DIY Whipped Body Butter

This is another installment of my Non Toxic Holiday Gift series and goes really well when it’s paired with the DIY Rose Sugar Scrub. It feels so good to use the scrub in the shower or during a bath and then nourish your skin with a small amount of body butter after (a little goes a long way with this!).

 

It’s easy to make and has great ingredients that can be customized based on your skin type and needs. I give you different ideas below!

 

 

Making your own body butter or purchasing a high quality one is a great way to avoid harmful ingredients that you typically find in moisturizers such as BHA, triclosan, parabens, PEGs, and xenoestrogens (mimic estrogen in the body and can contribute estrogen dominance).

 

It’s also easy and lasts for a long time since a little goes a long way when it comes to body butter. I like making my own because it allows me to customize the different ingredients used based on skin type. If making your own isn’t your thing and you want a safer option that you can purchase (totally get it… I don’t always make my own since life happens) below are two of my favorite body butters to purchase.

 

Here is a Citrus Mimosa body butter that uses citrus oils, shea butter, mongongo oil, aloe and chamomile making it super nourishing and soothing for the skin.

A few more of my favorites are from Primally Pure below. I also like to use these to get ideas for ingredients.

Citrus Mint (great way to wake up and get blood flowing)

Almond Vanilla (so heavenly)

Eucalyptus and Lavender (very calming for the skin and great for inflammation)

 

See how I make my own below!

 

DIY Whipped Body Butter

You can swap out oils below although I do recommend using shea butter as the base.

Here are the components of a body butter:

  1. 2 Base oils: need something solid–I think shea butter gives the best texture and is very nourishing. I paired the one below with coconut oil but you can also you cocoa butter (for a thicker butter) or mango butter (for a softer butter)
  2. 1 Carrier oil: this helps to carry the essential oils and transfer them to your skin. almond oil is great for acne prone skin and jojoba oil is great for all skin types.
  3. Essential oils: you don’t have to add essential oils but I do recommend it. Not only do they add a great aroma but they are extremely nourishing for the skin.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup of shea butter
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil
  • 2 tbsp sweet almond oil
  • 1/2 tbsp tapioca starch (helps make it less greasy)
  • 20-30 drops of essential oil*
  • optional: add natural food coloring to give this a fun look!

*I used lavender for a calming oil but below are some other great combinations. I also have a free non toxic skincare guide that goes through essential oils by skin type so you may want to take a look at that too!

Instructions:

  1. Heat the shea butter and coconut oil either in a double boiler or a cast iron pan on low heat. You can also place a glass bowl on top of a saucepan partially filled with water and use that as a makeshift double boiler. Allow oils to fully melt.

  2. I recommend using tapioca starch in your body butter. If you plan to use this then take the tapioca starch and place it in a small bowl and whisk it with your carrier oil (in this recipe I use almond oil). Set the mixture aside.

  3. Place your melted butters in a bowl and add the almond oil and tapioca mixture and stir to combine.

  4. Let the oil mixture cool for 3-5 minutes and then you can add your essential oils. Once your essential oils are mixed in, place the mixture in the fridge and allow it to solidify. This is super important! If you skip this step you will not end up with a whipped body butter. This usually takes 30-60 minutes depending on your fridge temp.

  5. Once your mixture begins to harden you can whisk. You have two options. You can use a fork to whip or you can use a hand mixer. I opted for the hand mixer and it came out really well! I’ve never tried it with a fork, but I have a few clients that have done this.

  6. Scoop the body butter into a mason jar and place the lid on the jar. Store the body butter at room temperature (out of sunlight is important since there are essential oils). This will last about 6 months.

     

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