How To: Body Butter

Over the last few months, I’ve tried to get pretty crafty. Some things have turned out well, some not so much. However, one thing that I went into as a total newbie turned out great. I’m not much into lotion, I don’t use it unless necessary, but a whole lot of other people are. Which is why I took to learning how to make body butter. Its perfect homemade gift for all sorts of people, which is what makes it a great skill to have. The best part, it’s incredibly easy.

Once you find the ingredients you’ll need, making your own body butter lotion is a piece of cake. I’ll be honest, some of the ingredients aren’t the cheapest, but if you look right and in the right places, you can find good products for more reasonable prices. Once you track all of it down, you can get to turning you’re kitchen into a wicked hip beauty store.

So to make about 2 1/2 cups of this stuff, you’ll need:image1/2 Cup Cocoa Butter
1/2 Cup Raw Shea Butter
1/2 Cup Coconut Oil
1/2 Cup Olive Oil
1/2 teaspoon essential oils (Your choice!)

I decided to use mint & rosemary essential oils. I love the two scents together, they’re very relaxing. However, you can choose which ever ones you want. You could do just one, or multiple, mix them however you’d like! Just be careful that you don’t go over board. Essential oils can also get pricey, depending on which you buy. Some can go for $10 or $20 a vile, others are $2 or $3. So if you’re on a budget, you can choose scents that fit with how much you can spend. The great thing about oils is that you can also cater it to remedy certain things. There’s different oils that are great for skin, certain skin disorders, ones that work well as aromatherapy, things like that. So do some research and make even more awesome & helpful body butter.

So, to make this stuff, it just takes a few easy steps. Take all the ingredients except the essential oils, and place it in a metal bowl. image_1Melt them down together in a double broiler. If you don’t have one, you can fashion a metal boil over a pot of boiling water. Once that’s all melted and mixed together, place the boil in the fridge until it’s hardened. I let mine sit overnight. When it’s hard, break it out of the boil and add it to an electric mixer bowl. Using a whisk or paddle attachment, whip the mixture until it’s light & creamy. image_5Then you’ve got body butter, my friend. Divide it out into individual containers or one big one, whatever you’d like. I was giving this batch away as gifts, so I bought little 4 ounce mason jars, made up some labels, and I had some pretty damn awesome gifts for everyone. Also pictured is the shaving cream I made, which has a pretty much identical process & ingredients, so check out making that too!

image_6So there you have it, Fangirls. Get yourself all sorts of oils, melt them down, mix it together, and you’ve got some damn good lotion on your hands. See what I did there?

 

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