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Whipped Body Butter

Posted Mar 06 2012 9:47am

Secretly, I feel like people are going to think I’m some sort of crazy hippie for this.  Yes, I made my own body butter.  Yes, I also make a lot of my own beauty concoctions like hair and face masks, and I’m even playing around with making things to clean the house.  Hey, it works!

I do have a good reason for wanting to make my own products after all.  I’ve had dry skin forever.  I don’t mean annoying dry skin that a little lotion fixes.  No, I mean constant, itchy dry skin that I scratch so hard that I get black and blues.  Dry skin so bad that I have eczema on a regular basis.  In college I chalked it up to swimming and figured the chlorine dried me out.  No, I just have really dry skin.  Recently my allergist recommended I might want to try something a bit more natural than my beloved Vaseline lotion.  So I thought that it would be fun to just go ahead and make it myself.

I took to Pinterest for ideas (basically what I do for everything now) and decided that a body butter sounded way more exciting than plain old lotion.  I found this recipe , ordered some organic shea butter from Amazon and waited patiently to make my butter!

It’s really quite simple.  Here’s what you need:

  • 8 oz. shea butter
  • 4 oz. coconut oil
  • 4 oz. jojoba or other organic, healthy oil.

Melt the shea butter and coconut oil over a double boiler.  Remove from heat and allow to cool for at least 30 minutes. 

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Add in your jojoba or other oil.  You could also add any essentials oils now if you choose.

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I transferred the mixture to my Kitchaid mixing bowl and stuck it in the refrigerator to allow it to solidify.  I figured this was easier than transferring it from another bowl once it hardened!

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Then whip using the whisk attachment of the mixer until it becomes the consistency of frosting.  Mine stayed a yellow color, but that’s just fine!

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A little of this stuff really does go a long way, but I don’t know if I’m ready to be a full convert yet.  It melts pretty much as soon as it comes in contact with body heat and becomes quite oily.  I find working it really well into my skin helps a bit, but I really don’t like to put clothes on until it has really absorbed.  I wouldn’t use this on those mornings I work and have to be out the door fast, but it is perfect for those days I get in a shower at the beginning of nap and don’t have to be dressed right away (I really don’t mind doing things around the house in a robe).  I also don’t love to use it during the day when my skin gets itchy (I’ve been told to moisturize as much as I need to), so I do find myself using faster absorbing lotions too.

I think this could also be packaged up really cute and make a great gift!  Totally customizable with different essential oil scents, and way more special than store bought lotion. 

What’s your favorite body lotion?  Anything you would recommend for dry skin?


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