It was pure happiness for my first “homemade cosmetic” experience. I already use natural skin care products, but in an unprocessed way. With winter being very cold this year, I wanted to coating myself in cream, so I decided to go ahead and make it myself.
I chose this recipe
because it contains only three ingredients (which I know well), two of which I already had at home.
Coconut oil is the oil extracted from the flesh of ripened coconuts. It is antiviral, antimicrobial, anti-bacterial, and offers some protection against sunburn, blocking about 20% of harmful UV rays. It is also very hydrating. Edible and tasty, it is used in cooking and you can easily find it in delicatessens.
Shea butter comes from the seed of the shea tree. Shea tree literally means "Tree of Life". It has anti-inflammatory properties, protects against sunburn, can help in the healing of cuts and abrasions. It is also incredibly hydrating. Edible, but not tasty.
Sweet almond oil is widely recognized today and used in cosmetics for its softening and softening properties. In massage, sweet almond oil also helps reduce external itching, irritation and cracks. Almond oil, in addition to reducing inflammation and soothing skin irritations, moisturizes and reduces all skin types. It can be applied to stretch marks or problematic places.
Here is the recipe and the steps to make your body butter: Melt 1 cup (250 ml) of shea butter and 1/2 cup (125 ml) of coconut oil in the top of a double boiler. Remove from the heat and let cool for 30 minutes.
Stir in 1/2 cup (125 mL) almond oil and any essential oils of your choice. Be careful to choose your essential oils carefully because they cannot all be applied to the skin. Do your research well before adding them. For the quantity, you can start with 20 drops and adjust to your liking afterwards.
The mixture is then placed in the freezer for 20 minutes. It is necessary to wait until the oils partially solidify.
This is the most important part! If it is not cooled enough, the mixture will not whip or stay whipped. Scrape the sides well before mixing. Then whisk until the consistency of butter.
Here! The recipe makes 2 1/2 to 3 cups (625 to 750 ml) of body butter and you will need to keep it in a cool place. As the mixture does not contain water, it will not mold and will keep for a few months.
I just love it! The butter melts on the skin and the oil is absorbed, leaving the skin soft and silky. I chose lavender because I love its subtle, floral scent.
I enjoyed my experience so much that I plan to try more recipes… to follow!