It’s the last week of the year! It seems like every year goes by quicker. I find myself recalling things that seemed to be only a few months ago, and it’s been a whole year now!
Anyways enough about me loosing track of time, it’s the last week of the year and I thought I’d bring you a fun little homemade project to bring the year to a close.
Especially in these dry months, body butter is soo nice! I have dry skin to start with so you can imagine what I’m going through when the air gets dryer. So needless to say, this body butter will be a staple in my winter skincare routine.
** Find recipe card at the end of the post **
You Will Need:
½ cup Shea butter
¼ cup Coconut oil
¼ cup Almond oil
20 drops Essential Oils of choice (I used Grapefruit)
Double Boiler (or make your own with a glass bowl over a saucepan)
1. Add the shea butter, coconut oil, and almond oil to double boiler and heat until melted. The reason we don’t add the essential oils now is that heating essential oils could have negative effects on them.
The shea butter comes in a solid form so it was kind of tricky to get an accurate measurement. In the end I just used a butter knife to break off chunks and mashed them into my measuring cup until I had enough.
2. Remove from heat and add essential oils. I’m going to be honest, I added a lot of essential oils and it really didn’t make a big difference on the smell of the body butter. I added upwards of 40 drops, but you could start with about 20 and see how you like it. I found the shea butter has such a strong smell, it’s hard to mask that, but you could try different oils to see if a stronger scented one would do the trick.
3. Transfer to mixing bowl and allow to cool in the fridge for 40-60 minutes. You want the oils to start to become solid again, after 30 minutes in the fridge mine started to solidify around the edges, but it wasn’t solid enough. I left mine in for 40-50 minutes and that seemed to be the perfect amount of time.
If it becomes too solid you’ll have a hard time whipping it so I wouldn’t recommend leaving it in for longer than an hour. And you’ll know right away if it needs to go back in the fridge because if it’s too liquid it just won’t whip, so keep it in until it’s no longer translucent.
4. Remove from fridge and blend for several minutes. You can use a hand mixer for this, I used my Kitchenaid and it worked great. There’s no set amount of time you need to blend for, just keep going until it starts forming stiff peaks, this was several minutes on a high setting for me.
5. Scoop into sealable container. That’s the last step! Your body butter should stay good for about 6 months, but like anything if you start to notice a foul smell or it starts to look funky, toss it and make a new batch!
I love using body butter after a shower, the coconut in this recipe makes the body butter really melt into your skin! It’s extremely moisturizing and all-natural to boot. Make a larger batch and share it with friends! If you try it out, let me know your thoughts.
Have a safe and happy New Years!
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- 1/2 cup Shea Butter
- 1/4 cup Coconut Oil
- 1/4 cup Almond Oil
- 20 drops Grapefruit Essential Oil
- Double Boiler
- Hand Mixer
- Glass Jar
- Add the shea butter, coconut oil, and almond oil to the double boiler. Keep on heat until completely melted
- Remove from heat and add essential oils
- Transfer to mixing bowl and allow to cool in the fridge for 40-60 minutes, or until mixture becomes solid
- Remove from fridge and blend for several minutes until you reach a whipped consistency
- Scoop into sealable container
- If your body butter is not whipping, you probably need to keep it in the fridge for a bit longer.
- Your body butter should last a few months, but if it starts to smell or look funky, toss it and make a new batch!