoon.

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Stiff peaks after about another 10 minutes. It will end up being the consistency of butter cream frosting.

This home-made lotion is simple. Anyone can make it, it only has 2 ingredients that most of us have on hand. You can add a few drops of essential oil if you have those on hand too, but it’s not necessary if you don’t. I added a few drops of lemon and a couple of drops of peppermint.

Pure & Simple Organic Body Lotion

*Makes 2 Cups

2 Cups of  Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil

1/2 Cup of Organic 100% Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil

I filled a small saucepan halfway with water and set a glass bowl in the top. Bring the water almost to a boil and add the coconut oil. Stir until thoroughly melted. Remove the bowl from the hot water and allow to cool for 30 minutes. Add the olive oil. Pour the mixture into the bowl of your mixer and refrigerate for 15 minutes. Attach the whisk. Whisk the oil mixture on medium high for 10 minutes and on high for 5-8 minutes until it emulsifies and is light and fluffy. Scoop into a container with a lid and keep in a cool place in your bathroom. Apply all over your body after a warm shower or bath.

Homemade Body Butter

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DSC_4636My 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!

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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.

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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)

Kitchen Scale

Double Broiler (Or large pot & glass bowl)

4 Cup Glass Measuring Cup

3 Glass Bowls, such as cereal or soup bowls

Stand Mixer

Paper Towels

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.

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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.

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Remove the bowls from the freezer. They will be mostly solidified.

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  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.

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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!

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Natural bug & tick repellent with Lemongrass & Eucalyptus Globulus