I’ve always had extremely dry skin, but as I get older it just keeps getting worse. Fortunately, I don’t break out into any skin rashes but I just feel perpetually ashy and Jergens just isn’t cutting it for me anymore. I like Eucerin but it’s thick and smells like oatmeal, and I don’t feel excited about wearing it. Ive been experimenting a lot with oils, and have been religiously making my own body scrubs, which has helped, but I wanted something that would replace all the failed lotions sitting under my sink. So I made it!
Once I realized making my own body butter was something I could do, I did so much research trying to find the best source of the ingredients I would need. There are about a trillion Homemade Body Butter recipes online but I chose to use one by The Hippie Homemaker. I’m obsessed with this woman and she’s taking my beauty DIY’s to another level.
Ingredients: Shea Butter, Cocoa Butter, Mango Butter, Coconut Oil, Almond oil, Arrowroot powder, and Lavender essential oil. I found all of these at Mountain Rose Herbs.
Essentially all you do is melt the butters down, combine them with the liquid oils and Arrowroot powder–which allows the butter to absorb quickly into your skin without leaving you greasy–wait for them to softly solidify, then whip them with a handheld cake mixer. There are obviously reasonings and detailed steps to this, but if you are interested in making your own, I would visit the Hippie Homemaker website because she explains the science behind everything far better than I could.
All I know for certain is that I positively love how my whipped body butter came out and I can’t wait to use this through the cold seasons as I return my alligator skin to its youthful glow! I do need to keep playing with altering the scent though because I don’t know how I feel about smelling like a Lavender Shea nut, but I’m sure that will come with practice!
I have also heard and read countless stories of women using homemade butters during pregnancy and after for the treatment of stretch marks. When I was pregnant, I slathered my stomach day and night in BioOil and Palmer’s Cocoa Butter to prevent marks, and that worked for me but I’m definitely excited for the prospect of being able to make my own in the future. You can also simply google all the ingredients to find the helpful natural benefits they have for your skin.
I love how the butter melts into your skin on contact!
Have you ever tried making or using Homemade Body Butters?