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.
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Eventually I cut dairy out of my diet and that helped a whole lot but 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!
As a general rule of thumb you want to avoid products with
These chemicals are classed as xenoestrogens and can wreak havoc on your hormones, making you estrogen dominant.
Homemade Body Butter consistency
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.
During the winter months this homemade body butter is firm at room temperature.
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 like helping to balance hormones and much more.
To create a really luxurious naturally scented body butter I have infused olive oil with lavender and vanilla beans . Following the cold infuse method as outlined by The School of Aromatic Studies it takes four to six weeks but worth the wait because Oh MY Word it seriously took this homemade body butter up a notch!
Can’t wait that long? Achieve a similar effect by adding a couple drops of lavender essential oil to the homemade body butter. Unfortunately, 100% pure vanilla essential oil does not exist. So put your vanilla to infuse now so it will be ready for your next batch of body butter!
Because I know my whole family uses this product though I usually make several batches of homemade body butter. 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 a lavender vanilla infused oil
You will need:
- A clean glass jar with a tight fitting lid
- 6 organic vanilla beans, sliced lengthways, do not remove the seeds
- 8 tablespoons dried lavender buds
- 2 cups of carrier oil of choice (olive, jojoba, grapeseed and almond oils are all good choices)
- Place the sliced vanilla beans in the bottle
- Add dried lavender
- Fill bottle with carrier oil
- Shake to combine
- Store jar in a sunny window for 4-6 weeks
- Strain through a fine mesh sieve to remove the herbs
Use in body butters, as a body oil etc
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 Customisation and Substitutes
The most important ingredient for making body butter is… you guessed it! Butter!
Your choice of butter: I have chosen shea butter for it’s rich and luxurious feel on the skin but Mango butter , Cocoa butter and Cupuacu butter are of similar consistency to Shea butter at room temperature so they should do a good job.
Solid Coconut Oil:I have used an equal amount of shea butter and SOLID coconut oil. If your coconut oil is liquid it will affect the consistency of the body butter. To make life simple in this case, use an equal amount of shea butter (or mango,cocoa, cupuacu butter)
Liquid Carrier Oil: I have used infused olive oil but really any other liquid carrier oil would do for example sweet almond, jojoba, avocado or grapeseed oil.
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.
Homemade nipple cream and belly butter – take a look at the ingredients in typical nipple creams, do you want your baby ingesting that?
Homemade diaper rash cream – very effective at preventing and healing diaper rash. Can also be used to remedy cradle cap and baby eczema
Whole family – can be used to treat dry, itchy skin, 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.
Add arrowroot starch if using
Place bowl in the freezer to set. You want the body butter to cool as quickly as possible to avoid it going grainy later on. Twenty minutes should suffice. Cover the bowl to avoid any condensation dripping in.
After twenty minutes check that your body butter is semi solid. Poke it with your finger, it should easily make a dent. If it does remove the bowl from the freezer, if not leave it to harden a bit more.
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