When we think of natural health we immediately think of diets and what we put in our mouth. But, we also need to take into consideration what we absorb into our bodies through other means, including our skin. Natural health is important in skincare for many reasons. The products that we are most frequently exposed through external absorption are haircare and skincare products. We have everything you need to know about the benefits of natural hair care in our natural living blog. Once you realise the benefits of living a naturally healthy lifestyle, moving to a natural skincare routine makes sense. This natural whipped body butter recipe is an easy and highly effective product swap.
Whipped Body Butter For Natural Health
We LOVE our body butter. I don't remember the last time we bought a lotion of cream from a store. The added bonus of this recipe is, once scented nicely, in a pretty jar, decorated with a cute tag, it makes a great gift for friends or family.
What is the difference between body butter and lotion?Body butter consists only of oils whereas lotion consists mainly of water. Being completely oil based means body butter is much richer, the quantity stretches further and it takes longer to absorb. Water also causes things to spoil quicker so lotions are packed with preservatives.
How to make natural body butter
This recipe is not only easy to make but creates a really luxurious product. It is also great for babies or those with sensitive skin. If you live in or are visiting an especially dry area this will be a life saver!
- 1/2 cup shea butter.
- 1/2 cup cocoa butter.
- 1/2 cup coconut oil.
- 1/2 cup light oil (like almond, jojoba, or olive oil)
- 10-30 drops of essential oils of choice (optional)
- In a double boiler on the stove melt the cocoa butter and shea butter and stir
- Once melted add the coconut oil and stir until mixed evenly
- Remove from the stove and immediately add the olive oil and stir until the consistency and colour is even
- Pour the mixture into a mixing bowl and allow to cool slightly
- Once cool to the touch add in your essential oils and stir gently
- Move the mixture into the fridge for 1 hour or until it starts to harden around the edges but is still soft in the center
- Once cooled to solid state mix the mixture with a handheld electric beater (a stick blender works well) until fluffy and whitish in colour
- Return the whipped mixture to the fridge for another hour
- Remove the mixture from the fridge and mix with the beater one more time
- Scoop your body butter into a glass jar and seal. Store in a cool place.
If your body butter is exposed to temperatures above 24’C it will likely start to melt a bit because of the coconut oil. You can solve this by removing the coconut oil from the recipe and topping up with the other ingredients. Alternatively, you can store your body butter in the fridge to prevent melting.
Some Tips for great Homemade Natural Body Butter
- Be sure to remove it from the fridge to whip it the first time before it is hard in the center. If you allow the mixture to harden completely your body butter will have small granules or hard lumps in the mixture once whipped.
- If you do accidentally leave your body butter to harden too long before whipping it rather put the mixture back in the double boiler and melt it again. Pushing through with a body butter that hasn’t whipped properly results in some irritating little lumps of oil on your skin when you start to apply it.
- Scenting your body butter is optional. Many people like it unscented but the natural scent of cocoa butter or olive oil isn’t for everyone. Make sure you are happy with your scent before you add it to your batch so you don’t risk wasting the entire batch. Our favourite scents are lavender and citrus (orange or lemon).
- Body butter is naturally more oily than lotion. Some commercial body butters still contain some water and therefore this will likely feel more oily than store-bought varieties. If you are used to using lotion or a less rich store-bought body butter you may find it oily in the beginning, but your skin will adjust in a few weeks.
Our Personal Experience
Body butter was one of the first natural product recipes I tried and I have never bought a store bought lotion or cream since. We LOVE it! It is so easy and feels so luxurious.
If you are looking for other skincare product swaps we swear by, have a look at these recipes:
Natural Face Wash that cleanses dirt without stripping off your skin’s natural oils.
Natural Multipurpose Balm which is amazing as a lip balm and also great for light eczema, skin irritations and baby bums!