Naturally Nourishing Body Butter is a natural, non-toxic alternative to commercially available products. It leaves your skin feeling silky smooth. The excellent formulation soaks into skin without leaving a greasy feeling. It can be used as a facial moisturizer as well, even for the delicate under eye skin.
After plenty of research and several months of experimentation, I have come up with this natural moisturizer that contains only health promoting ingredients, it works as well as the mainstream products I was using before.
Unlike most commercial creams and lotions, this Nourishing Body Butter recipe is non-toxic and naturally nourishing to the skin. It is also 100% gluten free and soy free.
Many skin care products have Vitamin E (aka: tocopheryl or tocopheryl acetate), because Vitamin E is considered good for skin regeneration. Most Vitamin E in cosmetics is derived from either soy or wheat; both of which I to avoid. This recipe contains argan oil, because it is high in Vitamin E and has other valuable benefits when used on skin and hair. Argan oil is known for its healing and soothing properties, which makes it an excellent alternative to soy or wheat based Vitamin E.
Packed full of wholesome ingredients, Nourishing Body Butter works to lock in moisture for soft and hydrated skin.
Many homemade preparations take a long time to absorb and leave the skin feeling oily or greasy. Nourishing Body Butter is formulated to absorb well and leaves your skin luxuriously silky. However, like any other lotion, if you put too much on the excess will sit on the top of your skin. It only takes small amount of this body butter to cover all of your skin.
Nourishing Body Butter
½ cup coconut oil
½ cup cocoa butter
1 Tbsp lanolin
2 Tbsp argan oil For information on the benefits of argan oil, click here.
72 drops carrot seed essential oil
72 drops Niaouli essential oil
½ cup shea butter, unrefined
Gently melt coconut oil, cocoa butter, lanolin and argon oil in a double boiler*. Use low heat.
Once the coconut oil and lanolin are completely melted and the cocoa butter forms a soft mass, remove from heat. This will take a few minutes. Make sure the cocoa butter is softened all the way through then use a hand mixer to thoroughly combine all of the oils. It will take a minute or two for the cocoa butter to completely blend in with the other ingredients.
Separate the double boiler to let the oils cool. Do not put them in the refrigerator or freezer to speed cooling. This will cause condensation and could cause mold to develop later.
If you want to speed up cooling, set the double boiler in a pan with ice water. Leave the lid off the double boiler to let moisture escape freely.
Once the oil is at room temperature, add essential oils. Use a hand mixer to thoroughly blend ingredients.
Add shea butter and whip until it looks like whipped butter. You can’t really over mix it. Put into a container with a tight fitting lid and cover. The butter will set up overnight.
Whipping up the body butter is just like making real butter. The air lifts it into a light creamy mixture that increases in volume and makes a lot – about 3 cups, so make sure you have a large enough container on hand. I recommend using a small container for the body butter you are using daily. When it is empty, wash your container thoroughly and let it dry. Once your container is completely dry, spoon in your body butter from a larger storage container, perhaps a canning jar. This is important, because you will be dipping your fingers into your body butter to apply it, which will introduce germs. By only using a small container that lasts a week or two, you will not be giving the germs a chance to make your body butter unsafe.
Make sure to store the body butter in a container with a tight fitting lid or it is likely to develop mold. Always screw the lid on tight after use.
This body butter spreads like a lotion. Take a small amount (about a teaspoon) into your hand. Rub gently between your hands then pat your hands over the areas you want the lotion then smooth over your skin for a silky, luxurious feel.
If it feels a little grainy, this is from little beads of shea butter that will melt and become a lovely lotion when you rub your hands together. If you follow the directions exactly for when and how to melt and mix each ingredient, this usually isn’t an issue, but sometimes the shea butter is stubborn. If you do end up with tiny beads, it will not affect the quality and some people like the little moisture grains.
This is my favorite body moisturizer. If you use very little and apply using the method described above, it absorbs well without leaving the skin feeling greasy. After using this for a while, your skin will feel like baby skin.
Try it as a remedy:
• On your feet to repair and heal dry, cracked heels.
• Soften skin
• Reduce the visibility of wrinkles and fine lines
• Restore and increase elasticity to skin and prevent stretch marks
• Promote healing and repair damaged skin
• Prevent dry skin
• Prevent and repair sun damage
• Reduce and heal scarring
Both the carrot seed and the Niaouli essential oils are skin regenerating and may guard against wrinkles.
Supplies are readily available at links below. If you are a first time customer of iherb.com, you will receive a discount of $5 to $10 by using our link.
Those items not available through iherb.com are linked to Amazon.com.
You will be able to make many batches of Naturally Nourishing Body Butter with your supplies. Store in a cool, dark place. Essential oils will last for many years when stored this way.
For best results, use stainless steel measuring cups and spoons.
*A double boiler works much better, because it keeps the pot containing the oil off the heat source. If you don’t have a double boiler, you can use a large pot and a metal bowl. Add hot water to a large pot then put the metal bowl inside of the pot. If you have a bowl that will sit on the lip of the pot and rest on the water, that is best. The water should not come up too far on the bowl or it will get inside with the oil and ruin it. Some people report success using a mason jar. If you do that, you will have to pour the melted oil into a different bowl to mix or use an immersion blender.
By Cynthia DeWitte
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