This luxurious homemade body butter is a real workhorse product. My family uses it for healing and preventing skin irritations of any kind. With only three ingredients it’s simple to make.
Homemade Body Butter – Why make it yourself
Homemade Body Butter is one of the first beauty products I started making at home. It’s extremely easy to make so even the newest of newbies will be able to pull it off. When my daughter was a few months old she developed baby eczema.
At that time, the pediatrician’s advice was to use certain products aimed at relieving her symptoms. None of those products worked. In fact her eczema got worse.
Eventually I cut dairy out of my diet and that helped a whole lot. That experience got me thinking about commercial eczema creams and their ingredients. Using the EWG’s Skin Deep Database I researched the ingredients of the many body washes and creams I was advised to buy and was able to determine exactly how safe these products were.
Needless to say I was appalled! It was then that I truly embarked on a natural body care journey. I have not looked back!
Over the years, I have experimented with different combinations of butters and oils. I’ve come to realize that I much prefer a softer butter, one that’s the consistency of a thick lotion.
This homemade body butter is firm at room temperature (during the winter) but as soon as it makes contact with your skin it melts and spreads on easily. Leaving your skin wonderfully moisturised.
Homemade Body Butter with Infused Olive Oil
I have gone one step further with my favourite basic homemade body butter recipe. Recently I have begun infusing olive oil with various herbs and spices. Oil infusions have many benefits. Read all about them and how to infuse oils here.
You can achieve a similar effect by adding a couple drops of lavender essential oil to the homemade body butter. Because I know my whole family uses this product though I usually make several batches. One with plain olive oil for hubby and baby on the way and this lavender vanilla version for the little princess and myself.
How to make body butter less greasy?
Adding a tablespoon of arrowroot starch to this body butter formula helps with the absorption of the butter and minimising that greasy feeling. Cornstarch can be substituted as long as it is non GMO without additives.
Homemade Body Butter Ingredients
My shea butter and coconut oil were solid at room temperature. If you live in a warm climate you may need to adjust the ratio of ingredients. I highly recommend a kitchen scale for measuring ingredients. How does one accurately measure out ½ cup of solid shea butter is beyond me.
If you do not own a scale then use this formula : 1 part liquid oil to 3 parts solid
Homemade Body Butter Uses
This luxurious homemade body butter is a real workhorse product. My family uses it for healing and preventing all types of skin irritations. Here are some of the many ways we put this homemade body butter to good use.
Pregnant mama: belly butter, nipple cream
Baby: diaper rash, cradle cap, baby eczema
Whole family: dry, itchy skin all over cream for dry areas, chapped lips, relief from the soreness under a runny nose, dry winter hands, excellent preventative for chapped cheeks during cold windy winter days outside.
Due to the fact that this homemade body butter does not contain any water it is very shelf stable and should last a good 6 months.
However I always err on the side of caution. I use a small pallet stick or spoon for removing the body butter from the container to avoid contamination from hands. I recommend you do the same.. 🙂
How is Shea Butter made?
I never knew how shea butter is made until watching this video. WOW!
Melt shea butter and coconut oil in a double boiler.
Mix in olive oil.
Place bowl in the fridge to set.
Remove from the fridge and beat mixture with electric beaters.
The butter will look like butter cream frosting.
Transfer the butter to a glass or metal container with a tight fitting lid