It wasn't my intention to blog this recipe but I always feel compelled to at least give as much as I can in the way of ingredients, methods and preparation. There's nothing worse that seeing something you want to have or do and not having any idea where to start. So this is not an exact recipe, it's a guide with some general instructions on how to make a healthy, homemade, natural body butter from ingredients you just may already have in your pantry. I never measure the ingredients and every time I make a batch the contents always depends on what I have at that time.. when I run out of body butter there's no waiting, I need it asap so I just make do. Lately I've been adding a natural store bought lotion as all of the ingredients in it are very greasy and I have a bad habit of adding too much cacao butter to the mix in winter which makes it set way too hard. With the coconut also setting during winter it's a double whammy. The lotion also helps to make it really light and fluffy but the trick is not to over-mix it or you will lose the lot and have to wait for it to cool as it will melt and turn into a warm to hot liquid and that defeats the purpose of purchasing good quality raw ingredients. You'll than have to cool it and have another go at fluffing it up. This usually works but can be time consuming.
So here you go, have a try, use what you have or get some extra ingredients appropriate for your skin type. Mine is very dry so I use all of the richest most nourishing ingredients I can get my hands on. I've listed some skin advantages of the ingredients I use so that you can make your own choice on which ones you'd prefer to use or invest in.
- Antioxidants to fight free radicals that cause skin stresses and signs of aging.
- Stretch mark reducer
- Deeply hydrating
- Sensitive skin healer for condition such as eczema and dermatitis
- Essential fatty acids proved unparalleled skin rejuvenation and help to rebuild damage under the epidermis.
- Improves structure and function of cell membranes and improves skin function reducing epidermal water loss leaving skin hydrated, moisturized and protected.
- Helps repair fine lines ad wrinkles
- Antioxidants - as above
- Anti inflammatory
- Deeply moisturizing
- Protects, regenerates and strengthens the skin
- UV protection
- Stimulate collagen production
- Contains vitamin E
- Soothes, hydrates and balances the skin naturally
- Improves hydration
- Anti-inflammatory therefor good for skin condition such as eczema etc
- Antioxidants - as above
- Medium Chain Triglycerides in it help to repair the skin barrier and trap water thus hydrating the skin
- Anti-inflammatory, know to contain a compound that stops inflammatory conditions such as eczema etc
- Antioxidant that protect against melanoma
- Antimicrobial and antibacterial benefits
- Relieves itchiness
- Free radicals to fight aging
- Vitamin A and E to moisturize and nourish the skin
- Almost organically identical to sebum which is the natural oil produced by our skin.
- Vitamin E and antioxidants to help fight aging and moisturize the skin
Source: http://www.sunfood.com/blog/newsletters/5-natural-skin-care-secrets-for-amazingly-healthy-radiant- nourished-skin/
These are the most common and easy to find ingredients and if you only have a few of these you will still have a fantastically nourishing and natural body butter.
Homemade Creamy Body Butter
1/2 cup cacao butter
1/2 cup coconut oil
1 tub or 120g Shea butter
3 tbs organic extra virgin olive oil
1-2 tbs raw evening primrose oil
1-3 tsp hemp seeds oil (don't overdo this one it's very strong and has a dark color)
2-3 tsp Evening Primrose oil
2-3 tsp Vitamin E oil
1/4 cup Jojoba oil
Approx 1/2 cup good quality natural chemical free lotion that does not contain Sodium Lauryl Sulphate (SLS), Sodium Laureth Sulphate (SLES), synthetic fragrances, animal derivatives, harsh detergents, propylene glycol, artificial colours, triethanolamine, mineral oils, EDTA, or parabens. Sukin seems to be a good brand, is affordable and fairly easy to get.
Chop or shave with a peeling the cacao butter into a large blender with the rest of the ingredients except the lotion. This is very important. If it melts while trying to get the lumps out of the cacao butter it's easy to let it cool and whip it up again.
Once you have removed all of the lumps and it is super smooth and creamy let it sit for while to cool if it has heated up or become warm. If you blender jugs fits in the fridge stick it in there for a while to get back to a firm consistency but not rock hard.
Remove jug from the fridge them blend slowly to get it light and moving then add the lotion and whip it up into a frenzy until it look like freshly whipped cream. Stop!! it's a bit like whipping cream in that it can turn form something amazing to something disastrous in an matter of seconds.
Spoon it into a nice jar so that you can place it in your bathroom and smother you body with it every time you get out of the shower.. it's adorably decadent and almost delicious, you skin will love you for it and so will your health. :-)