Homemade Body Butter
When the weather starts to change from hot to warm to chilly my skin does terrible, terrible things to me. My hands get so dry that they can crack and it hurts. Add in that I’m always subjecting my hands to all sorts of random things like paint and dye and harsh chemicals and the state of my hands after just a few days is just awful.
It gets so bad that I start to despise my microfiber kitchen towels in a way only a girl with crazy dry skin can hate a piece of fabric. You see my fingertips start to peel in weird strips that look like they have something to do with my fingerprints. And they dry and they harden and then my hand to these microfiber cloths is like Velcro. Seriously. And every time I freak out and shake my hand but it doesn’t come loose. It’s freaky weird, people.
And because I’ve been hella busy I went the way of purchasing stuff to try to right the wrong that are my ten most commonly used digits. And nothing worked. So I sent out for some supplies to make my very own, very greasy body butter. And yes, things are on the mend and much, much better… yay!
Gotta let you know that this stuff seriously is greasy. If you have stupid dry skin it’ll get sucked right up, though. And even if your skin is moderate, you’ll have no problem with this particular lotion. You will need to give it a few minutes to “soak in” to your skin. Guarantee you if you grab a glass of water right after slathering it up, you won’t be holding onto that glass for long!
To make your own body butter you will need:
- Raw, unrefined shea butter
- Extra virgin coconut oil
- Sweet almond oil
- Mica sparkle powder (optional)
- Fragrant oil of your choice (I used Pumpkin Patch)
In my experience the quality of the items you use can make all of the difference. I once used cheap coconut oil from Walmart and my skin had these weird bumps. I was told that maybe it clogged my pores and was causing acne by my dermatologist and I quit using it. That is when she told me when making my own things I needed to be very, very careful and only use good quality ingredients.
In the materials list there are links to every single one of these products that I used. The exact ones. And though I have terrible and sensitive skin, these have never caused problems for me. Please note that everybody is different and if you’re allergic to almonds, the sweet almond oil may not be the way to go for you.
To melt and combine your butter and oils you’ll need a double boiler. Now I used to have one but who knows where it has gone. Instead I use a poor man’s double boiler. You can pair a metal bowl from the pet section that fits well in one of your sauce pans and be set. This pet bow that will act as the top of your boiler have a good lip and catch on the rim of the pot and it’s just perfect (and cheap!)
You’ll need to put a small amount of water into the pot. Not enough that it makes the bottom of your bowl wet. I’d say about 2 fingers worth if possible.
See that brick? That is raw shea butter. It’s kind of greasy and easily manipulated in small amount. Using a butter knife, take small parts of the brick away and place into a measuring cup. You’ll need one full cup of shea butter.
Next you’ll need 1/2 cup of coconut butter. Place both into the top of your double boiler on medium heat.
Keep a close eye on your pot because it won’t take long at all before things start melting. I like to use a rubber spatula to force any of the remaining clumps to melt. It’s unnecessary but I like doing it so I do!
Remove from heat and add in 1/2 – 1 tablespoon of mica (depending on your shininess preference) and 1/2 cup of sweet almond oil.
Pour into a mixing bowl and toss in the fridge for about 2 hours, or until it starts to set.
On a side note, have you seen these Jell-o pumpkin spice cheesecake pudding cups? I bought some but now I’m weirded out to try them. I mean, what if they ruin pumpkin spice for me? If you’ve tried can you let me know which side of the fence you fall on? Totally unrelated I know but these suckers are going to expire with me looking sideways at them otherwise :)
Add your fragrance and taking your hand mixer beat the mixture until it starts to smooth out. Every once in a while, give your lotion a whiff… does it smell good or is the shea butter all you can smell (because it is a strong smell). With some oils I can get away with 10 drops, but with this one I probably used 30 before I could actually scent the pumpkin spice in there. Continue whipping until it starts to take a more solid form.
Drop inside of a glass jar or other vessel (I use glass because it is reusable and seems less wasteful to me) and allow to set. You’ll want to keep this room temperature. Don’t put it in the fridge or on top of a window sill where it will heat up. On your nightstand is the perfect place!
When it sets up, the texture isn’t as creamy as body butters from places like Bath and Body Works. This is more firm but when met with the warmth of your skin is easy to rub in. I use mine on my hands multiple times a day and on my feet and elbows before I go to bed, other areas that get dry, but nothing like my hands.
This stuff right here will last you AGES, so if you can grab several smaller jars, you can have some for yourself and enough for 4-5 lovely Christmas gifts!