I recently discovered the amazing benefits of coconut oil for hair and skin. As I am often disturbed by all of the chemicals easily found in almost every body product out there I wanted to give it a try.
Taking it a little further I decided I wanted to give a go at making my own all natural body butter. I picked a coconut oil body butter recipe and I was pleased to discover it is not difficult to make.
The main key, beyond having all of the right ingredients and tools is giving yourself some room to play with the recipe.
I found that even though almost all the recipes available out there are pretty much the same, I had to play with how long I let it cool, whipped it and how many drops of essential oil to use.
In my recipe I used lavender essential oil, but it is really a personal preference. Here is what you will need to make your own wonderful, yummy, coconut oil body butter.
Ingredients & Gadgets
- 8oz. or 1 cup of raw Shea Butter (Find Shea Butter here)
- 1/2 cup Coconut Oil
- 1/2 cup Almond Oil (Find Almond Oil here)
- Essential Oil of Choice -Please take care in choosing an essential oil that will not irritate your skin, if you have known allergies. Also the amount you use will depend on how strong you desire the scent to be. (Find a selection of Essential Oils here.)
- Glass Jars – I choose to use jars that are either cobalt blue or amber in coloring. The reason for this is that since there is no preservatives in the lotion it is more sensitive to light rays, the colored bottles give them an added protection.
- Kitchen Aid mixer – I suppose you could try a food processor or blender as well, I cannot claim whether they will work or not. I did attempt trying to whip it by hand…it didn’t work. Let’s just say I do not have an arm of steel or an hour to sit there and whip it. (Find Kitchen Aid Mixers here)
- Double Boiler – If you do not have one, no worries, nor do I. Instead I used a pot filled with just enough water to cover the bottom of a glass cookware pot I placed inside of it. (Find a Double Boiler here)