I don’t know if it was the power of Pinterest or the enthusiasm of the new year and all its resolutions, but when I stumbled upon this recipe for body butter, I knew had to make it.
Pinterest led me to Rawmazing’s Homemade Body Butter Recipe. You’ll find the complete instructions and ingredient list there with lots of helpful tips and suggestions (check the comments too). I didn’t have any of the ingredients at home already. In fact, I don’t think I’ve ever made a bath or beauty product at home, unless you include cutting up cucumbers for eye pads, which I don’t think you do. I ordered all of the ingredients from New Directions Aromatics, which has a Canadian branch. Their head office and warehouse are located in Mississauga, so I got my shipping notification yesterday and it was delivered to my house this morning! And I’ve got the day off, so by 1:00pm today I had six little jars of body butter ready to go.
I used coconut carrier oil, raw shea butter and almond oil; for the scent, I chose sweet orange. And yes, that is a lot of coconut oil!
Susan of Rawmazing says that the ratio needs to be 75% solid to 25% liquid oil. I was worried about measuring out the shea butter but it seemed to work well enough as long as I broke down the larger chunks into more manageable pieces to fill in the spaces in the measuring cup.
Hey! I forgot I had a double boiler! Thanks Mom and Dad, for such a sweet set of kitchenware as a wedding present.
I don’t have a stand mixer – saving that for a home ownership present to myself – so I had to use a hand mixer. I had put in about ten drops of the sweet orange essential oil, but all I could smell was the shea at this point. I added about ten more drops… but it still smells like shea! I’ll have to do some research (aka surf the net) to find out how much essential oil I should be adding. I just happened to have several small canning jars sitting around, making these the perfect travel size and gift size.
I’m going out for a run with a friend tonight, so I’ll definitely be using this body butter after my post-run shower. It does go on greasy before absorbing into the skin, as the recipe states, but it’d make a great nighttime body butter, or for a lazy morning when you have time to massage it into your skin. It gets pretty cold and dry during the winters in Ottawa, so I think this will help out a lot! They’d work well as little gifts too.
That was fun! These little jars should last 2-3 months, stored in a cool place. Now let’s just hope I didn’t do anything wrong and that they don’t melt in the jars!