Most store bought creams and lotions are made with mineral oil, sounds pretty natural right? That's what I thought, plus I loved the way those creams moisturized my skin and gave me that glow. That is until I found out that mineral oil is actually a bi-product of petroleum. Eek! That can't be good! I decided to try a body butter recipe and make my own. The verdict? I love this stuff!
I have now successfully replaced 7 beauty products with this little jar, which is super convenient, especially for travel. I only need to make a batch about once a year and store extra jars in the refrigerator.
1. Moisturizing Face Cream
Great to apply after washing your face every morning. Just a tiny dab goes a long way. When using under make up wait about 3-5 minutes before applying foundation.
2. Wrinkle Cream
Did you know Frankincense essential oil works wonders to prevent and erase wrinkles? Apply Frankincense body butter every night before bed for beautifully smooth skin.
3. Body Moisturizer
Applying Valor body butter after a nice hot shower is just heavenly! Keeps skin glowing all day.
4. Nourishing Hair Mask
Apply body butter thoroughly into your hair, tie up in a bun, and leave in about 20 minutes or so. Then wash as usual. Doing this once a week leaves hair beautifully nourished and moisturized with fewer split ends.
5. Cuticle Cream
Gently massage body butter into the cuticles of your nails. Gently push the cuticle back to keep your nails looking their best. Using a Tea Tree body butter will also help strengthen the nails.
6. Shaving Cream
Won't dry out your skin and works like a charm to help keep your legs looking fantastic.
7. Eye Makeup Remover
This body butter is hands down the best eye make remover I have ever used (and I've tried quite a few). Even passes the test with waterproof mascara.
What You'll Need:
3 cups organic Coconut Oil
1 cup organic Avocado Oil (can be substituted for any other plant derived oil that is in liquid form, such as Grape Seed or Jojoba)
20-30 drops Young Living Essential Oils of choice (how to buy)
Glass Jars (where I buy)
Melt down your coconut oil. You can do this by transferring it to a stainless steel or glass bowl and then placing the bowl into the sink filled with hot water.
Once your coconut oil is in liquid state, take the bowl out of the hot water and mix in your avocado oil.
Add your essential oils to the mixture. I use Young Living Essential Oils for all of my recipes. If you don't have any oils yet, the Premium Starter Kit gets you a nice variety of 11 high quality oils at a great price. Feel free to use as much or a little of the essential oil, until you achieve the fragrance strength you like. I like to use different oils each time I make this body butter. Lavender and Joy are some of my favorites, but I have also made a Valor and Frankincense blend, an Ylang Ylang and Jasmine blend (quite exotic!), and many others, the sky is the limit, so don't be afraid to get creative.
Set your oil mixture aside to harden. This is where you have to be a little patient, put it in the fridge or outside if its cold (the picture shows two mixtures cooling because I was making to separate scents). Wait until its about 75% hardened but this is not an exact science here.
Transfer the semi-hardened oil mixture to a stand mixer or get a hand mixer ready. You may have to use a spatula to get some of the hardened oil mixture off the sides of the bowl.
Turn the mixer to high to whip the mixture to a moose. After a about a minute or two it will whip up. If you are not getting the moose consistency you may have not allowed it to harden enough, you may need to refrigerate for a few more minutes and try again.
Scoop some of the moose into glass jars, stick a label on there and you're all set! Add a cute bow and these make a great gift!
Have you tried this recipe? Shoot me an email, I'd love to hear what you think!