7 Uses for Homemade Body Butter + Recipe

Here’s the problem with most store bought creams and lotions.  They are made with mineral oil.  Sounds pretty natural right?  That’s what I thought.

That is until I found out that mineral oil is actually a bi-product of petroleum.  Eek!  That can’t be good! How can your skin breathe and thrive?!  After a recommendation from a friend I decided to try a body butter recipe and make my own.  The verdict?  I love it so much!

It’s so versatile and it does just what I need it to do. My skin was always terribly dry in the past, I couldn’t keep up with the lotions and always on the hunt for a better one, but not anymore.  Now my skin feels healthy and hydrated.

I’ve already replaced 7 beauty products with this little jar.  It’s been money saving and so convenient, especially for travel.  I only need to make a batch about once a year.


So Many Uses…


1. Moisturizing Face Cream

Great to apply after washing your face every morning.  Just a tiny dab goes a long way.  When using under makeup wait about 3-5 minutes before applying foundation.

2. Wrinkle Cream

Did you know Frankincense essential oil works wonders to prevent and erase wrinkles?  Apply Frankincense body butter every night before bed for beautifully smooth skin.

3. Hand & Body Moisturizer

Applying Valor body butter after a nice hot shower is just heavenly and keeps my skin glowing all day.

4. Nourishing Hair Mask

Apply body butter thoroughly into your hair, tie up in a bun, and leave in about 20 minutes or so.  Then wash as usual.  Doing this once a week leaves hair nicely nourished and moisturized with fewer split ends.

5. Cuticle Cream

Massage body butter into the cuticles of your nails.  Gently push the cuticle back to keep your nails looking their best.  Using a Tea Tree body butter will also help strengthen the nails.

6. Shaving Cream

Sometimes shaving can dry out your legs.  Shaving creams also have so many toxic chemicals in them.  Try the body butter instead.  It won’t dry out your skin and works like a charm to help keep your legs silky and smooth.

7. Eye Makeup Remover

This recipe is hands down the best eye make remover I have ever used (and I’ve tried quite a few).  Even passes the test with waterproof mascara.


The Recipe


What You’ll Need:

  • 3 cups organic Coconut Oil
  • 1 cup organic Avocado Oil (can be substituted for any other plant derived oil that is in liquid form, such as Grape Seed, Jojoba, or V-6 oil)
  • 20-30 drops Young Living Essential Oils of choice (how to buy)
  • Glass Jars
  • Blank labels

Time Saving Tip:  To make the body butter quick and with less steps, you may make this recipe without melting down and re-hardening the coconut oil but this may produce some small clumps in the finished product.

Step 1:

Melt down your coconut oil.  You can do this by transferring it to a stainless steel or glass bowl and then placing the bowl into the sink filled with hot water.

Step 2:

Once your coconut oil is in liquid state, take the bowl out of the hot water and mix in your avocado oil.

Step 3:

Set your oil mixture to harden.  This is where you have to be a little patient, put it in the fridge or outside if its cold (the picture shows two mixtures cooling because I was making to separate scents).  Wait until its about 75% hardened but this is not an exact science here.

Step 4:

Transfer the semi-hardened oil mixture to a stand mixer or get a hand mixer ready.  You may have to use a spatula to get some of the hardened oil mixture off the sides of the bowl.

Step 5:

Turn the mixer to high to whip the mixture to a moose.  After about a minute or two it will whip up.  If you are not getting the moose consistency, you may have not allowed it to harden enough, refrigerate for a few more minutes and try again.

Step 6:

Mix your essential oils into the mixture.  I use Young Living Essential Oils for all of my recipes.  If you don’t have any oils yet, the Premium Starter Kit gets you a nice variety of 12 high quality oils at a great price.  Feel free to use as much or a little of the essential oil, until you achieve the fragrance strength you like.  I like to use different oils each time I make this body butter.  Lavender and Joy are some of my favorites, but I have also made a Valor and Frankincense blend, an Ylang Ylang and Jasmine blend (soo exotic!), and many others, the sky is the limit.  Don’t be afraid to get creative.

Step 7:

Scoop the moose into glass jars with a small spatula, stick a label on there and you’re all set!  Add a cute bow and these make a great gift!  Be sure to store any extra jars in the refrigerator to prevent melting.

Have you tried this recipe?  What is your favorite way to use it?  Comment below!

 

 

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