Spa Sunday Ritual: Homemade Body Butter

Here in the mountains we're bundling up for some cold winter weather, which means, pampering and protecting against dry winter skin!

Cool air contains less moisture, therefore our skin becomes dehydrated more quickly.  One of my greatest (and most decadent) defenders is a rich, moisturizing body butter that - good news - you can make yourself in a snap!

Good skin care is so much simpler than many cosmetic companies make it out to be. It often surprises people to know that most of my body care products are homemade.  The finest luxuries are always the simplest, I find. 

Enjoy this video, where you'll find five simple steps to soft, supple, sensuous skin! 

Ingredients:

  • 1/4c of Now Organics Shea Butter (I prefer this brand as it has no odor. Often shea and cocoa butter has a very pungent smell, but this one is quite neutral.)

  • 1/4c of Coconut Oil

  • 1/4c of Plant Based body oil such as sweet almond, grapeseed, or jojoba

  • 20-30 drops of essential oils such as lavender, rose, sandalwood, geranium, ylang ylang, or whatever pleases your pallet! Be careful with stimulating oils such as peppermint, clove, cinammon, or citrus. You can use them, but sparingly.

Recipe:

  1. Put a medium size pot of water on to boil

  2. Place a stainless steel bowl on top of the boiling water, or use a double boiler and add the coconut oil, shea butter and body oil. Warm until melted and place bowl in the refrigerator for 20-30 minutes until cool but not hardened. (You’ll want to see a bit of hardening around the rim but it shouldn’t be hardened through to the center.)

  3. Add 20-30 drops of essential oils.

  4. Whip until light and fluffy! If too soft, place back in the refriegerator. If too hard, add a bit more oil or warm it up.

  5. Spoon into a glass jar and add more essential oils if desired. This body butter works wonderfully to moisturize when you get out of the shower, as a hand cream for your nightstand, or as an evening foot treatment under warm socks. Enjoy!