I am a complete fan of natural beauty products that deliver a ton of value. This whipped Body Butter is heaven in a jar. Pamper yourself or make some to pass on as gifts. This is something that’s gonna be a runaway hit.
Homemade lip balm is also a favourite gift idea since they can be easily customized and are excellent for relatives and friends. Plus you can make them at a ridiculous cost.
PS. “I am neither a naturopath nor a beautician. But I believe, when nature has best solutions for common problems; there is no reason to go for chemical-laden products that cost an arm and a leg. Plus, making your own customized lotions and bars help you understand the ingredients better and give you an edge over the companies with fancy labels”.
The science behind
What is Shea Butter?
Karite trees are native to Africa and after a lot of processing the nuts produce shea butter.
Shea butter absorbs into the skin while forming a breathable water resistant layer. It also has properties that are anti-inflammatory.
Shea butter is a complex fat derived from fatty acids. These fatty acids work together to make lips softer and more pliable increasing the skin’s hydration by reducing evaporation of the lip’s natural moisture reserve.
After pounding, roasting, beating and grinding the nuts with water, the fat left is boiled to separate the clear oil that is the Shea butter. As the oil cools into Shea butter, it is beaten to make it smooth.
What is Cocoa butter?
Cocoa butter is ideal for beauty care products. It stays solid at room temperature and contains naturally occurring antioxidants which prevent rancidity, giving it a shelf life of years.
Cocoa butter is a pure, stable fat that is pressed out of cocoa beans. Despite using the word butter in its name, Cocoa butter is usually extracted by the Broma process, letting the butter drip off of roasted cocoa beans in a hot room.
The beans are then ground into cocoa powder while the butter is used in making chocolate and personal care products.
Cocoa butter is the most favoured ingredient in beauty creams and lotions because it melts onto the skin in a velvety smooth finish and yes, it leaves behind a delicious chocolate fragrance.
The cold pressed virgin coconut oil is always the best and a human study found it to be effective in increasing hydration and reducing water loss in seriously dry skin. Tieraona Low Dog, MD, director of the fellowship program at the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine. “Is there anything more luscious than coconut oil?
There isn’t probably anything.
Coconut oil is a stable oil that doesn’t break down easily at high temperatures like other oils do. It doesn’t go rancid easily and has amazing nutritional properties.
What is Jojoba Oil?
Jojoba oil is actually a liquid wax from the jojoba plant seed. It closely resembles the natural
sebum of the skin. Jojoba removes excess oil and helps to retain the natural oil balance of the delicate lip skin. It contains a natural anti-inflammatory substance called myristic acid and also has natural antioxidant properties.
How to Make Body Butter
This new recipe has similar ingredients to the lip balm, except the beeswax. Be sure to whip the mixture as it cools to create a cloud-like lotion that is extremely nourishing! This Body Butter is great for babies and children too. Add scents to your liking to make it a custom gift for anyone (or to keep for yourself!).
The combination of Shea and Cocoa butter with two nourishing oils makes a highly moisturizing combination, but whipping the mix helps it go on smoothly without being oily.
Ingredients of Body Butter
½ cup Cocoa Butter
1/2 cup Coconut Oil and 1/2 cup any carrier oil (like almond, jojoba or olive)
Optional: 10-30 drops of essential oils of choice(Lavender is my all-time favourite)
DIY Body Butter Instructions
In a double boiler or glass bowl, gently melt the Cocoa butter and the Shea Butter. Depending on where you live you might need to melt the coconut oil if it has solidified.
Bring to medium heat and stir constantly until all ingredients are completely liquid.
Remove from heat and leave it to cool a bit.
Now you should move it to the fridge to harden it a bit for at least an hour.
Use a spatula or a hand mixer (if you have one) to whip for 10 minutes until fluffy.
Return to fridge for 10-15 minutes to set.
Store in a glass jar with a lid and use as you would regular lotion or body butter. If your home stays warm, it may soften and need to be kept in the fridge. It will stay whipped in the fridge in warmer climes.
A quick summary
(COCOA BUTTER + SHEA BUTTER) + (COCONUT OIL + JOJOBA OIL )= BODY BUTTER
Note: Essential Oil is an optional addition. Make your Body Butter even without it.
Follow the exact steps as mentioned above and your Body Butter will stay fresh for up-to 3 months.
Slather it on!