Continuing on with my love for DIY's and removing the toxins from my body, I thought I would share my body butter / moisturizer recipe. It took me a few tries to find one that didn't leave me feeling greasy for hours after. I use coconut oil which is greasy on its own but I add in Shea butter which gives it a thicker, creamier consistency. Adding in essential oils enhances the smell, supports healing, and relaxes and calms yourself before night. Mix up the EO's according to what you will use the body butter for. I add Evening Primrose oil, Frankincense, and Lavender essential oil to my night butter to reduce the fine lines, reduce signs of aging and support my psoriases. I use peppermint in my day butter to invigorate me early in the morning, helps soothe my tired muscles and the smell works great with my peppermint body wash.
The best part about this body butter, is that there are no chemicals in it. According to David Suzuki's Dirty Dozen cosmetic chemicals to avoid, you want to stay away from these chemicals that are commonly found in moisturizers: BHA (butylated hydroxyanisole) and BHT (butylated hydroxytoluene), DEA (diethanolamine), Parabens, Parfum (aka fragrance), PEG compounds, propylene glycol, polyethylene glycol, Petrolatum, and Siloxanes to name a few. The ingredients in my recipe are clean, natural and non-harmful to your body. And the best part is it's east to make, ingredients can be ordered right to your house, and your bank account and liver will love you for it.
- 3/4 cup of Coconut oil
- 1/2 cup of Shea butter
- 20 drops of Essential oil of choice (check out why I prefer to use doTERRA EO and where you can purchase them)
• for my face: 10 drops of Lavender EO, 5 drops of Frankincense EO and 5 drops of Evening Primrose oil.
• for my body: just peppermint EO.
• my boyfriend likes: 10 drops of Tea tree oil and 10 drops Frankincense EO.
Play with your essential oils and see what you like and if you have any skin conditions, use the oils to support them. Keep in mind that citrus oils (Bergamot, Grapefruit, Lemon, Lime, Orange, Wild Orange, and Tangerine) should not be applied to your body before going outside. They are photosensitive which means the oils react with UV rays. This can result in blotchy red skin, rashes, blisters, burns and skin discolouration's.
- On a stove, melt the coconut oil with the Shea butter
- Remove from the heat and let it cool. This can take some time. You can put it in the fridge to cool it faster but I am always worried about adding heat to the already cold food in there.
- Once cool the oil and butter will be more of a solid state. Use the beaters to whip it up into a creamy texture.
4. Add in your essential oils of choice and spoon into air tight containers.
Note: the mixture can turn into a liquid form if in hot temperatures. If you live in a hot climate, you may need to keep it in the fridge.
Enjoy your soft smooth skin and let me know what essential oils you chose to use.