Last Christmas my cousin asked me what was on my wish list. I told her I really wanted a lotion that would cure the old lady skin on my dry and over-washed hands. We had just been through four rounds of the stomach flu in four months, and I felt like I had washed them so often that they were incapable of ever being soft and smooth again. On Christmas eve, I received the best gift ever. A jar of whipped body butter. And I pretty much fell in love immediately.
When I first used it, I thought there was absolutely no way I would ever use up the entire jar.
Turns out I was wrong. I went through it way faster than I thought I would. I used it on my hands after washing, and on my body after showering, and even on my face.
She sent me the recipe, and I started making it myself. It’s a great gift, and a great addition to any beauty routine. It’s easy to make, and you can tailor the scent to whatever you like. I like using lavender and peppermint). Both oils have antibacterial and antiviral properties. Peppermint oil helps soothe skin irritations, and relieve itchy skin, and skin rashes. Lavender oil has antiseptic and anti-fungal properties, as well as soothing properties for the skin. I love the scent of the two mixed together, because it’s not overwhelming, not overly floral, but still a bright scent. My husband has been known to take a dip of the lotion for himself, and I hear from friends whom I’ve made it for, that their husbands like it as well.
Be prepared to love it. A little bit goes a long way, but it does have a greasy feeling when first put on. There is a definite “soak in” period needed. I like to slather it on after a shower, and then give it some time to soak in before getting dressed. I learned my lesson after I found some oil marks on my shirt one day. (They washed out with a pre-wash treatment of some dish soap though, so no harm done.) I also brought it with me last summer and used it after a day in the sun with not enough shade. The lavender and peppermint oil helped soothe my skin after the sunburn. I tend to have really sensitive skin, and have had absolutely no problem at all with this recipe. I hope you enjoy it too!
What to get:
1 cup of Shea Butter
½ cup of coconut oil
½ cup of almond oil (or any other organic liquid oil – jojoba or olive would work too)
Glass jar – these ones are great!
What to Do:
1. Melt Shea Butter and coconut oil in the top of a double boiler. My Shea Butter has a very earthy smell while melting, but the oil added in will eliminate that. It takes a bit of time to melt it down, so just keep stirring… Take it off the stove, and let it cool for 30 minutes.
3. Wait until the mix starts to partially solidify. (This part takes the longest……be patient. Go read a book, do the dishes, dream about how nice the body butter is going to feel on your chapped hands….whatever)
4. Whip it with a standing mixer, or hand mixer until it has a whipped, butter-like consistency. (This part also takes a bit of time…so I hope, for your sake, you have a standing mixer so that you can go do something else….)