Ever since I was a little girl, I have had great curiosity of learning about the plants around me and the medicinal qualities they have. Whether that was collecting eucalyptus leaves and mixing them with rose petals to make potpourri, using herbs to steam my face, or making my own scrubs from sand taken from some of Australia’s most beautiful beaches. It is something that has always been fascinating to me.
Making Body Butter is incredibly easy and something I have made a lot of lately. I buy all of my ingredients online from Essential Wholesale and Labs who are based in Portland, Oregon. However, if you plan on making a small batch these ingredients can be found at a health food store.
Why Make Your Own
There are so many reasons why making your own beauty products is preferable over buying the chemical laden varieties that saturate the market;
- Quality — I enjoy making body moisturizer from scratch and being able to control exactly what goes into it. I avoid ingredients like synthetic preservatives and chemicals, and only use products that also have medicinal properties, everything I make is food-based
- Morally — I know that my body butter is not tested on animals and is cruelty free and this makes me feel really good
- Tailor Made — My body butter is dependent on what ingredients I have available in my kitchen on any given day. For example, some days I may use avocado oil instead of apricot oil
- Gifts — Quality homemade beauty products are the perfect presents to give, you can also cater it to a person’s need. For example, maybe you have a friend who loves the citrus smell of oranges, well then, this recipe is going to be a hit
- Price — Although some ingredients can be expensive when making your own products, for the most part I think it is overall cheaper than buying big name products that just are not good for your skin
- Purity — All of the ingredients I use have medicinal properties. At this stage, I would prefer to put a Use-By-Date on my body butters then add a dodgy preservative into the mix to keep it good for an abnormal amount of time
- Activity — This is a great activity for Little Ones, just like cooking, my 3-year-old loves to help me make beauty products in the kitchen. See last photo for proof in the pudding on that one!
Sweet Orange Body Butter Recipe
I love love love this Body Butter recipe, it is quickly absorbed and makes my skin feel and smell wonderful. It is a bit on the oily side initially but isn’t that the perfect consistency for a body butter? If you want to make it not-so-oily you could add cornstarch or arrowroot to calm that down a bit.
Ingredients You Will Need to make 8 ounces of Body Butter
- 2.25 ounces of Shea Butter
- 2.25 ounces of Cocoa Butter
- 3.5 ounces of Apricot Kernel Oil
- 1 teaspoon of Vitamin E
- Sweet Orange Essential Oil (add drops dependent on your smell preference)
Equipment You Will Need
- A food scale
- Double boiler
- 2 Metal bowls (one bigger and one smaller)
- Metal Spatula
- Jars to put your body butter in for storage
- Handheld blender
What To Do
- Melt both the Shea Butter and Cocoa Butter together in double boiler, making sure that it is mixed well
- Place the bigger bowl filled halfway with water in the freezer
- In the separate smaller bowl weigh out the apricot oil and set aside
- Pour melted Shea and Cocoa butters into the smaller bowl with the apricot oil, mixing well
- Place this bowl in the bigger bowl in freezer for around 15 minutes, you will notice that the mixture will become cloudy on top
- Remove from freezer
- Add Vitamin E and fragrance and whip until mixture turns fluffy, I like to whip mine for at least 30 minutes
- Using a spatula, place body butter in jars for home use, or label and give as the best gifts ever
This mixture should keep for at least 12 months, probably longer. However, I feel like it is going to get used way within a year! It is just too good to sit in a jar looking pretty!
Medicinal Qualities of Ingredients
I could spend literally hours writing the next part but instead I am just going to give you a few of the top benefits of using the ingredients on your skin. Let’s go!
- Shea Butter — Is created from the fat of African Shea tree. Besides being a wonderful moisturizer for the skin, it is an excellent source of Vitamin A and Vitamin E. It is an anti-inflammatory and is helpful for skin blemishes, sunburn, frostbite and helps diminish wrinkles.
- Cocoa Butter — Is a natural fat derived from the cacao bean (think chocolate). Another wonderful moisturizer, it is also the Number 1 ingredient in stretch mark products. Things like rapid weight gain or weight loss cause the skin’s collagen to stretch and form scar tissue. Some Mothers may experience this around the tummy area when pregnant. The Vitamin E in cocoa butter aids in elasticacy the skin and minimizes the formation and manifestation of scar tissue
- Apricot Kernel Oil — Is extremely nourishing to the skin and is high in Vitamin A and Vitamin E. Apricot Oil is an anti-inflammatory which can be beneficial with skin issues like eczema, for example. It also slows the sign of aging
- Vitamin E Oil — Is a great healer and a strong antioxidant that aids in the prevention of premature aging – love that! It does this, by blocking free radical damage, boosting collagen production, supporting new skin cell growth and speeding up cell regeneration
- Sweet Orange Essential Oil — Smells great, and is also an anti-inflammatory and a natural anti-depressant