Wednesday, February 18, 2015

DIY: Homemade Body Butter

Body butter is an oil-based thick lotion containing no water-based liquid.  It is thick and can be slightly oily, so a very small amount is all that is needed - it will melt right into your skin. For this recipe, you will need the following supplies:
  • glass bowl microwave or double boiler 
  • refrigerator 
  • spoon and spatula 
  • electric handheld mixer - works better than a stand mixer 
  • jar to store your finished butter
 and the following ingredients:
  • 8 oz or 1 cup organic unrefined cocoa butter - it will smell like chocolate!!!!  (I actually measure with an ice cream scoop - so I do 2 scoops for 8 oz and 1 scoop for 4 oz) 
  • 4 oz or 1/2 cup organic coconut oil - I prefer unrefined but you can do either 
  • 4 oz or 1/2 cup light oil - I use fractionated coconut oil, but you can use sweet almond or apricot oil, or for really dry skin, avocado oil is wonderful 
  • essential oil - 1 drop per oz of oils
1. Melt down the cocoa butter and coconut oil using the double boiler method (preferred) or, if not possible, in 45 second bursts in the microwave. Add in the liquid oil and stir.

2. Place the bowl in the refrigerator uncovered. Check in 30 minutes, If the oil has started to solidify against sides of bowl, scrape down with a spatula and beat with the mixer until stiff peaks form. I usually rotate in and out of fridge, whipping 2 - 3 times.

3. Once soft white peaks have formed, place the body butter in a storage container. I use 4-ounce mason jars or metal tins. If you find that this is too oily, you can play around with the recipe.

 Click here to learn more about the benefits of organic, unrefined cocoa butter. 

Erin Egan of Pure Naked Soap is a mom to three girls and social worker by day, but at night she is a creator of body nourishing foods and skincare products. Diagnosed with multiple allergies, Erin makes most of her foods and all of her soaps and skincare products from scratch. Using whole ingredients that meet the needs of her body, she found that many other people were interested in the simpler and truly natural soaps. Check out her selection of body friendly products!


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