22 Apr Happy Earth Day: DIY Whipped Lavender body butter!

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Happy Earth Day everyone! Lately I have been trying out new ways to be more simple and practical in my life. I think sometimes simplifying things makes more room for more important things. Plus I kind of like the challenge. I found a recipe on how to make your own body butter lotion. It was a very simple recipe that only used natural products. I have been using coconut oil on its own for a few years now. I’ve been loving it as a night moisturizer and eye make up remover. My skin has never been so clear and soft. I’ve even taken a small hand full and put it on the ends of my hair, then I will leave it on for a while before I wash it, just to add the extra needed moisture. It totally works.

I was so excited when I tried this recipe that used my favorite coconut oil plus a few more natural products. I figured they would only work even better together. Here is the recipe. I ended up using Lavender oil for my scent. But I wanted to venture out and try a few other scents too.

Here is a quick explantion of the natural oils used:

Body Butter Recipe Ingredients

Shea Butter

Shea Butter is sourced from the seed of the Karite tree. Karite literally means “Tree of Life”. It has anti-inflammatory properties, protects against sunburn, can aid in healing minor cuts and abrasions. It is also incredibly moisturizing. Edible, but not tasty.

Coconut Oil

Coconut oil is the oil extracted from the meat of matured coconuts. It is anti-viral, antimicrobial, antibacterial and protects against sunburn, blocking about 20% of harmful UV rays. It is also very moisturizing. Edible and tasty.

Jojoba Oil

Jojoba oil is a liquid wax (not really an oil) derived from the seed of the jojoba plant. It has antiviral, antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. It seals in the skin’s moisture. Edible, but non-caloric and non-digestible

Whipped Body Butter with Shea, Coconut and Jojoba

Ingredients
•1/2 c. Shea Butter
•1/4 c. Coconut Oil
•1/4 c. Jojoba Oil
•5-10 drops Essential Oil (I recommend lavender for a relaxing body butter, peppermint for an invigorating sensation)

Directions
1.Place shea butter, coconut oil and jojoba oil in a glass bowl or measuring cup inside a saucepan. The saucepan should have enough water in it that the water touches the bottom of your glass double boiler, but doesn’t spill out.
2.Over medium heat, whisk the oils together until they are melted and combined.
3.Mixture will go from white to semi-clear when ready.
4.Refrigerate melted oils for an hour or until white and solid.
5.With a stand mixer or hand mixer, beat the oils until they are fluffy like whipped cream. Add essential oils and beat to incorporate.
6.Fill your desired container with the whipped body butter and refrigerate another hour.

This body butter will keep about 6 months at room temperature. It may soften in warm weather because of the coconut oil. If this happens it can be stored in the refrigerator.

I’m just starting to get into whipping up my own beauty products… I feel like they are so much better then the streamlined body lotions that I’ve used in the part and my skin has seen such an undeniable difference. I have a few other recipes that I have been using and I’m so excited to share them in a future post.

Have you ever tried naturally made beauty products? Any that you swear by and want to share with the world…share with us!

Thanks For reading today!
Go for a run or bike ride and enjoy this beautiful earth that we live in! -Kaylee

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