DIY body butters
Making your own body butter will ensure your skin stays super soft this season.
The cold months will soon be a distant memory (we hope) so it’s time to start thinking about prepping your body for summer clothes. Flaky, dry skin is never attractive and there’s no excuse when a DIY moisturiser is so easy to whip up at home.
“If skin becomes too dehydrated, it can become itchy, chapped and sore which could eventually result in problems such as skin infections or even permanent scarring. Keeping the skin moisturised and nourished will help encourage natural skin cell rejuvenation and prevent any discomfort,” Natalie Balmond, founder of organic skincare range purepotions, told Cover Media. “The purepotions original skin salvation intensive moisturising ointment is specially formulated to nourish and hydrate dry skin and provide a barrier against external irritants.”
Natalie first started making skincare products from her kitchen at home, so has plenty of ideas for DIY body butters. If you have sensitive or dry skin, creating your own moisturisers could work wonders as they will be free from harsh chemicals and parabens - and perfumes if you wish. Here is Natalie’s recipe for a deliciously fragrant and rich body butter:
1/2 cup unrefined shea butter
1/4 cup pure coconut oil
1/4 cup sweet almond oil
10-20 drops of essential oil
Place a metal or glass bowl inside a saucepan with a small amount of water in it (as if you were melting chocolate). Combine all ingredients, except the essential oils, and gently melt and stir over medium-low heat until the mixture is liquid.
Remove from the heat and allow the mixture to partially set.
Once the mixture is partially set, add the essential oils of your choice, and whip with a hand mixer or stand mixer until the body butter is fluffy and stiff peaks have formed. The mixture is ready to whip when you can stick your finger in the middle and it will hold the indentation.
Natalie recommends using lavender, bergamot, frankincense, geranium, or wild orange essential oils for this recipe. If you would prefer an unscented butter you can make this without the oils.
Any chocoholics out there will love this next recipe, as it smells fantastic and won’t ruin your waistline. Janey Lee Grace, author of Look Great Naturally Without Ditching the Lipstick, keeps her skin in great condition with a Mint Chocolate Body Butter:
One cup raw organic coconut oil
Half cup cacao butter grated or shea butter
Half cup jojoba oil
One teaspoon peppermint essential oil
Two tablespoons raw organic cacao powder
Melt the cacao butter or shea butter, add the coconut oil and allow to melt, add the cacao powder and stir in the jojoba oil, mix it thoroughly and then place it all in a chilled bowl and allow to cool, whisk it up and its ready to use
Shea butter is super hydrating, so is great for parched limbs. Adding mint to the recipe will leave you feeling invigorating and uplifted – and your skin tingling! Janey says you can use fresh mint leaves instead of peppermint oil if you have a bit more time. Simply crush a handful of leaves using a pestle and mortar until juice begins to form.