I don’t know about you but when the weather changes my skin gets dry and starts to crack and even hurt, especially if I find myself in the kitchen cooking and doing dishes. For years I used commercially made lotions and have to admit that I enjoyed going into Bath and Body Works to pick out new soaps and lotions until I started reading the labels.
And found out that those lotions have some pretty harsh chemicals in them that aren’t helping my skin at all. I started researching body butter and found this whipped body butter recipe that I have made my own and absolutely LOVE!!
To make your own homemade body butter, all you need to do is add shea butter, coconut oil and sweet almond oil to a saucepan and melt over medium heat.
Then add in approximately 30 drops of essential oils. Let it cool until it is partially set up and opaque and whip with a hand mixer until the body butter is fluffy and stiff peaks have formed.
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Let’s dive into the specifics and look at why you should be using body butter. And I can’t wait to share some essential oil combos that will have your body butter smelling delicious.
Whipped Body Butter Recipe
1/2 cup shea butter (click here for my favorite)
1/4 cup coconut oil (click here for my favorite)
1/4 cup sweet almond oil (click here for my favorite)
10-20 drops of essential oil (click here for my favorite)
Combine all ingredients, except the essential oils, in a small pot or double boiler.
Gently melt and stir over medium-low heat until the mixture is liquid.
Remove from the heat and allow the mixture to partially set up. I’m horribly impatient, so I put mine in the freezer to speed the process.
Once the mixture is partially set and opaque, add the essential oils of your choice, and whip with a hand mixer or stand mixer until the body butter is fluffy and stiff peaks have formed. If I’ve let it cool long enough, mine usually whips up within one to two minutes.
Spoon the finished body butter into a cute little jar. Apply as needed to dry skin anywhere on your body, or give it as a gift!
- It’s really important to allow the body butter to set up, otherwise it won’t whip. I’ve found it’s ready to whip when I can stick my finger in the middle and it will hold the indentation. However, if you accidentally forget about your body butter in the fridge or freezer and it gets too hard, all is not lost. Simply allow it to thaw at room temperature until it reaches the proper consistency.
- You can easily store your whipped body butter at room temperature. However, if your house is very warm, it may melt. But if this happens, you can simply re-whip and you’ll be good to go.
- Want unscented body butter? No problem! The essential oils are completely optional.
- My favorite essential oil for this recipe is lavender.
- Other good essential oil options would be peppermint, bergamot, frankincense, geranium, or wild orange. But really any essential oil will work.
Essential Oil Blends for Homemade Body Butter
20 drops orange
5 drops cinnamon
5 drops clove
20 drops lavender
10 drops frankincense
15 drops ginger
5 drops cinnamon
5 drops nutmeg
5 drops clove
15 drops orange
5 drops ylang ylang
10 drops vanilla
You can use whatever essential oils you like if you would prefer a different scent, but be sure to do your research first when choosing which oils to use.
I use Plant Therapy essential oils since they’re high-quality, pure essential oils that are also very affordable.
When adding essential oils to your whipped body butter avoid lemon and lime oils as they are phytotoxic and can cause chemical burns on the skin if exposed to sunlight.
Benefits of Body Butters
- Moisturizes skin
- Forms a protective layer around the skin
- Reduces Wrinkles
- Helps soothe skin rashes, sunburn, and eczema
- Contains beneficial antioxidants like vitamin C, E & A
- Moisture eliminates any sign of dry, chapped skin and leaves skin feeling smooth and renewed.
- Spend less and get high-quality moisturizer
Are store-bought body lotions bad for you?
While not all store-bought lotions are the same, in general most of them contain some pretty yucky ingredients that you should really think twice about putting on your body or your kids’ bodies.
Some common ingredients found in commercial body lotions include preservatives like parabens (which have been linked to breast cancer and reproductive issues among other things), butylated hydroxyanisole aka. BHA (an endocrine disruptor and known carcinogen) and synthetic fragrances and perfume, which are made up of a whole bunch of chemicals, most notably phthalates (which have been linked to early puberty in girls, reduced sperm count in men and reproductive issues, as well as liver, kidney and lung damage).
Believe it or not even the water in commercial body lotion poses a risk.
Pick up almost any store-bought lotion or body butter and take a look at the list of ingredients. More than likely, water (or “aqua”) will be somewhere near the top of the list if not at the very top. Now, on the surface this seems pretty safe and natural. What could be more natural than water, right?
What most consumers don’t know though, is that any product that contains water is susceptible to mold. So in order to combat any mold that might grow on lotions containing water, more preservatives are added to extend the shelf life of the product.
Of course, preservatives like the ones mentioned above are something you probably want to avoid if you’re looking for an all-natural product. And you absolutely should be striving for all-natural products if you are considering slathering them on your skin!
Our skin is the largest organ on our bodies after all, and our pores suck up everything that we put on our skin.
Whipped Body Butter is different from store-bought lotions and might take some getting used to but you are using natural ingredients that wont cause you or your kiddos harm.
If you are interested in getting rid of more toxic chemicals in your home check out these tips to make it easy and less stressful: Naturally Clean Home.
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